Cartagena de Indias Cruises
An enthralling and staggeringly beautiful city, Cartagena is one of Colombia's true gems bursting with Spanish heritage. Dominated by the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the captivating city of Cartagena is also home to the wonderful Santo Domingo Plaza, Palacio de la Inquisicion and its 16th century cathedral.
Taking time out to relax at one of Cartagena's many open-air cafés is a popular pastime;[ReadMoreMob] perfect for watching the parade of horse-drawn carriages, fashionable locals and romantic street life. From one of its many beaches, many take the opportunity to mingle with the sea life on a Cartegena snorkelling trip, passing San Jose and San Ferna en route.
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
The magnificent Castle of San Felipe de Barajas is one of Cartagena’s main sights, and is regarded by many as the most outstanding feat of Spanish military engineering in the New World. Construction on the castle began in the 16th century and continued over 120 years.
Colombia is renowned across the globe for its emeralds, producing approximately two thirds of the world’s supply of these precious stones. The majority of emerald mining in Colombia takes place in the regions of Boyacá and Cundinamarca, on the eastern slope of the Andes.
Cartagena’s old city boasts some of the most impressive architecture in South America, and is a must-see for any visitor here. Construction began towards the end of the 16th century and took almost 200 years to complete due to destruction from piracy and storm damage.