Where do I get the best exchange rate on my dollars?
Foreign Currency Exchanges clustered by the clock tower. Ignore the street punks that offer inflated exchange rates. They are going to rip you off.
Will my ATM card work in Cartagena?
Most cards work in Colombian ATMs. Fearing fraud your bank may block your card when they see transactions in Colombia don't forget to tell them when you will be travelling.
Where should I stay?
There is something for everyone. Check out the This is accommodation guide here [3.0 Accommodation]. In general the old town has the highest concentration of landmarks, restaurants, bars, top notch boutique hotels and attractions. If you want modern hotels and apartments and the beach then Bocagrande, Castillogrande and La Boquilla is the way to go.
Can I drink the water from the tap?
It's not recommended. Drink bottled water to avoid spending more time on the toilet than you would like
Do I need any special jabs to travel to Cartagena, Colombia?
You do not need anything in particular for Cartagena but if you are travelling to more remote areas it is advised to get vaccinated for Yellow Fever
Is the city safe?
The old town is very safe. Ignore the fear mongering you may have heard about Colombia This Is the Caribbean and pretty laid back as a result. If you stray off the tourist trail to explore the rest of the city do so sensibly. Carry the minimum money you need and keep cameras and iPods, iPhones, etc, out of sight. There is a large disparity between the haves and have nots in Cartagena and wealth re-distribution can occur violently at times.
Should I carry my passport about with me?
There is no need to carry your passport. A photocopy
Other documents or papers that are worth having during your trips are:
Student card - International driver's license - Vaccination certificates - Travel or medical insurance - Recent passport-size photographs - Photocopies of passport, credit cards, insurance, etc.
Can you recommend any books that can get me into the mood to visit Cartagena:
A: The city has inspired Latin America's most talented
authors to put pen to paper and photographers to pick up their
The following are available in English:
Cartagena Forever: Photography Hernan Diaz
Love in the Time of Cholera: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Love and Other Demons: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
100 Years of Solitude: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
If you read Spanish and want to scratch beneath the surface try:
Rencor: Oscar Collazos
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