1. UNESCO World Heritage Site
The historic center of Cartagena, known as the “Old City” or “la Ciudad Amurallada,” is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Its maze-like streets, colorful buildings, and charming plazas are a delight to explore, providing a unique blend of European, African, and indigenous influences. Beneath the iconic walls of Cartagena’s Old City lies an underground artisan market-Las Bóvedas-, where you can discover unique souvenirs and engage with talented artisans.
2. Cartagena's Literary Legacy
Beyond its architectural splendor, Cartagena has served as a muse for renowned writers throughout history. Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate and master of magical realism, drew inspiration from the city’s enchanting atmosphere. Dive into his celebrated novel, “Love in the Time of Cholera,” which vividly depicts the passionate love affairs and enduring connections that flourish within the city’s romantic backdrop. Immerse yourself in Cartagena’s literary heritage as you walk in the footsteps of literary giants.