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South America's Most Photogenic City

A fairy-tale city of romance, Cartagena de Indias is quite possibly South America's most beautiful city. Facing the Caribbean Sea to the west with Cartagena Bay to the south, the city is Colombia's top travel attraction. The old town of Cartagena is immaculately preserved, with numerous beautiful plazas, churches and old buildings to marvel at. This is the place to drop all sightseeing routine but simply soak up the sensual atmosphere. Take to the city's picture-perfect streets and wander through one of the greatest cultural treasures in the Americas. Stroll along an enchanting maze of cobbled alleys, where enormous wooden balconies are shrouded in bougainvillea, complete with horse-drawn carriages past bloom-covered archways and fine colonial buildings painted in array of bright colours. Leafy plazas adorned with vibrant bougainvillea and handsome palm trees lead to ancient fortifications with stunning sea views. Cartagena was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 as the region's true jewel of Spanish colonial heritage.

The city can get very hot and humid during the day. Take time to relax at one of Cartagena's many open air cafés amidst street performers and colourfully dressed fruit vendors Palenqueras. And you can always escape to the nearby Islas de Rosario or Playa Blanca if you want to spend a day on the beach.

  • Last visit to Cartagena: Jan 2010
  • Intro Updated Jul 23, 2011
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  • tratoria's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    Hi, I saw that you have been visited a lot places in my native country, it is nice. Cartagena is a wonderful place, so beatiful. I hope that you like it.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Mira, outstanding page with awsome photos and very detailed commentaries about Cartagena. Just fabulous.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    What a wonderful page Mira! Cartagena is lovely and your tips brought back many great memories!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2010 at 4:43 AM

    Wow Mira, with your great writing style and beautiful photos, you have made this page a real 'tour de force'!! What an historic and colourful city Cartagena is! Loved every one of your tips - enough to make me want to jump on the next plane out!

  • Nov 24, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    the new photos are stunning - such amazing colors! // glad to see a finished page - its a work of art! well done mira!

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    What a beautiful architectural place & great photos. Latin jazz in the club sounds fantastic, I'm surprised you returned to Europe ;-)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:18 AM

    :-) Anna said you are almost finished. Gorgeous colour synfonie :-)) I love these balconies and flowers and oh wow, also the palenquera girls!! Haha, Portal de los Dulces would be very dangerous, but the fruit juices are not. I miss them!

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