A genteel city on the Caribbean coast, Cartagena's old town is very safe and tourist friendly, while Getsemani covers the funky/developing beat and Boca Grande the modern, shiny consumerism one. Sophisticated, elegant, and HOT, Cartagena is worth adding to any Colombian itinerary....more
Take the best Italian gelato and infuse it with exotic Colombian fruit flavors like uchuva and lulo (go ahead, look them up) and you get Gelateria Paradiso, perfect for cutting through the swampy heat of Cartagena.
A gorgeous hotel in a former convent (a rather common occurrence in Cartagena). An elegant bar with a fountain occupies the piazza just in front of the hotel, complete with live music in the evenings. Rooms are equally sophisticated.
Located in an old convent and cloister, the Sofitel Santa Clara gives you the feeling of complete natural harmony with its surroundings. The decor is so well chosen that the whole thing feels effortless, even if you know it must have cost millions.