Cartagena is a fascinating locale, nearly surrounded by lagoons, bays and the Caribbean Sea. Visitors can stroll the streets of Old Town, the city’s walled historic center, where they’ll find vendors serving up treats like savory arepas and sweet guava jellies as well as notable architecture like the 17th-century Cloister, Museum and Church of San Pedro Claver. Art lovers should visit the Cartagena Museum of Modern Art, or take a trip to Getsemani, a hip neighborhood that’s awash in street murals and displays. On tours that dig into Colombia’s emerald history, a professional will show off the green gems and help you learn how to spot the real thing. Adventure seekers can excursion to the nearby town of La Boquilla, where you can canoe through mangroves to spot wildlife like egrets and pelicans, or venture to the white-sand shores of Manzanillo del Mar for a horseback ride on the beach.
Currency: Colombian peso (COP), US dollar (US$)
Driving Directions and Parking Information
Manga Terminal Maritimo
Cartagena A.A. 7954
Secured Parking is available across the terminal at $12.00 a day (subject to change).
Leaving the Airport, make a left on Santander Av. Go straight on Santander Avenue until Parque de la Marina which is a roundabout. The Park and the wall of the Old City will be on your left all the time- approx. 10 min. At the Park roundabout, turn to your left entering Blas de Lezo Av. At the traffic light turn to your right, and on your right you'll see the Convention Centre. At the next traffic light turn to the right again and take Arsenal Street. Continue up to Puente Roman Bridge - cross the bridge. Continue on to Calle Real de Manga, turn left until you get to Avenida La Asamblea. Go straight three blocks until you reach Tercera Av. also called Calle 28. Drive two blocks and turn left on Carrera 30 - there is a roundabout here and you need to take your first right - you are now within the port area and will see containers on your right side. Continue along this road until you see the cruise terminal and main gate.
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