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're more likely to be irritated by peddlers than to become a victim of any crime. Aggressive hassling in the streets by unofficial vendors selling tourist tat, cocaine or the services of prostitutes is definitely the main nuisance here. A simple 'No quiero nada' ('I don't want anything') should shoo them away.