26 Colorful Pictures of Cartagena, Colombia to Inspire Your Travels
There are places about which it has been said and written enough. Cartagena de Indias, the pearl of Colombian Caribbean Coast is one of those places. Still, we were caught by colorful details we've found when wandering the colonial streets.
..how many colors do you know? Let's ignite your wanderlust..
..Cartagena, a major port of Colombia was founded in 1533 and since then is an important transportation and cultural hub..
..sometimes, it seems that colorful houses, beautifully decorated doors, and shutters hide the dark side of Cartagena's history..
..where colonial meets modern..
..and the moisture in combination with salt reacts with multicolored facades..
..and ubiquitous graffiti give Cartgena distinctive visual style..
..with neatly cut and grown flowers..
..the climate is hot and humid..
..but the sea air is refreshing..
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..and smells of salt and sea spray..
..white and blue, the colors of the sea..
..the location on the shore of the Caribbean Ocean determines the laidback way of life here..
..colonial buildings have witnessed many historical events..
..the walled part of Cartagena is the city within the city, but right behind walls, a normal, everyday life of the working class continues..
WHERE TO STAY IN CARTAGENA
Cartagena is a very popular tourist destination among locals and foreign travelers as well, and it is quite hard to find budget-friendly accommodation in the city, especially last minute, despite the dazzling number of hotels or hostels.
We recommend you to make your reservation as soon as you know your travel dates.
Budget | Hotel La Magdalena - Set in a colonial house, this hotel is a great choice for all budget travelers who seek privacy, clean and well-equipped rooms in the city center.
Mid-range | Casa Santa Ana Boutique Almirante - Freshly made breakfast, swimming pool and relaxation zone on the rooftop and well-appointed rooms, that's all in the Getsemani part of Cartagena.
Luxury | Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena - Are you looking for the top service and a hotel which will make your stay in Cartagena special? You've just found it. The hotel is located in a former monastery, has a spa, swimming pool, gym, and sauna. Rooms are, of course, excellent.
Alternatively, search for your accommodation via Hostelworld.
WHAT TO PACK
It's hot and humid all year round in Cartagena, and you will sweat a lot in the heat. You don't need to pack much, only bring clothes that breathe, drink a lot of water and put sunscreen on.
Here are 5 essential things to pack for Cartagena.
Suitcase | If your backpacking days are over, bring a durable suitcase.
Sunscreen | We used SPF 50+ sunscreen every day in Colombia.
Camera | To capture all the beauty, pack a quality camera of your preference.
We've also written an in-depth South America packing list where you will find more useful tips and advice on what to pack.
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