December came and with it one of the best seasons to visit Cartagena de Indias with the whole family. Fun plans, delicious food, a charming atmosphere, and unforgettable experiences will make your holidays the best in your life.
During the freshest time to visit “La Heroica”, the city turns into a stage for the delight of tourists and locals, who find in the parks, beaches, streets, old walls, museums, forts, city squares, monuments, among many other places, a space to entertain themselves and savor the best Cartagena has to offer at this end of the year.
If you have planned to visit “El Corralito de Piedra” during this time, here we share some of the best plans you can do with all your family. Adventures that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and that will leave you full of fascinating memories to finish the year and start a new one surrounded by beautiful landscapes and the good energy of people from Cartagena.
Visit the “ciénagas de la Virgen and Juan Polo”
If you are interested in bird watching, artisanal fishing, and relaxing journeys through nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is the right one for you. Tours and experiences in which you can appreciate the huge biodiversity of Cartagena, as well as the human warmth of the people who guide you through the zone and who joyfully share the love for their home and for all the species that come together in there.
Enjoy all of these experiences in the company of “Los Arriberos”, a tourist agency created by natives of “La Boquilla” who seek to share their treasures and experiences with people from all over the world, while exploiting and protecting this beautiful ecosystem.
1. Tour through the mangrove forest and its beautiful natural tunnels of “amor” and “reconciliación”. Value $75,000 COP.
2. Bird watching tour. Duration: 2 hours. Value $100,000 COP
3. “One day” Tour (includes lunch, snack, visit to the Pre-Columbian Museum in the “Ciénaga de Juan Polo” and the afternoon on the beach). Value $110,000 COP.
Visit the museums and learn more about Cartagena
Cartagena de Indias is a city full of history and culture, in which we can easily transport ourselves in time to the colonial ages, or in which we can delight with the countless artistic expressions that have developed over the years, enriching the patrimonial landscape of “La Heroica” and turning it into an ideal place to learn about our origins and the cultural evolution that makes it a true treasure of the Caribbean and the world. Do not miss the secrets of this Colombian icon.
1. Museo Naval
” (Navy Museum): You can enjoy different exhibitions that didactically approach the history of Cartagena from its early inhabitants (Caribes) to the beginnings of navigation and of the Colombian Navy.
*Schedule: Monday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*Admission fee: Adults $16,000 COP. Children (under 13 years) $2,000 COP. National students $5,000 COP (carrying a valid student I.D.)
2. “Museo del oro
” (Gold Museum): Ideal for people of all ages. In this place you can marvel with the beautiful pieces of gold and other materials made by some of the oldest indigenous communities in Colombia, such as “Tayrona”, “Sinú”, “Muisca”, “Calima”, “Quimbaya”, “Tolima”, and “Nariño”.
*Schedule: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3. “Museo Histórico de Cartagena
” (Historical Museum): One of the mandatory stops in your visit to the city. Located in the Palace of the Inquisition, it is the place that best reflects the memory of Cartagena and it is a symbol of this Colombian region. In there, among other things, you can see elements related to the Inquisition times, among which are the inquisitor barracks, military elements and the torture chambers.
*Schedule: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Sunday and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
*Admission fee: Adults $20,000 COP. Children $17,000 COP. Seniors $17,000 COP. Children under 5 years old do not pay the admission fee.