Cartagena de Indias, the Magic City, the Jewel of the Caribbean. There are many nicknames for it, and every traveler wants to visit it when traveling to Colombia.
While the old city center is undoubtedly a gorgeous colonial district to explore, visitors can be a bit disappointed during their stay in Cartagena.
Indeed, tourists and street sellers invade the city center every day, beaches aren’t pleasant, and there is not so much to do in the surroundings – except visiting the Rosario islands (which are also crowded).
That being said, there are some cool activities to do in the walled city. You just need to be smarter than ordinary tourists. It means don’t book a day trip to Isla Baru or Rosario islands, visit the old center at 7 am and avoid Cartagena during the high season (Mid-December to Mid-January) or a Colombian public holiday.
After Cartagena, you can take a boat to live a few days on the San Bernardo Islands or experience wonderful beach life in Rincon del Mar. Another option is to take a door to door shuttle to Santa Marta.
Our Cartagena Itineraries: