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Cartagena, located on the northern coast of Colombia and facing the Caribbean Sea, is the country’s most visited city by tourists for its colonial charm, history, beaches and gastronomy.

The city has three main areas where visitors go: the walled city, which encloses the colonial sector of the city with its streets full of stories, balconies, churches, museums and old houses. On the other hand, we find the modern part of the city where you will find a large hotel area and the traditional and exclusive Castillogrande neighborhood, finally the North Zone where you will find a residential area and an important hotel offer which reaches the town of Manzanillo where there are hotels of international chains.

Cartagena was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in November 1984, being the first Colombian place to be included in the list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

In recent decades, Cartagena has expanded dramatically, currently has the most important port in Colombia and an industrial zone specializing in petrochemical products, however, the old city or walled city is preserved in all its splendor.


Cartagena has direct flights from Bogota and international cities like:

44 weekly flights to and from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Panama City, Amsterdam and Newark. Airlines such as American Airlines, Wingo, Copa, Spirit, JetBlue and KLM conduct these operations.

316 weekly flights to and from Bogotá, Medellín (Rionegro and Olaya Herrera), Cali, San Andrés, Pereira, Bucaramanga and Cúcuta. Airlines such as Avianca, LATAM, Viva Air, GCA Airlines, Easy Fly and Wingo conduct these operations.

27 - 31ºC / 80 - 87ºF
Official Language
Colombian Peso (COP)
Time Zone
110 v
Bank Hours
8:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M and 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. ATM 24/7
WIFI is available in all shopping malls and restaurants.
Mall Hours
Open Monday-Friday 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Visa Information

Tourists from more than 85 countries are not required to present a foreign visa.

For more information, visit the Colombian Chancellery to check travel requirements:

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