Visit Cartagena - Best of Cartagena

Ever thought of spending your holiday in the midst of water and heritage buildings with the best clubbing scenes involved? The city of Cartagena was one of the major ports found in 1533, located on the northern coast of Colombia. It is the 5th largest city and 5th largest urban area in the country. Cartagena’s walled city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city of Cartagena is full of Spanish Colonial architecture. The city is draped with beauty and do not mistake the architecturally pretty city with boring because it dons the young vibrant avatar just like other major cities in the world.

Visit the carnival month or the silent months, the city gives the feel of a vacation every time. The city might not be as exciting as the capital city but is definitely the coolest barrio you can spend your vacation in without even regretting an inch.

Cartagena Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Cartagena tips for your visit

General Info:

  • Time Zone: Colombia has only one time zone, Colombia Time (COT), located in the UTC-05:00zone, 5 hours behind the coordinated universal time.
  • Currency: Colombian Pesos
  • Electricity and InterneT: The availability of internet is not a problem in Cartagena, most of the hotels and places have Wi-Fi. All over Colombia electricity is 110 v. / 60 Hz with Type An American/Japanese plugs with two flat parallel pins, or Type B with an additional round ground pin.
  • Languages: The main language is Spanish.


  • National Police: 112
  • Red Cross- 132
  • Firemen: 119
  • Boca Grande Guard: 6657676
  • Disaster Attention: 111
  • Coastguard: 146
  • Airport General Information: 6666610
  • Traffic: 127

Off-beaten Path:

  • You should take a ride in Calandrias. The whole city can be explored in various ways so leave no stone unturned.


  • 10% is usually the standard in entire Colombia. Get local money, they don’t accept dollars.

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Facts and Stats for Cartagena*

  • Pollution Statistics in Cartagena

    Know the pollution level of Cartagena before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 70.83 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 33.33 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 70.83 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 62.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 70.83 (High)
  • Cartagena: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Cartagena for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cartagena.

    • Burglary and Theft 33.33 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 40.38 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 40.19 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 50 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 31.25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 46.15 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 78.85 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.31 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 15.38 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 44.23 (Moderate)
  • Living in Cartagena - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 61.29 (High)
    • Climate Index 55.95 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 61.21 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 36.73 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 30.56 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 44.54 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Cartagena

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cartagena

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.05 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.4 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 115.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 67.2 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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