7 Important Things to Know About Travling to Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias

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cartagena de indias street art

Cartagena Main Center

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Cartagena Street Shops

cartagena de indias cathedral

El Baron Cartagena

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Plaza de Santo Domingo Fernando Botero Statue

Center of Cartagena de Indias

Cartagena Center

Cartagena de Indias Red Gate

Rustics Pizza Gourmet Boutique Cartagena

Cartagena Doors

Shades of Blue Cartagena Street

Blue Wall & White Balcony

Cartagena Balcony

Cartagena de Indias Center

Busy Streets of Cartagena

No Tenemos Wi-Fi Hablen Entre Ustedes

Fresh Fruit Stands In Cartagena

Cartagena Buildings

Pedro De Heredia

Clock Tower Gate Cartagena

Clock Tower Gate Cartagena

Cartagena Main Entrance

View from Movich Hotel Rooftop - Ciudad Amurallada Cartagena Cathedral

View from Movich Cartagena

Ciudad Amurallada Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias Carriage Ride

7 Important Things to Know About Travling to Cartagena

1. Get the best exchange rate by using ATMs – When I arrived in Cartagena, at the airport there were a line of ATMs for use. It was easy to use my debit card to exchange dollars to Colombian peso. In the city, the banks were walking distance from my hotel. Always try to find an ATM to exchange your money.

2. No visa required – That was one of the main reasons why I wanted to travel to Cartagena. If you have a valid U.S. passport, then no visa is required!

3. Take the yellow cab – I’ve heard that Uber is now available in Cartagena. But after talking to some locals, they all suggested that it’s better to stick to yellow cabs. The fares are really affordable and it’s the safest option! Always negotiate the price before you get in. Ask your hotel or hostel how much it would be to get to a particular destination. They should know the right fare and they can also help you get a cab.

4. Hire a travel guide – Before traveling, I’ve done all my research and it felt like I knew a lot about Cartagena even before visiting. I’m glad I hired a tour guide ahead of time, the guide I hired was recommended by my hotel. She was extremely knowledgeable and it was just fun to hang out with a local in an unknown city. When looking for a private tour guide, hiring through the hotel was the most affordable option. From TripAdvisor the private tour guides were ranging from $200-$250 for 4 hours, and the private tour guide my hotel suggested was $100 for 4 hours. Always check with your hotel for tour options.

5. Remember the street names – In Cartagena, it’s best to carry a street map if you want to get anywhere. There are no street numbers. The locals use street names and landmarks for point of reference. The first day, I had to use my map to get around the city. The second day was a breeze, I started to remember all the landmarks, coffee shops, museums and from there it was easy to get around in Cartagena.

6. Use your credit card – I would suggest only using cards at nice restaurants and shops. I used my card at all the places listed here.  There was no issue at all. Before traveling, call your banks and let them know how long you will be traveling and where. Carry cash for street shopping and emergency.

7. Don’t forget to carry sunscreen & water bottle – It’s a must while walking around the hot & humid city. It’s best to carry an insulated water bottle that will keep your drink cold. But do try some delicious juicy watermelon slices from ‘las palenqueras,’ it really does quench the thirst.

Enjoy some more photos from my solo trip below….

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Convento La Popa 

Convento La Popa

Convento La Popa

Getsemani

Getsemani Shops

Getsemaní Cartagena Ruins

Getsemaní Cartagena Ruins

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Getsemaní Cartagena Hostel

Getsemaní Cartagena Plastic Bottle Art

Getsemaní Cartagena Colorful Steps

Getsemaní Cartagena Colorful Streets

Getsemaní Cartagena Colorful Streets & People

Getsemaní Cartagena Colorful Streets Teal Building

Getsemaní Cartagena Colorful Streets Purple & Blue

Getsemaní Cartagena Colorful Streets & People

Getsemaní Cartagena Girl Mural

Getsemaní Cartagena Lonely Bike

Getsemaní Cartagena Flowers

Getsemaní Cartagena Flowers

Getsemaní Cartagena School Children

Getsemaní Cartagena MAMA

Getsemaní Cartagena Colorful Fruit Lady Mural

Getsemaní Cartagena Wall

Getsemaní Cartagena Flower Market

Getsemaní Cartagena Life

Getsemaní Cartagena Mulata Mural

Getsemaní Cartagena Streets

All photos taken by me,

xoxo, Afroza 

 

 

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