Cartagena Attractions

Plaza Bolivar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

This shady park, centered on a trickling fountain and statue of Simon Bolivar, is a more local hangout spot than the upmarket cafes taking over Plaza Santo Domingo. The benches are full of ...  Read more

Cathedral of San Pedro Claver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Cartagena’s Catedral de San Pedro Claver, so close to the sea wall, seems unduly imposing for such a sanctified site. Begun in 1575, when this was a very rough neighborhood, its unfinished ...  Read more

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Iglesia Santo Domingo, founded in 1534, is the oldest church in Cartagena and one of the first in the hemisphere. The original stone structure, finished in 1551, was so badly damaged by Sir Francis ...  Read more

Old Town Cartagena

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

A leisurely walk through the narrow streets of Old Town Cartagena, with bougainvillea spilling off second-floor balconies and brightly painted Colonial houses, invites visitors to escape into the ...  Read more

Cartagena Cruise Port

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The coastal city of Cartagena is one of Columbia’s most-popular destinations. This fortress of a city was once the center of politics and economy. Today, remnants of this past draw visitors to its ...  Read more

Las Bovedas

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

At the northeastern corner of the old walled city is Cartagena’s grandest arcade, stretching with imperial purpose from Santa Clara to Santa Catalina Fortress. Behind the 47 painted archways are a ...  Read more

San Felipe de Barajas Castle

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Cartagena’s strategic significance as Europe’s conquest of the Americas intensified cannot be overstated. Some say that if the British had won the 1741 Battle of Cartagena, that South America would ...  Read more

Rosario Islands

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Less than an hour southwest of Cartagena’s port is a fragile archipelago of some 30 picture-perfect islands, wrapped in shimmering white-sand beaches, and strung like rosary beads through the deep ...  Read more

Convento de la Popa

Tours & Tickets

Gleaming white in its vantage point, high above Cartagena’s protected bay, the Convento de la Popa is visible from almost anywhere in the city. Though it’s a bit of a chore to get here—you’ll need to ...  Read more

Isla Encanto

Though Cartagena’s city beaches will do in a pinch—renting a breezy covered lounge chair on the broad, gray sands of Boca Grande is your best bet—the water is usually murky and setting never really ...  Read more

Museum of Modern Art

Plaza San Pedro Claver, in front of the museum, is itself a site to behold, studded with whimsical modern sculptures apparently made from spare parts. For more, enter the smallish Museum of Modern ...  Read more

Palace of Inquisition (Palacio de la Inquisicion)

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This fun little museum on Plaza Bolivar, in an impressive 18th-century mansion, already attracts the morbidly inclined. Your tour begins with two entire rooms full of horrifying torture devices, used ...  Read more

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