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Built by the Spanish in 1533, Cartagena is a Caribbean port city of swaying hips, bustling squares and faded colonial grandeur. Its narrow cobbled streets are studded with churches, monasteries and colourful townhouses groaning with bougainvillea. Horse drawn carriages rattle through the streets, men huddle around chess boards in parks and palenqueras in flowing skirts pedal fruit from bowls balanced on their heads.
Casa San Agustin is within walking distance of many of the city’s historic sites, such as the Monastery of La Popa and the Plaza Bolivar, formerly the Palacio de la Inquisición. The best way to experience Cartagena is to wander leisurely, savouring architectural details, street life and local snacks along the way.
There are direct flights to Bogota with Avianca from London. It is then an easy 90-minute flight north to Cartagena. Those coming from Miami or Madrid can fly directly, without passing through the Colombian Capital. The hotel is a short twenty minute drive from the airport.
Cartagena is a year round destination with a hot and humid tropical climate. Rain can fall at any time, however the ‘drier’ season, from December to March, is typically the best time to visit.