“Situated in a bay in the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena has the most extensive fortifications in South America. A system of zones divides the city into three neighbourhoods: San Pedro, with the cathedral and many Andalusian-style palaces; San Diego, where merchants and the middle class lived; and Getsemani, the ‘popular quarter’.”
Dubbed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the historic old town (that’s entirely walk-able) boasts of beautiful colonial architecture. It all began as a gorgeous fishing village on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, then boomed as the principal trading port for the southern continent in the 18th century, and now has become a mecca of surf, sand, parties and fun.
An eminent example of the military architecture of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, the most extensive of the New World and one of the most complete, Cartagena is also one of the safest places in the country, so it’s no wonder it’s a popular port of call for cruise ships. Need a break from life? Come to Cartagena where the party never ends!