Your Totally Customizable Guide To Cartagena

You’ve probably seen imagery of Cartagena all over Instagram — the brightly colored houses and light-soaked streets make for some serious travel porn. Now, you can see the city like never before — totally your way. By clicking the buttons as they appear throughout the video, you’ll tour the city and create your perfect trip. Whether you want a long weekend getaway, bachelorette party spots, or some rich history, this virtual guide’s got you covered. Discover authentic cuisine, secluded beaches, party spots, and more. Then, share your customized itinerary so everyone can follow along. You’re the leader, after all.

How to help

Many of the amazing businesses featured in this experience are now operating online, or raising money to support affected staff. We hope to see them IRL again soon, but in the meantime we’ve compiled some of their links below if you are interested in supporting their efforts.

(Please note eko has no relationship with the business and organizations in the lists presented below, and the charity list provided is simply representative of some of the work charities are doing during this time and how each of us can play a small part. Please always use caution and your own judgement when placing orders on external websites or donating to a charity.)

Support businesses featured in this video

Expand each section to see the places we visited in Cartagena, and discover ways to support.

  • HOTEL PIRATA | Discover total serenity far from the city center | $$$
  • SPORT BARU | Chill beachside or rent kayaks to explore pristine waters | $$$
  • CHOLON | Hectic dock for serious boat partiers | $
  • BLUE APPLE BEACH HOUSE | Drinks and music at the pool or oceanside setting | $
  • BORA BORA | A beachfront day party turned way up with dancers and tunes | $$$
  • FENIX BEACH | More relaxed beach with bungalows, massages and drinks | $$$
  • EL TOTUMO VOLCANO | An out of this world way to connect closely with the Earth | $, $$$
  • MELIA CARTAGENA DE INDIAS SPA | Total relaxation for a spa focused day trip | $$$
  • SERREZUELA | A Restored bullfighting ring turned mall with local and international labels | $$$
  • CHAMPETA DANCE CLASS | Learn how to move like a true Colombiana | $$$
  • MERCADO DE BAZURTO | Super local market with auto parts and herbs, not for the faint of heart | $
  • BOVEDAS | A row of well stocked souvenir shops for all your colombian gifts | $
  • ARTESANÍAS DE COLOMBIA | A shop in the city center with crafts and housewares made by local artisans | $ New Treasures
  • LUCY | Discover why Colombia is known for its emeralds at this glimmering jewel shop | $$$
  • GALERIA CANO | Gold lovers won’t be able to stop shopping at this eco friendly jewelry store | $$$
  • ONDADEMAR | You’re gonna need a bathing suit in Cartagena and this local shop is full of ‘em | $$$ New Treasures
  • ST. DOM | Discover Colombian and Latin designers at this truly inspiring boutique | $$$
  • CHIVA BUS | Touristy, yes, but this personal party bus with live music sure is a good time | $

  • CAFE STEPPING STONE | A delicious resto employing local teens from disadvantaged neighborhoods | $
  • CAFE EPOCA | A black and white tiled coffee bar with dang good full breakfast options | $
  • CAFFÉ LUNÁTICO | A smorgusburg of anything-u-can-want brunch options with a Colombian twist | $$$
  • ELY REPOSTERÍA | Delicious baked goods and healthy egg dishes | $$$
  • LA COCINA DE PEPINA | Just the best and basics of Caribbean food for a casual meal | $
  • LA CEVICHERIA | Seafood is the name of the game at this popular spot — res required | $
  • CLUB DE PESCA | The name says it all at this seafood restaurant with a view | $$$ Traditional
  • MARIA | Step into a restaurant serving up Colombian staples that’s as colorful as it is flavorful | $$$
  • JUAN DEL MAR | Cartagena’s most famous restaurateur/bull fighter/actor welcomes you to his flavorful spot | $$$
  • MALAGANA | Casual fare goes to new heights at this rooftop resto | $
  • DON JUAN | This beautiful restaurant is busy come dinner time, and you’ll taste why | $$$
  • CELELE | This renowned restaurant serves up architectural dishes that burst with flavor and color | $$$
  • ALMA | Traditional fare with a modern twist in a luxe setting with live music | $$$
    • TOWNHOUSE | Hidden rooftop pool in the city center | $
    • TCHERASSI MANSION | This designer hotel and shop also hosts a place to catch sun | $$$
    • HOTEL LAS AMERICAS | Expansive pools you don’t need to leave the city walls to enjoy | $$$
    • PLAYA BLANCA | Colorful bars and restos dot this serene beach | $
    • MANGROVE TOUR | Paddle through serene landscapes & get in touch with the wildlife | $ See an Animal
    • AVIARIO NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA | Unparalleled, up close and personal bird watching/mingling | $$$
    • CASTILLO DE SAN FELIPE | A historic spanish fortress to explore on hot days | $
    • PUERTA DEL RELOJ | An iconic symbol of the city, this clocktower opens up on a center square | $
    • CASA CAVELIER | House of treasures seen in the movies based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s books | $$$
    • COLEGIO DEL CUERPO | Get captivated by Cartagena’s contemporary dance troupe which performs in historic buildings | $$$

    • CAFE SAN ALBERTO | World famous coffee you don’t have to spend all your beans on | $
    • CAFE SAN ALBERTO (PREMIUM TASTING) | World famous coffee to sip or take in a full flight | $$$
    • ÁBACO LIBROS Y CAFÉ | Feel like you’re walking in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ footsteps at this aromatic cafe/bookstore | $$$
    • CAFE DEL MAR | Sunset drinks or an afternoon smoothie with an amazing view | $$$
    • QUIEBRA CANTO | Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake it with the locals | $
    • CAFE HAVANA | Salsa lovers flock to this authentic Cuban dance hall | $$$
    • 1968 | Go for a show and stay to become part of the action on the dancefloor | $$$
    • ALQUÍMICO | Three floors of well poured drinks in the old wall plus a rooftop means a guaranteed good night | $$$
    • EL BARON | Don’t let the size fool you, this spot makes strong drinks so saddle up on the patio | $$$
    • BAZURTO SOCIAL CLUB | Catch a Champeta class to kick off a night of nonstop dancing | $
    • KILELE | All-night party spot with multiple dance floors and a DJ’d roof party | $
    • VUELTABAJERO | Venture outside the city for a night of dancing that’s as authentic as it gets | $
    • LA JUGADA CLUB HOUSE | Partying in this beautiful building means good drinks and a packed dancefloor | $$$
    • LA MOVIDA | Multiple dancefloors draw in both local revelers and tourists looking to party | $$$

    Support fundraising efforts in Cartagena and beyond

    A donation of any size can go a long way to helping those on the frontlines and the people hardest hit by the impact of COVID-19. Here are a few ways to help:





    About travel and COVID-19

    The COVID-19 crisis has affected all of us, and the travel and hospitality industries that make experiences like the ones seen in this show possible have been devastated.

    While we may have to wait to visit Cartagena, we hope this project helps you plan for a future when the city is back on its feet.

    For up to date travel advisories for residents of the US, visit the US State Department website. Those in other countries should consult with their local travel authority before traveling.