Known as the "Walled City" for the ancient stone walls that surround the port, a vacation in Cartagena is not complete without a ride on a "chiva." These traditional buses will carry you throughout the historic city center while pumping Colombian Caribbean beats into your ears for a fun-filled evening activity amidst the city lights. For a more historical experience, visit the Museo del Oro Zenu where you will find an array of beautifully displayed pieces of gold artwork. You can also visit the numerous cathedrals, many featuring beautiful colonial Caribbean architecture. Guided tours are available for most attractions and museums if you're looking for additional information about the Walled City's rich, vibrant history. Or, you can rent a car in Cartagena to tour the city at your own pace. After a long day of exploring this beautiful coastal Colombian town, retire to one of Travelocity's Cartagena hotels and enjoy relaxation knowing you've booked one of the best deals around.
Cartagena is filled with outdoor cafes that are the perfect place to enjoy a pastry while you people watch. The city is known for its fresh fruit and street vendors selling tasty Colombian snacks, often served by women dressed in traditional garb known as "palenqueras." If you are traveling to Cartagena at the beginning of November, you'll be a part of the Fiesta de la Independence festivities. Expect to see paint, foam, water, and fireworks all throughout the city as the locals celebrate their city's independence as well as the election of Miss Colombia. The festival lasts for four days and includes parades throughout the streets as well as in the beautiful Caribbean sea.
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