DSC_0016Cartagena de Indias — “de Indias”, to differentiate it from its namesake in Spain — is definitely the jewel of the Caribbean. The “Ciudad Amurallada”, or Walled City, is a maze of streets steeped in history and filled with beautiful colonial architecture, many buildings with balconies seemingly overflowing with flowers. There are lively squares, museums, churches, shops and more. Not far away are a variety of beaches, on islands as well the mainland, and associated water sports such as kite surfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, and more. You will fall in love with “La Heróica”!

When you arrive, visit the Tourist Office for information—pick up a blue city map (available in English and Spanish), a copy of the monthly tourist newspaper “Dónde” (Spanish only), and anything else they may have. Locations:

  1. In baggage claim at the airport’s domestic terminal (kiosk)
  2. In the old city, Plaza de la Aduana (main office)
  3. Outside the old city wall & to the right of the Clock Tower (kiosk–seasonal)
  4. At the tourist dock where boats for the islands depart

Learn more at the various drop down menus above under Cartagena or via these links:

Know before you go

How to get here

Get an overview

Museums & monuments

Classes & volunteering


Links to professional photographers’ galleries

Informational links

Giving back

(Links to information on restaurants, shopping & more coming soon!)

Watch a four minute video with aerial footage of beautiful Cartagena here:
Video by LA Drones; text of the poem here.