Walled City of Cartagena, Cartagena

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Wander the historical streets of Walled City of Cartagena, an old district full of vibrant colonial architecture and heritage sites. Surrounded by 11 km (6.8 mi) of thick stone walls, the old city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. The vast fortifications, begun after an attack by Francis Drake, took two centuries in total to complete, as the city faced frequent damage from storms and pirate attacks. As well as the historical churches, mansions, plazas, and other buildings, the area boasts plentiful restaurants, cafes, and street vendors. Consider checking the cruise schedule before planning your visit: the old town clogs with tourists when several cruise ships unload on the same day. Walled City of Cartagena is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Cartagena Edition.
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  • We entered the walled city thru the clock tower. Be prepared to say "No" when you're bombarded by dozens of vendors selling their wares. Smile and be polite at all times. These guys are trying to feed...  more »
  • Cartagena has one of the most beautiful walled city in colombia and South America. Lots of luxury stores, rooftop bars, beautiful colored homes, carriage ride and restaurants  more »
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  • Lovely city with a great art and food scene. I highly suggest that you visit. The people are very friendly, great vacation experience
  • Very safe area with all of the locals and tourists. Lots of fun entertainment also (belly dancers, body paint, Michael Jackson, break dancers, etc.). Prices are reasonable and a lot of history here. Definitely the main attraction for Cartagena. You will be heavily sold to/solicited, so be warned.
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