Cartagena is a gorgeous port city in Colombia. With over 970 000 residents, it is famed for its colourful colonial buildings and the magnificent coastal walled Old Town. Today, Cartagena is a popular beach destination, with thrilling activities, shops, and restaurants. The destination’s top attractions include Rosario Islands, Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, and Plaza Santo Domingo.
Prepare yourself for an amazing travelling experience to Colombia, because cheap flights to Cartagena are now available for a limited time! Cartagena is the home of Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG), which is a 30-minute drive from the city centre. Rafael Núñez International Airport serves numerous airlines, including Avianca, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, and LATAM Airlines. Popular connecting flights to Cartagena are available from Johannesburg. The flight duration is approximately 22 hours and 14 minutes.
Popular flights to Cartagena
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Cartagena
Cartagena’s rich history is a definite drawcard. Take a tour through this city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes the magnificent colonial walls and fortress.
A Coastal Location
Cartagena sits along the Caribbean Sea, meaning gorgeous beaches. Soak up the sun and enjoy refreshing splashes at these selection of locations, including Isla de Barú and Playa Castillo Grande.
A Gastronomic Scene
With the city’s access to fresh seafood, meat, and traditional Colombian ingredients like coconut rice and crispy plantains, satisfy yourself with local specialties, such as ceviche and Ajiaco.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
1 ZAR = 205. 89 COP
Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG)
Avianca / Copa Airlines / Delta Airlines / LATAM Airlines
GMT - 5
Type A / B
Best time to visit Cartagena
Cartagena experiences hot days (around the low 30s), warm nights (ranging around the mid-20s) and rainy weather throughout the year. Avoid the crowds, rainy weather and steep accommodation prices by visiting this Colombian city from mid-January to April (mid-summer to mid-autumn). This is the dry season, and with the peak tourist season over, you can enjoy cheaper hotel rates. Watch out for the Holy Week though, which falls in either March or April, since this is when the crowds visit Cartagena. You can get the lowest accommodation prices during off season (May – mid-June and August to November), however, this is when the rains begin, and October and November are the wettest months.
Weather & Climate in Cartagena
Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month
The beautiful Colombian city of Cartagena is the type of destination you should be considering for your next international holiday experience. One of TripAdvisor’s ‘Destinations on the Rise’ in 2013, it is an enthralling location, with a range of sights, aromas, sounds and experiences.
Explore Cartagena’s historic attractions, which include the colonial walled city and fortress, which were awarded the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the gorgeous harbour and waterfront area, as well as Plaza de San Diego. Treat yourself to scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities at Isla Mucura, or shop at malls such as Caribe Plaza, or the enticing markets like Mercado Bazurto.
When it’s time to relax, enjoy a Caribbean cocktail and sit back at one of the numerous cafés, like Mila Vargas and Beiyu.
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You will not need a tourist Visa to visit Cartagena for up to 90 days. Check with your airline to see if you have connecting flights overseas on your way to Colombia, because if you do, you may need a separate transit Visa.
The South African Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, is accredited to Colombia
Address: Edif. Atrium PH-1A, Urb El-Rosal, Av Sorocaima con Av Venezuela, Chacao, Caracas, 1060
Phone: +58 212 952 0026
Fax: +58 212 952 0277
Beware of street vendors in Cartagena, who have a reputation for stealing money when giving change. Practice basic common sense, by keeping your valuables in a safe place and out of sight, refraining from showing large amounts of money when outside, and never walking outside after dark.
Visit your doctor to get all the routine vaccinations four to six weeks before you depart for Cartagena. Additionally, depending on where you go and what you do in the city, you may also need vaccinations and prescription medicines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, malaria, yellow fever and rabies.