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essential activities in Cartagena

Day trips

To see the Caribbean Sea in all its glory, you can take a boat to Islas del Rosario or the Barú Peninsula – in the latter, go to Playa Blanca, a beach with fine sands and crystal-clear waters.

Castillo de San Felipe

The largest fortress in the city, built on Cerro de San Lázaro in 1657, used to protect Cartagena from constant attacks from pirates and enemies of the Spanish Crown. These days, it is a World Heritage Site, along with the fortresses in the city center.

The Getsemaní neighborhood

Full of life and history (Cartagena’s independence was plotted here), this neighborhood has colorful facades, graffiti-covered walls, restaurants, bars and the “rumba” formed every night at Plaza de La Trinidad.

Hotel Santa Clara

An old 17th-century convent, Santa Clara is installed in a historic building in the walled city. One of the best hotels in the country, it is also home to an excellent restaurant. The luxurious Botero suite was decorated by the artist’s daughter and contains some of his works on display.

Convento de La Popa

Atop the hill known as La Popa (you can get there by taxi), the church and convent have a 360-degree view of the city.

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