Looking for your winter 2019 getaway? Look no further than the rising star of South America, Cartagena. Located on Colombia’s Carribean coast, Cartagena was founded in 1533 and offers innumerable attractions as well as access to beaches and coral reefs.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Cartagena is also known as the “Corral de Piedra” because of the ancient walls, originally meant to keep out the tide, pirates and other invaders, that still surround the city. Enter the old city via the Torre del Reloj (clock tower) you are immediately transported back in time by Cartagena’s colourful colonial buildings, squares and cobblestone streets. During the day be sure to visit the Palace of the Inquisition, which is now a museum and the 18th-century dungeon that houses unique shops and boutiques within the former cells. At night the Bayside Calle del Arsenal comes alive with vibrant nightclubs and salsa dancing. Outside the old city, strategically perched high the Hill of San Lazaro is the 400-year-old fortress Castillo San Felipe de Barajas.
Day Trips from Cartagena
Take a canoe trip through mangrove tunnels guided by a local, a wonderful way to relax and really take in your surroundings. This diverse eco-system is home to a large variety of tropical birds such as kingfisher, white heron, common laura, pink spatula, and pelicans. The nearby archipelago of the Islas de Rosario is an expansive and unique national park that was formed to protect the coral reef. Enjoy a boating trip to the area and experience the spectacular open sea oceanarium.
Where to Stay
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena is the ideal base for visitors. No other hotel can give you the experience of being immersed in historic Cartagena. Originally built as a convent in 1621, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena is a legendary landmark in the heart of Cartagena’s walled city. Transformed into a luxury hotel in 1995, the Sofitel Santa Clara, unique in style, combines the allure of history with local hospitality and the art of French savoir-faire. Mixing Colonial and Republican-style architecture with modern comfort, the hotel features gourmet cuisine, exceptional service and a world-class spa. Take advantage of rental bikes and explore the city on two wheels. The beach is a five-minute walk away and the hotel itself sports a spectacular pool.
Vision Travel Virtuoso Amenities at Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in-room guests
$100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Speak to your Vision Travel advisor today to plan your visit to Cartagena so you can experience the magic for yourself.