Today I am going to share Best Cartagena Travel Guide So make sure you read the full article.
If you’re looking for an amazing place that’s really built on the resort vibe but still full of culture, Cartagena is the place to be. It’s a beautiful city with plenty to see and do, whether you’re interested in the history and old-style architecture or you’re into the nightlife and the parties. Whether you’re coming with your whole family, with your special someone or with some friends, you’re going to have plenty to experience and you’re definitely not going to want to leave.
Welcome to Cartagena Old Town
Old Town, or El Centro, is the fortress and the center of Cartagena (literally). There are actually walls built around this historic district and you’ll find amazing sites from centuries ago, including churches and plazas. Everything here is about the culture and you’ll see performers of all types at Plaza Bolivar. There are dancers and even live bands that play here. You’re definitely going to want to see what this beautiful place has to offer, especially in the way of restaurants and even places that you can stay. You never have to leave El Centro if you don’t want to.
This city square is filled with beautiful lights through the night and is believed to give off positive energy. You’ll also find the very first train from Medallin located right in the museum here at the center and there’s plenty of places you can get food and coffee. What you’ll really want to check out though is Parque de los Pies Descalzos, or the barefoot park, where you’re invited to do just that. So take your shoes off, bring a picnic lunch and just enjoy yourself. It’s what everyone else is going to be doing, so don’t feel self-conscious about anything.
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
If you really want to see history you’re going to want to check out the fortress at the center of town. It was built nearly 5 centuries ago and it’s still standing today, though it’s grown quite a bit since then. With the expansions that took place at least twice, the entire fortress is a great deal larger than it was originally. You’ll be able to check out everything from the battlements to the underground passages and more. What’s really interesting though is you won’t find any battle damage in this fort. It was never actually used.
Located at the top of a hill, this definitely seems like a great place for a fort. Also it has a great view of the land and the sea of Cartagena. It’s also full of history and relics that you’re not going to see anywhere else. For anyone who loves to check out war zones and anything to do with the military and history, you’re going to love this one for sure. Of course, the surrounding area is going to be just as amazing, and it’s all for adult and younger members of your party. What little one isn’t going to love playing out their own battle fantasies and letting their imagination really run wild?
If you’re the type who really loves the water you’re going to want to check out these islands and you can do it from land or the water. Taking a boat over the amazing, clear waters is going to be an adventure on its own, whether you kayak or take a tour boat. You can also explore the beautiful sugar beaches and the palm trees. If you really want to enjoy the vacation life you can even stay at one of the hotels or resorts that are located on these islands and relax all day (and night).
The beaches here are some of the best you’ll find anywhere and the little cabanas give you the perfect place to relax. Not to mention you’re going to get some of the best seafood you’ll ever eat in your life. After all, it’s caught right there on the beach and sold to you just as fresh. No matter what you’re looking for in Colombia, you definitely can’t go wrong with a drink on the beach, especially one that’s more beautiful than anything you’ve probably ever seen before. There’s no way you’re going to settle for just regular old beaches anymore. Not after you’ve seen this one.
Bocagrande in Cartagena
Here you’re going to find the real nightlife and the party central of the area. If you’re looking for a place to dance the night away you’re definitely going to find it right here. There are also plenty of hip and stylish hotels, shops and restaurants. So if you’re looking for the hot scene for all the young people this is definitely where want to be. Of course, you’ll find some beautiful beaches in this region too. There aren’t actually a lot of people on them, which makes them even better for you to rest up before that night on the town.
You’ll find a whole lot of modern life going on in this city and that’s definitely going to be a whole lot of fun for those tourists who want to break away from the culture and the history of the area a bit. You definitely will enjoy yourself but don’t stay too long, there’s a whole lot more to do and see. Still, if you want to enjoy some music, do some shopping and get to dancing, you’re not going to find much better for all three. You’ll just have to pick out your favorite club along the way.
Having an entire beach to yourself can be fun, but sometimes you really want to be immersed in all the tourism and this is where you’ll find it. The water is bright and clear. The sand is brilliant gold. And the tourists are hanging out in hammocks. You’re going to absolutely love it here. Even the locals like to come out to this spot to get together, relax and grab a drink. All it takes is a speedboat to get you there and you’ll never want to leave.
