How to get here

There are a number of ways to get to Cartagena — please ask if you need more information than what is provided below!

By air:
Cartagena is served non-stop from the US (New York/JFK, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Atlanta) and Panama (Panama City); connections (often through Bogotá) are available from other cities.

There are seasonal charters (Dec-March) from Montreal and Toronto, Canada, on Air Transat.

International and domestic airlines that fly to Cartagena’s Rafael Nuñez Airport are listed below; click on an airline’s icon to visit their website for more information.  [Note that

New in 2017:
*KLM has a Cartagena to Amsterdam non stop flight, while the flight from Amsterdam to Cartagena stops in Bogotá
*Latam Airlines flies non-stop between Cartagena & Lima, Peru
*American Airlines will start serving Cartagena from Miami in December 2017
*Air Canada (Rouge) will have non-stop flights from Toronto to Cartagena from 18 December 2017 through 9 April 2018

Cartagena is served non-stop from Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Medellin, and San Andrés Island. Connections (often through Bogotá) are available from other cities. New low cost carrier Wingo started serving Cartagena in December 2016 with flights to/from Bogotá and San Andrés.

From the airport, it’s a 5-10 minute, ~COP$12,000 (approximately US$4) taxi ride to the apartments (see more on the Moneda & Balcones Apartments location here and Casa Barbara here).

If you have a large group or would prefer private transportation between the airport and the apartment, I recommend Luis Carlos Hoyos Transporte via Cell/WhatsApp at +57 300 577 7814‬ or; he speaks fluent English. (Luis is also the husband of the founder of Cartagena Paws, one of the organizations we support via PackForAPurpose.)

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Sit on the left side of the plane as you are arriving & this will be your view!

By land:
To/From Barranquilla, Santa Marta, Rodadero, Taganga, Minca, Tayrona National Park, Palomino, Valledupar
We recommend door-to-door van service Transportes Marsol which will pick you up at your location and drop you at the door of our apartments (or vice versa). You will very likely need to use Spanish in order to book. If you have booked one of our apartments, we’d be happy to help you make reservations from Cartagena to whatever you destination may be. If using Marsol to travel *to* Cartagena, it is best to have the staff of your departure accommodations help with the reservations, but let us know if you need help with that also.

To book, you need to call them using the appropriate number for your departure city listed below (Barranquilla main office tel: +57 5 369 0999; Cartagena office tel: +57 5 656 0302). They can be contacted as well via WhatsApp — +57 319 760 1810 (Barranquilla), +57 319 691 9185 (Cartagena), +57 319 637 7288 (Santa Marta); or messaged via their Facebook page.

Sample per person one way fares as of January 2017 (subject to change): Barranquilla/Cartagena: COP$25,000 (US$8-9); Santa Marta/Cartagena: COP$48,000 (~US$16-17); Parque Tayrona/Cartagena COP$67,000 (~US$23). Cash only & paid to the driver.

To/From Mompox:

La Casa Amarilla in Mompox has great directions for getting there, which can be reversed for getting from Mompox to Cartagena. Click here for more information. We recommend the door-to-door van option Toto Express (2017 per person cost, subject to change: COP$80,000, approximately US$27; cash only); you can communicate with them (in Spanish) by phone/WhatsApp +57 310 707 0838 or email If you have booked one of our apartments, we’d be happy to help you make reservations.

By sea:
Taking a multi-day sailing trip between Cartagena & Panama is popular; recommended options are Captain Mike and Blue Sailing.

For a map of the apartment locations, click here.

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