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Cartagena Tours, Vacations, Travel Packages & Experiences

  • Cartagena is always a popular destination while on your Colombia vacation
  • Cartagena is always a popular photo opportunity while on your Colombia tour

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most incredible old towns in the Western Hemisphere, Cartagena is a large port city on the northern coast of Colombia, a must visit on Colombi8a vacations.

Spanish conquerer Pedro de Heredia founded the city in 1533 on the site of the Carib Indian settlement of Calamari.  It grew to become a major port on the Caribbean and was viewed as the gateway to South America.  This caused the city to garner a great deal of attention from pirates forcing the Spanish to build up a series of forts around the town. 

Cartagena continued to flourish and during colonial times, it was the most important location in the Spanish empire outside of Spain and was influential in Colombia’s history.   It was one of the first places to declare independence from Spain leading the way for other cities throughout the country.   The city has continued to expand and is the country’s largest port making Cartagena a major industrial centre.

While the city has modernised, the old walled town has changed very little over the years.  In 1984, UNESCO named the city a World Heritage Site for having the most extensive fortifications in South America.  Rich in history and romance, Cartagena is considered Colombia’s top honeymoon destination.  It also provides excellent opportunities to enjoy nearby coral reefs and beaches as well as water sport activities like swimming, snorkelling, surfing, sailing and more on Colombia vacations.


Colombia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Colombia tours.

Learn about the history and culture of Colombia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Colombia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Colombia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Colombia tours today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Colombia tours, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island tours, Ecuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruisesPeru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.


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