This beach is the kind that you see on postcards and in ads and you’re positive that it has to be fake. You can trust that nothing could ever be that beautiful. As soon as you set foot here, however, you’re going to see that it absolutely is possible. Definitely, you wouldn’t want to miss out. What you won’t find are the big crowds that you sometimes hear about or the litter or other damage that some complaint about. You’ll definitely get the experience of a lifetime.
Once a jail, this awesome area is now a full shopping mall with plenty of amazing shops and artwork. You’re going to have a great time picking out something special to take back with you or something unique to send home to your friends. And you can experience some of the old histories of the jail while you’re at it. It was actually a set of 23 dungeons back in the 1700s and now, well now it’s a whole bunch of great shops that you’re going to want to see for yourself.
Of course, other than this beautiful jail/shopping mall you’re going to see other art and culture too. You’re not going to have any problems spending an entire day in the area. In Cartagena, you can check out a little bit of everything and definitely seeing some of the other historical sites. If you’ve seen one you definitely haven’t seen them all. And you can even check out the tours to get even more information about those historical areas. By getting a tour, you definitely will see what they were used for in the past. You’ll hear some truly amazing stories from the locals.
This is actually a port city and it’s considered base camp for you to begin your long hike to The Lost City. Ciudad Perdida is going to be an awesome experience, if you’re willing to make that trek. Not to mention you can use this area to get to Tayrona Beach. Considered the oldest Hispanic town in the entire country, this place is going to be full of history and full of the most beautiful sites as well. All you need to do is be a little more adventurous and may be ready for a bit more outdoor fun. You never know what you might find.
There are some ancient ruins here, as well as mangrove forests. Not to mention you can head out snorkeling in the reefs if you want to immerse yourself in the marine life. Also make sure you don’t forget to join in the clubs and the partying that’s going to take place all night long. You’re going to have plenty of dancing, plenty of drinks and a great atmosphere to go along with it. This is definitely going to be a great place for the party animal in you to come out. There are bars and discos all over the place and each one is going to give you a different experience.
Tayrona National Park
Let’s get back to Tayrona, shall we? It’s not just a beach. It’s actually an adventurers paradise. You’ll find everything from the beach to wildlife and even jungles in this area. If you’re looking to relax you’ll find the right place to do it, especially with the white sand beaches and beautiful water. Not to mention you’ll find hammocks permanently installed. If you’re looking for some adventure you’re going to want to wander your way through the jungles (but not too far). It’s going to be the experience of a lifetime and the perfect way to spend your entire day.
Behind the beaches and the jungles, you’re also going to have a great view of the mountains, the Sierra Nevada’s. With all these amazing things to look at you’re definitely not going to want to leave. But you can really experience a little of all of it if you want to just take a walk, a hike or even go climbing (though you’ll have to go a ways further away for that). There’s something for everyone to enjoy in this national park. This park is has a lot of things to offer for the entire family. And it’s all in a place that you will love even to just look at.
Museo de Oro y Arqueloguia
Museums can definitely be a great way for you to spend your time. In Cartagena, this one is going to be no exception if you love museums. You’re going to have plenty of gold and archaeological finds to check out at this museum. It’s full of beautiful things and plenty of cultures. You’ll be able to see some of the good things of history and maybe a little of the dark times while you’re at it. No matter which era you’re most interested in, you’re going to find a little bit of everything going on here. We can tell you that there’s definitely no reason to miss out.
You can get a great tour or you can check things out on your own. If you love to know everything you possibly can you’re going to want to get the full tour and find out more right from the locals. Otherwise, you can definitely see everything that the museum has to offer on your own. There’s something from all different parts of the world and the culture that you’re truly immersed in is going to be an amazing way to spend your day
If you’re looking for an amazing place to experience culture, history and plenty of sun and sand, Colombia, and especially Cartagena, is the place to go. You’re going to see a whole lot of amazing things. You’ll have the adventure and vacation of a lifetime, no matter who you’re traveling with. It’s all about having a little fun and really getting out there. The kids, the adults, and everyone is going to love hitting the town, hitting the beach and definitely hitting all of the sites. So make sure you add Cartagena, Colombia to your list of must-visit places in the world.