Things to Do & Attractions in Cartagena

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Cathedral of San Pedro Claver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 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

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

Gold Museum (Museo de Oro Zenu)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 1 Review

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

Palace of Inquisition (Palacio de la Inquisicion)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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

San Felipe de Barajas Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Rosario Islands

4 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Las Bovedas

4 star rating: Recommended 45 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

Cartagena Cruise Port

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

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

Convento de la Popa

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

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

Totumo Volcano

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Take the wooden steps up the 15-meter mud mound that is Totumo Volcano (Volcán de Lodo El Totumo) then look down to be greeted by a mud bath big enough ...  Read more

Rafael Nuñez House Museum

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Review

In Cartagena, the Casa de Rafael Núñez is a mansion that was once home to the famous politician, poet, and lawyer Rafael Núñez. The ...  Read more

Cartagena Cathedral (St Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral)

A striking reminder of Cartagena’s colonial heritage and standing proud at the heart of the historic district, Cartagena Cathedral (St Catherine of Alexandria ...  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.  The ...  Read more

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