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« Colombia Itinerary

Day 12 – Cartagena

 
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Medellin
Walking tour, Pueblito Paisa & bus to Cartagena.
 
Day 12
Cartagena
Caribbean city highlights & Centro.

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Cartagena
Bocagrande, Gestemani neighborhoods

 

After reaching the bus terminal in the morning which is located about 11 km from the Old Town (Centro), we took a taxi to the Airbnb host’s residence juts outside of the center in the Gestamani neighborhood.

Unlike Bogota or Medellin, which gets a cool breeze at night, and temperatures tumble down to late-single-digits (in deg. C), being on the Caribbean coast, Cartagena had hot and humid weather. Temperatures in December were 33C at noon to 25C at midnight. So wear loose, comfortable and cotton clothes and don’t forget the sunscreen.

 

Airbnb Residence in Cartagena

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Breakfast included: No.
Address: Gestamani area, Cartagena
Phone: +57 56686634
Name: Jose Miguel Perez Beltran
Website: www.airbnb.com/rooms/2218991

Jose offers different types of beds in different rooms and the link above is for a room with two bunk beds that sleeps 3 persons (one bed is not in use). It has a bathroom attached to the room. There are no windows in the room and it’s not big enough to move around freely. But this is a great place for backpackers at USD 22 a night per person. The living room of the apartment has couches and a hammock.

The room has AC and a fan. Considering the heat in Cartagena, this is a boon for travelers. The water outlet for the AC leads into the bathroom so there will be water on the bathroom floor! The apartment has a kitchen equipped with basic necessities like milk, juice, fruits, etc. There is no coffee machine nor a dishwasher.

Secured by lock at the front floor, this apartment is located about 10 minutes walk from the Centro and lies in a quiet neighborhood. The host is very hospitable and friendly, speaks English and goes beyond his way to help travelers out.

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Centro

We checked in and headed out to the place everyone goes to – Centro. It was almost noon by the time we were in Centro and the heat was getting on to us, but the small and beautiful alleyways of Centro keeps the air flowing and provides the much needed shade.

Cartagena’s main attraction is its historic old town, called Centro, surrounded by the 500 year old city wall. Main entrance is the Clock Tower building. The coralstone fort and great parts of its walled city are admirably intact and represent some of the finest examples of civil and military architecture of the Spanish colonial times.

The Castillo de San Felipe is a fortress designed by the Dutch engineer Richard Carr and built in 1657 by the Spanish for protection against pirates while shipping gold out to Europe. Open hours are 8am-6pm, entrance fee COP 17,000. Walking distance from the Old City: 15 min.

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You can spend all day visiting the Centro’s streets and cafes. The old town lights-up beautifully in the night. Walk up to the fort walls to have a splendid view of the bay and the church.

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Walking around the city has its perks – when we reached the central square, there were Caribbean dancers, performing their local steps which was an amazing sight to see.

We stopped by a Cuban restaurant called La Vitrola for some delicious cuisine, before heading back to the airbnb residence.

 

Costs

Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate of USD 1 = COP 2200 at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult.
 

What Cost Notes
Taxi to Airbnb residence from bus terminal $6.82 COP 15,000 per ride. One way.
Cartagena Airbnb $22.50 Per person, per night for a single bunk bed.
Lunch $29.55 COP 65,000 for two persons.
Souvenirs $4.54 COP 10,000 per person.
Tip to dancers $4.54 COP 10,000 in tips.
Dinner $28.63 COP 63,000 for two persons.
Water & snacks $4.54 COP 10,000 per person.
Total Costs $101.12 Per person
Overall Costs $2,201.39 Per person

 

 
« PREVIOUS – Day 11
Medellin
Walking tour, Pueblito Paisa & bus to Cartagena.
 
Day 12
Cartagena
Caribbean city highlights & Centro.

« Sixteen days in Colombia

 
Day 13 – NEXT »
Cartagena
Bocagrande, Gestemani neighborhoods

SIXTEEN DAYS IN COLOMBIA

 
Planning
Planning & Information

 
Day 1
Bogotá
First day in capital city.

 
Day 2
Bogotá
La Candelaria, Museo del Oro, Calle 85.

 
Day 3
Bogotá, Zipaquirá
Salt Cathedral, Cerro de Monserrate.

 
Day 4
Armenia, Salento, Valle de Cocora
Colonial architecture town & valley of Wax Palms.

 
Day 5
Pijao, Buenavista
Prime towns in the Eje Cafetero.

 
Day 6
Cali
Salsa capital of Colombia

 
Day 7
Cali
La Feria de Cali.

 
Day 8
Popayán
Traditional colonial architecture of 'White city' & bicycle tour.

 
Day 9
Popayán to Cali to Medellin
Popayán highlights; Travel from Cali to Medellin.

 
Day 10
Medellin
Parque Arvi, Jardín Botánico, Christmas lights.

 
Day 11
Medellin
Walking tour, Pueblito Paisa & bus to Cartagena.

 
Day 12
Cartagena
Caribbean city highlights & Centro.

 
Day 13
Cartagena
Bocagrande, Gestameni neighborhoods.

 
Day 14
Santa Marta
Gorgeous beach town and beaches.

 
Day 15
Taganga, Santa Marta to Cartagena
Hiking, diving and travel from Santa Marta to Cartagena.

 
Day 16
Cartagena to Bogotá
Travel from Cartagena to Bogotá and out.

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