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Tourist information about Cartagena de Indias

Cartagena de Indias is a city that has successfully combined its most attractive features. Nowadays, it is said to be an important tourist destination and a major commercial and industrial center.


It is the capital of Bolivar department and a beautiful colonial city. History is present in each of its walls, in the wide variety of monuments that can be visited here and in its colonial architecture.


Located in the northeast area of Colombia, Cartagena de Indias was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nowadays, about nine hundred thousand people live here and enjoy the city's cultural and historical wealth daily.


Cartagena de Indias has a broad array of attractions to offer tourists and local people. One striking example of this is its long, beautiful and exotic beaches or the attractive nightlife, which includes a variety of restaurants, discos, bars and cafes.


In addition, this city has adopted the rapid pace of the business world, since it has become one of the main business centers and an important place for holding conferences and conventions in the Caribbean.

View of Cartagena de Indias


Cartagena de Indias accommodation

Through it is possible to make reservations by phone or on-line for accommodation in Huts, Hotels, Apartments, Inns, Apart-Hotels or Resorts located in different spots of the city.

In order to enjoy a comfortable and pleasant stay near your area of interest it is possible to book a hotel downtown Cartagena de Indias or in different areas of the city.

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Sightseens & Tours in Cartagena de Indias

A wide variety of attractions can be enjoyed at this city such as going for a stroll, spending a day at the beach enjoying a picnic or sunbathing, travelling around the city by bike, going for a horse ride at dusk or even for a walk along the historic center, among others.


What is more, sport lovers can enjoy a wonderful day as well since it is possible to do water sports including wind surf and to go fishing or to play golf, mini golf and tennis.


Cartagena de Indias is an ideal place for man to get back to nature.


One striking example of this is the Rosario Islands, nowadays fauna and flora sanctuary, an excellent place to watch carefully how the marine ecosystem works.


In addition, it is highly recommendable to visit the Botanical Garden, where a huge number of plant species typical from the area can be admired among colors, scents and springs.

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Rosario Island


History of Cartagena de Indias

Although we are still unclear about the origin of the city's name, it is widely believed that navigator de la Cosa played a major role in this subject.


In fact, it must have been Juan de la Cosa, prestigious cosmographer and navigator who accompanied Christopher Columbus in one of his trips to America, who named this bay Cartagena.


History reveals that as soon as they enter the bay, Juan de la Cosa and the rest of the expedition members believed they had arrived in Cartagena de España. Thus, this is where the name Cartagena de Indias comes from.


Cartagena de Indias, an effectively protected area surrounded by a large number of forts, fortresses, and walls, was founded by Spanish conqueror Don Pedro de Heredia in 1533.


The area known as Villa Colonial was built in parallel with Cartagena de Indias between the XVI and XIX centuries. Villa Colonial provides good evidence of the area's architectural and cultural heritage.


It is well worth mentioning that this one was the first province to achieve independence from Spain, on the 11th November, 1811.

Walled City


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