Cartagena Vacations & Travel Packages!
A beautiful city on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region, Cartagena is the capital of the Bolivar Department. It is the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast and a fairy tale of legends, romance, and magnificently preserved beauty lying within engrossing 13 kilometers of centuries old colonial stone walls. The city features a tropical wet and dry climate with rainy seasons in May-June and October-November. The old town of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This old town is in contrast with the outer town having comparatively bustling lifestyle.
Centro Amurallado - Old Town
Also known as the heart of Cartagena, the Old Town is an old walled area protected by fortress. Within the walls, there are plazas, colonial buildings, convents, and churches. Restaurants and accommodations within this area highlight their colonial origins.
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
A wonderful piece of architecture, Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas is the huge fortress dominating the town. At the site, visitors can stroll through the underground passages and can walk the battlements.
La Popa Convent
Also called as a monastery and a convent, La Popa Convent is a colonial complex is a wonderful place to visit for an exploration of colonial religious life, lovely vistas of the city and nearby islands. Located within the site, the Convento de la Popa is a spectacular spot for sunset with flowered platios. It was an additional fortress and features a museum and a chapel of the Virgen de la Candelaria, a patron saint of Cartagena.
Museo de Oro y Arqueloguia
Located on Plaza Bolivar, Museo de Oro y Arqueloguia is an archeological and gold museum. The collection in the museum includes gold artifacts and pottery from the Sinu culture and gold collection from Bogota. Nearby located Palacio de la Inquisicion is a good place to visit for exploring history and culture of Cartagena. The collection here encompasses instruments of torture from the Spanish Inquisition, colonial, pre-Colombian, and independence-era art.