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Plaza Fernandez Madrid

Plaza Fernandez Madrid

Plaza Fernandez Madrid in Cartagena Named after the statue of Jose Fernandez Madrid that stands at the center of the shaded park, Plaza Fernandez Madrid is yet another one of the adorable little green zones tucked away throughout Cartagena. It’s a wonderful place to have drink, grab an afternoon meal, or simply sit and watch the live entertainment that flows through the…

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Naval Museum Cartagena

Naval Museum Cartagena

The Naval Museum of the Caribbean in Cartagena Spanish armadas clashing with their English counterparts, pirates and privateers, lost treasures and the sad stories of millions of African slaves—it’s hard to find a single body of water that has a more storied past than the Caribbean Sea. Preserving that history and showcasing it to the world is the mission of the Naval…

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Palacio De La Gobernacion

Palacio de la Gobernacion

Cartagena’s Palacio de la Gobernacion One of the things that entice so many people to vacation in Cartagena is the gorgeous Spanish Colonial architecture—bright colors, intricate arches, open-air plazas. One of the best examples is the Palacio de la Gobernacion —or Governor’s Palace. The building houses the current government in Bolivar, Colombia but historically it was the residence of the governor of…

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Tall Ship ARC Gloria

Tall Ship ARC Gloria

Naval History Enthusiasts in Cartagena Flock to the Tall Ship ARC Gloria The ARC Gloria is a must see when vacationing in Cartagena. Cartagena was once one of the most important ports in the Spanish Empire, funneling gold, slave laborers, and precious jewels into and out of South America. That naval history has remained an important part of the culture in Cartagena…

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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 on every street in Cartagena’s Walled City and beyond. They represent a very important cultural component of life in Colonial Cartagena.

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Museo del Oro

Museo del Oro

Museo del Oro in Cartagena (Gold Museum) The Museo del Oro in Cartagena offers a unique peek in Colombia’s pre-Colombian past. It’s a must-see for history buffs and, really, anyone who likes pretty things. Located in Plaza de Bolivar in the heart of Cartagena’s Walled City, the Museo del Oro (or Gold Museum) is a showcase of Colombia’s cultural heritage and one…

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Plaza de Santa Teresa in Cartagena

Plaza de Santa Teresa

The Plaza de Santa Teresa Many people vacationing in Cartagena consider Plaza de Santa Teresa to be one of the most beautiful squares in the city. That says a lot because you can find gorgeous photogenic spots around pretty much any corner in Cartagena. But why is this particular square so attractive? Location, location, location. Plaza de Santa Teresa is just steps…

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Toucan National Aviary Colombia

Colombia’s National Aviary

Avario Nacional de Colombia Near Cartagena Colombia’s natural beauty is one of the things that entices people to vacation in Cartagena. The warm and inviting Caribbean, the lush forests, the deep-rooted history and culture blanketed by the perfect blue sky—Cartagena is full of romance and wonder. And now there's one more reason to visit: the Avario Nacional de Colombia/ Colombian National Aviary.…

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Iglesia de Santo Toribio

Iglesia de Santo Toribio

Historic and Religious Treasure When vacationing in Cartagena you’ll no doubt be struck by the number of beautiful and historic churches in the city. Of course there are the massive cathedrals (filled with actual saint’s bones) but the smaller churches offer breathtaking experiences as well. The Iglesia de Santo Toribio is the perfect example. It may be tiny compared to some of…

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Camellón de los Mártires

Camellón de los Mártires

Camellón de los Mártires in Cartagena de Indias When you vacation in Cartagena one of the first things you’ll learn is that it’s known as the Heroic City. Cartagena played an integral part in the liberation of Colombia from the rule of the Spanish Empire. You can see monuments all around Cartagena to great men who stood up against foreign rule—some of…

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El Portal de los Dulces

Portal de los Dulces

El Portal de los Dulces in Cartagena Cartagena has becomes something of a world travel destination for foodies with dozens of international restaurateurs bringing their unique twists to traditional Colombian and Caribbean fair. But if you want something simple and traditional there’s nothing quite like a sweet treat made by hand as it has been for generations. So skip the fancy tapas…

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India Catalina Statue

India Catalina

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 both a proud symbol…

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Plaza de la Aduana

Plaza de la Aduana

The Plaza de la Aduana in Cartagena The largest and oldest plaza in Cartagena, Plaza de la Aduana is located partway between the Cathedral of San Pedro Claver and the Plaza de los Coches. Originally known as Antigua Real Contaduria, the plaza was once used as a parade ground and was home to Cartagena’s Colonial Era government. Visitors are often struck by…

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