Cartagena de Indias, the magical city, the jewel of the Caribbean. It is given many nicknames and any traveler going to Colombia wants to visit it.
While the old city center is undoubtedly a beautiful colonial quarter to explore, visitors may be a little disappointed during their stay in Cartagena.
Indeed, every day, tourists and street vendors invade the city center, the beaches are not pleasant and there is not much to do in the surroundings – except visit the Rosario Islands (which are also very busy).
That said, there are some nice things to do in the walled city. All you have to do is be smarter than ordinary tourists. This means not booking a day trip to Isla Baru or the Rosario Islands (stay overnight instead), go visiting the old center at 7 am and avoiding Cartagena during the high season (mid-December to mid-January) or a Colombian holiday.
Would you like to add Cartagena to your itinerary to Colombia?
Find all the information you need in our Cartagena travel guide.