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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 but India Catalina (as she was called after being catholicized by Spanish Conquistadores) stands out--much like Pocahontas or Sacajawea in North America--as…

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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 Spain. Located on Colombia's Caribbean coast, the city has since served as an important port for trade between Europe and South America,…

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Rosario Islands

The Rosario Islands near Cartagena

The Rosario Islands – Paradise Minutes Away from Cartagena While it’s easy to get distracted by the vibrant culture and historic charm of Spanish Colonial Cartagena, you can’t overlook the natural beauty of the bright blue waters, golden sands, and lush tropical vegetation that surround this gem of the Caribbean. Hands-down, one of the best places to visit while in Cartagena are…

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Eteka Slow Beach Lounge is located on the beautiful Tierra Bomba Island

Eteka Slow Beach Lounge

Eteka Slow Beach Lounge is a Semi-Private Beach Escape Just Minutes from Cartagena Just minutes away from the hustle and bustle at the heart of Cartagena, Colombia is an oasis of calm and connection to nature that can help weary travelers reset their inner alignment and refresh for a day (or more). Eteka Slow Beach Lounge is a semi-private getaway on an…

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Mangrove Tours

Excursions to the Mangroves

For Thousands of Years the Mangroves have Served as a Natural Protection Not every boat tour in Cartagena involves white sandy beaches and the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. If you're a nature lover and want to see something truly spectacular, the mangroves are for you. This secluded, shaded forest of lush greenery sprouts right up from the salty ocean water…

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Pink Sea in Cartagena

Pink Sea in Cartagena (El Salar de Galerazamba)

Colombia's Pink Sea El Salar de Galerazamba You've heard of the Black Sea, the Red Sea, and maybe even the Dead Sea but have you ever heard of the Pink Sea? Most people haven't. In fact, it's one of the best-kept secrets in Cartagena. Just an hour's ride from the center of the city, there's an amazing spectacle that vacationers (especially those…

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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 experience authentic culture from songs and dances to art and even the dying language of the Palenque. This is a must-see for…

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Colombian Rum and Chocolate Tastings

The Tastes of Cartagena: Colombian Rum and Chocolate Tastings If you've followed your taste buds to Cartagena but haven't yet gone on a rum and chocolate tasting tour, you've done yourself a disservice. Indeed, while Cartagena's culinary creations have become a draw for foodies the world over, it's the combination of rich chocolate and sultry spirits that really engender Cartagena's unique blended…

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Galería del Arzobispado

The Galería del Arzobispado (Archbishop’s Gallery)

The Galería del Arzobispado (Archbishop's Gallery) When is an art gallery not really an art gallery? When it's a piece of art in and of itself. While you'll find a host of amazing artwork—especially stunning photos from native Colombian photographers—at The Galería del Arzobispado, the entire Archbishop's Gallery facility has been exceptionally crated to turn your time here into an amazing experience…

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Lost City Ciudad Perdida

Lost City Ciudad Perdida

The Lost City of Ciudad Perdida Looking for something a little more exciting than sitting on the sandy beaches of the Rosarios Islands during your vacation in Cartagena? Not afraid to go a little off the beaten path? There is a “lost” city of ancient providence hidden in the jungle just hours from Cartagena that offers a unique peek into the storied…

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vacationing in Cartagena

Vacationing in Cartagena

Cartagena is an a Explosion of Color One of the things travelers see when they’re vacationing in Cartagena for the first time is the amazing Spanish Colonial architecture. But when they a look a little more closely they see that architecture is exquisitely accented by a floral explosion! Walk through any of the narrow streets in Cartagena’s old Walled City and you’ll…

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Things to Do and See in Cartagena

Top 10 Things to Do and See in Cartagena

What to See and Do Around Cartagena Planning a vacation in Cartagena can be a bit overwhelming. This city has literally been an international travel destination for centuries. Today it brings a veritable who’s who from all over the world including wealthy Colombian movers and shakers, Hollywood A-List celebrities, and the shooting stars of the global gastronomy scene. But Cartagena isn’t just…

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Getsemani Graffiti

Getsemani Graffiti in Cartagena

The Graffiti in Getsemani: An Art Scene Unlike Anywhere Else The Getsemani neighborhood of Cartagena, Colombia has undergone a massive Cultural Renaissance over the course of the last decade. Historically this district was home to servants and the lower class of Cartagena. Now it is the artistic heart and soul of Cartagena which beckons artists and creative individuals from all over the…

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