Cartagena is an enchanting city offering a mix of the colonial period and modernity, the Caribbean and the Andes, and Africa and the Americas. Cartagena’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage still breathing the air of the colonial times. The boutique hotels of Cartagena are among the best in the Caribbean. Walking through the walled city of Cartagena is the best way to discover this city. Sample street food from local vendors or enjoy dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants. You could take a horse carriage ride to the Cafe del Mar and enjoy a sundowner on the walled city. Venturing out the walled city takes you to bohemian Getsemaní sector, where young artists and musicians thrive.
Don’t miss the spectacular views from the Popa hill’s Augustinian monastery. The San Felipe Fortress is another must see stop during your stay in Cartagena. It’s impressive construction reminds of the bitter fights between Spanish colonial forces and pirates going after the huge treasures waiting to be transported to the Spanish mainland.
Outside Cartagena the Islas del Rosario wait to be discovered during a day excursion or an short overnight stay. Nice beaches invite to relax and sample some of the freshly grilled fish. For bird lovers the new aviary in Barú is worth a visit.