Cartagena

 

Is located on the Colombian Caribbean coast and was one of the most important locations for the Spaniards in America during the colonial empire. Entry gate for all kinds of goods.

 

The city has 2 areas sharply defined: the walled city, declared historical and cultural heritage of humanity, and the modern city.

The clock tower, the Cathedral, Valdehoyos Marquis House, the Church of Saint Peter Claver, the Palace of the Inquisition, the gold Museum, Heredia Theatre, the Naval Museum, and old colonial houses where work the best boutiques, restaurants and places of amusement are located on the walled city,  and on its outskirts the Popa hill and the Agustinos Recoletos Descalzos convent.

 

The modern city is composed of the districts of Bocagrande and El Laguito and Castillo Grande and it holds the majority of the 3, 4 and 5 star hotels. The Laguito presents a good opportunity to buy antiques, clothing, crafts and jewellery of the highest quality, particularly emeraudes, the purest in the world.

 

  • · Climate: Hot, humid Tropical.
  • · Clothing: Light clothing, short sleeves fresh and light  fabrics, swimsuit and hats.
  • · Recommendations: sunscreen, repellent for insects, comfortable shoes.
  • · Activities: Ride carriadge pulled by horses or typical Chiva around the city, visit the Islas del Rosario, visit the beaches of Boca Grande during the day and Castle Grande, go for rumba in one of the many clubs of the city, or have dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants of caribbean seafood or visit the Totumo mud volcano.
  • · Special events:
    • Hay Festival: The first week of January this city brings together the greatest exponents of literature, film, journalism, music and art at the Hay Festival.
    • Cartagena international film festival: Between February and March the city of Cartagena offers the International Film Festival focused on Latin American cinema and that attracts all kinds of international public.
    • Independence of Cartagena and national beauty pageant: On 11 November each year in the framework of the pageant, Carnival events such as parades dances and typical shows of art are held.
      • · Recommended restaurants:
        • Club de Pesca.
        • La Olla Cartagenera.
        • La Casa de Socorro.
        • Portón de Santo Domingo.
        • Juan del Mar.
        • Baluarte de Santa Catalina.
  • · Night life:
    • Café del Mar.
    • Donde Fidel.
    • 15 Minutos de Fama.
    • Mister Babilla.
    • Tu Candela.