Top Choice Fortress in Cartagena

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

This is the greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies and it still dominates an entire section of Cartagena's cityscape today. It should definitely be your first choice of fortresses to …
Top Choice Museum in Cartagena

Palacio de la Inquisición

The Palace of the Inquisition may today be one of the finest buildings in the city, but in the past it housed the notoriously grisly Inquisition, whose bloody task it was to stamp out heresy in colonial Cartagena. T…
Top Choice Museum in Santa Marta

Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

This hacienda is where Simón Bolívar spent his last days in 1830 before succumbing to either tuberculosis or arsenic poisoning, depending on who you believe. The hacienda was owned by a Spanish supporter of Colombia…
Top Choice Museum in Aracataca

Casa Museo Gabriel García Márquez

This excellent museum is housed in a reconstruction of the house where García Márquez was born in 1927. The original house was sold by the family and knocked down decades ago, and even though the current structure i…
Top Choice Beach in Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Cabo San Juan del Guía

Cabo San Juan del Guía is a beautiful cape with an absolutely knockout beach. It's also by far the most crowded area of the park. There is a restaurant and campsitehere, including hammocks in a curious structure on …
Top Choice Beach in Punta Gallinas

Playa Taroa

This exceptional and extremely remote beach at the very northern tip of the South American continent is La Guajira's highlight, where massive sand dunes drop off dramatically into the Caribbean, forming an ethereal …
Old Town in Cartagena

Old Town

Without doubt, Cartagena's old city is its principal attraction, particularly the inner walled town, consisting of the historical districts of El Centro and San Diego. It is a real gem of colonial architecture, pack…
Island in Islas del Rosario

Isla Grande

The largest and most developed of these islands, Isla Grande is indeed also the biggest. There's a large lagoon perfect for swimming in unbelievably blue waters and several sleeping options.
Museum in Cartagena

Convento & Iglesia de San Pedro Claver

Founded by Jesuits in the first half of the 17th century as Convento San Ignacio de Loyola, this convent's name was later changed in honor of Spanish-born monk Pedro Claver (1580–1654), who lived and died here. Call…
Church in Cartagena

Convento de la Popa

On a 150m-high hill, the highest point in Cartagena, stands this convent. The views from here are outstanding and stretch all over the city. The convent's name literally means the Convent of the Stern, after the hil…