30 Beautiful Photos Of Cartagena To Inspire You To Visit Colombia

by Stephanie Walsh on October 29, 2013 · 34 comments

in Colombia, Photography, South America

Cartagena Colombia

This photo essay was the winner of Hostelworld’s Travel Story of the Year Awards 2013 for the Photo category! Thank you to everyone who voted for it!

Cartagena is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. The colours, sounds and atmosphere never cease to make me swoon and it was no different this summer, on my second visit to this coastal Caribbean city in the north of Colombia.

I had the honour of attending a Colombian wedding in Cartagena, for our friends. The wedding was amazing, the best I’ve ever been to, and the entire week there was one of the most memorable and fun experiences I’ve had in Colombia. There were lots of street parties, beach parties, dancing all kinds of Colombian dances, drinking cheap rum, laughing a lot, eating amazing ice-cream, throwing the bride in the air, throwing the groom in the pool and acting like kids on a gorgeous island (yes, fabulous darling!). Oh how I love Colombia and the more time I spend away from there, the more I realize why everyone loves Colombia!

Anyway, I’ve written about Cartagena in more detail before, so I’ll spare the words this time and let the photos do the talking. Enjoy!

Beautiful 'Palenquera' in Cartagena, Colombia

Beautiful 'Palenquera' in Cartagena representing the colours of Colombia.

Streets of Cartagena, Colombia

Streets of Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia in the sun

Cartagena in the sun

Main plaza, Cartagena, Colombia

One of the main plazas in Cartagena

Fruit juice on the street in Cartagena, Colombia

Fresh 'orage' juice available!

The colors of the tropic in Cartagena, Colombia

The colours of the tropic

Beautiful flowers in Cartagena, Colombia

Underneath the shade of the flowers

Bright paint and flowers in Cartagena, Colombia

Bright paint and flowers

Colorful building in Cartagena, Colombia

Andres outside another lovely building in Cartagena

Colorful streets of Cartagena

Me in one of the many colourful streets of Cartagena

Beautiful colorful street in Cartagena, Colombia

I want to live on this street!

Fresh fruit on the street in Cartagena Colombia

Fresh fruit and veg for sale!

Fruit vendors in Cartagena, Colombia

Selling fruit through the window

Beautiful street in Cartagena, Colombia

Loved this little house!

Street in Cartagena, Colombia

Typical street scene

Street food stalls in Cartagena, Colombia

Selling lemons and limes on the street (and getting shouted at for taking a photo).

Food stall in Cartagena, Colombia

Selling coconuts or Doritos?

Vendors in Cartagena, Colombia

I don't think he needs another hat.

Beautiful plaza in Cartagena, Colombia

Another beautiful plaza in Cartagena

Bronze statue in square, Cartagena, Colombia

Statues decorate the squares.

Local girl in Cartagena, Colombia

Local girl playing with the pigeons in the plaza.

Ice Cream in Cartagena, Colombia

Amazing ice cream shop! Anyone tried 'corozo' flavored ice-cream?

Ice Cream store in Cartagena, Colombia

Orange cookies, chocolate chip and coconut cookies! Mmm!

Steph and Andres - DiscoveringIce in Cartagena Colombia

Andres and me again!

Local men chatting in Cartagena, Colombia

Local banter

Night in Cartagena, Colombia

Gorgeous street on the way to our hostel, at night.

Steph and Andres - DiscoveringIce in Cartagena Colombia

Andres and me in Cartagena

Beautiful sunset at the wall in Cartagena, Colombia

Enjoying the sunset light

Families silhouetted against the sunset in Cartagena, Colombia

Families silhouetted against the sunset in Cartagena

Sunset in Cartagena, Colombia

The best sunset of the week!

Have you ever been to Cartagena? If not, I hope my photos have helped to convince you to visit! It really is very beautiful!

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1 Amanda October 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Awesome photos! Such bright colors!

