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5-Day Cartagena Adventure: Islands, History, and Culinary Delights

5-Day Cartagena Adventure: Islands, History, and Culinary Delights Itinerary

Published: 2024 Jan 01

Island Hopping and Historic Wonders

Morning
Begin your Cartagena adventure with a sumptuous breakfast at Bourbon St. Cartagena, known for its delightful morning fare. Energized, set sail on the Cartagena 5-Island Trip by Boat with Lunch and Snorkeling. Explore the stunning Rosario Islands and enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters.
Afternoon
After returning to the mainland, savor a post-island tour lunch at El Arsenal The Rum Box, where the Caribbean flavors will tantalize your taste buds. Spend your afternoon delving into history at the San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas), the largest Spanish fort in the New World, and then wander through the charming streets of the Old Town Cartagena.
Evening
As the sun sets, enjoy a sophisticated dinner at Mirador Gastro Bar, offering both delectable cuisine and panoramic views. Cap off the evening with a leisurely stroll along the Walled City and Getsemani Shared Walking Tour, where the city's vibrant nightlife comes alive with music and dance.
Bedtime
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Mud Volcanoes and Local Flavors

Morning
Start your day with a visit to the Totumo Mud Volcano (El Totumo), a unique natural wonder where you can take a relaxing mud bath. Afterward, enjoy a beachside brunch at Bar tabaco y Ron, known for its fresh seafood and laid-back atmosphere.
Afternoon
Post-brunch, take a guided tour through the Cartagena Historic Center and Getsemaní Shared Walking Tour, immersing yourself in the local culture and history. As you explore, indulge in some of the city's best street food on a Cartagena Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings.
Evening
For dinner, experience the innovative dishes at Demente BAR TAPAS, a hotspot for food enthusiasts. Afterward, enjoy a relaxing evening cruise on the Cartagena de Indias 2-Hour Sunset Cruise, with the city's skyline as your backdrop.
Bedtime
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Cultural Treasures and Evening Revelry

Morning
Begin with a hearty breakfast at León de Baviera Cartagena, known for its European-inspired dishes. Fuel up for a morning of exploration that includes the Convento de la Popa de la Galera, offering panoramic views of the city, and the National Aviary of Colombia (Aviario Nacional de Colombia), where you can admire the country's diverse bird species.
Afternoon
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Humarea Gastro Bar, specializing in grilled delicacies. Post-lunch, immerse yourself in the world of art at the Cartagena Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena) and then take a break at the nearby Las Bovedas, a historic site with stunning views.
Evening
Dine at LA RUMBA Lounge Bar, where the fusion of flavors matches the lively atmosphere. After dinner, experience the city's nightlife on the Cartagena's Best Pub Crawl All included!, hopping from one vibrant bar to another.
Bedtime
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Relaxation and Hidden Gems

Morning
Enjoy a tranquil morning at From Cartagena Baru Island Quiet Beach Day Trip with Lunch, escaping the city's bustle. The included lunch provides a taste of the local cuisine, and you can spend the morning lounging on the pristine sands.
Afternoon
Return to Cartagena and have a late lunch at Montesacro Resto Bar, known for its fusion of Colombian and international flavors. Afterward, explore the lesser-known From Cartagena Speedboat Tour to Tierra Bomba Island, where you can relax and enjoy the island's serene beauty.
Evening
For a unique dining experience, head to Restaurante-Bar San Nicolás, located in a historic building and offering a menu that reflects the city's rich culinary heritage. Conclude the day with a Cartagena Sunset Sea Kayaking Tour, paddling through the waters as the sun dips below the horizon.
Bedtime
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Farewell to Cartagena

Morning
Enjoy a final breakfast at El Patio Getsemaní, an ideal spot to savor traditional Colombian dishes. Afterward, take a moment to appreciate the city's religious history with visits to the Cathedral of San Pedro Claver (Iglesia de San Pedro Claver) and the Santo Domingo Church (Iglesia de Santo Domingo).
Afternoon
For your last lunch in Cartagena, head to La Movida Cartagena, a restaurant that captures the essence of the city's culinary scene. Spend your final afternoon browsing the shops and galleries of the Plaza de San Diego and the surrounding area, soaking in the vibrant local culture.
Evening
As the sun sets on your Cartagena adventure, indulge in a memorable dinner at Restaurante Bar La Vitrola, a classic establishment known for its refined ambiance and superb cuisine. Reflect on your journey as you enjoy a post-dinner drink at El Burlador Gastrobar, reminiscing about the highlights of your time in this enchanting city.
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