Founded in 1533 by Spanish explorers, Cartagena is a stunning example of Spanish colonial architecture, African culture, and Native American heritage.
The picturesque - historic center is surrounded by impressive fortifications that protected the city from pirates. Today they offer an incomparable view of the sea. Cartagena's cobblestone streets are lined with colorful colonial mansions that preserve the massive wooden entrances with brass knockers and stars that symbolized the status of each family.
Today these colonial mansions are home to some of the finest restaurants, hotels and boutiques in South America, offering world-class interior design, service and cuisine.