Colombia (and Cartagena especially) is high up on my destination bucket list!
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2 Stephanie Walsh November 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Thanks Amanda! I’m loving your European travels…can’t wait to explore more of Europe soon! :)

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3 Hannah October 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Wow, these are all gorgeous, but that first one just blows my mind. I would seriously love to buy a print of that one!!!
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4 Stephanie Walsh November 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Thanks so much Hannah!! :D You have given me an idea…maybe I will put it up for sale and let you know! :) No pressure to buy of course! haha

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5 TammyOnTheMove October 29, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Cartagena looks amazing. I love all those colours! I am headed to South America in January, so I am hoping I can make it to Colombia too.
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6 Stephanie Walsh November 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Thanks Tammy! Ah, amazing that you are going to South America next, you’ll probably see a lot more than I ever have! haha Have an amazing time! :)

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7 Cheap Flights Trip October 31, 2013 at 2:34 am

Amazing pictures. Colombia is very beautiful place for the holidays.

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8 Stephanie Walsh November 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

You’re right! It is an immensely beautiful country.

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9 Tiffany October 31, 2013 at 2:42 am

Incredibly colorful! Consider me inspired :)
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10 Stephanie Walsh November 7, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Thank you Tiffany, that’s my goal for the day completed so (although I’m late replying!) ;)

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11 Sand In My Suitcase October 31, 2013 at 10:29 am

Very colorful photos (except for the B/W, of course :-). And drool-worthy. Enough to make us wish we were licking corozo ice-cream cones in Cartagena right now…
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12 Stephanie Walsh November 7, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Haha, I was waiting for someone to point out the B&W one! Nice one :) Thanks for stopping by guys!

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13 Rachel M October 31, 2013 at 11:14 am

Excellent pictures. Love the vibrant colors, I hope I get to visit one day.
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14 Stephanie Walsh November 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Thanks Rachel! You should go for sure :)

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15 Sheza@ PartycruiseDubai November 6, 2013 at 5:15 am

Nicely written post with beautiful photos, really enjoyed it.

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16 Stephanie Walsh November 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Thanks Sheza, glad you enjoyed the photos! :)

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17 HTC Desire 300 GPS November 6, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Cartagena is indeed a colorful country! It is like festival everyday with the different colors which you can see around. A very interesting place to visit.

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18 Stephanie Walsh November 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Colombia is general is like a festival! :D love it!

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19 Kate Robson November 28, 2013 at 5:48 am

Lovely photos. Cartagena is such a beautiful city. I’m sure it’s become more colourful over the years.

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20 Ross December 10, 2013 at 5:27 am

Super photos. The colours are so vibrant and well….colourful! It looks fabulous.
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21 jenna December 16, 2013 at 12:34 am

WOW! Very nice and beautiful pictures. Looks like I have to add Cartagena to my traveling list :)

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22 Morin December 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

Wow stunning photos! so colourful. We are now in South America. Can’t wait to visit Colombia!
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23 Frank December 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

Great photos! Love Cartagena, wish I could go back tomorrow!
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24 Ron | Active Planet Travels January 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm

What a beautiful place; definitely on my bucket list now! :-D

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25 Stefanie Schwarz January 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Absolutely stunning photos! I’ve only been to the south of Colombia, definitely have to come back to see more!
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26 Heather January 12, 2014 at 12:44 pm

You did a beautiful job capturing my mother’s city. I love Cartagena and as a 1/2 Colombian/Cartagenan living in the US these make my heart smile. Your photos of Plaza San Pedro Claver and the walled city are absolutely beautiful. For those reading – please know there is much more to Cartagena than Old Town. Get out of the walls and see the rest of this magnificent city. It will not disappoint!

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27 IndieTraveller Marek February 2, 2014 at 11:14 am

The colors are incredible! Beautiful photos… makes me excited to go to Cartagena.
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28 Paco March 4, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Thanks for the good pictures you shared ! : As a Cartagena fan I enjoyed and lived in your captures… great visual moments in Cartagena. Best !

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29 jen April 11, 2014 at 9:40 am

Your pictures are amazing. My husband and I are going to be in Colombia in 2 weeks and I can’t wait. Even more so after seeing your pictures.
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