Places to visit in Cartagena

Top Things to Do in Cartagena, Colombia

Places to Visit in Cartagena

Explore the best-preserved old colonial city in Latin America from the comfort of a party bus, or while on a walking tour. Prefer beaches instead? The Rosario Islands await.

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Top Attractions in Cartagena

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From quick jaunts to full-day outings.




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  • jonmc2016
    Poughkeepsie, NY16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best things to do in old town is to check out the nicer hotels. Many have beautiful courtyards (but none live up to the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara), restaurants, and rooftop bars that are open most of the day to guests and non-guests alike.

    **You MUST be very careful walking. I can tell you that this is THE MOST DANGEROUS place we've ever been to for potential falls, broken ankles, etc. It's like they are purposely setting up hazards to generate medical care revenue! Scan 10 feet ahead for hazards then look up to enjoy the sights, repeat. Do NOT become complacent.

    We felt save in old town crime-wise, but didn't stay out past 10 pm.

    There are endless roaming and non-roaming street vendors, taxi drivers, horse drawn carriage riders, etc etc offering you their wares/services. Usually a smile and "no gracias" is enough for them to peel off and go to the next person.

    Basically, anywhere nice enough to eat at will accept Visa and Mastercard. So will the grocery stores and the shops. If you want to wheel and deal with a street vendor, you'll need pesos.

    I read that only the nicer places automatically add a 10% propina (service charge/tip) to the bill. We found pretty much every place did - including bars. This is supposedly shared amongst the staff. The only way I would suggest adding even more/and or handing a few dollars' worth of pesos to the actual server is if they did an incredible job.

    There is no sales tax added after the fact in Colombia. The VAT is included in the price. So, for meals, the only additional cost should be the 10% propina added to the final bill.

    Old town is a "foodie" and "drinkie's" paradise, especially if they like seafood. My wife had about 5 different Ceviches and each one was better than the next. Grilled Octopus and whole fish are also highlights. I had an incredible burger at Jardin at the Legend! The craft cocktails at the nicer bars are wonderful - and VERY affordable compared to other locations (this is coming from someone who lives 75 miles from NYC).

    The rooftop bars are worth seeking out and enjoying. Many are open all day. In the evening, the music (live or canned) can get loud so if you're more chill, try and enjoy the rooftop bars up until sunset.
    Written 2 April 2024
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  • Savannahtaylor
    Milwaukee, WI27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On a hot, humid, full sun day, the trek to the top was a little taxing. It was so worth it though. The views were spectacular, and there was a shaded area to rest in. The price to get in was cheap, so definitely worth a visit!
    Written 7 March 2024
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  • David W
    Warrenton, MO1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited Mr. Emerald in Cartegena. If you are looking for quality emeralds and good prices, go there. Also, the owner, Leland Miles is an American.
    Written 21 April 2024
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  • Scott
    New York City, NY22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love old churches so I’m a bit biased but this is a good place to visit e cause it has the court yard, the church and 2 floors with art. I’d give it a good 45 minutes to explore the place. The priest behind the place has an interesting story, The courtyard alone would be a cool place to have a picnic lunch. Too bad there isn’t a cafe inside. Highly recommend as a activity in cartegena
    Written 6 April 2024
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  • Savannahtaylor
    Milwaukee, WI27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved all the art and the mere beauty of this neighborhood. It's almost like a maze, so many corridors and turns but you always end up in awe at all the flowers and paintings. We ate a great lunch here and found an air conditioned cafe to rest in for a while. Everyone is so accommodating and friendly! Nighttime is cool too to see all the lights above the streets.
    Written 7 March 2024
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  • John L
    Grand Bend, Canada2,045 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Convent of La Popa (stern) towers 145 m above the city, the highest point in Cartagena. Construction began in 1606 as a refuge for blacks. Tranquil, peaceful, and bright with flowers, the Convent provides striking views of the city. Take a taxi!
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • Rschagrin
    Delray Beach, FL18,311 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice plaza in the middle of the walled city. Surrounded by tons of stores and restaurants. There are tables in the middle of the plaza so you sit and eat and at night, enjoy the music.
    Written 1 January 2024
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  • Ron S
    New York City, NY5,473 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The museum is small but is well worth a visit. The collection consists of Zenu gold and pottery with a few outstanding items. The admission is free.
    Written 25 November 2023
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  • Rschagrin
    Delray Beach, FL18,311 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the 100's of Plaza de Bolívar throughout South America. Naturally there is a statue of Simon Bolivar in the middle. The plaza is surrounded by a Cathedral, the Palace of the Inquisition and a gold museum.
    Written 1 January 2024
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  • Rschagrin
    Delray Beach, FL18,311 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inside the walled city which is an amazing place to visit both day & night. Full of nice stores and great restaurants.
    The clock tower is visible from almost part of the city.
    Written 1 January 2024
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  • Abovetheclouds
    2,500 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not my favourite plaza but has a nice atmosphere. Pretty and at night with the lights on, very nice and romantic. Smaller than other plazas in the Walled City but worth a stop.
    Written 30 August 2023
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  • Irit Raz-McBride
    Santa Monica, CA200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very cool place to visit. An old arena turned into shops and restaurants. We had tacos on top and it was delicious. The view is great from the terrace.
    Written 4 February 2024
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