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March 26, 2024

Day Visit to Cartagena Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia is a vibrant city steeped in history and culture, this was a cruise ship day stop for me,  Here are some of the top things to do on a  visit to Cartagena

Explore the Old Town. Cartagena's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is filled with charming cobblestone streets, colorful colonial buildings, and beautiful plazas.  Be sure to wander around the Plaza de Bolívar, the city's main square, and admire the architecture of the Palace of the Inquisition and the Cartagena Cathedral. 

Cartagena old town

Walk the City Walls. Cartagena's fortifications are some of the most impressive in South America. You can walk along the top of the walls for stunning views of the city and the Caribbean Sea.

Visit San Felipe de Barajas Castle. This massive fortress is one of the largest Spanish forts ever built in the Americas. It's a great place to learn about Cartagena's colonial history and explore the tunnels and ramparts. 

Go shopping at Las Bóvedas. This craft market is located in a series of arches that were once used to defend the city. You can find a variety of souvenirs here, including Colombian handicrafts, jewelry, and clothing. 

Las Bóvedas

Sample Colombian cuisine. Cartagena has a great food scene, with everything from fresh seafood to traditional Colombian dishes like bandeja paisa (a hearty platter of rice, beans, and plantains). 

These are just a few of the many things to do in Cartagena on a cruise ship visit. With its rich history, beautiful beaches, and delicious food, Cartagena is sure to be a port of call that you won't forget.

Here are some additional tips for your cruise ship visit to Cartagena

Be sure to bargain when shopping at the markets.

The local currency is the Colombian peso (COP), Bought a T shirt and the vendor took US$

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