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Cartagena Colonial

Cartagena is the most beautiful city of South America and declared a World Heritage site by Unesco. The violent history of the Spanish colonists and the European pirates, from several countries like England, France and Holland have left their marks on this city. The colonial  town is surrounded by an immense city wall and fortresses of which ‘Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas’ is the biggest and the most famous.

Stay in the colonial center and get to know this fascination city by walking through its little streets and over the many plazas with its colonial buildings. Complete your program with one or more day tours in the surrounding of Cartagena.

DE UNA offers a fixed package of 4 days/3 nights, but it is also possible to organize a custom made program. Besides the mentioned activities in the program there are many more activities to choose from. Cartagena is also very good to combine with other destinations on the Caribbean coast. Think about Santa Marta and National Park Tayrona, or a stay in Golfo de Morrosquillo in the other direction.

Other options are Mompox or a stay on the islands of Islas del Rosario or Islas de San Bernardo. Playa Blanca will be visited during a day tour in this program but it is also possible to book it with an overnight stay and eventually it is also possible to fly from Cartagena to San Andres and Providencia. An ideal combination of culture, sun, sea and beach.

Important: Cartagena is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Colombia. On contrary to other destinations in Colombia in Cartagena it is very normal that the local people will try to sell you souvenirs in the colonial center or on the beach. There are various ways to approach this, you can be annoyed, you can ignore it or you can approach this with a positive open mind. The fact is that selling on the street or on the beach is for many still a very necessary income source.
Koloniale stijl in Cartagena historisch centrum

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Cartagena vanuit de haven

Levende beelden in de straten van Cartagena


Day 1
National flight Colombia-Cartagena and transfer to the hotel in the colonial center. At the options for the hotels we carefully looked at the location within the city walls to make sure you can fully enjoy the beauty of this colonial city.

Day 2
At 09:00 starts the city tour with a professional local guide. The city tour consists of a walk through the colonial part where we will visit two very important monuments (Museo de Inquisición and San Pedro de Claver) and a visit to the famous fort of San Felipe de Barajas. This tour will take more or less 6 hours and you have the rest of the day free to enjoy the city by yourself.

Day 3
Tour in a speedboat to Islas del Rosario and Playa Blanca. This tour leaves around 09:00 from Cartagena and goes first to the National Park Islas del Rosario. Here you will also get a typical lunch (fried fish with fried banana and cocos flavored rice) inclusive and there will be some time available for optional activities like snorkeling and/or a visit to the sea aquarium. After lunch we will go by boat to the white palm beach of Playa Blanca. At the end of the day back to Cartagena where we will arrive around 17:00.

Day 4
Free morning in Cartagena and in the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena-Colombia.


- National flight Colombia-Cartagena-Colombia
- Transfer airport-hotel-airport Cartagena
- 3 nights in hotel (by choice) including breakfast
- Mentioned tours and activities with entrance fee
- Local guides

Not inclusive:
- Food and beverages not mentioned in the program
- Personal expenses

- Extra nights
- Other hotel by choice
- Hotel at the beach instead of in the colonial center
- Overnight stay on Islas del Rosario
- Tour to mud volcano Totumo
- Rumba in Chiva
- Package without national flight
- Combination with other destinations

Like mentioned in the program we have made a selection of certain hotels for this package. This selection is mainly based on the location and service of these hotels in the colonial center so you can experience Cartagena to the fullest. It is possible to choose a different hotel than the ones we offer here, if you for example prefer a different hotel or would like to stay closer to the beach. Look at our hotel page for more options. The hotels in the list below are organized in order of price range.

Hotel Casa Villa Colonial
Hotel Casa Mara
Hotel 3 Banderas
Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia

Hotel India Catalina
Hotel Casa Boutique Alfiz
Hotel Bovedas de Santa Clara
Hotel Casa Boutique Marquez

Koloniale huizen in historisch centrum

Typisch straatbeeld in Cartagena

Plaza San Pedro

Koets als vervoermiddel in Cartagena

Straat met uitzicht op de Kathedraal

Strand bij Bocagrande