“I have nothing to do” are 5 words we’ve never heard here in Cartagena. This place is paradise on earth and at Hi Cartagena, we offer tons of tours, trips and excursions to help you enjoy it to the fullest. Whether you’re here just for a few hours or living in the city for several months, there’s always something new you can try.

There are numerous tour and expedition packages you can select from depending on your requirements. The tours in Cartagena offered by Hi-Cartagena include a private city tour in an air-conditioned car with a personal guide; bicycle tours in the bay, fort and other historical destinations; boat tours, party tours and other visit to exotic destinations around Cartagena. From beach days to golfing, from walking to bicycling and driving tours; we have something for everyone. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for, no problem! Give us a call and we’ll customize something just for you.

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Our team has been picked to provide you with all the best of things to see and do in and around Cartagena. We know the city like the back of our hands and are here to offer you everything from customized tours and extravagant parties to the best places to eat, sleep and party in Cartagena. Book with us to get discounts on all our special offers, tours and activities.Hi Cartagena is the full-service specialist – we’re the only outfit in town that takes care of you from the moment you arrive.

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The costumes and the dances are seen around the world. The music is so rhythmic that your soul starts to move. Feathers and glitter and paint and foam. This is Carnival. Carnival is the celebration of the days before the Catholic holiday of Ash Wednesday. In...

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in a the square of San Diego like the rich locals. Try to by your ticket in time because the tables are running out quick, this is a new year party you dont want to miss until the early hours of la...

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SOLD OUT! THERE ARE NO MORE TICKETS Alquimico host legendary new year’s party every year and the alchemist of drinks brings to you a mix of killer cocktails and and a swarm of DJs. You'll have a nice view of the fireworks on the awesome rooftop...

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Café del Mar is the perfect place for you to appreciate the fantastic fireworks that will give a special touch to the Caribbean sky this night. Let this party be filled with brightness, colors and stars, and that this end of the year you will...

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SOLD OUT! THERE ARE NO MORE TICKETS The New Year's Eve Party at Baluarte San Francisco is a perfect setting for a group of friends as well as a family. You'll never have the change to feel such a fiesta as here out in the...

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Cartagena is one of the worlds top New Year's Eve destinations. Here there is good parties all year round so don't think for a second that the New Year's Eve will be overseen. Cartagena has a great temperature allowing outside parties right through the night, an...

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It’s that wonderful time of year again – no, not Christmas, but time to warn your dentist that this 25th March will be the first day of Cartagena’s yearly “Candy Festival” – el Festival del Dulce. Prepare yourself to try some of the most traditional...

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Hay Festival..what do literature, visual arts, cinema, music, geopolitics, journalism and the environment have in common? Check out the Hay Festival to find out. Ten years in the running, the four-day Hay Festival seeks to foster the local and international promotion of literature, debate, cultural…

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The costumes and the dances are seen around the world. The music is so rhythmic that your soul starts to move. Feathers and glitter and paint and foam. This is Carnaval. Carnaval is the celebration of the days before the Catholic holiday of Ash Wednesday....

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What´s that out in the water? Is it a boat? Is it a jetski? No! Its a Kymera!! The newest, hottest trend in water sports has just touched down in Caribbean, and here at Hi Cartagena, we have exclusive access to it. The Kymera is...

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For over 4000 years emeralds have been amongst the most valuable of all the jewels on earth. So there is no better souvenir to take home from any trip to Cartagena than one of the world’s most beautiful and desired stones. Emeralds are intertwined within...

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Paragliding Cartagena: Experience Cartagena from above! Paragliding is the latest experience to reach this magical city and it is undoubtedly one of the coolest ways to see it. Forget trying to sneak a peek over the shoulder of the person who nabbed the window seat…

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La Diva is a super chic pizzeria which sure knows how to flirt with your senses and will inevitably have you falling in love at first site the minute you walk through the door. They have two equally adorable locations in Cartagena, one in El…

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We are proud to have hosted our Italian Ralph Lauren Senior Director client Marco Di Biasso and friends Leon, Arturo and Luana during their 10-day holiday in Cartagena. We got to act..

