Where to Explore, Dine, and Stay in Cartagena on a Luxury Tour Of Colombia

Where to Explore, Dine, and Stay in Cartagena on a Luxury Tour Of Colombia

Cartagena, the jewel of the Caribbean coast is a magical city with mesmerizing architecture that gives off a subtle yet commanding appeal to travelers around the world. With beautiful beaches with golden sands, turquoise waters, and rich captivating history, a visit to Cartagena on a luxury tour of Colombia is an unforgettable experience for those looking to merge Colombian culture and the vibes of the Caribbean.

It’s a stunning environment where history and modernity coexist in perfect harmony and from the moment you step foot on Cartagena’s colorful streets, you will be swept away by the calling to hearty adventure and novel discovery that flows from every curb. As the gateway city to many of Colombia’s most stunning destinations such as the Rosario Islands, Santa Marta, and Parque Tayrona to name a few – Cartagena is an unmatched stop on your luxury tour of Colombia with Kuoda. Reach out to us today to start planning your luxury tour of Colombia.

WHERE TO EXPLORE

WHERE TO EXPLORE

Fall in love with the City of Cartagena, and the colorful streets and bohemian mood of the Getsemani neighborhood.

The city of Cartagena is one of Colombia’s major travel destinations and for good reason. Beyond the incredible food, world-class beaches, and diverse cultures that make up the city, it also has a plethora of activities, neighborhoods, and things to do for visitors, whether it’s your first time or if you’re an experienced visitor.

Perhaps one of the main draws to Cartagena is its proximity to other incredible Caribbean destinations in Colombia, such as Rosario Islands or Parque Tayrona which are easily accessible just a few hours away from the city.

• Explore the Walled City, a UNESCO Heritage Site 

If you want to immerse yourself in the unique history of Cartagena, then you have to visit the Walls of Cartagena. This fortress was built over the course of two centuries by defensive city officials who were trying to keep pillaging pirates out of Cartagena. Today, these walls still stand firmly after over 400 years of attacks from outsiders. Take a walking tour of this walled city to get an insightful lesson on this impressive fortress.

• Visit the colorful, bohemian Getsemani neighborhood for a look into Cartagena’s past and present

Getsemani is a vibrant and historic neighborhood in Cartagena, Colombia, located just outside the walled city. The neighborhood has a rich cultural and architectural heritage, with colorful colonial buildings, lively street art, and a diverse community of locals, expats, and travelers.

Getsemani has a fascinating history, with roots dating back to the 16th century. It was originally a residential area for Spanish colonial officials and later became a center for African slaves and Afro-Colombian culture. Today, it is a hub of creativity, music, and nightlife, with many restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as art galleries, street art, and boutique shops. Stop by for an ice-cold paleta, or visit one of the many coffee shops and local restaurants that are taking the neighborhood by storm.

• Discover Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

If you want to discover the greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards, you need to explore Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. This mighty structure consumes an entire hilltop and took over a century to perfect. Intricate tunnels weave throughout the fortress, which gave soldiers a strategic advantage over any attackers. These tunnels were used to deliver provisions, execute evacuations, and communicate quickly when Cartagena was under attack. Travelers can visit the Castillo today and even tour some of the tunnels for an immersive history lesson.

WHERE TO DINE

WHERE TO DINE

Alquimico Bar from the view of the Terrace, an ideal place to try refreshing tropical cocktails.

• Alquímico

Alquímico is the kind of place you will want to come back to again and again just to see what kind of magic the bartenders will whip up next. If you fancy a craft cocktail, treat yourself or your group to the three master levels Alquímico. La Mansión on level one offers innovative experimental cocktails, El Balcón on level two serves classic cocktails with a bar chemist spin and The Terraza’s party vibe paired with an array of tropical cocktails is exactly what you’d want in a tiki bar in the Caribbean.

• Celele

Celele is the culinary brainchild of Chefs Jaime Rodrígues Camacho and Sebastián Pinzón Giraldo’s years of exploring the diverse flavors of the Caribbean coast and their discovery of traditional recipes on the brink of extinction. With impeccable techniques and authentic recipes, their unwavering dedication to showcasing the essence of Colombian culture has earned Celele a coveted spot among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Since its opening, Celele has become the jewel in the crown of Cartagena’s burgeoning culinary scene, winning the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award in 2021. A luxury trip to Cartagena wouldn’t be complete without making a stop at Celele.

