Historic old townCartagena's main attraction is its historic old town surrounded by the city wall. Main entrance is the Clock Tower Building. The walled city includes the neighbourhoods Centro, San Diego, Getseman and the modern part La Matuna. The oldest part of Cartagena is around Plaza Trinidad in Getseman.Cartagena's five hundred year-old coralstone forts and great parts of its walled city are admirably intact and represent some of the finest examples of civil and military architecture of the Spanish colonial times.
Castillo de San FelipeHours: 8AM-6PMPrice: $17,000 COPA fortress designed by the Dutch engineer Richard Carr and built in 1657 by the Spanish for protection against pirates while shipping gold out to Europe. Opening hours, entrance fee .
La PopaClose to the San Felipe fortress is the 150m high La Popa hill, which offers great views over Cartagena and the harbour area. The 17th century Santa Cruz monastery is here, which has a beautifully restored courtyard and a fine image of the Virgin of La Candelaria. Entrance to La Popa is $8,000 for adults and a little less for children. Note that taking a taxi up and down the hill will cost you a shocking $50,000. Negotiate this with the driver before going. It is advised that you do not walk up as it can be dangerous.
Palacio de la InquisicinCartagena is a city full of history, which can be visited in the museum of Palacio de la Inquisicin (Palace of Inquisition), where the Spanish Inquisition tortured, judged and convicted people accused of crimes against religion. It is situated in 'Plaza de Bolvar', in the historic center. A tourist guide, in English, can be purchased for $15,000.
ChurchesAlmost all churches in the historic center are worth visiting, especially Iglesia de San Pedro Claver, in honor of the priest St. Pedro Claver, who was the first saint of the new world for his work with slaves; La Catedral, near Plaza de Bolvar and the Iglesia de Santo Domingo