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Our latest clients travelled to Cartagena from San Antonio, Texas for a boys getaway. The made full use of our city concierge service throughout their time here in the city and were very happy to have us as their travel guide for Cartagena.

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This family owned and operated restaurant situated in San Diego is the only 100% vegetarian restaurant in the city and has been going strong for more than 40 years now. As you may know, the term “vegetarian” doesn’t really get thrown around too ofter here…

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THE BEST PLACES TO DRINK: CARTAGENA DRINKING GUIDE Cartagena is a city that really comes to life at night and the nightlife scene can be spectacular when you know where to go. We have put together this awesome little guide of the best places to…

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El Arsenal: The Rum Box, conveniently located on Calle del Arsenal in Getsemani in front of the Convention Centre has made quite an impression on Cartagena’s bar scene and has quickly become one of the (if not THE BEST) bar in the great historic city….

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La Teibol This hip and trendy spot is new to Cartagena’s dining scene and is a bit of a hidden gem located within the walled city on Calle Estanco Del Aguardiente, close to the University of Cartagena. La Teibol is oozing with hipster vibes and…

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Palo Santo has been a favourite of many locals and regular visitors to Cartagena for many, many years now especially when it comes to those special romantic date nights. Located in Cartagena’s historic downtown on the infamous Calle de las Damas, Palo Santo offers a…

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La Vitrola has been a staple for visitors fleeting to Cartagena ever since it opened. La Vitrola which translates to the “jukebox” in English is a place for friends and family to gather and soak in the vibrant Cuban culture which the restaurant succeeds to…

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Oh Lá Lá Bistrot located on Calle Large in Getsemani offers traditional french food with a touch of caribe and pays special attention to offering health conscious meals. The owners, a French-Colombian couple, are putting a lot of emphasis on bringing lighter and healthier dining…

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The irresistible flavours of Italy are transcended to Cartagena through a menu that exceeds more than 100 traditional plates at the beloved La Girolata in Cartagena’s historical downtown. Located on Calle de la Artillería in an exquisitely designed colonial building that truly exhibits the architectural…

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Candé aims to deliver its guests an unforgettable experience with a chance to enjoy Cartagena with all your senses. With live dance performances every night and a menu packed with local flavours and textures Candé gives you the opportunity to live and experience Cartagena on…

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La Perla offers a cool and pleasant space located in Cartagena’s old town near Plaza Santo Domingo. Peruvian Chef Carlos Accinelli has done an excellent job making his food standout amongst the many other Peruvian restaurants in the city. His obsession with quality and freshness…

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Local food celebrity, Chef Juan Felipe Camacho and his equally talented designer wife, Maria have paired up to bring Cartagena the upscale dining experience it deserves to have. Located in the ever so popular Calle del Colegio, Don Juan has played host to Colombia’s dazzling…

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Collage is located just around the corner from the Clock Tower entrance to Cartagena’s old town and is basically hipster heaven. The place is filled with recycled material DIY projects like the collaged table tops and chairs and the empty wine bottle drink menus. They…

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Restaurant owner, Ravi Sivaravam has managed to bring a taste of Indian to Cartagena’s historic downtown with the creation of Ganesha. Ravi takes pride in his culture’s culinary customs and works hard to bring all the required ingredients to make his dishes equally as tasty…

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Located in the quaint Plaza San Diego, La Cevicheria serves some of the best seafood dishes in Cartagena. Made famous by traveling celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, when he visited Cartagena on his show, No Reservations, La Cevicheria continues to grow its popularity amongst both tourists…

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This cute little spot is located in Getsemani on the restaurant filled street, Calle Tripita y Media. Malagana certainly stands out from the outside with its cute display of illuminated vines draped around the front entrance. Take a little peak inside and become enchanted by…

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It’s no doubt that Carmen has been dubbed Cartagena’s best restaurant over and over again when their moto is “love is in the details”. Carmen was originally created in Medellin by a family of culinary geniuses who worked together to combine their skills, passion, knowledge…

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Located on the 10th floor of the Hotel Las Americas Torre del Mar, Erre de Ramon Frexia was created by the Spanish Michelin Star Chef, Ramon Frexia as a sanctuary of flavours and aromas, a place where haute cuisine is combined with the best service….

