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Cartagena, also known as Cartagena de Indias, or “Cartagena of the Indies,” is a city on Colombia’s northern coast in the Caribbean Coast Region and the headquarters of the Bolvar Department. According to the 2005 census, the city had a population of 892,545 people. It is Colombia’s fifth-largest city and the region’s second-largest after Barranquilla. The metropolitan area of Cartagena is also the country’s fifth-largest. Tourism and the marine and petrochemical industries are among the economic activities.

On June 1, 1533, the city was built and named after Cartagena, Spain, which was named after the old Carthage in Tunisia. However, indigenous peoples have been settling in this area surrounding Cartagena Bay since 4000 BC. Cartagena had an important role in the administration and growth of the Spanish empire throughout the colonial era. Because to the presence of monarchy and affluent viceroys, it was a hub of political and commercial activity. The medieval walled city and castle of Cartagena were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Cartagena – Info Card

POPULATION : • City 895,400 (approx.)
• Metro 1,239,430
FOUNDED :    June 1, 1533
TIME ZONE :  EST (UTC-5)
LANGUAGE :  Spanish
RELIGION :  
AREA :   572 km2 (221 sq mi)
ELEVATION :   2 m (7 ft)
COORDINATES :  10°24′N 75°30′W
SEX RATIO :  Male: 49.2%
 Female: 50.8%
ETHNIC :  
AREA CODE :  5
POSTAL CODE :  130000
DIALING CODE :  +57 5
WEBSITE : www.cartagena.gov.co

Tourism in Cartagena

Cartagena is a city in Bolvar, Colombia, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was one of the earliest havens for liberated African slaves in the Americas and is now home to an ethnic mix typical of Colombia’s own variation.

Cartagena, with a population of almost 900.000 people, is situated on the Caribbean Sea’s northern coast. It was fortified and served as the regional seat of the Inquisition after being founded by the Spanish in 1533. The outstanding Spanish-era structures are now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Cartagena is becoming the most visited tourist destination in Colombia. During the December holidays and Holy Week, when schools are out and most Colombians are on vacation, it becomes tremendously congested. The city includes two major tourist areas: the walled colonial city (“ciudad amurallada”), which is genuinely wonderful and has many elegant restaurants, bars, and hotels; and Bocagrande, a long strip of hotel towers and condominiums fronting onto the beach. It’s also worth going to the posh Castillogrande area, which has freshly constructed condominiums, places to jog, and a peaceful beach to soak up some rays.

The city’s climate is characterised by dry and wet seasons due to its location in the tropics. The dry season lasts from December to April, and it rains less in July. Despite this, there are still more sunny days than wet days every month throughout the rainy season. Except for September and October, the monthly rainfall averages less than 100 mm. As a result, the temperature is quite consistent throughout the year, with daytime highs of +32°C and nighttime lows of +23°C.

TOURIST OFFICES

  • Turismo Cartagena de Indias, Plaza de la Aduana,  +57 5 660 1583.M-Sa 9-13 & 15-19, Su 9-17. The main tourist office. 

Climate of Cartagena

Cartagena has a tropical climate that is both rainy and dry. The average humidity is over 90%, with rainy seasons occurring in May–June and October–November. The weather is often hot and windy.

The city’s climate is characterised by dry and wet seasons due to its location in the tropics. The dry season lasts from December to April, and it rains less in July. Despite this, there are still more sunny days than wet days every month throughout the rainy season. Except for September and October, the monthly rainfall averages less than 100 mm. As a result, the temperature is quite consistent throughout the year, with daytime highs of +32°C and nighttime lows of +23°C.

Geography of Cartagena

To the west, Cartagena confronts the Caribbean Sea. The Cartagena Bay to the south has two entrances: Bocachica (Small Mouth) to the south and Bocagrande (Big Mouth) to the north. Cartagena can be found at 10°25′ North, 75°32′ West (10.41667, 75.5333).

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