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Cartagena, Colombia

Cobbled streets, balconies with blooming bougainvillea, and pastel plazas make Cartagena one of Latin America's most photogenic cities. But it's not just another pretty seaport. Founded in 1533, this Spanish colonial city is steeped in history. Its location made it a popular port for plunderers and pirates. Today thrill-seekers will find a perfect mix of old and new with a twist of island attitude.

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Cartagena, Colombia

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

You'll find signs of the city's pirating past on every corner. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the city's largest fortress, built to fend off pillagers, is one of the most impressive and strongest ever created by the Spaniards in their colonies.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Circle the city in a romantic horse-drawn carriage.
  • Take a look at the Museo de Oro y Arqueloguía and its fine collection of pottery and gold.

Sporting Adventures

Located between Panama and Venezuela, these warm waters are the perfect spot for fishing fanatics. Don't miss the opportunity to cast for blue marlin.

Shopping For Bargains

Cartagena is still a great place to find jewels and other treasures! And Las Bóvedas beckons. These old dungeons turned boutiques and souvenir shops are well worth the trip.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Fusion fare is big throughout the city. You'll find quite a few options featuring creative delicacies combining tastes from around the world, plus all the local favourites, including plantains and coconut rice, and, of course, coffee.

Local Currency

Colombian peso (COP).

Weather in Cartagena, Colombia


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