• Carmen Restaurant

Carmen Restaurant in downtown Cartagena offers an exquisite dining experience that combines traditional Caribbean cuisine with innovative culinary techniques. Run by a trio of creative chefs, artists, and culture-loving creatives passionate about using local ingredients to create unique and delicious dishes, Carmen Restaurant is the perfect destination if you are looking for a truly unforgettable dining experience on your luxury trip to Cartagena. So, whether you’re a foodie, a culture lover, or simply looking for a memorable night out, Carmen Restaurant has it all.

• Sambal Bistro Caribeño

Sambal Bistro Caribeño is the perfect spot if you want to indulge in fiery Caribbean flavors. This popular Cartagena restaurant is a go-to for seafood aficionados and local foodies who appreciate the many cultures that make up Colombia’s Caribbean coast – African, Indigenous, and Spanish flavors bring together this unassuming yet beloved restaurant. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed weekend brunch or a late-night snack with top-notch drinks, Sambal Bistro Caribeño delivers unpretentious, homemade food and service, every time.

• Alma Restaurant & Bar

If you’re searching for a restaurant that serves up the very best of Cartagena’s traditional cuisine during your luxury tour of Colombia, look no further than Alma Restaurant & Bar. Led by Chef Heberto Eljach, this passionate culinary destination serves up the best in traditional coastal cuisine. From mouthwatering seafood casseroles to a range of ceviche, the menu is a celebration of homegrown ingredients and local flavors. After your meal, be sure to stop by the bar for some live music and craft cocktails.

WHERE TO STAY

WHERE TO STAY

Bastión Luxury Hotel restaurant, in the heart of the old town of Cartagena known for its XVI century architecture

• Casa San Agustín

Explore the perfect blend of traditional Colombian elegance and contemporary comforts at Casa San Agustín, an opulent hotel that features a private beach club with stunning views of the Caribbean coastline, a magnificent pool in the main villa, and customized packages to elevate your stay. From pampering spa treatments to artisanal drinks at the pool bar, this chic hotel offers an exceptional escape.

• Hotel Quadrifolio

Step into Hotel Quadrifolio, a charming 17th-century colonial building situated in the heart of Cartagena’s walled city. Impeccably restored interiors create a serene and timeless environment that invites total relaxation. Unwind in the tranquil heated pool, bask in the sunshine on the beautiful terrace with a jacuzzi, or take a private boat out for a leisurely cruise around Cartagena Bay.

• Bastión Luxury Hotel

Stay at the Bastion Luxury Hotel in the heart of Cartagena’s old town for a taste of 16th-century extravagance amidst the modern city. This hotel makes it easier to immerse yourself in local culture, as it offers easy access to historic sites such as The Clock Tower and Las Bovedas Square. You can also take a short stroll to the Modern Art Museum and the Gold Museum to learn more about Colombia’s fascinating history. Take the opportunity to enjoy stunning views of the city and the Caribbean Sea from the hotel’s rooftop terrace while sipping on a refreshing cocktail or a local Colombian coffee.

• Casa de Alba

Escape to a sophisticated Caribbean mansion nestled in the heart of Cartagena’s premier culinary, shopping, and cultural hotspots. Casa de Alba is a chic boutique hotel that grants visitors easy access to top attractions like Bolivar Park and Santo Domingo Square. The hotel’s central courtyard boasts two stunning swimming pools, adding to the regal ambiance of this magnificent property.

• Casa Lola

For an unforgettable stay in Cartagena, look no further than Casa Lola. This boutique luxury hotel, located in the heart of Old Town, is a stunning example of colonial architecture fused with modern design. The interior features a beautiful mix of antiques and contemporary art, creating a cozy and elegant atmosphere that will leave you feeling relaxed and inspired. With meticulous attention to every detail, Casa Lola provides a hotel experience that is as enjoyable as exploring the rest of the vibrant city.

Cartegena’s popularity as a travel destination has turned the destination into a truly metropolitan city that still retains its colonial charm and Caribbean vibrancy. The city is an eclectic mix of colorful colonial buildings, narrow streets, and charming plazas, while its museums and cultural events offer a glimpse into the region’s fascinating past. Cartagena boasts some of South America’s most beautiful beaches, with white sand, turquoise waters, and opportunities for water sports and relaxation.

Ready to visit this world-class travel destination on your luxury tour of Colombia? Get in touch with an expert travel planner from Kuoda, today and enjoy a personalized itinerary on your luxury tour of Colombia.

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