Gloria's Cartagena Guidebook

Gloria

Gloria's Cartagena Guidebook

Food scene
Includes both local restaurants and grocery stores all within walking distance
Japanese, Peruvian, seafood - Great Sashimi and the service is very nice. Fish is high quality. $$
Restaurante HAMACHI Cartagena
# 2-36 Calle 8
Japanese, Peruvian, seafood - Great Sashimi and the service is very nice. Fish is high quality. $$
Healthy and delicious salads. Vegan and vegetarian options. $$
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Crepes & Waffles
31-24 Carrera 4
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Healthy and delicious salads. Vegan and vegetarian options. $$
Visible from the balcony of the apartment this restaurant is great for a romantic evening for two on their deck. Open for lunch and dinner it can be a little rustic, but the food is always fresh and delicious. $$
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Restaurante-Bar Intriga Tropical
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Visible from the balcony of the apartment this restaurant is great for a romantic evening for two on their deck. Open for lunch and dinner it can be a little rustic, but the food is always fresh and delicious. $$
Located on Carrera 2 near the intersection of Calle 6 and a ten minute walk from the apartment, you will find some of the best thin crust pizza and Italian food in town. Open for lunch and dinner. BE CAREFUL of the sangria, (handmade when you order) - it is smooth and sweet and will sneak up on you!! Nevertheless a refreshing drink for the hot Cartagena climate.
La Fontana Trattoria & Wine Bar
10a172 Cra. 2
Located on Carrera 2 near the intersection of Calle 6 and a ten minute walk from the apartment, you will find some of the best thin crust pizza and Italian food in town. Open for lunch and dinner. BE CAREFUL of the sangria, (handmade when you order) - it is smooth and sweet and will sneak up on you!! Nevertheless a refreshing drink for the hot Cartagena climate.
Sightseeing
Rooftop bar and great place to watch the sunset.
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Townhouse Boutique Hotel & Rooftop
#36-88 Cra. 7
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Rooftop bar and great place to watch the sunset.
Rooftop bar - overlooks the Clock tower. This place is great for celebrations.
El Mirador cafe bar
Rooftop bar - overlooks the Clock tower. This place is great for celebrations.
Neighborhoods
El Laguito is a popular tourist area of Cartagena thanks to its modern infrastructure. The tall buildings around the lake stand out on the horizon. There are numerous restaurants, as well as the beaches of Bocagrande, where you can enjoy water sports just minutes away from the walled city.
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El Laguito
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El Laguito is a popular tourist area of Cartagena thanks to its modern infrastructure. The tall buildings around the lake stand out on the horizon. There are numerous restaurants, as well as the beaches of Bocagrande, where you can enjoy water sports just minutes away from the walled city.
Your apartment is located right on the border between Laguito and Bocagrande giving you access to the best of both neighborhoods. A variety of restaurants and shops all situated alongside the beaches.
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Bocagrande
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Your apartment is located right on the border between Laguito and Bocagrande giving you access to the best of both neighborhoods. A variety of restaurants and shops all situated alongside the beaches.
Things to Do
About 45 minutes north-east of Cartagena bubbles an active volcano that you can swim in a bath of naturally heated mud. Locals insist that the therapeutic baths bring numerous health benefits, but at very least you’ll get a pore cleansing and some especially smooth skin. Know Before You Go Most visits require a tour guide or, at least, a knowledgeable taxi driver. A round trip with a local guide costs approximately $30, including price of entry. We have an English speaking guide (Jesus) we can recommend.
Tour Volcán del Totumo Cartagena
N 10-19 Cl. 30
About 45 minutes north-east of Cartagena bubbles an active volcano that you can swim in a bath of naturally heated mud. Locals insist that the therapeutic baths bring numerous health benefits, but at very least you’ll get a pore cleansing and some especially smooth skin. Know Before You Go Most visits require a tour guide or, at least, a knowledgeable taxi driver. A round trip with a local guide costs approximately $30, including price of entry. We have an English speaking guide (Jesus) we can recommend.
A little cafe and bookstore within the bustling, narrow streets of Cartagena’s Old Town. Step inside grab a cup of steaming Colombian coffee while browsing the walls of floor-to-ceiling books just waiting to be plucked from the shelves. Great place for a rainy day or to get away from the "tourist traps".
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Abacus Books and Coffee
3-86 Cl. 36
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A little cafe and bookstore within the bustling, narrow streets of Cartagena’s Old Town. Step inside grab a cup of steaming Colombian coffee while browsing the walls of floor-to-ceiling books just waiting to be plucked from the shelves. Great place for a rainy day or to get away from the "tourist traps".
The convent’s history is as intriguing—and at times troubling—as its views are beautiful. The original structures were built in the early 1600s by Augustinian friars. On a hill overlooking the entire city of Cartagena, the white-washed, red-roofed complex offers stunning vistas stretching toward the Caribbean Sea. While towering over the city helped protect it over the centuries from pirate attacks and other invasions, the cloister was still damaged a number of times throughout the years with a lot of the convent’s historical records lost during these attacks. Nevertheless, a great place to visit. Know Before You Go It's best to take a cab to the convent, as the road leading to the top of the hill is long and steep. You can expect a cab fare of approximately 8-10,000 pesos each way.
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Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa
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The convent’s history is as intriguing—and at times troubling—as its views are beautiful. The original structures were built in the early 1600s by Augustinian friars. On a hill overlooking the entire city of Cartagena, the white-washed, red-roofed complex offers stunning vistas stretching toward the Caribbean Sea. While towering over the city helped protect it over the centuries from pirate attacks and other invasions, the cloister was still damaged a number of times throughout the years with a lot of the convent’s historical records lost during these attacks. Nevertheless, a great place to visit. Know Before You Go It's best to take a cab to the convent, as the road leading to the top of the hill is long and steep. You can expect a cab fare of approximately 8-10,000 pesos each way.
Grocery Stores
Grocery store, (10 minute walk from the apartment) located at the corner of Carrera 4 and Calle 6 where you can find what you need to stock the kitchen during your stay. Both local and imported foods, bakery, deli and alcohol.
Carulla Castillogrande - Corresponsal Bancario Banco Popular
Grocery store, (10 minute walk from the apartment) located at the corner of Carrera 4 and Calle 6 where you can find what you need to stock the kitchen during your stay. Both local and imported foods, bakery, deli and alcohol.
Another great grocery store at the intersection of Carrera 3 and Calle 6 - just a block over from Carulla Fresh Market so you can shop both places and find the better prices.
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Supermercado Olímpica Avenida Sucre
5181 Cra. 3
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Another great grocery store at the intersection of Carrera 3 and Calle 6 - just a block over from Carulla Fresh Market so you can shop both places and find the better prices.

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Taxis use is your best option for getting around Cartagena.

Immediately on the right when you exit the Customs area of the airport, you will find an automated "Taxi Fare Generator" (painted yellow and black). You can instead negotiate the fare directly with the driver if you want. You can expect to pay 22-25,000 pesos to the apartment. Throughout your stay, remember to negotiate your fare before getting into the cab as meters are non-existent. Also tipping your cab driver is not necessary unless he helped you with bags for example. While Uber is less of a player in Cartagena, a favorite local app is "Indriver".
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FREE Sunsets

You can go to the "tourist trap" spots to watch the famous Cartagena Sunsets, (elbow to elbow with other tourists paying inflated drink prices) or walk from the apartment to the beach in front of the Hilton Hotel, sit on the rock retaining wall and take in the same beautiful sunset for free.