Cartagena de Indias

The city

The Heroic City, as Cartagena is known, adds to the charms of its colonial architecture, the attractions of an intense nightlife, cultural festivals and lush landscapes. The city’s beaches invite you to sightsee, rest and have fun with the refreshing breeze and warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.

In addition, Cartagena has an excellent gastronomic offer and an important hotel and tourist infrastructure.

This fantastic destination holds the secrets of history on its walls, on its balconies and on its narrow stone paths that inspired Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Framed by a beautiful bay, Cartagena de Indias is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved cities in America; a treasure that, today, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Colombia.


The time in Cartagena de Indias is enviable. The city is warm and hot most of the year. The temperature generally ranges between 23 and 30º C. It is true that throughout the year you can enjoy a very good climate in Cartagena, but the best time to visit the city is between the end of November and the end of April. it hardly rains in that season.


Citizens of some countries need to present a tourist visa that must be processed before the Colombian embassies or consulates abroad. In the following link, you can verify if you require a visa or not.

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The official currency is the Colombian peso, abbreviated COP. The daily price of the peso fluctuates, however, the average is approximately 3,392 to 3,394 Pesos per Dollar.


The city has 4 important tourist areas:

  • Historic Center and Gethsemane
  • Modern Zone (Bocagrande, Laguito and Castillogrande)
  • North Zone (Airport)
  • Manga (Port)

Within each of the sectors, all distances can be covered on foot, and additionally, the city has establishments for renting bicycles and segways.

In case you want to move to another area, we recommend taking a taxi service, identified with yellow colour, in which the journeys last no more than fifteen minutes.

For those who wish to take an alternative type of transport, the city has double-decker Red Buses, Trolleybuses, Chivas (typical bus), and cars, where you can take a tour of the city and its main monuments.


Currently, there are no vaccines required to enter the country. However, the Colombian authorities will require the yellow fever vaccine if you are going to visit tourist sites such as the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park, Tayrona Park and the different Amazon reserves.

So that you do not have setbacks during your trip to Colombia, it is important that you take into account some recommendations regarding health and vaccinations.

Likewise, to have more information, you can visit the page of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection:

Get to Know Cartagena de Indias ¡Vive la magia!

Santa Catalina de Alejandría Cathedral

San Agustín

Santo Toribio

San Felipe de Barajas castle

Las Bóvedas

Gabriel García Márquez MONUMENT

Adolfo Mejía theatre

Torre del Reloj

House museum
Rafael Núñez

Museum of Modern Art


Gold Museum

Palace of the Inquisition and Historical Museum