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El Santismo originally opened it’s doors back in 1998 on Calle el Santismo, where it got its name and is still going strong; only now at a different location in San Diego within the walled city. El Santismo has grown incredibly popular amongst locals who…

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The Allure Chocolate Hotel has proven they know a little more than just chocolate with the addition of Red Knife Steakhouse. This fine dining spot serves up some of the most expensive and high quality cuts of beef grilled to perfection as well as an…

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El Gobernador By Rausch has been named one of Colombia’s best fine dining restaurants offering a variety to exquisite plates ranging from fresh seafood selections to carefully prepared prime rib. El Gobernador takes pride in using the freshest local ingredients and creating spectacular plates that…

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La Jugada Club is a super new, super hot bar bringing a whole new element to the world of elegance and class when it comes to the local bar scene in Cartagena. This ultra chic and trendy renovated space has been converted into a modern…

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Peruvian cuisine in the world came to Cartagena to Cuzco , a restaurant that allows visitors transported to the South American country proving their exotic cuisine . In its menu also no kitchen dishes Nikkei , which combines recipes Peru and Japan.

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Gokela brands itself as a healthy fast-food option offering dynamic and fast food. Here you find a menu packed with healthy and tasty options allowing you to customize your order with a variety of fresh ingredients. They now have three locations in Cartagena and are…

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Located in the Plaza de San Pedro Claver in Cartagena El Baron is enchanted by the magic of the exclusive, historic city centre of Cartagena. This restaurant/bar/cafe is running the show in terms of drinking spots in the city when it comes to speciality coffee…

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Similar to the Cholon Parties, Regatta Reggaeton is much bigger and much more epic as it only happens once a year,

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Cafe Mila Spoil your senses with a leisurely breakfast or afternoon coffee break at the ever so charming .Cafe Mila This all-day bakery and dessert spot is located just around the corner from the Cathedral in the Old Town. The pastelería, is owned by Bogotá…

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La Movida Cartagenero owner Juan Pablo Borge, has acquired years of experience working in leading bars in Barcelona and has put his experience and knowledge to good use in Cartagena by creating La Movida, located on one of the most emblematic streets of the historic center,…

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Caffe Lunatico has held it’s spot as one of the highest rated affordable restaurants on Trip Advisor for as long as we can remember now. At Caffe Lunatico you will find the best of Spanish cuisine merged with local flavours, a very friendly, welcoming staff,…

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El Kilo is fairly new to the culinary world of Cartagena but is already one of Cartagena’s most talked about eateries. Known for their seafood, El Kilo serves the utmost freshest fish offering everything from raw to grilled preparations while showcasing the Caribbean sea’s finest…

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If you’re looking for a spot to kick back and relax, watch some sports, have a couple cold ones and listen to some not so typical Colombian music then The Clock Pub is the place to be. Its supreme location; just to the right of…

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Tabetai is a small, trendy spot located in the old town of Cartagena offering world class sushi with a Colombian twist. This hole in the wall, only seats 15 and doesn’t accept reservations and is named Cartagena’s best sushi spot where you will find an…

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Marea by Rausch is located in the Convention Centre, with a romantic view of the Bahia de Animas and the impressively charming Old Town. This stylish, contemporary restaurant, decorated with chandeliers, and funky teal wallpaper doesn’t fail to impress even the rich and famous of…

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El Bar del Sur, aka The Bar of the South is cool, I mean damn cool and comparable to some of the coolest bars found in big cities all over the world. Everything from the rock n’ roll inspired decor and playlists to their jam-packed,…

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Enoteca restaurant, wine shop and delicatessen has been located in the heart of Cartagena de Indias since 1996. Among the colonial houses and historical streets you will find a pleasant musical atmosphere, exquisite flavours and traditional Italian products made especially for sharing with family, friends…

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Take your tastebuds on a colourful trip to the Mediterranean while dining in Cartagena at El Burlador de Sevilla. Located on Calle Santo Domingo right on the corner of Santo Domingo Plaza you will find yourself questioning whether or not you are in Colombia or…

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Restaurant Club de Pesca is a symbol of identity that characterizes the city of Cartagena de Indias. Founded in 1956, it is one of the most traditional and famous restaurants in the city. Its historical and marine environment is characterized by its location within the...

