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Wander the historical streets of Walled City of Cartagena, an old district full of vibrant colonial architecture and heritage sites. Surrounded by 11 km (6.8 mi) of thick stone walls, the old city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. The vast fortifications, begun after an attack by Francis Drake, took two centuries in total to complete, as the city faced frequent damage from storms and pirate attacks. As well as the historical churches, mansions, plazas, and other buildings, the area boasts plentiful restaurants, cafes, and street vendors. Consider checking the cruise schedule before planning your visit: the old town clogs with tourists when several cruise ships unload on the same day. Walled City of Cartagena is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Cartagena Edition.
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I have done a few cities on the Caribbean sea, but none of them prepared me to Cartagena. The place is beautiful, the monuments are well looked after and just walking along the wall or in the labyrint... more »
Es un buen lugar, con mucha historia en sus paredes. Lamentablemente llenísimo de vendedores ambulantes, que atestan desde la entrada de la Torre del reloj. El tráfico de carros por las estrechas call... more »It's a good place, with a lot of history on its walls. Unfortunately slammed of street vendors, which crowd from the entrance of the clock tower. The traffic of cars through the narrow streets prevent a quiet walk and many of the beautiful balconies are overshadowed by the parked cars. Difficult to capture a photograph that reflects 100% the beauty of the place. There is security of the Colombian police, which makes the sector safer than other parts of Cartagena. Recommended to make in 2 days.
Lovely city with a great art and food scene. I highly suggest that you visit. The people are very friendly, great vacation experience
Very safe area with all of the locals and tourists. Lots of fun entertainment also (belly dancers, body paint, Michael Jackson, break dancers, etc.). Prices are reasonable and a lot of history here. Definitely the main attraction for Cartagena. You will be heavily sold to/solicited, so be warned.
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