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Why Making an Itinerary Is Essential

“Not all those who wander are lost” (J. R. R. Tolkien). But every wanderer needs an itinerary. The journey will look like a piece of cake because it can help you do the following:

Planning ahead months before the travel is good, and planning where to go at a certain time of the year is important. South America has a lot of places worth visiting. One of which is Cartagena in Colombia.

The renowned landmark of the Land of the Pirates is the Clock Tower.
The colorful buildings of Cartagena and the famous Clock Tower.

Cartagena Travel Guide: Helpful Itinerary Tips for Visiting Cartagena

Cartagena highlights cobbled streets, palm-frilled plazas, and colorful sixteenth-century. The former port built in 1533 is also known as the Land of the Pirates. Its adventurous history is undoubtedly worth the visit.

Where to Stay in Cartagena

Cartagena hotels are affordable, although there has been a slight price increase since the growth of tourism. Still, you can find a bargain no matter where you stay. Book a place inside the Walled City if you’re interested in seeing Cartagena’s heritage architecture. Casa Alejandria is recommended for budget travelers. Hotel Casa San Agustin is for a more luxurious Cartagena experience. Beach hotels like Penthouses Palmetto are best if you want to stay in Bocagrande, Cartagena’s version of Miami.

Day 1:The Walled City and the Castle

In population and in land area, the Cartagena metro area is huge, but the most visited spot—the Walled City of Cartagena, dating back to the 16th century—is very small.

But do not fear since all of Cartagena’s best lodging is located within this part of the city, so exploring it is extremely easy. Stroll down the Bougainvillea-line streets. Dine at the charming cevicherías. Walk up onto the wall itself in the evening, which is a great spot to watch the sunset.

You can hire an official tourist guide near Cartagena’s famous landmark, the Clock Tower. The guide will take you on a half-day Cartagena walking tour that feels like a documentary, spotlighting various popular attractions like Cartagena Cathedral. Pay a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, which took over 100 years to build.

Day 2: Totumo Volcano and Evening Entertainment

Cartagena is situated on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, so if you are interested in exploring the wild, you don’t have to travel far outside the city.

Go trekking to Totumo Volcano, and enjoy the incredible views from the top. Bathe in the volcanic mud, which is also known as the volcano of youth. You can also rent a car to get to the volcano or go on an organized tour with your hotel.

Get back to the city before sunset to witness local song and dance performances by the Clock Tower. Head to the northwestern corner of the old city walls and have a drink at Cafe del Mar. Just take it easy, however, since it is known that most drunk tourists become victims of crime in Colombia.

Day 3: Playa Blanca

Spend the day at the beach. One of the most popular beaches in Cartagena is Playa Blanca. To get there, book a boat from the Cartagena Marina, just past the Clock Tower, to Isla de Baru. A day excursion there is easy. Playa Blanca surely captures the heart of the tourists for most who arrive there stay for five to six days, like they do not want to leave.

Top 5 Best Tourist Destinations in Cartagena


This is a neighborhood famous for being authentic and full of life. Art and performances are everywhere and you can meet different people—from bohemian artists to language students. Indeed, Getsemani does not discriminate.

Castillo De San Felipe

You can’t miss the famous fortress of Cartagena, which is also a UNESCO site. Walk through the underground tunnels in the fortress. Take the steep steps to the highest point of the top.

Convento La Popa

This highest point of the city gives the best panoramic views of Cartagena. Inside the convent, you will find a beautiful garden. Book a taxi to take you there. It will wait for you for about 30 minutes and then take you back.

Bazurto Market

For a real Colombian experience, visit the bustling Bazurto Market. Try the different fruits, vegetables, and fish. There is no doubt that the food in Cartagena are fresh and delicious. But do not go alone; best if you have a private guide with you. Wear closed-toe shoes, and keep in mind that no one speaks English there and no bathrooms.

Rosario Islands

This is one of Colombia’s jewels. The islands and the aquamarine waters are well-preserved and protected. Try the seafood fresh from the sea prepared by a fisherman. You can also kayak in the mangroves. The Caribbean islands bring spectacular sunsets. Being in Rosario Islands is like getting front-row seats to sunset-watching.

Write your itinerary now! Explore the beautiful Cartagena, Colombia.

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