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Located in what used to be a two-story mansion constructed in 1910, Cartagena’s newest and hippest cocktail bar, Alquímico, is taking Cartagena’s cocktail culture to the next level. Resembling a Manhattan “speakeasy”, offering exotic cocktails showcasing the vast selection of tropical fruits found on the…

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Bacco is a trattoria dedicated to exceptional Italian food and wine enjoyment located in Barrio San Diego in the Old Town. The quaint little restaurant takes pride in offering traditional Italian dishes all made from scratch with an excellent selection of wine from Italy, as well as…

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Located just 20 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Historic Walled City of Cartagena, El Pescador de Colores is an exclusive place to relax, unwind and enjoy a hazy mix of Caribbean sunshine, great food and music. 

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Named after and decorated by Maria, the celebrity chef owner’s wife, this colorful restaurant gives prominence to the finest local ingredients, serving up playful fusion dishes such as a gourmet version of fish and chips,  as well as the likes of lamb meatballs with mint…

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If you’re on the hunt for truly Colombian wares, clothing, etc., this is where you need to go. St Dom’s is the retail centre of Colombian fashion, art and design.  One of the trendiest stores in the city, St Dom’s offers elegant garments and accessories from…

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Delicious food, great ambiance, super friendly staff.. these are the hallmarks of excellence. Certainly you’ll find all three at Demente. Located across from Plaza Trinidad, in a super trendy neighborhood, this tapas bar is well known around the city for offering a place of good…

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Cartagena has a great reputation for having some of the world’s best emeralds. JC’s is the place to go in Cartagena if you’re looking for unmatchable quality and unbeatable prices.

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Located steps from Cartagena’s historic wall overlooking the sea, Nohra Haime Gallery offers tasteful works by both local and internationally acclaimed artists. This beautiful gallery is a must-visit spot for curious travelers and serious collectors alike. Originally established in New York in 1981, NH Gallery…

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Conveniently hidden in the heart of Getsemani, Ciudad Movil (Mobile City) is an eclectic, vibrant jewel of a space mixing an art gallery, dance studio, restaurant, bar and concert-space all under one roof.  One of the first independent cultural centers in the city, Ciudad Movil was created…

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Casa Museo La Presentacion is a world-class heritage center where patrons can immerse themselves in the local culture, enjoying music, dance, theater and visual arts all under one roof. Opened in February 2013, this former college is now a famous heritage site and a focal point for…

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Constructed on the ruins of Iglesia Merced in 1625, Teatro Adolfo Mejia was built to celebrate the first centenary of the Colombian Republic in 1911. Notably, it was designed and built by the same architect who conceived the equally splendid Clocktower. Originally named “Teatro Municipal”,…

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Well known in Cartagena for excellent prices without skimping on quality, El Bistro also has a very eclectic decor and a great selection of tapas. Solid food, great prices and a Bohemian flair set this cozy and fun spot apart. The menu changes often and…

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Windsurfers are the kings of the waves.. mastering the surf and the wind to stay out on the water all day – a serious thrill and incredibly easy to learn, its well worth the try when in Cartagena!

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Surfing is one of those things you always wanted to try but were never really sure how… now’s the time to start – and experience the rush of catching that wave with your name on it. 

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Snorkeling in Cartagena ? If you’ve never seen beneath the waves, you haven’t lived – there’s a huge magical world down there that very few people know about.

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If you already know how to master the kite and the board, give us a call and we’ll hook you up with the gear and get you out on the ocean.  If its your first time  no problem, again  give us a call  we know…

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Let’s go jet skiing. What else can we say?  If you haven’t already experienced the incredible thrill of flying atop the waves, what are you waiting for?  If its not your first time then what are you waiting for?!?

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Ever dreamt about flying through the water like a dolphin or maybe even rising from the water like a superhero? Are you a person who loves feeling adrenalin rushing through your body and trying new experiences and challanges? Then this might be the perfect new thing...

