Cartagena de Indias is a city in northern Colombia, capital of the department of Bolivar located on the shore of the Caribbean Sea. In the city stands out the formation of the Cerro de la Popa (hill of La Popa) and its height is about 148 meters, and down.
Internationally, the city has direct connectivity to the following destinations:
|Miami||02 horas 43 minutos||Avianca y American Airlines|
|Fort Lauderdale||02 horas 45 minutos||Spirit Airlines y JetBlue Airways|
|Nueva York||04 horas 40 minutos||JetBlue Airways|
|Atlanta||04 horas 05 minutos||Delta Airlines|
|Orlando||03 horas 20 minutos||Spirit Airlines|
|Toronto||05 horas 10 minutos||Air Canada (aplica para la temporada de invierno de Diciembre a Abril)|
|Ciudad de Panamá||01 hora 04 minutos||Copa Airlines, Wingo y Air Panama|
|San Salvador||02 horas 30 minutos||Avianca|
|Lima||03 horas 06 minutos||LATAM|
|Ámsterdam||10 horas 30 minutos||KLM|
Within Colombia, Cartagena de Indias for its tourist vocation have great connectivity with the following cities:
|DESTINO||TIEMPO PROMEDIO DE VIAJE||AEROLÍNEA|
|Bogotá||01 hora 05 minutos||Avianca, LATAM, Wingo y Viva Air Colombia|
|Medellín||01 hora 15 minutos||Avianca, LATAM y Viva Air Colombia|
|Cali||01 hora 28 minutos||Avianca y LATAM|
|Pereira||01 hora 15 minutos||Avianca|
|San Andrés||01 hora 30 minutos||Wingo y Viva Air Colombia|
|Bucaramanga||01 hora 06 minutos||Easy Fly|
Because its privileged position, Cartagena is touch and shipping port of recognized cruise lines that have ships that travel the Caribbean. Additionally, for its safe harbor, the city is established as an important anchoring point and visits of sailboats, yachts and boats.
Location: Between 7° 00’ 03’’ and 10° 48’ 37’’ north latitude and 73° 45’ 15’’ and 75° 42’ 18’’ west latitude
The city is located on the northern part of Colombia, nearby:
|SANTA MARTA||Vía al Mar: 3 horas|
Additionally, the city has a land trucking terminal where arrives buses coming from from Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Medellin, all Colombian Caribbean coast, Caracas (Venezuela) and Maracaibo (Venezuela).
Cartagena de Indias has a diverse range of accommodation and lodging, for all budgets. From comfortable hostels to the finest in hospitality. This Caribbean port has more than 10,000 rooms, about 19 thousand beds for visitors. Also this city has large foreign chains such as Hilton, Sofitel, Marriott, Holiday Inn, Sonesta, Radisson, which have international recognition. Even other has had starter their hotel development as Hyatt Regency, Hilton Conrad - Karibana, Four Seasons, Sheraton.
In addition to this varied offer 60 hotels Boutique are added contrasting modernity and history of this famous city.
We always recommend staying in formal establishments of tourist services. To verify this, should not be visible, ask for the Registro Nacional de Turismo R.N.T. (National Tourism Register) and make sure it is updated.
In terms of accommodation, the hotels will always be the best option to enjoy a dream stay in our city.
Cartagena has a lot to show! We want you to have a great time in our city, so if you have some doubts, we present a series of responses that will guide you on your visit to La Heroica (The heroic city).
The city counts with 4 important touristic areas:
Within each of the sectors, all distances can be covered on foot, and additionally, the city has facilities to rent bicycles and segways.
Should you wish to move to another area, we recommend taking a taxi, identified by yellow color, in which paths have duration of no more than fifteen minutes.
For those wishing to take a kind of alternative transportation, the city counts with two story Red Buses, Trolley buses, chivas (typical bus), and carriages, on which you can take a tour by the city and its main monuments
This is due to that by the time of the conquest and colonization, Cartagena de Indias was considered the most important port of the Spanish crown in America, and most of the wealth went out to Spain from this city. For that reason, the city had to be protected from attacks by water and by land.
Yes. Cartagena de Indias is considered the most important cruise port in Colombia, and is visited by different cruises (over 200 per season).
Additionally, the city is embarkation port for cruise lines with routes through the Caribbean, so Cartagena becomes an ideal base for those wishing to start a journey aboard a cruise.
While some establishments accept dollars at Historical Center, it is recommended to have Colombian pesos available, or credit cards enabled for international use.
In different places of the city, mainly at the Historic Center, you will find exchange houses to make transactions. We recommend before making your transaction to verify at different exchange houses the applied exchange rate and always conduct transactions in a closed and completely identified establishment.
To find and locate the exchange house nearest to your location, visit our quick guideline – Exchange houses Section HERE
The city has seven (7) Tourist Information Points, where you can receive material from the city and free, personalized assistance to facilitate your travel, located at: currently the Tourist Information Points of Cartagena are located at:
For more information and hours of our Tourist Information Points click HERE Additionally, many of the hotels in the city have maps and / or travel information on the city to make your trip.
While the city has several docks, the Bodeguita Dock is the only dock Authorised for departure and boarding of passengers bound for the Rosario Islands, Barú and Playa Blanca.
Below there is a list of telephone numbers that will be useful during your visit:
Walk easily within Cartagena and get free tools for better orientation. Visit the Tourist Information Points (TIPS) where you can find information about the region and free tools for better orientation during your visit to Cartagena.
The TIPS are physical facilities located strategically in Cartagena de Indias, which have highly trained professionals in tourist and general information about the city for free. The main purpose is to provide information requested by local, National and Foreign both verbal and written.
Currently the Tourist Information Points of Cartagena are located at:
MUELLE DE LA BODEGUITA
Downtown, Avenida Blas de Lezo Muelle de la Bodeguita Taquilla 9
Monday to Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
DOWNTOWN, PLAZA DE LA PAZ – DE LA PAZ PLAZA
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
INTERNACIONAL AIRPORT RAFAEL NUÑEZ (NATIONAL ARRIVALS ROOM)
Monday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.
CARTAGENA BRANCH PORTS AUTHORITY
According to the itinerary of cruises.
MOBILE POINT FOR EVENTS
Attention Schedule: As events schedule.