Cartagena, Colombia Travel Essentials

Cartagena de Indias is the Caribbean jewel of Colombia. Set on a beautiful coastline, this historic, colonial-era city is a more romantic, South American version of Cancun. It has everything a sun-seeking tourist could want, with the added addition of historical charm. Guests staying at the Casa San Augustin Boutique Hotel, in the prestigious San Diego district, will be perfectly situated to take advantage of both the city’s beaches and walled historic district.


Most visitors will arrive via the Rafael Nuñez International Airport, which is conveniently located near the city center. This airport receives direct flights daily from destinations as far afield as Miami and San Juan, and seasonal flights from various European and North American destinations. Otherwise passengers will be able to find connecting flights through either Bogota or nearby Panama City. To transit from the airport to the hotel just stop at the official taxi stand near the baggage claim to pick up a prepaid voucher. The fare from the airport should be roughly $5 US.


As Cartagena is only a thousand or so kilometers north of the equator the city has a tropical climate year round. This means the weather is hot and humid, so travelers should make sure to pack light and breezy clothes. The wet season is from May to November, but there isn’t enough rainfall to be bothersome to most tourists.


The official currency of Colombia is the Colombian Peso. One US dollar is worth roughly 1,800 pesos and for the most part Colombia is a comparatively affordable travel destination.

Visa Requirements

Citizens of most South American nations do not require a visa or a passport to visit Colombia for stays of up to 180 days. Otherwise citizens of the developed world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, the EU, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey, do not require visas for tourism-related stays of up to 90 days.