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The sea breeze and the sunset that transforms wall colours of houses more than 400 years enchant visitors in Cartagena. A World Heritage Site, this city was founded by Pedro de Heredia in 1533, and preserves the colonial architecture of its buildings with the most complete set of fortifications in South America.
What to do in Cartagena de Indias
Enclosed by the walls of Cartagena, the historic centre is the soul of the city which inspired Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. In addition to living the history of centuries-old cobbled streets, you can explore the Castle of San Felipe, amaze yourself with a tour of old churches and even swim and float in a nearby mud volcano.
Known for its 11 kilometres of walls built by the Spanish, Cartagena has a historic centre which must be walked slowly and without a care in the world. Festivals devoted to film and classical music are held in this city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, Cartagena is ideal for honeymoons, scuba diving and cruises, among other things.
ACTIVITIES YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS
This city is an open air museum, but has much more than just culture and history. Cartagena is also a destination for sun and beach, water sports and crafts, among other options for travellers.