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As one of TripAdvisor’s ‘Destinations on the Rise’ in 2013, Cartagena is a Colombian city filled with the type of sights, smells, sounds and experiences that make international travel so enthralling.

Situated on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, it’s no wonder Cartagena has a pirate past. Nowadays, it is better known as a charming fishing village with fantastic beaches, fascinating colonial architecture, quaint cobblestone streets and an easily walkable old town.

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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details


  • South African Passport holders do not need a visa to visit Colombia for stays of up to 90 days. Ensure you have a valid passport with at least 2 blank pages left for entry stamps.
  • There is a South African Honorary Consulate in Bogota, Colombia. Phone: + 57 1 214 0397. The closest South African Embassy is in Caracas, Venezuela. Av Sorocaima con Av Venezuela Chacao, 1060. Phone: +58 212 952 0026. Email:

See and do

Considering that historians believe the earliest proof of settlement in Cartagena to be from around 4000 BC, it is not surprising that the city is rich in heritage. The colonial walled city and the old fortress are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, while many other interesting relics can be seen throughout the area. Major attractions here include Steps of La Popa Mount, the Walled City, Cartagena Gold Museum and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

In addition to taking in the sights, you can also take your pick of things to do around the city and its surrounds. Take a boat trip over to Rosario Islands where you can try scuba diving or snorkelling at Isla Mucura, take a walk through Plaza de San Diego, visit the harbour and waterfront area, explore the many museums or enjoy a Caribbean cocktail and take in some sunshine at one of the many cafes.
Cartagena shopping options are fairly good, with malls such as Caribe Plaza; interesting markets such as Mercado Bazurto and speciality stores such as Almacen El Centavo Menos. Markets and small stalls are your best bet for locally made curios. Look for gemstones – especially emeralds, as well as leather goods, hand-embroided clothing, organic Colombian coffee and wooden figurines.

In terms of public transport, taxis are a good option and are found everywhere, but do not have meters. So make sure you agree on a fare before you head off, otherwise you might be in for a nasty surprise. The old walled city is best explored by foot, while there are also buses that are quite reliable and cheap. Chariots are easy to catch and seen everywhere too – flag one down if you see it in the street for transport Cartagena style.

Rafael Núñez International Airport – CTG

Food and beverage: There is a VIP lounge and a few small coffee shops at Cartagena Airport.

Currency Exchange: ATMs are readily available at the airport. Head downtown to exchange currency.

Airport Hotels: Hotel Las Americas, Hotel Cartagena Real, Hotel da Pietro.

Car Hire: Penguin, Economy, VIP, Elephant.

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