Cartagena is located above the sea level with a wet tropical climate that ranges between 28° C and 32° C. The city does not have seasons; however, has a dry season (June to August).
Due to its geographical position, the city of Cartagena has no seasons, but a humid tropical climate with two rainy seasons in the months of April, May, October and November.
On average, the temperature of the city ranges 32ºC and 28ºC, with a humidity of 90%.
The official currency of Cartagena de Indias and Colombia is the Colombian peso.
While some establishments at the Historical Center accept dollars, is recommended to have Colombian pesos available, or credit cards enabled for international use.
If you want to know the current value of the Colombian peso CLICK HERE
Cartagena de Indias is in the time zone UTC / GMT -5.
This means that the city is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), two hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (US & Canada).
The city (neither Colombia) applies the Daylight Saving Time (DST) and there is no time difference between Cartagena and the capital of Colombia (Bogotá)
Walk easily through Cartagena and get free tools for better orientation. Visit the PITS where you can find information about the area and free tools for better orientation during your visit to Cartagena.
The city has 4 major tourist areas:
Within each of the areas, 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 a 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
Within the historic center and Bocagrande, many sidewalks have been adapted for handicapped. Similarly, most of the hotels (most of them 4 and 5 stars), have infrastructure and rooms specially adapted for people with some condition of spatial mobility.
Cartagena de Indias is a diverse city, and even if you already have go over the streets, you'll always find something fun and different to do during your visit.
Meet our CALENDAR OF EVENTS to have information about the activities that are scheduled during the days planned for your visit and know the detailed scheduling, pre-registration and get details of those events.
If you want to spend a night in Cartagena de Indias and Colombia, should know that the legal age to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages is 18 years, confirmed by identification.
Within the country is prohibited the purchase and consumption of hallucinogenic substances, as well as smoking indoors. If you are in a hotel or restaurant, always consult the smoking area.
The city and most of its tourist facilities, such as sustainable destination, have the campaign "LA MURALLA SOY YO" and have adopted the Code of Conduct "The Code" for the Protection of Children and Adolescents Against commercial Sexual Exploitation, which is penalized by Colombian law.
For more information on this program visit the web site
LA MURALLA SOY YO
Although not is mandatory, workers in the service industry (hotels, restaurants, guides, transportation services, among others.), Strive to make all visitors to feels welcomed, so the recognition of his work is the tip, which will be appreciated by them. The prices suggested by services are as follows:
In Colombia, taxes on services are known as VAT and ranges from 8% -20% of the value of the product or service according to the service. For foreigners, Colombia has taxes exemption / return for the purchase of the following items:
To perform this process, move closer the Office of the DIAN, located at the airport, and remember to keep on hand sales invoices for goods or services purchased, a copy of your passport information and document in original.