Dangers & Annoyances
Cartagena is the safest metropolis in Colombia – around 2000 police officers patrol the old city alone. That said, don't flaunt your wealth, and stay alert at night in less-populated areas such La Matuna, the modern strip between Getsemaní and the old city. You are more likely to be irritated by peddlers than become a victim of any crime. Aggressive hassling in the streets by unofficial vendors selling tourist tat, women or cocaine is definitely the main nuisance here. A simple 'No quiero nada' ('I don't want anything') should shoo them away.
Embassies & Consulates
Entry & Exit Formalities
Migracíon Colombia can be found some way from the Old Town, but is where you should head for immigration issues and visa extensions.
Casas de cambio (currency exchanges) and banks are ubiquitous in the historic center, especially around Plaza de los Coches and Plaza de la Aduana. Compare rates before buying. There are many street 'moneychangers' fluttering around Cartagena offering fantastic rates; they are all, without exception, expert swindlers, so don't even think of changing money on the street. There's a real lack of ATM machines in El Centro and San Diego; however, there's a proliferation on Av Venezuela.
The city's main Tourist Office can be found on Plaza de la Aduana. There are also small booths in Plaza de San Pedro Claver and Plaza de los Coches.