Serving up rythmic mix of salsa, contemporary dance and tango as well as yoga classes, great food and open-minded company, this thriving cultural centre is the drum beating heart of Cartagena's coolest barrio.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Supporting the local arts scene by putting money straight into the pockets of the city's most creative types
    • Hanging out with a bohemian crowd in the garden patio with a cold affordable beer
    • Live music at weekends. Check their Facebook page for up to the minute details
  • What You Need To Know

    • It's hot in there. No air-conditioning just fans. Dress fresh
    • This is a non-profit operation that relies on donations from the people that visit. If you like the place be generous
  • The Details

    Hours and Days: Mon-Sun: 10:00 - 23:00 ?

    Address: Getsemani, Calle del Espíritu Santo, Carrera 29-1401, Cartagena, Colombia

    Rating: TIC User Rating

  • THE LOWDOWN

    Our Full Review

    Founded in 2011, Ciudad Movil put Getsemani on the map as the city's cultural hub, supporting a plethora of artistic endeavours designed to help Cartagena's talented youth fulfil their artistic dreams.

    In the evening it is thrown open to the public with yoga sessions, language exchanges, movie nights and live music to provide a diverse offering that helps keep the city's cultural agenda fresh and vibrant.

    During the holidays the centre hosts art projects, drum workshops and other activities for kids.

LOCATION & MAP

  • Getsemaní

    Cartagena's second historic walled city has gone from no-go to must-go in less than five years thanks to some of the city's hippest new bars and restaurants. 

    If Centro is Manhattan, Getsemani is more Brooklyn – an up-and-coming hipster hangout trying desperately to cling to its roots. 

    A little rougher around the edges than the already gentrified districts of Centro and San Diego and the lofty ambitions of the beach districts, Getsemaní offers a glimpse into the more unruly historic centre of the past. 

    A fiercely traditional barrio offering a heady mix of bars, dancing, affordable diners, hostels and hotels for backpackers and bohemian colonists looking to mix it up with the carefree locals. 

    Historically populated by merchants, smugglers and freed slaves thriving from activity in the port and main marketplace, Getsemaní has always been more raucous than the hoity centre with all its regal airs and graces. 

    Much of the district's newest bars, follow in the city's loudest traditions. 

    While much of the area's carefree population are direct descendants of the hell-raisers of yesteryear it is no longer the terrifying place that rich Cartageneros used to scare their children into staying at home. 

    Backpackers, never averse to roughing it for a cheap place to stay have braved the bogeyman with few problems for decades and a growing number of boutique hotels and hostels have followed their lead setting up shop in some of the bigger properties on Calle Guerrero and Calle del Carretero. 

    Uber-hotel chains, Viceroy and the Four Seasons have plans to kick the barrio into the stratosphere with stellar openings in 2017 / 2018.


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