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Is a vacation in Cartagena expensive?

Luxurious Caribbean Vacations It can be challenging to come to terms with its financial aspect when it comes to justifying a luxurious Caribbean vacation, especially when you consider all of your day-to-day expenses. And while we expect to spend a…

Where is Cartagena Colombia?

Where is Cartagena Colombia?

Where is Cartagena, Colombia? If you've never thought of vacationing in Cartagena, you may be asking yourself: where is Cartagena, Colombia? All the tourist information you're seeing is telling you it's a tropical Caribbean and is one of the most…

The History of Catalina de Indias

Catalina de Indias - The Symbol of Spanish Colonial Cartagena She's become something of a tragic heroine in the history of Colombia but few outside Cartagena know the story behind this iconic woman. Her real name is lost to history…

Old City Wall Cartagena

Old City Wall

Cartagena's Fortified Old City Cartagena's Fortified Old City is the best-preserved colonial city in Latin America. The walled city was constructed in the sixteenth century by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Heredia, named Cartagena de Indias, after his birthplace in…

History of Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias)

Cartagena History: A City with a Story to Tell Discover the rich and bloody history of the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ Spanish conquistadors, pirates, battles and siege – the City of Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena) has a dark and tumultuous…

Trip to Palenquera

Trip to Palenque. Experience African culture

Trip to Palenque to Experience Authentic Colombian Culture If you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime excursion during your vacation in Cartagena, consider taking a day trip to visit Palenque. This historic village holds on to its roots and here you can…

History of Palenquera Fruit Sellers

History of Palenquera Fruit Sellers

The Palenquera Fruit Sellers When you vacation in Cartagena, Colombia, one of the things you'll no doubt see on pretty much any street corner is a brightly dressed woman selling fruit. These Palanquera fruit sellers have become iconic in the…

Pope Francis’s Historic Visit to Cartagena

Pope Francis’s Historic Visit to Cartagena

First Time a Sitting Pope has Visited Cartagena since 1985 Pope Francis recently completed his historic visit to Cartagena and his message of peace and tolerance was well-received by the faithful who flocked to this Caribbean hotspot and center for…

Twin Towns Around the World

Twin Towns Around the World

Cartagena’s Sister Cities and Twin Towns Around the World Modern Cartagena has done much to improve its economy and international image over the past few decades. It has become a top tourist destination in Colombia and has risen to prominence…

Palenqueras fruit seller

Palenqueras (Fruit Sellers) in Cartagena

The Palenqueras of Cartagena Cartagena, Colombia is full of eye-popping images that can steal the breath straight from any visitor’s mouth. Ornate Spanish colonial architecture dripping with tropical flowers, the majestic fortified wall around the Old City presiding over the…

Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez

“The Greatest Colombian Who Ever Lived” One of the most influential writers of our time was born in Colombia at the turn of the century and—if not for his opinionated and eccentric grandparents—may have wound up a lawyer. Commonly referred…

Door Knockers

Door Knockers

The Fanciful Door Knockers of Cartagena Colombia Do you know the story behind the beautiful door knockers of Cartagena, Colombia? These unique icons (known in Spanish as aldabas) are more than just quirks of the Spanish Colonial Architecture you’ll find…

Teatro Heredia

Teatro Heredia

Cartagena’s Historic Performing Arts Venue Teatro Heredia (Heredia Theater) is the premiere center for the performing arts in Cartagena. Architects infused Caribbean flair into Classic Italian style to create a venue that represents both the elegance of the Old World…

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