Colombia is an amazing country mainly known for its tropical landscapes, emeralds, leather goods and beautiful women. It is one of the most famous tourist places around the world and most of the visitors are attracted by its city Cartagena. Located on the northern coast of Colombia was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. It is the fifth largest city in Colombia with a population of more than 9 million. The city has got quite a colonial architecture which provides a great platform for the cultural festivals, which are very common here, and a suitable atmosphere for businesses. Cartagena has been a centre for political and economic activities in Colombia from a long time. The city was founded in 1533 by Spanish colonists has today become an ultimate destination for spending holidays.
The climate of Cartagena is tropical savanna with dry winters. The summers are longer and last from May to September. The temperature sometimes reaches 90 F during June. From December to March is the cold season with lowest temperature at 19 C during January. October and November produce some rain and fresh breeze blows around the city from December to April making this the best period to visit the city.
How to get here?
The Rafael Nunez International Airport near Cartagena is one of the busiest airports in Colombia and receives flights from all the major countries and neighbor cities. There is also Tocumen International Airport but it is not much preferred by the visitors. You can easily get cabs, taxis and other transport means outside the airport to get to downtown. Central Caribbean Road links Cartagena to other parts of the Caribbean Region and the road passes through Riohacha, Santa Marta and many other famous cities. You can get around the city in taxi or the bus.
Accommodation and Food
You will find wide variety of accommodation around the city in all price range and suitable locations. Hilton Cartagena is the most famous staying spot for visitors because of its central and scenic location with 288 room, three pools and three tennis courts. You will also like Hotel Caribe Cartagena, Decameron Cartagena, Sofitel Santa Clara, Charleston Cartagena Hotel, Hotel Casa La Fe, Las Americas Global Resort and Casaloma. If you are looking for a budget hostels then there are options like Casa Sweety, Makako Chill Out Hostel, El Viajero Cartagena Hostel and Hostel Real.
Cartagena is surely a place to eat well because of its delicious offerings. You will surely like famous tiraditos made of thin strips of fresh tuna of La Perla. You can also enjoy the classic Ceviche Corvina or the Lomo La Perla along with some fine range of cocktails at this famous restaurant. Another famous eating spot is Don Juan offering seven starters, thirteen mains and four desserts at very affordable prices. Apart from these, there is Marea by Rausch with its famous Mojarra Frita, Malagana Café with fresh ceviche, empanadas and stiff margaritas and La Cas de Socorro with its seared seafood, homey chicken stew and great salsas.
Rosario Islands is a Natural National park located at Bocagrande just outside Cartagena. It is a beautiful place with natural landscapes, crystal clear water and some unique coral formations. You can get a full day pass for $50 which includes transportation and lunch. The boat departs from La Bodeguita pier taking you through the Rosario islands.
Las Bavedas are a series of structures attached to the walls, located at the Old City of Cartagena. There are 47 painted archways and 23 domes from Santa Clara to Santa Catalina Fortress and near them are a lot of colorful souvenir shops. They were built for military purposes at the time of independence and served as a prison, armory and barracks for the Spanish Military. Now, it is one of the most visited tourist sports in Cartagena.
Walled City is a historic district of Cartagena which is one of the most beautiful historic cities of the Caribbean. It is very well preserved and you can stroll here through the streets seeing the terraces decorated with flowers and then have a relaxing time in the parks and walk along the fortress. You will see many musicians and artists there giving some interesting performances. There is the monastery of Santa Cruz nearby on the La Popa Hill from where you can get a beautiful view of the entire city.
Estadio Jaime Moron Leon
Estadio Jaime Moron Leon is a multi purpose stadium of Cartagena, located at Calle 31B, mostly used for the football matches. It has seating capacity of 16000 people and Real Cartagena team plays its home games here. The stadium was built in 1958 and was firstly known as Olympic Stadium Pedro de Heredia. You can reach the stadium by taxi, bus or cab from any corner of the city.
Templo de Santo Domingo
Templo de Santo Domingo is the oldest church of Cartagena, located at Calle Santo Domingo. It was founded in 1534 and finished in 1551. You will be amazed by its spacious and gorgeous interior with massive stone columns and marble altar. The church remains open from Tuesday to Sunday and the ticket costs just $6 per adult.
So, just pack your bags and explore this tremendous city.