In Colombia Semana Santa or Holy Week around Easter, is like Spring Break in the USA. For our parents it might be about going to church, but if you’re a young Colombian, you’re probably packing your suitcase, reserving a hotel or hostel and buying flight to Las Vegas, Colombia. Yes my friends, I have not misspoken, Cartagena is the city that does not turn off its lights, it welcomes you with open arms and invites you to live a whole week of rumba, dance, and much, much fun in the best style of this multicultural city.
Walk through its streets and you will find its alluringly lit squares, full of chairs and tables, bars with open doors inviting the passing tourist to enter, nightly shows by characters who imitate famous artists such as Shakira, Michael Jackson, Carlos Vives. And, ladies and gentlemen, do not forget to be prepared with a piggy bank under your arm, because although the show is free, they always pass a hat looking for some remuneration (just like Las Vegas….).
In every corner of the city you will find someone frozen in character personifying a "fisherman", a "slave", the "Predator" that left the film to look for Arnold Schwarzenegger in our streets, or even Optimus Prime of Transformers looking for Decepticons. In most popular squares like The Plaza de San Diego, Santo Domingo, Bolívar, Fernandez de Madrid and San Pedro you will hear the typical afro-descendant rhythms of our culture, and see the native dancers move their hips and their bodies as if they were elastic dolls, seducing the looks of locals and tourists.
This is a city that offers you as many different options for top restaurants per sq meter as Las Vegas, Paris, or LA, but at much better prices. From $10 USD to $30 USD per person, 30.000 COP to 90.000 COP you can find a world class meal or something delicious to carry in your hand while you walk through the cobbled streets.
"What happens in Cartagena, stays in Cartagena"
And to continue the Las Vegas theme, so long as you’re not a secret service agent, “what happens in Cartagena, stays in Cartagena.” You can visit Cartagena for the rumba, the salsa, the bachata, or for the Latin techno dance parties. The clubs are full with the cadence of sensual, joyful Cartageneros where the people are one of the great attractions that draw people to this city. If you do not want to miss out on these dance moves, take note of the best rumba sites in the city and the best parties:
Party at Maxicat
Starting May 1st you can enjoy a good rumba aboard the massive party catamaran Maxicat . A party to network and enjoy an unforgettable night time sail in the bay of Cartagena de Indias. Music on board, cocktails and the best attitude to start the week with the best energy. Tickets are limited to 80 so get your tickets early.
Los Pegasos Dock “Muelle de Los Pegasos”
10:00 p.m. - 2:00 AM
$70000COP (includes one drink)
Dress your best Caribbean dress and enjoy aboard of this great party
Night at La Movida 2-14 & Cocktails at Movich Hotel
Night comes and the rumba is caught on this street of the city. The people dress their best and arrive at this picturesque place with European atmosphere and touches of the Caribbean. A good option to enjoy Spanish tapas and drinks that start to ignite the excitement of the night.
A good tip for those who get ready to go is to arrive early to get a table, otherwise you can enjoy the bar with a good gin & tonic while listening to the music and practice the footsteps of those who steal the attention on the dance floor.
Calle Baloco 2-14
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Cover $ 30,000 - $ 40,000 (friday, saturday) No Cover on Tuesday.
Do not forget to get your best look out of the closet and dance until the place close
Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the best cocktails in town while you watch the pretty view that has Movich Cartagena Hotel. It's a plan to start the week and revel in the lights of the city at night.
Calle de Vélez Danies No. 4 39
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Party at Media Luna Hostel
Every Wednesday of the year you can enjoy "Wednesday of Hostal". Accompanied by bands, DJ's live, cocktails and the best national and international drinks.
Calle Media Luna No. 10-46 05 Cartagena
Cover $ 20,000
Do not forget to arrive on time to take advantage of all the Caribbean's excitement in one place. From 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM you can claim your whiskey or cocktail
And Thursday come with the best vibes and we prepare to enjoy all weekend. In Cuba, next to the Plaza de San Diego, you can enjoy delicious mojitos, typical cuban food and live salsa. A place that reminds you of old Cuba and invites you to enjoy the Cuban heat and the pool that is next to the stage.
Calle Cochera del Hobo #38-125
Cover No Cover
Friday of Champetronik at Media Luna Hostel & Night Club at Cafe Havana
Every Friday and Saturday of the year the “Champeta’s Party” arrives in Cartagena. The new era of the Champetronik will be in the Media Luna Hostel with the best music of the Caribbean and the most exotic party of the city. You can share with local and tourists a good musical environment.
Calle Media Luna No. 10-46 05 Cartagena
Cover $ 20,000
Great news is that women do not pay cover before 10:00 PM.
Havana cafe invites you to live a night of mojitos and the best Cuban son band in the city. Do not miss this live show and dance to the rhythm of the salsa that floods this place with touches of the real cuba
Calle Media Luna and Calle del Guerrero, Getsemaní, Cartagena
7:00PM open doors
Bazurto Social Club
The party went on! This Bar-Restaurant located in front of the famous Centenariol Park, arrived in Cartagena with the name of the market square of the city "Bazurto", to bring all the cultural wealth, joy, enthusiasm and creativity of Cartagena.
A plan that you can not miss if you visit Cartagena and taste the delicious juices of tropical fruits, cocktails fused with liquors of the world and a funny Caribbean music, that light the atmosphere in this street of the city.
Avenida Centenario Carrera 9 # 30-42
7:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Do not forget have fun with the Caribbean flavor that is breathed in this bar
Republica Pool Party
Every Sunday of the year you can enjoy DJ is Catalina Santos at the Hostal Republica a pool party, in the best style of the summer parties in the United States. Enjoy exotic cocktails, beers of all brands, shots of national and international drinks and the best ambiance of a Sunday party in Cartagena.
Second Street of Badillo # 36-45
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Do not forget to bring: Swimwear and the best attitude. And best of all, the ENTRY IS FREE
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