I Love Cartagena

I just returned to Bogota after my third trip to one of my favourite cities, Cartagena de Indias, or Cartagena, Colombia. I went once with my dad, once with my mom, and this trip I went with my friend Juan. Juan and I met in November 2006 through his best friend Willi, who happened to be the brother of a woman I worked with at Gimanasio Los Caobos. It was really an ideal trip, Juan booked it all, and all I had to do was show up! We met at the airport in Bogota an hour before our flight and off we went. Having not seen Juan in almost 3 years it was a relief that he hadn’t changed a bit. He is one of the most immature people I have ever met, and I mean that in a good way. He doesn’t take anything too seriously, which makes for an easy going travel companion!

The city itself is a little bit of everything, modern hotels, beaches, the old walled city (which is very expensive), lots of fortresses which were used to protect the city from pirates so there is a ton of cool history. I didn’t end up getting to the poorer areas this trip since we spent most of our time not in the actual city, but in the islands off the coast.

Here are some of my photos from Cartagena, I will be posting most of them on my Flickr account so check there in the next couple of days for plenty of photos!



  1. Ashley, I intent to go to Cartagena in January so I saw your blog and I would like your indication for choose a good hotel, in the old city (near centre) and not so expensive.
    If you can give me some information too (what is good, dangerous, the best places to go) will be perfect!
    Thanks a lot.
    Regina (from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)

    1. Anything in the old city is going to be pretty pricey. One of the places in the centre that was most reasonable was http://www.hotel3banderas.com. A more expensive option, but still reasonable is http://www.casalafe.com I never stayed at either so can’t comment on how they are, just search around online for them and other suggestions will come up. One trip I stayed at http://www.hotelescharlotte.com just outside the walled city, but a 3 minute taxi ride to get to the wall. It was great and we got a great price since we did an air/hotel combo through avianca, but think they are reasonable anyhow. You will love the city! Cartagena is very safe, so nothing to worry about there.

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