One of South America’s most enthralling and righteously preserved colonial destination, Cartagena will seize you in its aged clutches and refuse to let go.
Cartagena de Indias is the queen of the Caribbean coast, a fairy-tale city of romance, legends and superbly preserved beauty lying within an impressive 13km of centuries-old colonial stone walls. Cartagena’s old town is a Unesco World Heritage site—a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea, and massive churches that cast their shadows across plazas. To the south, the peninsula of Bocagrande is where fashionable cartageneros sip coffee in trendy cafes, dine in glossy restaurants and live in the upscale luxury condos that line the area like guardians to a New World. For athletes, Cartagena offers a place to think outside the tourism box. Stroll through the old town day and night, soak up the atmosphere, and pause to ward off the heat in one of the city’s many open-air cafes.