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  • 04
  • Aug
  • 2014

Taking a cruise to South America? Here are some of the best things to do in Cartagena, Colombia

For anyone traveling to South America on one of our all inclusive cruises, Cartagena, the beautiful coastal city in Northern Colombia, is a must-see destination. Unlike other South American cities, such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, Cartagena is not well-known to Americans, so many visitors aren’t quite sure what to do when they visit.

In this article we’d like to give you a few ideas for things you can do when you’re touring Colombia’s most famous seaside city.

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Eat!: Cartagena’s location on the Atlantic Coast of Colombia means that it is a prime location to grab some delicious seafood. Local favorites include ceviche, a citrusy fish salad that is as refreshing as it is cheap. In addition, just about every bar will serve you a piña colada that is to die for.

Shop for local crafts and clothing: There are many areas of Cartagena where you can purchase local crafts made by artisans. This is a great way to pick up souvenirs for you and your family. The best places to shop for these items include Calle Santo Domingo and Calle San Juan de Dios.

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Visit the Old City: Cartagena is very old, and as such it’s very walkable, as most of it was constructed before cars were invented. The Old City provides some of the most scenic parts, and you can easily find street performers, tasty cafes and interesting shops to visit.


Many travelers end up passing on visits to South America because they’re overwhelmed by the idea of planning a major international trip. If you’d like to see the wonders of Cartagena and other South American destinations, but without the headache of creating your own itinerary, is here to help. Call us at 1-888-804-CRUISE (2784) or visit our website,, to find out about our latest South American excursions and Amazon River cruises.

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