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Cartagena
Colombia
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You're going to love Cartagena

Nestled on the spectacular Caribbean coast in northern Colombia, Cartagena is a magical blend of historic fortifications, elegant courtyards, fine dining and glittering nightlife.
Cartagena is great for beach & nightlife.

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During the day, head to the Getsemani neighborhood close to the Old Town. Grab a coffee at a bohemian cafe before taking in the colorful street art inspired by local culture and history.
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971,592
population
Spanish
language
5th
largest city in Colombia
3302.84
Colombian Peso equals $1 USD
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Getting to Cartagena

The airport is less than 4 miles from the old town and a taxi may be your best bet. Give your destination address to the official taxi stand at the airport and they'll give you a voucher for your ride, which will have the price printed on it.

Median airfare by month

$448 Median airfare from US to Cartagena in January

Median airfare by time before departure

$467 Median airfare 1 month before departure date
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Staying in Cartagena

Stay in the Old Town to experience the city's culture. The walled city is also incredibly charming with colorful buildings and historic architecture, plus, you’ll be walking distance to tons of sites, restaurants and nightlife.

Median hotel rate by month

$152 Median January hotel rate

Median hotel rate by night

$124 Median Sunday hotel rate

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When in Cartagena

Must-see in Cartagena

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas
Convento de Santa Cruz de la Popa
Convento de Santa Cruz de la Popa
Palacio de la Inquisición
Palacio de la Inquisición
Playa Blanca
Playa Blanca

Weather in Cartagena

Average Temperature (°F)
79° Average temperature in January

Eating in Cartagena

What should you order while you’re in Cartagena?

While the dish didn’t originate there, ceviche is a popular dish on the coast of Colombia. But the Colombian version is slightly different from other varieties. It’s made with all types of cooked shellfish and dressed with lime juice, mayo, hot sauce, ketchup and cilantro.
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What you’ll expect to pay (USD)

$2-4
Cheap meal
$1
A beer
$14-20
Nice dinner for 2
10%
Standard tip for good service
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