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Cartagena

3.9
World heritage site · Historic Sites · Castles
City of Heroes
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses. While most Cartagena tours either start or end in the history-infused old town, the city's outer districts reveal a different side of this modern coastal city. Away from its colonial core, Cartagena remains a working-class town with a busy port and a modern skyline. Long overlooked by foreign travelers, Cartagena holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering an urban center where colonial architecture stands shoulder to shoulder with modern tourist attractions. Plan your holiday in Cartagena and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Colombia trip itinerary planner.
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Popular things to do in Cartagena

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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castle
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Historic Site
Walled City of Cartagena
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Historic Site
Plaza Santo Domingo
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
3.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Cartagena

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Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Religious Site
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
Torre del Reloj ©
Historic Site
Torre del Reloj
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Church
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Church
Iglesia de la Trinidad
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Cartagena

Playa Blanca ©
Beach
Playa Blanca Isla Baru
1.7
Duration: 4 hours
Oceanario
Aquarium
Oceanario Islas de Rosario
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
IslaBela ©
Outdoor Activity
IslaBela Islas de Rosario
3.7
Duration: 8 hours
Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club
Outdoor Activity
Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club Islas de Rosario
3.6
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Cartagena

Barrio Getsemani ©
Neighborhood
Barrio Getsemani
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Food Tour
Food Tours
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
Museo Naval Del Caribe ©
Military Museum
Museo Naval Del Caribe
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Cartagena

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Dantas Store ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Dantas Store
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cafeto Cafe y Regalos ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Cafeto Cafe y Regalos
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
El Centro Artesano ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
El Centro Artesano
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Lili Duran Design Studio ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Lili Duran Design Studio
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Cartagena

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Miramar Beach Club
Beach
Miramar Beach Club
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Centro Cultural Leandro Diaz
Ride / Activity
Centro Cultural Leandro Diaz
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Playa de Punta Canoa, Cartagena
Beach
Playa de Punta Canoa, Cartagena
4.0
Duration: 4 hours
Playa de Bocagrande ©
Beach
Playa de Bocagrande
2.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Sibarita Del Mar ©
Boat Tour
Sibarita Del Mar
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Tour in Cartagena with Marelvy Pena-Hall ©
Walking tour
Tour in Cartagena with Marelvy Pena-Hall
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
Plaza Bolivar ©
Landmark
Plaza Bolivar
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.6
Duration: 8 hours