I was supposed to go to a wedding in Cartagena later this month, however the wedding is likely to be postponed due to one of the future spouses being called in to testify as an expert witness in a trial stateside. My airfare to CTG is paid for, nonrefundable, and on NK so any changes cost more than the ticket itself... so screw it, wedding or no wedding, I'm going.
But I have no clue what to do now. The initial plan was tag along with the wedding party and just explore the old city for a day. As much as I want to see the old city for a day, I've already lived in two Spanish colonial cities and travel to two others regularly, so I don't think I need more than a day there.
Within a reasonable budget (my lodging is already paid for, so that cost doesn't have to be factored in), how does the Flyertalker community recommend I spend 4 days in Cartagena?
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Originally Posted by MrHalliday
It is an easy city to enjoy,
not that much advance planning needed.
A day trip out to the mud volcano is a good laugh.
See The mud volcano of Totumo is one thing I couldn't envisage doing on my own, who is going to look after my camera and cellphone whilst I flop around in the mud. Plus unless you have someone the wrestle with, actually sitting in mud becomes a bit tedious quite fast and probably not worth riding all the way to Totumo for.
i went a few years ago, and one of the best things I did was a day trip to one of the many islands off the coast. i purchased the trip through the hotel, and it was probably ~20 people total. The island had a small hotel (didnt stay there) and the trip included a lunch of fresh fried fish which was delicious. I dont remember the exact island we went to, but I'm pretty sure there are alot of these trips of similar quality.
I think we were on the island for 5 or 6 hours, and went out with a guide to go snorkeling. the water was crystal clear and saw quite a bit of fish. You can also just lay on the beach and enjoy the sun.
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I spent two days on the islands.
One day it included the Aquarium (Oceanarium), a shor circuit thru the Islas del Rosario and spend at Playa Blanca (white beach) at Isla Baru. It was wonderful. Yes, they say the sellers at the beach are annoying but just a bit, you can manage it with a simple No.
The 2nd day I went to Islas del Rosario Again but to do snorkeling and spend the day at Cocoliso Island, it doesn't have a beach, more coral shores but the hotel at the island is very nice with pool and all basic resort facilities.
At nights the bars and restaurants at old town are great. I enjoyed Cartagena a lot. Have fun.