Cartagena Travel Guide

Getting Around

By foot

The old town in particular is best explored walking. Most places in Bocagrande are also within walking distance.

By bus

To reach other destinations such as the San Felipe fort, there are many buses running all over the city. Ask the driver or other people who are waiting which bus goes to your destination.

By taxi

Taxis are generally easy to find, although in the old town you may have to walk a few blocks away from the center, toward the wider road close to wall. From the old town to Boca Grande or vice versa or any transport inside Bocagrande or inside old town expect to pay $5,000; from the airport to the old town or vice versa is $8,000 or $9,000 at night, with air conditioning. There are printed fares, but they are more like minimum fares. Even negotiated rates are often higher, especially in high season. Negotiate your fare before getting in the taxi. Taxi drivers may demand ridiculous rates if not negotiated in advance

By chariot

A Chariot is a popular way for tourists to get to know the old town. These can be flagged down in the street or there are usually some waiting at the Plaza Bolívar or close to the Santa Clara hotel. They are reminiscent of public transportation of colonial Cartagena, and essentially complete the atmosphere of the old town.

By boat

Cartagena has several harbours for Boats going out to the Islas del Rosario and Playa Blanca, including the Muelle Turistico de la Bodeguita, Muelle Todomar. One of the easiest options (which includes a good lunch and roundtrip tickets can come back the same day or stay as long as you'd like as long as you keep your ticket stub) is to go on one of the big ships like the Alcatraz. These come at the best price at $25,000, but beware - they take around four hours to actually get to Playa Blanca because they move really slowly and stop at the aquarium at Rosario Islands first (which is rather boring).

source: Wikivoyage

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