Cartagena de Indias is a very touristic city with many reasons to visit it. In Fedelsa's Travel Blog, we tell you the different types of tourism you can find here.
If you want your trip to the city to be memorable for the good and not for the bad, here are 5 things to keep in mind before traveling to the city.
1. Not booking the hotel in advance.
Cartagena is a city in which hotel occupancy on weekends is, on average, 80 percent. You will save yourself a headache if you book in advance. With us you have several accommodation options in the city; from a hostel located in the quiet neighborhood of Manga, two hostels in the busiest area of the city, Getsemaní, to a hotel in one of the most paradisiacal islands in the Caribbean, Tierra Bomba.
2. Not asking prices before
This may be one of the most common mistakes made by tourists arriving in the city for the first time. It is highly recommended to ask about the prices and promotions of the food or drink you want to buy, even the taxi you want to take. Most of the merchants in Cartagena are very friendly and honest, but there are always those who want to outsmart others. Keep in mind that nothing is free in this life. The famous "free trial" can be expensive. There are rates set by the local mayor's office, ask us for the most up-to-date one.
3. Buy tours on the street
Many of the street vendors are informal, not directly hired. They will tell you anything so that you buy "the perfect tour", but it will not be as promised and you will end up paying more. We have an expert guide and many experiential options to make your trip memorable. Visit now our tours section.
4. Not eating the typical food of the city
Arriving in Cartagena and not trying the delicious typical Caribbean food is one of the biggest mistakes. Tasting a plate of coconut rice with fried mojarra, green plantain fries and panela water with lemon is a gods thing. There are many more options to choose from. Tell us on our social networks the Caribbean food that you like the most.
5. Do not take the Bay Tour by boat
this tour is perfect because it is at the end of the afternoon, when the sun is setting, there is no heat and the night is coming to beautiful Cartagena. We recommend this tour because you can walk around, have a glass of wine or the cocktail of your choice, listen to good music and meet interesting people.
Follow us and do not miss any of our tips. We are locals and we want you to have the best experience in our city.