Overview

Romantic and evocative Cartagena de Indias is without doubt one of the most captivating cities on the continent. The colonial heart of this Caribbean treasure, embraced by 17m. thick walls, oozes a swashbuckling history. Since its founding at the time of the Spanish Empire the city was subsequently attacked by waves of pirates and national fleets; the forts and cannons erected to protect it are still in place. Nowadays it is a cultured city, where gentle harmonies filter through the walls of music academies, language schools attract international students, artists flock to capture the sensual delights of flower-decked balconies and boutique hotels, salsa bars and literary cafés spill out onto the streets.

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Holidays Cartagena

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Colombia

Chachalaca: Colombia’s Colonial and Coffee Culture

14 days from £3,864pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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Private Journeys

Colombia

Signature Colombia: Culture and coffee

11 days from £2,700pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Tayrona National Park

Private Journeys

Colombia

Trailblazer Colombia

12 days from £2,420pp

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Things to do

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The weather in Cartagena is wide and varied

Cartagena remains one of Latin America’s most captivating and romantic cities, with cobbled streets soaked in sunshine and fascinating cultural events. This is an all-year destination where you can always expect sun. Visit Dec - Apr for the drier season which tends to be rain-free, whilst June - November can be prone to torrential showers. The Hay Festival of literature will draw keen readers and aspiring writers in January, while the horse-riding parades of Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria are delightful in January / February. March is another exciting month with its Caribbean Music Festival, where revelers can dance to reggae, salsa and many local genres. The same month sees the city’s venues come alive with the International Film Festival, which draws stars from across the globe. During holidays and festivals such as these the city will be very busy, but all the more atmospheric.

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Real Latin american experts

  • Juliet Ellwood
    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

  • Sally Dodge
    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

  • CarrieGallagher2
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

  • Kathryn Rhodes
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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