Cartagena, Colombia

  • This fishing village is located on the scenic Caribbean coast side of Colombia.
  • Established in the 16th century as a Spanish colony, many of the port city’s original walls, cobblestone streets, and architecture are still present today; a definite feast for the senses.
  • The main attraction of Cartagena is its historic old town and the colonial streets within, surrounded by the city wall.
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The Walled Colonial City

In a legendary city by the sea, a historic neighborhood that you can navigate completely on food, sprawling white sand beaches, and architecture that dates back to the 16th century wait to greet you. Winding cobblestone streets lead to convent walls, small churches, and a variety of open-air markets brimming with artisan goods. First a Spanish port, Cartagena is now unmistakably Colombian. Its interior walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and just the tip of the iceberg for your vacation. Tip back a chilled mojito, stroll under dense bundles of fragrant bougainvillea, and visit the dozens of structures and plazas that tell centuries-old stories.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Rafael Nuñez International Airport (CTG)
  • Climate
  • Time Zone
  • Cartagena International Film Festival
  • Currency

Fresh Things To Do

Featured Activity

  • Exploring the Walled City

    Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. Built in 1580, this holy sanctuary is made up of a cloister courtyard, museum, and adjoining church. Described as one of the first human rights pioneer, Saint Peter Claver was a Jesuit Priest whose life work was devoted to defending and advocating for African slaves in the city’s ancient beginnings.

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The Colombian Nobel literature laureate, best known for writing One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, was cremated and his ashes are peacefully at rest here in the Claustro de la Merced, one of the city’s many architectural jewels.

    Palacio de la Inquisición. Established as the Holy Office of the Inquisition in the 18th century, this building certainly has a dark past. Today, it houses dozens of historical artifacts, paintings, furniture, and maps. English guides are available.

    Las Bóvedas. Attached to the walls of the old city, Las Bóvedas (the Vaults) were originally built as dungeons. From the top of them, you can look out over the Caribbean Sea.

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Cartagena Travel Tips


  • Forecasting Your Cartagena Vacation

    Because of its tropical savanna climate, you can count on the weather in Cartagena to be relatively humid and sunny. Temperatures average 84°F during most of the year. June tends to be the hottest month of the year and the “coldest “month is January, at 81°. Highs can range above 90° and temperatures very rarely dip below 70°. Hours of daylight year-round range between 11 and 12.5 hours.


Map of Cartagena, Colombia

Google Maps satellite images are not always up-to-date, especially in non-U.S. destinations. Some Inspirato accommodations are located in developments built after images were last updated. Our pin placements represent our best location estimates, but actual locations may vary.

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