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Kick off your Colombia adventure with some Caribbean flavor in Cartagena de Indias, a charismatic seaside city that blends colonial and contemporary elements. Founded in 1533 and named after the port of Cartagena in Spain, it was a major center of early Spanish settlement in the Americas. Cartagena's walled Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its well-preserved collection of forts, squares, churches and cobblestone lanes. Explore colonial landmarks including a fortified castle, wander a grid of walkable streets lined with multicolored mansions and bustling plazas, and survey the city's best vistas from a hilltop convent. Experience Cartagena's colorful culture and architecture on a walk through the Getsemani neighborhood where vibrant street murals are helping to revitalize the area as a hip destination for the arts and salsa dancing. Cartagena’s urban intrigue is a perfect complement to your Colombia nature immersion, and an ideal introduction to this country’s surprising diversity.
Visit World Heritage MonumentsSee the famous monuments of Cartagena's Old Town, including a castle and convent, and survey the Caribbean Sea from the city's highest vantage points
Explore Diverse NeighborhoodsStroll the 16th-century walled city, then admire the colorful murals in Cartagena's trendy Getsemani neighborhood
Discover Colonial HistoryLearn how the Spanish Empire strategically fortified and defended this coastal city and its valuable port from repeated pirate attacks