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Cartagena is a city and one of the major ports on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region, bordering the Caribbean Sea. Cartagena's past role as a link in the route to West Indies provides it with important historical value for world exploration and preservation of heritage from the great commercial maritime routes. As a former Spanish colony, it was a key port for the export of Bolivian silver to Spain and for the import of enslaved Africans under the asiento system.

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Charming Landmarks

  • Walled City of Cartagena
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
  • Barrio Getsemani
  • La Popa Convent
  • Plaza de Bolívar
  • Plaza Santo Domingo
  • Torre del Reloj
  • Plaza de San Diego
  • Centro Historico
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Important tips when visiting Cartagena

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In Cartagena, the wet season is overcast, the dry season is windy and partly cloudy, and it is hot and oppressive year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 76°F to 88°F and is rarely below 73°F or above 91°F. Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Cartagena for hot-weather activities is from late December to mid March.

Activities and Entertainment

Take a step back in time at the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, Discover the amazing Torre del Reloj on a walking tour, Check out the architecture around Plaza de la Aduana, Visit the Fernández de Madrid Park & Square as part of a bike tour, Catch the views from the Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, Explore the city on a hop-on hop-off bus, Visit one of the Cartagena’s oldest city at the Santuario de San Pedro Claver, Check a unique collection at the Museo del Oro Zenu, Soak up the sun at Cartagena’s best beaches, Explore a dark time in history at the Palace of the Inquisition in Plaza de Bolívar.

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