The Caribbean Coast

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  • 1. Aviario Nacional de Colombia

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Opened early 2016, this impressive bird sanctuary is the country's best, and in a nation famed for aviary biodiversity it's an opportunity not...Read More

  • 2. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

    Military Site

    What began in 1657 as a small fort designed to protect the overland entrance to Cartagena grew over the following century into a sprawling stone...Read More

  • 3. Cerro de la Popa

    Museum/Gallery

    Make this one of your first stops on any visit to get the best possible grasp of the city's geography and its role as a fortified protector...Read More

  • 4. Getsemaní

    Neighborhood/Street

    Once run-down and troubled, the Getsemaní neighborhood just beyond the posher parts of the historic walled city now exudes fresh but still bohemian...Read More

  • 5. Museo del Oro Tairona

    Museum/Gallery

    If you want to learn a bit more about the history and incredible cultural riches that the area has to offer, this is an essential stop. Housed...Read More

  • 6. Palacio de la Inquisición

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    One of Cartagena's most visited tourist sites documents the darkest period in the city's history. A baroque limestone doorway off Plaza de Bolívar...Read More

  • 7. Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

    Beach–Sight

    Here the forest-clad foothills of the Sierra Nevada tumble into the wild Caribbean, sheltering ancient ruins and bucolic coves fringed with...Read More

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  • 8. Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

    House/Mansion/Villa

    On the seafront, flag down a taxi and head to the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, 20 minutes away. This honey-color hacienda is where Simón...Read More

  • 9. Bahía Concha

    Beach–Sight

    Relatively easily to get to, Bahia Concha is a 30-minute taxi ride from town and is an attractive bay set in the region's typical bosque seco...Read More

  • 10. Barrio San Diego

    Historic District/Site

    Originally known as the Barrio de los Jagüeyes (the ponds), being the neighborhood richest in fresh water (the city's most precious resource...Read More

  • 11. Catedral Metropolitana

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The cathedral on the main square is always the heart of any Latin American city. Plaza de Bolívar—watched over by a statue of South American...Read More

  • 12. Cementerio Municipal

    Cemetery

    Finalized in 1789, the ancient cemetery displays elaborate tombstones and mausoleums of the bold and imperious as well as the lowly of Mompox...Read More

  • 13. Convento y Iglesia de San Pedro Claver

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Cartagena's most impressive religious building, the church's yellow dome is an icon of the city skyline, and the carved stone facade dominates...Read More

  • 14. Iglesia Santa Bárbara

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Perhaps the architectural icon of Mompox itself, this imposing baroque structure towers over the Magdalena River and dates back to the 17th...Read More

  • 15. Las Murallas

    Centro | Building/Architectural Site

    Cartagena survived only because of its walls, and its murallas remain today the city's most distinctive feature, part of a UNESCO World Heritage...Read More

  • 16. Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    A stop at the Cartagena Museum of Modern Art provides a colorful overview of regional modern art, including a gallery dedicated to local painter...Read More

  • 17. Museo del Oro Zenú

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    The small Zenú Gold Museum, an institution funded and operated by Colombia's Central Bank, displays an interesting assortment of artifacts culled...Read More

  • 18. Plaza de la Aduana

    Centro | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Cartagena has always opened its doors to visitors, and most have passed through this plaza. While it now hums with tourists and idling bicycles...Read More

  • 19. Plaza de Santo Domingo

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The eponymous church looming over the plaza is the oldest in the city and a contrast to the plaza's generally festive and bustling atmosphere...Read More

  • 20. Taironaka Reserve

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The reserve is home to some Tairona ruins and a small museum that houses carved stone relics and a few pieces of golden jewelry. The guides...Read More

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