Known as La Heroica, it has the highest rating when it comes to treating foreigners. Receiving so many tourists throughout the year, they are very friendly, making them feel welcome.
There is also a great diversity when looking for activities and places to visit, because you can see mountain, sea, sand, architecture, and practically everything you want except for cold climates. Cartagena has a historic center that makes the stay in Cartagena a unique, beautiful and pleasant experience.
Cartagena is one of Colombia's most popular tourist destinations thanks to its interesting history, excellent cuisine, and an amazing place for shopping. Located on the Caribbean coast just 256 miles from the Panama Canal, Cartagena is a major maritime and commercial port. Dozens of cruise ships visit the city leaving more than 70 million dollars for the city. More than 3,000 ships pass through this port every year, and Cartagena receives almost 112,000 tourists a year from cruise ships alone.
With a residential population of approximately 1 million people, Cartagena is the fifth largest city in Colombia and the second largest in the coastal region. At 221 square miles, it's slightly smaller than Chicago.
The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While it gained its independence from Spain on November 11, 1811, Cartagena still retains much of the original colonial architecture. As you walk through the old city, you'll find narrow, cobblestone streets, old churches, museums, and restaurants and shops located in colonial buildings, making you feel like you've stepped back in time.
Brimming with history and romance, downtown Cartagena is surrounded by the historic city Wall (murallas), with the Clock Tower overlooking the main entrance. Some sections of the Wall have steps that allow you to walk along the top, enjoy sea breezes and the breathtaking views in any direction you want.
Shopping is an exceptional experience in Cartagena. Upscale boutiques, local artisan shops, and street vendors provide a variety of options for all budgets. Emeralds are an especially popular item.
Airbnb hotels, condos, apartments, and rentals are available year-round, but fill up quickly during the Christmas, New Year's and Easter holidays.