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Courtesy: Corporación de Turismo de Cartagena

CARTAGENA DE INDIAS

HISTORY

Known as the Heroic City, Cartagena de Indias is a city rich in history in its streets and its inhabitants. It was founded in 1533 by Don Pedro de Heredia a Spaniard conqueror Cartagena became the most important Spanish port in America.

Due to its excellent geographical location and military stronghold Cartagena de Indias also became a haven for the treasures and riches of the Spanish crown. To defend the city against the successive attacks of pirates and buccaneers, magnificent city walls and fortifications were built to surround and protect it. All those remain today as reflection of the history of this impressive colonial town.

The streets, houses and balconies of Cartagena?s historic downtown, known as the Walled City are evidence of the architecture of beautiful colonial Spanish town. This old city, bursting with history, was declared a World Cultural and Historical Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

GENERAL BACKGROUND

Cartagena de Indias is a colonial town located in the center of the northeastern Caribbean coast of Colombia.

With easy access, whether by air, land or sea, it is visited every year by thousands of tourists who find it as the perfect place to relax or work.

This charming city has a diverse hotel infrastructure, with mostly bilingual (English – Spanish) staff. The official currency is the Colombian peso, which fluctuates at a representative rate relative to U.S. dollar.

Its average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius (90º F), and the beaches keep warm waters all year round. This is a great reason to take it into consideration as an excellent tourist destination in any season.

Tourism Corporation of Cartagena de Indias
http://www.cartagenadeindias.travel


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