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Cartagena

Preserved by ancient fortifications built by the Spanish, Cartagena de Indias, commonly called Cartagena, is a stunning time capsule on the shores of the Caribbean. World class music, film and literature festivals (Nobel Prize winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez kept a home here), talented chefs and chic hotels and shops are luring those in search of seaside culture.

  • Perfect for
    Art Lovers | Intellectuals | Romantics | Style Mavens
  • When to go
    Year-Round
  • Ideal length of stay
    3-5 Nights

Designing Your Journey

Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.

  • 3 Days: Essential Cartagena-LP

    3 Days: Essential Cartagena

    A classic Cartagena itinerary includes exploring the city’s iconic sites as well as spectacular day trips. Indagare can also arrange private tours of the city by foot, bike or boat. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.

    • Day 1: Old Cartagena

      Get your bearings with a morning walk to discover the old city of Cartagena. Begin at Cartagena Cathedral and embark on a guided tour of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Cartagena, which includes the architecture, points of interest and other landmarks that inspired the Nobel-prize-winning novelist’s signature “magical realism” style. Later, enjoy sunset cocktails with a view of the Caribbean sea in the historic center before dinner at a classic neighborhood haunt to the sounds of live Cuban music.

    • Day 2: Culture

      Begin the day with a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the most robust fort the Spanish ever built that has been impressively restored. After lunch at a favorite ceviche restaurant, stop by the Zenú Gold and take in its collection of more than 500 pieces of exquisitely crafted gold jewelry and iconography. Finally, explore the Getsemani neighborhood with a local guide to get a sense of the bohemian side of Cartagena. Finish the day with dinner at a chic local hotspot.

    • Day 3: Cartagena by Boat

      Today, board your own small private yacht for a customized day trip to the nearby Rosario Islands including Cholon, Baru and a stop at Playa Blanca. Enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and a visit to an Oceanarium with the flexibility of your own boat and captain. Lunch and beverages can be arranged ahead of time as well. Have a late dinner at a foodie-approved eatery, followed by an evening of dancing in town.

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Indagare’s Sarah Levine
“I love the air of magic in Cartagena, evidenced by the centuries-old churches and brightly colored houses with balconies overflowing with flowers.”
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