Rafael Núñez International Airport receives international flights from Panama City (Aero Republica, COPA and Aires), Lima (LAN Peru), Fort Lauderdale (Spirit Airlines), Caracas (Aerorepública) and Miami (Avianca) and domestic non-stop flights from Medellín, Cali, San Andrés and Bogotá. Cartagena is 1000 km north of Bogotá (about an hour by air), or a 2.5 hour flight from Miami and five to five and a half hours from New York City.
Most international flights arrive at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, where it is necessary to take a connecting flight.
Address of the Rafael Núñez International Airport: Calle 71 N° 3-89, Barrio Crespo, Phone: + 57 (5) 666-6610.
|Taxis (Minimum fare)||$ 4000|
|Airport to Historical Downtown||$ 7000|
|Airport to Bocagrande||$ 12000|
|Transportation Terminal to Historical Downtown||$ 10000|
|Transportation Terminal to Bocagrande||$ 14000|
|Maritime Terminal to Historical Downtown||$ 5000|
|Maritime Terminal to Bocagrande||$ 6000|
The official currency of Colombia is the Colombian Peso. Cents are not used. The coins are found in : $20, $50, $100, $200 and $500. The bills are: $1.000, $2.000, $5.000, $10.000, $20.000 and $50.000.
Cartagena features a rich fusion cuisine, combining ingredients from its African, Spanish and Indigenous roots as well as the food brought by Arabic and Spanish immigrants. Its local cuisine is mainly composed by seafood dishes, like fish and shellfish and accompanied with coconut rice, fried plantain and salad.
Typical dishes also include the so-called "sancocho" made of fish or meats with large pieces of plantain, potato, yucca and other vegetables. You can also find the traditional “arepa de huevo” (egg filled arepa) or a “carimañolas” best described as a Yuca Fiter with meat inside.
Cartagena also boasts a wide range of exotic fruits including sweet coconut, mango, pineapple, papaya, guava among others which are sold by the palenqueras, the iconic fruit vendors that walk around the streets or beaches carrying a bowl of fruits so artistically in their heads.
The city has numerous good restaurants inside and outside the walled city. Arabic, Cuban, Italian and traditional Colombian restaurants can be found in the modern and historic areas representing the diversity and the flavors brought about by immigrants and inhabitants of the city.
Colombia voltage is 110-120 volts, 60 Hz. On request, most hotels will provide transformers to visitors with electrical appliances of a different voltage, such as 220-240 volts, 50 cycles per second.
Spanish and English are spoken in Cartagena.
There are three companies that provide mobile telecommunications:
How to call from a cell phone (valid for the three cell phone operators)
Registration and attendance at the meeting is free. You are required to pay for your accommodations and meals. Coffee breaks are provided during the meeting.
Come to Cartagena, but don't leave with just a memory or a mental image. Come explore the city and find the most beautiful and elaborate handicrafts in the Caribbean: souvenirs fashioned in the region's tradition and made to bring back memories of the trip to Cartagena. One such place full of gift items and souvenirs is the famous Bóvedas, an area with 47 arches and 23 valuts, where history and commerce come together. Antique stores inside the walled city have unique items that tell secrets of Cartagena's past as well as its everyday life. While walking the bugainvillea-lined streets, visitors can shop for Colombian emeralds of the highest purity or visit shops owned and operated by famous Colombian fashion designers. Mandatory outer wear for men would be a guayabera shirt, and women should go around in a cool and comfortable tropical dress. Cartagena's modern side has world-class shopping centers, stores and movie theaters showing the latest 3D flicks. The Caribe Plaza shopping center is one of the best, and it is the place to be for trendy natives looking for entertainment and shopping.