Cartagena de Indias is a colonial town located in the center of the northeastern Caribbean coast of Colombia.
With easy access, whether by air, land or sea, it is visited every year by thousands of tourists who find it as the perfect place to relax or work.
This charming city has a diverse hotel infrastructure, with mostly bilingual (English - Spanish) staff. The official currency is the Colombian peso, which fluctuates at a representative rate relative to U.S. dollar.
Its average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius (90º F), and the beaches keep warm waters all year round. This is a great reason to take it into consideration as an excellent tourist destination in any season.
|Foundation||June 1st of 1533|
|Location||10° 26' North Latitude 75° 33' West Longitude|
|Altitude||2 mt. above sea level|
|Day temperature||29° C|
|Night temperature||25° C|
|Currency||Colombian Peso (COP)|
|Official time||GMT-05:00 hours|
|Phone Prefix||Country: 57 City: 5 (57 5)|
|Religion||Catholic Predominance, Cult Liberty|
|Clothing||Light clothes, short sleeves, light and fresh fabrics.|
|Current||110 - 120 volts - 60 Hz|
Lush landscapes, picturesque places, vast beaches and beautiful islands: Cartagena is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. The beaches are within walking distance of the ancient walls of the Historic Center, locally referred to as El Centro (Down Town). The beaches extend around the peninsula of Bocagrande and Laguito. And less than 25 minutes from the Historic Center, there is another popular tourist beach called La Boquilla. Our beaches are suitable for a number of water sports such as fishing, diving, windsurfing and skiing because the settings are appropriate, charming and safe that allow their practice in a peaceful way.
White sand beaches can be found in Playa Blanca on the Island of Barú in the southern part of the city or at the Rosario Islands located in the archipelagos near Cartagena. These beaches have a wide range of flora and fauna plus a variety of good hotels and restaurants. It also has a sea aquarium for those who like to enjoy the marine nature from above.
Cartagena has had an interesting confluence of cultures for over 500 years that include the pre-Columbian native aborigines, the Spanish, the Africans and the Arabs. All of this framed within one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean, which brings together the most important cultural events in the world. No wonder it is a World Heritage Site.
Cartagena is a city rich in cultural expressions and folklore. Because of the amalgamation of cultures that take place in the Heroic City, there is a fusion of sounds, dances, traditions, foods and lifestyles. This unique diversity inherent to the city is one of its main attractions that make it the Jewel of the Caribbean because it is multicultural, cheerful and multi-experience.
The culture is one of the components of its intangible heritage. It can be lived, felt, smelled and tasted. It can be walked around. The Cartageneros are themselves the living proof of this culture, their joy, warmth, sway and tropical sounds attract foreign people from all over the world.
Cultural events of worldwide importance as the Hay Festival, the International Music Festival, the International Film Festival of Cartagena, "Mucho Más Mayo" or the Festival of the "Hamaca Grande" among others, allow Cartagena to host major events of all kinds and one of the world's cultural capitals.
Its historic center, known as the «Walled City», was declared National Heritage Site of Colombia in 1959, and for being a city full of history, it was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. In 2007 its military architecture was pronounced as the Fourth Wonder of Colombia.
Before its tangible heritage we find the intangible one. Its multiculturalism, its smell of living history, its flavors, colors and diversity; the joy, strength and warmth of the people of Cartagena (the “Cartageneros”), what is popular now and what has always been popular make Cartagena to be seen by the world as a unique, infinite, authentic, spontaneous and multi - experiencing city.
Its historic center, better known as “The Walled City”, its streets, houses and balconies are living evidence of the Republican and Baroque architecture of a Spanish Village from the Colonial times. Intact remains of watch towers, cannons, fortifications, bulwarks and batteries are part of the invaluable heritage that makes our visitors’ stay an eternal experience, because in this magical, historic and beautiful city the past, the present and the future meet. The 11th November 1811 is a date to be remembered and celebrated. On this date, Cartagena de Indias was the first province to get independence from the Spanish crown.
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