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Cartagena has one of the best diving sites in the Caribbean, a well-protected coral reef barrier that stretches around the paradise islands of Islas de Rosario and the National Marine Park. You can get there within an hour from the city centre.

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The biggest Ibiza-style rave in Colombia, Storyland Dance Festival attracts thousands of ravers each year. Held in an undisclosed location (until the last minute), the festival usually takes place just outside the city – tickets pre-purchased almost always have transport built-in along with entry and…

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Cartagena, known as “la ciudad amurrallada”, received its independence from Spain in 1933 and every year since has celebrated with a party which over the decades has grown considerably larger.

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The Cartagena International Music Festival is a week-long festival consisting of chamber music performances selected by the Artistic Director, Stephen Prutsman.

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If you consider yourself a bit of a film buff, the FICCI Festival (International Film Festival of Cartagena) is the place to see and be seen, taking place between February 28 th and March 5 th this year. This historic festival is the oldest film...

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With one year under its wing, the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena has become an astounding success. Last year, the festival drew 16,000 people with 15 venues showcasing the work of 120 artists from 45 countries.

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Billed as the only mall in Cartagena with valet parking and boldly offering more than a hundred high-end boutique outlets, five movie theaters, an entire floor of restaurants and another entirely dedicated to physical fitness, Plaza Bocagrande is THE place to go for shopping.

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With over 120 upscale stores, Mall Plaza El Castillo is a popular destination for shoppers looking to find the latest fashions and also people just interested in getting into some cool AC.  Located just outside Cartagena’s historic walls between the India Catalina and the San…

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Traditional. That’s the word that best describes this small, casual, and lovely restaurant with lots of flavors on offer.  Specializing in Cartagenera and traditional Caribbean dishes, La Cocina De Pepina has, for years, been one of the most likely places to go to enjoy wonderful…

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Exquisite flavors and tantalizing aromas are a hallmark of Roberta Scacco Matto, one of the top Italian hotspots in Cartagena. With a wide selection of fine wines and an even wider array of delicious contemporary and seafood favorites, owner Roberta has transformed Roberta Scacco Matto...

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Rated in the top 10 of 385 restaurants in Cartagena, Agua de Mar is a serious contender when it comes to Mediterranean cuisine.  Gorgeous and inventive with exposed walls and minimalist decor, and also coined as Cartagena's top gin bar, this sexy spot has a...

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For cold, tasty beer and great salsa beats, the place to be is Donde Fidel.  This bar has a unique outdoor space, perfect for people who want a groovy place to relax but also great to get your jive on and dance till your legs…

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Small and intimate, Babar Lounge is also upscale and trendy. Typical of the latest Miami night-clubs, there’s a smart dress code in effect and the atmosphere is chic, stylish and ultra-modern. Unlike most of the other bars in area styled in gaudy Carribean flair, Babar…

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The Cathedral of Cartagena, (officially named Catedral Basa­lica Metropolitana de Santa Catalina de Alejandra) is located deep in the old city.  It is the episcopal sight of the Archbishop of Cartagena de Indias, one of the oldest episcopal sights in the Americas which continues to run…

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The Cathedral of San Pedro Claver was first built in 1575, destroyed by Sir Francis Drake in 1586, and rebuilt in 1602. It was eventually named for a Spanish-born Jesuit priest, Pedro Claver, who arrived in Cartagena in 1610.

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El Portal de los Dulces..Known as Plaza del Juez or Plaza de la Yerba, the triangular plaza just behind Puerta del Reloj was once used as a market for enslaved people and is the most central plaza in the city.The place is called El Portal...

