Cartagena de Indias a World Heritage Site declared by the UNESCO in 1984 is a city located on the northern part of Colombia facing the Caribbean Sea. The walls that surround the city hide its colonial infrastructure and its unique sea breeze that charm those who visit it. Because of its geographical location and industrial growth the city is among the most desired destinations for industries and organizations for meetings, trainings and congresses. Cartagena is the perfect city to solidify strategies and knowledge while enjoying a dream city that always has plans to offer.
Also known as “la Heróica” or “the Heroic”, Cartagena was founded in the year 1533 as a Spanish colony. Because of its strategic location, it soon became an important commercial and slave trade port, and thus gained significant economic influence during the colonial period. Its location also made it subject to constant attacks and sieges by Spain’s enemies and pirate vessels, which explain the city’s fortresses and defenses. Today these structures are still visible and well-conserved due to restoration initiatives that took place in the second half of the twentieth century.
Internationally, Cartagena has direct flights from the following destinations:
|Origin||Travel time||Weekly frequency||Airline|
|New York||5 hours||3
|Fort Lauderdale||3 hours|| 4
|Panamá||1 hours||1||Copa Airlines|
Nationally, Cartagena has daily flights from the following cities:
Cartagena is located in the North part of Colombia and has a transport terminal where buses from all over Colombia arrive daily. Some travel times are shown in the following table:
Rafael Núñez International Airport
Cartagena has a lot to offer. The city’s Centro, also known as the walled city or the historic district, is an enchanting neighborhood, filled with narrow streets, lively plazas, historic churches, and colorful houses (most of which have been declared national monuments). This part of the city also contains a variety of hotels, bars, and restaurants. Besides walking, you may also rent a bicycle to more easily get to know it.
Other places of interest besides the Centro include the “Castillo de San Felipe”, a military fortress, or “La Popa” hill, which consists of a church located on a small hill, from which the whole city can be seen. You can also plan a daytrip to the nearby “Islas del Rosario” (20 minutes away from Cartagena, by boat), where you can enjoy beautiful beaches and Cartagena's most exemplary seafood.
For a quick guide of Cartagena de Indias you can visit the next link.
Cartagena has an average temperature of 28°C, but with its high humidity levels it may tend to feel a bit warmer. We thus recommend IPWE participants to bring light clothes (including light sweaters, considering the conference’s sessions will be held indoors, with air conditioning). Hotels are likely to have pools and the sea is fairly easy to access, so bathing suits are also a good idea. Because the city is windier during the late afternoon and at night, these are probably the best times to walk around.
Mobilization within Cartagena is easy we might be providing transportation for our participants however, cabs or Uber are always a good option. You can ask your hotel’s front desk to call a cab whenever you need one. Cabs are also the best choice from the airport to your hotel (the prices vary depending on where you’ll be staying, but this ride should cost you no more than USD $10). Your Uber application should work just fine here as well.
Wi-Fi will be easily accessed during your stay; most restaurants and bars have Wi-Fi access, and you will be able to connect in the congress and in your hotel (make sure you ask for username and password in your hotel’s front desk).