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Cartagena

Cartagena, located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, is an architectural gem dating from the sixteenth century. This cultural treasure has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.  Cartagena is characterized for its colonial architecture, the old city is surrounded by walls and fortifications which contain centuries of history and were built all around the city in order to protect it from pirate attacks. Cartagena is a fantastic city that guards the secrets of history in its walls, balconies, buildings and narrow cobbled streets. It is said that you do not know the Caribbean until you know Cartagena, its people and culture!

Highlights 
Former Spanish port located on the Caribbean Coast
Stunning colonial architecture on nearly every street
One of the safest cities in Colombia
Natural beauty surrounds the region from the islands off the coast to the inland
Transport 
Almost all international flights have a stopover in Bogotá, El Dorado Airport , before getting to Cartagena, Rafael Nuñez Airport. There are direct flights to Cartagena from Miami, Madrid, New York, Panama City and from almost all the central and south American cities.
The best of the city 

Old Town: Whether it be by  bike or by foot, adventuring through Cartagena´s Old Town is a must see for all visitors of the city. The beautiful neighborhood boasts the best of colonial architecture from historic churches to grand plazas. Getting lost in this part of town is a treat, with every block offering something new and exciting.

Suba Diving in the Caribbean: Explore the coral reefs that surround this Colombian port. With your first dive into the warm Caribbean waters, you´ll find yourself marveling at the beauty below. Scuba diving in Cartagena is an unforgettable underwater experience that you do not want to miss.   

San Felipe de Barajas Castle:This old spanish Castle deserves a visit by all who come to Cartagena. The castle, built in 1536, is a work of art and offers a fascinating history. With one of the best views of the city, you will be sure to get the most out of your camera.

Volcán de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano): Swimming in this mud volcano is definitely one of the most unique attractions for those visiting Cartagena. According to folklore, a local priest converted an erupting volcano into a healing mud bath by showering the hill with holy water.

Islas del Rosario: This archipelago,  located an hour off the coast of Cartagena, will impress you with its sheer beauty. Away from the city, you can find yourself enjoying, relaxing, and exploring the natural wonders of these islands for simply a day or even a few nights.

Palacio de la Inquisición: The Palace of the Inquisition is not for the faint of heart. In colonial times this palace was the location of the Holy Office´s Punishment Tribunal. The magnificent exterior of Baroque architecture is haunted inside with the chilling tales of witchcraft trials.

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Climate

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Climate 
Since Cartagena is located near the Caribbean Sea, its climate is hot throughout the year, temperatures of 28° to 33° C.
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