Cartagena

Cartagena Attractions

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Cartagena Cruise Port

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, ...  Read more

Cathedral of San Pedro Claver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Convento de la Popa

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 ...  Read more

Gold Museum (Museo de Oro Zenu)

Opened in 1982, Cartagena's Gold Museum (Museo de Oro Zenu) is dedicated to Colombia's indigenous Zenu people. Housed in a grand colonial building facing the ...  Read more

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

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 ...  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 ...  Read more

La India Catalina Monument

At the main entrance to Cartagena’s Old Town, La India Catalina Monument is a bronze rendering of the Doña Marina of Colombia — India Catalina.   ...  Read more

Las Bovedas

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

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. ...  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 ...  Read more

Naval Museum of the Caribbean

Opened in 1992 on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the Americas, Cartagena's Naval Museum of the Caribbean tells the history of the city and ...  Read more

Old Shoes Monument (Los Zapatos Viejos)

At the base of the imposing San Felipe Castle, Cartagena’s Old Shoes Monument (Los Zapatos Viejos) is, you guessed it, a giant sculpture of a pair of old ...  Read more

Old Town Cartagena

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

Palace of Inquisition (Palacio de la Inquisicion)

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 ...  Read more

Plaza Bolivar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Plaza de San Diego

In Cartagena's Old Town, every evening the Plaza de San Diego becomes lively with street performers entertaining the crowds. Vendors sell everything from ...  Read more

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