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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena
Colombia

The main attraction of the port of Cartagena in Colombia is its old walled city. It was founded in 1533 by the conquistador Pedro de Heredia. The churches, forts and palaces bear witness to Spanish colonial architecture of the 16th and 17th century.

The fortress and the city of Cartagena are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Useful Information

Language

Spanish, most of the people who work with tourists also speak English

Tips

The service (propina) is often added to the bill. In general, the amount is 10%, but can go up to 15% in more chic restaurants.

Currency

COP
Colombian peso

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XE

Time difference

UTC: -5

from New York: 0h

from San Francisco: +2h

from London: -5h

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)
Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
2475
2781
3188
20.00
February
2475
2781
3188
10.00
March
2577
2781
3188
20.00
April
2679
2882
3290
220.75
May
2679
2882
3290
1204.75
June
2679
2984
3290
1024.00
July
2679
2882
3290
1194.75
August
2679
2882
3290
1295.00
September
2679
2882
3188
1455.75
October
2577
2882
3188
2399.50
November
2577
2882
3188
1576.25
December
2577
2781
3188
502.00

Where is located the Port of Cartagena Cruise Terminal

Ships dock at the port of Cartagena. You can walk five minutes to the visitor center or to take a free shuttle bus.

The passenger centre offers many services, coffee, souvenir shops (expensive in comparison to those in the city) and even a zoo with wild animals.

Travelling around the Cartagena Cruise Port

The old town can easily be discovered on foot.
Taxis are also available at the port. Negotiate the price at the start and pay only on the return. If you ask the taxi to drop you off somewhere, be sure you can return to the ship afterwards.
A Hop on hop off tour bus offers a tour with 12 stops.
If you choose to rent a car, compare prices and save with rentalcars.com.

Activities in Cartagena

Landmarks

Plaza de Bolivar

Located in the centre of the old town. In this square are fountains and the statue of Simon de Bolivar, nicknamed Libertador because of his participation in the independence of several countries in South America.

Historical sites

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

One of the most important fortresses in the city. The construction lasted 150 years and began in 1639. Inside, you can walk through many tunnels.

Fortifications

You can go around the old town on the fortifications. If it’s hot, bring a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water.

Museum of the fortifications

Réuni des pièces des principales fortifications de Carthagène.

Museums

Museo del Oro y Arqueologia

The Museo del Oro y Arqueologia presents gold artifacts from the Zenu culture of the 2nd century BC.

Naval Museum

Presents the naval history of the colonial period of Cartagena. The museum is located in front of the church of San Pedro Claver.

Palacio de la Inquisicion

This museum testifies to the dark side of the human being by presenting objects of torture.

Excursions in Cartagena