These 25 Photos of Cartagena Will Make You Want to Book a Trip Right Now

A church and its monastery on the Plaza de San Pedro Claver in Cartagena with the modern city in the background
A church and its monastery on the Plaza de San Pedro Claver in Cartagena with the modern city in the background | © Sonja Novak / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Chris Bell
5 September 2021

Cartagena is one of South America’s most beautiful cities. Tourists flock from all around the world to wander its gorgeous colonial streets, walk its magnificent city walls and gaze in wonder at the myriad colors of its beautiful buildings.

And if you’re tempted to see it for yourself, Cartagena is just one of several fantastic destinations included on Culture Trip’s epic eight-day Colombian Caribbean tour, led by our local insider.

Every street in Cartagena looks like a postcard…

A typical flower-covered street in Cartagena | © Nathan and Elaine Vaessen / Alamy Stock Photo

Seriously, there isn’t a corner where you don’t want to get your camera out!

The historic Getsemani district is located near the Walled City | © Elijah Lovkoff / Alamy Stock Photo

Every single square and plaza is the most beautiful you’ve ever seen!

Church of St Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia | © Sorin Colac / Alamy Stock Photo

And the streets are just as lovely at night

Much of Cartagena’s colonial architecture is illuminated at night | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo

The architecture is simply stunning…

Workers start their day near the Clock Tower Gate in Cartagena’s old city | © Gary Tognoni / Alamy Stock Photo

Most cities would be satisfied with one beautiful church, but not Cartagena!

The tower of the Metropolitan Cathedral and colonial houses in the old town of Cartagena | © Keren Su/China Span / Alamy Stock Photo

And they look amazing from every angle…

A pirate ship in the harbor at Cartagena | © Panther Media GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

See!

This church and its monastery are located in the Plaza de San Pedro Claver | © Sonja Novak / Alamy Stock Photo

The colors of Cartagena are magnificent

Colonial architecture characterizes the Walled City of Cartagena | © dbimages / Alamy Stock Photo

Every wall is the prettiest wall since the last one!

The colorful streets of Getsemani, Cartagena | © David Noton Photography / Alamy Stock Photo

They’ve even got amazing street art

A typical cafe in Cartagena | © chrispictures / Alamy Stock Photo

Even the locals are colorfully dressed

Palenqueras – traditional street vendors selling fruit in Cartagena’s old city | © Anamaria Mejia / Alamy Stock Photo

I mean, come on!

A Palenquera woman sells fruits at Plaza Santo Domingo in Cartagena | © Konstantin Kalishko / Alamy Stock Photo

And they are always ready with a friendly smile

A Palenquera woman in the walled city of Cartagena | © Jan Sochor / Alamy Stock Photo

And don’t get us started on the Caribbean islands surrounding Cartagena…

The Rosario Islands near Cartagena | © R.M. Nunes / Alamy Stock Photo

It’s a perfect Caribbean paradise

Transport around the Rosario Islands is best carried out by boat | © agefotostock / Alamy Stock Photo

A Cartagena sunset is unique and magical

Tourists walking the old town of Cartagena at sunset | © jhonatta salguedo / Alamy Stock Photo

They are also incredibly romantic…

Sunset from atop colonial city walls in Cartagena | © Dan Herrick / Alamy Stock Photo

The city looks as good from the sea as the land

An aerial view of the historic city center of Cartagena with the modern city in the background | © Roman Diachkin / Alamy Stock Photo

But there’s no substitute for wandering the beautiful streets of the Old Town

Balconies and flowers in the streets of Cartagena | © jhonatta salguedo / Alamy Stock Photo

Except for visiting the Castle!

The Spanish fort of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas in Cartagena | © Alex Segre / Alamy Stock Photo

Yep, that’s right: an actual Caribbean castle!

Walking the old city walls of Cartagena | © dbimages / Alamy Stock Photo

Cartagena is about as beautiful as a city gets

Colorful houses in the old town of Cartagena, Colombia | © Darko Vrcan / Alamy Stock Photo

And if that’s not enough, there are wild monkeys in the parks!

Three common squirrel monkeys sitting on a tree branch in Cartagena | © Nick Fox / Alamy Stock Photo

Still not enough? OK, there are sloths as well…convinced yet?!

A sloth lazing in a tree in Cartagena | © Panther Media GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

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