Santuario de San Pedro Claver
This religious complex is the home of the Church of St. Peter Claver, cloisters, and an archaeological museum. It gives a fascinating look into Cartagena’s history.
Cathedral of Cartagena
This stunning church, also known as the Cathedral Santa Catalina, is one of the most iconic buildings of Cartagena.
Plaza Santo Domingo
This charming little square is full of outdoor eateries and features a bronze statue of La Gorda Gertrudis (Fat Gertrude), one of Botero’s many statues (read more about Botero here). If you have been feeling a bit unlucky lately, you can give Gertrude’s breast a rub. It is said to give you good luck! The plaza is a great place to visit in the evening for dinner or a nightcap.
The Old City Walls
Like many cities around the world, Cartagena was protected by her city walls. The walls were originally built along the water (the existing land surrounding the walls is the result of landfill) starting in 1614 and most sections were completed by 1631. You can walk along the walls of the city taking in views of the ocean and the modern highrises of New Cartagena.