My Visit to Cartageña, Colombia

I visited Cartageña, Colombia back in October 2022, today is August 5, 2023. That’s how long it’s taking me to make blog posts nowadays lol. I’ve fallen off with blogging for about a solid year and half now BUT I’m remembering how important it is. When I search for travel info, I often find myself on blog posts, SO blogging isn’t quite dead yet.

Although I’ve taken several trips since October 2022, this one to Colombia seemed like a great transition back into blogging. Let’s get started, shall we?

Cartageña was always on the bucketlist, but it became a dream come true when I found an incredible flight deal for less than $400 R/T from Atlanta –Cartageña with Copa Airlines. Full transparency, I would never use this airline again. Long story short, their customer service PRIOR to flying was beyond awful. Flights were changed several times via email, including one change that had our (my cousin and I) connecting flight (in Panama) come BEFORE our initial flight. Unless we’re riding in some sort of time machine, how would we catch the connecting flight before the initial one? Anywho, the flight didn’t have wifi options or in-fight entertainment BUT the food was bomb lol

Nevertheless, I can’t wait to make my way back to Cartageña! The weather was amazing, the food was delicious and I felt safe walking the streets, even during the evening.

The stairs at our AirBnB

Our AirBnB

I would recommend this AirBnB! It was safe, within walking distance to the Walled City and center of town. Click here to book.

Getsemani area, known for an area with restaurants and street art for sale.


Here are the Palenqueras! A symbol of Colombia, Black women in colorful dresses from a town, the very first free (slavery) town of the Americas, just south of Cartagena. You can find them walking throughout the Walled City in Old Town. Make sure you carry cash to pay them for their photos. This is how most of them make a living.

The infamous Palenqueras.


Mud bath in the Volcan de Lodo El Totumo

I booked this experience, which included transportation, via AirBnB as well. Click here to book and see me enjoying myself on their booking page, ha!

Bora Bora Beach Club
Bora Bora Beach Club

We spent the day at Bora Bora beach club. Transportation was included in this experience as well, as you can only get there by boat. We opted in for the VIP experience and depending on the price difference, which I see has significantly changed, it might be worth it to you. It did give us access to a separate area and a daybed, so I would opt-in for it again. I found the cheapest option via this link.

Plenty of colorful spaces to grab great pics.
Happy hour at a local restaurant near our AirBnB.

Perfect place to journal

You can purchase my journal here.

Below is my full itinerary