Cartagena, also known as the Cartagena of India to distinguish it from Spanish Cartagena, was built in the 16th century on the remains of a long-deserted Amerindian town - Calamari. Soon the city was fortified and became a prosperous port city, with its many squares filled with cobbled streets and erected with splendid Hispanic colonial buildings in colourful tones. A major Colombian tourist centre, this old centre, now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is attracting an ever-increasing number of curious visitors, both for the richness of its architectural heritage with its ochre and pastel ranges and for its tropical climate, where languor and laziness are a must. The Cartagena tourist guide will show you the way to these villas with their carved wooden entrances overlooking improbable green patios. It will show you the museums not to be missed, such as the MAMC or the Caribbean Naval Museum, as well as the best places to stay and eat. And then the beach road, quite naturally! Cartagena, a destination that combines culture and nature.

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When to go to Cartagena? Three periods correspond to the high tourist season in Colombia (temporada alta): mid-December to mid-January (school holidays), Semana Santa ("Holy Week", mid-April) and to a lesser extent, mid-June to the end of July (school holidays). During the many three-day weekends (puentes), some establishments also offer high season prices. Everything is much more expensive at Christmas and during Holy Week. So when to go to Cartagena? The best time to go to Cartagena is from January to March

How to go to Cartagena De Indias? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

As a popular destination for travellers, Cartagena is well known to tour operators and travel agencies. It is quite possible to discover the colonial city as part of a stay with family or friends, a solo holiday or a honeymoon. The advantage of using these services is of course the economic argument but also the comfort of letting specialists take care of the details to make the most of the trip.

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A flight from France to Bogotá costs between €700 and €1400 depending on the season and the booking time. To obtain attractive rates, it is essential to take several months in advance. Then, you can quickly reach Cartagena by bus or by taking an internal flight. Booking your hotel rooms is also always a good idea

It is relatively easy to travel in the centre of Cartagena, much on foot, the distances being reasonable. Otherwise, taxis and city buses criss-cross the city day and night. The Transcaribe, a bus system based on the Transmilenio model in Bogota, helps to relieve the distressing chaos of vehicles around the city centre. There are also playeras bicycle rental companies on every street corner in the historic centre and in Getsemaní. An ecological and pleasant way to discover the city.

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  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
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  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
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  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

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Cartagena's weather depends on a Colombian climate that has only two seasons, summer corresponding to the dry season...
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Budget

The Colombian currency is the peso. Cartagena is a very touristy city, so the budget for housing tends to be larger...
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Formalities

To travel to Cartagena, European and Canadian tourists in possession of a passport (valid for the next 6 months) do n...
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Health

No vaccine is required to travel to Cartagena. The sea is sometimes dangerous, so be careful: find out about the curr...
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How to travel by yourself?

A flight from France to Bogotá costs between €700 and €1400 depending on the season and the booking time. To obt...
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How to get organized?

As a popular destination for travellers, Cartagena is well known to tour operators and travel agencies. It is quite p...
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Getting around

It is relatively easy to travel in the centre of Cartagena, much on foot, the distances being reasonable. Otherwise,...
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