Cartagena, Colombia

The perfect 2 days itinerary

Cartagena, located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, is a city steeped in history and brimming with vibrant culture. Known for its well-preserved colonial architecture, Cartagena's walled city and fortress are UNESCO World Heritage sites that offer a glimpse into the past. The city's colorful streets, lively plazas, and historic landmarks, combined with beautiful beaches and a rich culinary scene, make it a must-visit destination. This 2-day itinerary is designed to immerse you in the charm and history of Cartagena, while also allowing you to experience its modern-day allure.

What to do in Cartagena?

This 2 days itinerary is the perfect guide to the best things to see in Cartagena. It includes day-by-day activities, travel tips, and the top places to visit.

Day 1: Exploring the Historic Walled City


Start your day with a visit to the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, an impressive fortress that offers panoramic views of the city and the Caribbean Sea. Learn about its history and strategic importance in defending Cartagena from pirate attacks.


Head to the heart of Cartagena's historic walled city. Begin at the Plaza de los Coches, where you can admire the Clock Tower Gate, the main entrance to the old city. Wander through the cobblestone streets, taking in the colorful colonial buildings and vibrant street art. Stop by the Plaza Santo Domingo to see the iconic sculpture by Fernando Botero, 'La Gorda Gertrudis.'


Enjoy a sunset stroll along the city walls, known as Las Murallas, which offer stunning views of the ocean. End your day with a delicious meal at one of the many rooftop restaurants, where you can savor local dishes like ceviche and arepas while enjoying the evening breeze.

Day 2: Beaches and Modern Cartagena


Begin your day with a trip to the nearby Rosario Islands, a stunning archipelago known for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life. Enjoy snorkeling, swimming, or simply relaxing on the pristine beaches. Several tour operators offer day trips to the islands, including transportation and lunch.


Return to Cartagena and explore the Getsemaní neighborhood, a trendy area known for its artistic vibe and lively street art. Visit the Plaza de la Trinidad, a popular gathering spot surrounded by colorful murals and bustling cafes. Take some time to shop for souvenirs at the local markets.


Conclude your Cartagena adventure with a visit to the modern Bocagrande district. Stroll along the beachfront promenade, enjoy the upscale shops and restaurants, and perhaps try your luck at one of the casinos. End your evening with a cocktail at a beachfront bar, taking in the views of the city skyline.

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