The South American country of Colombia is known for its vibrant culture, warm and welcoming people and flavorful cuisine. The port city of Cartagena is often a gateway for newbies to Colombian culture and boasts eclectic vibes that make visitors feel like they belong from the moment they arrive.
Another reason why travelers flock to Cartegena is the city’s strong African influence. Black culture is acknowledged and celebrated openly with many locals of African decent proud to declare that they love being Black. Recently, globetrotter Tracey Bostic (@creamwrx) went on a girls’ trip to Cartagena to do it up for the culture visiting historic villages and learning more about locals’ ties to Africa.
If you’re looking to travel a little deeper and learn more about our culture in the process, check out our exclusive guide to and be inspired to connect with Blackness in Cartagena and around the diaspora.
Welcome to Cartagena
The city of Cartegena is a favorite among visitors to Colombia looking to get their feet wet in the South American country. The vibrant colors, sounds, people, food and proud Black culture make it hard not to fall in love with this gem. January through March is the best time of year to visit for great weather and beach time. Pro Tip: You can find this colorful sign along Avenida Santander in Marbella.
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Like any other major city, the streets of Cartegena are bustling day and night. But if you're looking to escape the crowds and see things differently, book a room at Bastion Luxury Hotel and head to the rooftop for some of the best views of the city.
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Colombia's food is full of rich flavors, influenced by Spanish and African cuisine. Follow your nose to Alma for succulent oxtails, fresh ceviche, and delicious grilled octopus. Head to local spots like Restaurante y Asadero Los Tizones for delish seafood and local bites on a dime.
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African culture runs deep through Cartagena. Don't leave the city without visiting the village of Palenque. The community was founded by escaped slaves back in 1603 and locals have preserved their African culture through agriculture, art, music, education, and tourism. Use local Black-owned tour companies like Experience Real Cartagena to help plan the once-in-a-lifetime experience.