This is Cartagena was born in 2011, out of our passion for this incredible Caribbean destination and its people. We wanted to shout from the colonial rooftops about just how great this city was, but we wrote about it instead.

Word caught on. People turned to us, from all over the world, wanting live out what we wrote.

So we made it happen.

Now its five years later and we show no signs of slowing down.

Our editorial team still devour this city, hunting down the tastiest restauraunts, the best beaches and flagging up the hippest hang outs.

We are here day in, day out, making real connections with the local characters that make the city tick.

Meanwhile, our on the ground travel team are the keys to the perfect stay in the city, checking you and crew into the hottest luxury rentals in town, bagging luxury rentals, bagging top tables at the city's best restaurants, getting your name on the list of the city's exclusive happenings, before helping you elope to the Rosario islands.

We have done our bit as ambassadors for Colombia - and in particular, Cartagena - laying our part in its transformation into one of the world's hottest destinations for trend-setting travelers.

Our office put down roots here, years ago, so we're no spring chickens in the Colombia travel game.

We aim to put our unrivalled experience and local intel into your hands - our comprehensive portfolio of amazing stays, tailor-made tours and hooked up concierges help you do just that.

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What People Say About Us



An excellent outfit for arranging all manner of activities in Cartagena. Exceptional service and commitment to their clients including outstanding recommendations, organization and follow through. They tailored our visit perfectly. (Feedback from coorporate client after using our tailored concierge services)

Becky McSloth

New York Lawyer

"This walk was one of the highlights of our trip to Colombia. We visited and spoke with artists in their studios, entered art spaces that we never would have seen had we walked the city just on our own or joined a more conventional tour, learned about the contemporary art scene in Colombia and heard stories behind the street art found in Getsmani." (Becky McSloth's feedback after her personalised Creative Cartagena experience)

Lisa Laws

International Art Collector

"The Art Tour is a real treat for anyone interested in culture. The guide was an impressive fountain of knowledge and an absolute pleasure to listen to. A tour for travellers who really want to understand the history and culture of Cartagena.”

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Staying With This Is Cartagena

Every hotel, house or hammock you find on our site has been personally hand-picked by our dedicated - and fussy - accommodation specialists who know their blissful beds to backbreaking ones.

We've got the city out our fingertips. Book your bed with us and you'll get more than just a set of keys, we'll deliver everything you need under one roof.

Our guests also get exclusive discounts on the best tours and experiences in Cartagena.

With us, the city is yours. 

Colonial Houses & Apartments

Mingle through our selected cut of the very best colonial mansions and luxurious short-stay options in Cartagena.

Boutique hotels

Our pick of quirky boutique boltholes are the perfect option for design-conscious travellers.

Tailor-Made Tours and Experiences

If you've been shopping around you might have noticed that we don't serve up the same tours as other run-of-the-mill tour operators.

Our portfolio of carefully curated tours and experiences skip the well-trodden tourist trail, and deliver what we want you to get out of Cartagena: Bona fide experiences that get you under the skin of this crazy/beautiful city.

Under the Radar

Get off the wall and immerse yourself in the real Cartagena with an exploration through Cartagena's bohemian barrio, Getsemani. Snap it up with a photo tour with a national legendary photographer or gander through lush mangroves and bustling local market on the Real Cartagena Tour.

Classic Cartagena

Soak up the highlights of Gabrial Garcia Marquez's favourite city, and literary muse, with a private city or historic walking tour.

Beach Bums

Dose up on vitamin D with a trip to the Rosario Islands, or get your R&R hit at a boutique beach club and spa.

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Boats, Yachts & Islands

Find your paradise with an unforgettable island day trip aboard one of our impressive fleet of yachts, boats and speedboats.

Our fantastic fleet automatically come equipped with their own crew, fuel and cooler full of ice, but if you really want to push the boat out, you can add some fancy trimmings into the mix.


Discover deserted beaches and secret snorkeling spots on your own floating sea palace.


Hit Aguila soaked Cholon bay for some good old fashion sun, rum and fun.


Get a crew on your boat so you don't have to lift a finger. We've got the barman, DJ and masseuse on speed dial.

Whatever floats your boat, we're here to make it happen.

Bespoke Travel Cartagena

We're not a one-size-fits-all travel company.

Reach out to us with your special requests and we'll collaborate with our local network of pitch-perfect partners to personalize your trip down to a capital T.

We've helped guys get down on one knee atop San Pedro claver's iconic cupolas, rented out beaches for exclusive events, created a 4 day sailing and island odesy, plucked a Cartagena top chef from a 5* restaurant to cook our guests dinner at home and even got some 'friends' on the front row at

guests dinner at home and even got some 'friends' on the front row at Cartagena's yearly beauty pageant.

Whatever it is, it's our job to make your Caribbean dream a reality.

Click the link below to start curating your holiday with one of our Cartagena Insiders.