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One of the most popular squares in the old city, Plaza Santo Domingo is regularly packed with tourists.  Aptly named for the church situated on one of its corners, the plaza has hundreds of tables from the myriad restaurants encircling its perimeter and is a…

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Frequented by locals, travelers, hippies, families and everyone in between, Plaza de la Trinidad is a lovely place to hang out at night. There are plenty of restaurants and bars, people from all walks of life, and you can almost always find some kind of…

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Worth visiting for the elegant, colorful architecture, Plaza de la Aduana is one of the most extensive areas in the walled city, with many restaurants, banks and exchange shops – beware, it is always a good idea to shop around for the best exchange rate…

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An oasis during the day, Plaza Bolivar is one of the few plazas that is quiet and yet always full of locals. With plenty of trees offering shade from the hot sun, four fountains offering peaceful background noise and lots of benches on which to…

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Around the time of its founding in 1533, Cartagena was the principal port from which the Spanish Crown transported its greatest riches and so, it was necessary to construct extremely strong fortifications to repel attacks by pirates and would-be thieves. Constructed by the in stages,…

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The Palace of the Inquisition is certainly one of the most imposing buildings in the area. With a regal, baroque entrance, one of the largest interior courtyards and several artfully maintained gardens, this site offers an excellent example of period opulence.

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In 1601, possibly the most famous landmark in Colombia, “La Torre de Reloj” was built to connect, via drawbridge, Getsemani with old Cartagena. Originally referred to as “La Boca del Puente” (The Mouth of the Bridge), it is the principal entrance to the old city.

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For one of the best vantage points in the old city, head to Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. This massive and impressive fortification is not for the light of heart – the fort itself is huge with enormous, steeply inclined walls, many meters thick. The…

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With forty-seven arches and twenty-three domes, Las Bóvedas (The Vaults) is easily one of the most architecturally interesting structures within the old city walls and was in fact, the final structure built.

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Twenty minutes from the centre of town and 7 km from La Boquilla, Manzanillo del Mar was once a sleepy old fishing village populated by ancestors of escaped slaves.  If you’re looking for a beach where you can truly relax, separate from crowds and hawkers,…

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Luscious white sand and crystal blue water so clear you can see your toes both await you at Playa Blanca, easily the best public beach in the Cartagena region and possibly even across Colombia. An hour south of the city, on the Barú peninsula, Playa…

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Playa La Boquilla takes its name from a working fishing village, located some distance further up the coast. In contrast, the actual beach area is fronted by hundreds of high-end condominiums and is one of the most popular vacation spots among the young, wealthy crowd…

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Looking out onto Tierrabomba, the largest island in the bay of Cartagena, Playa Castillogrande is substantially less populated than Playa Bocagrande. Another retreat of oil barons from the 1950s, Castillogrande is laid back, and is tightly lined with private clubs and resorts. As a result,…

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What appears to be a direct transplant from New Orleans, this French Quarter-inspired saloon has everything you could want for an evening with friends. 

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Whether you want to dance with your friends or sit back, relax and watch everyone else, Cafe Havana is an excellent place to enjoy the best music.

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The most commonly known beach in Cartagena, Bocagrande became the place to be as far back as the 1950’s when American oil barons and their families used it exclusively. Nowadays, it’s a public beach, overflowing with activity. Located on the peninsula just south of the…

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Since early 1991, revellers have enjoyed the after-hours sensation of Tu Candela, located in front of the Clocktower, next to Donde Fidel. Famous for its beautiful arches, this two storey bar with its stunning interior becomes THE place to be around 1am, when most of…

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At midnight head on over to Mister Babilla to join the bus loads of chicas in wild rumba! Located on Calle del Arsenal in Getsemani, Mister Babilla is a clean, safe alternative to the usual craziness.

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With three separate dacefloors pumping different genres of music, Fragma is always aflame – whether you’re into house/techno, reggaeton or vallenato, there’s something for you here.

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Situated atop the Baluarte Santo Domingo, the westernmost point of Cartagena’s 17th century fortifications, this upscale lounge affords a spectacular vista with 360 degree sight lines over both the Carribean sea and the entire old city. Drinks are slightly expensive but the extra cost is…

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Widely considered one of the best spots in Cartagena, Bazurto Social Club is famous for its exclusive daytime restaurant specializing in tantalizing seafood dishes, and transforming at night to a dazzling, hopping nightclub where you can enjoy both local and international hits.

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Located in the walled city on Plaza de San Pedro Claver, next to a church of the same name, the Museum of Modern Art is small but hugely significant to local culture. With a focus on broadening regional art appreciation and conservation, the museum has…

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