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CARTAGENA - FAQ

How do I get from the airport to my hotel?

Cartagena Colombia is served by Rafael Nunez International Airport (IATA code CTG) which is located 7.1 miles northwest of the Cartagena center. If you have not booked a private transfer with us, a taxi is the recommended transportation from the airport. A taxi from the airport to the center of Cartagena will cost approximately 20,000 Colombian Pesos (about $6.50 USD). There will be taxis waiting at Rafael Nunez International Airport or by calling +57 315 8993583.

Is Cartagena a dangerous city? Are there certain areas I should avoid?

Yes, for the most part, it is safe. Travelers rave about Cartagena saying it's beautiful and safer than other South American countries as long as you stick to the popular tourist destinations and do not wander off the beaten path. Ask the locals or other travelers which areas to avoid. Crime in Colombia is not as bad as it once was, but you need to use be cautious and use common sense to stay safe. The number of kidnappings is down dramatically from its peak in 2000, but it's a threat that occasionally exists.

Can I pay/tip in US dollars?

US dollars and credit cards are not accepted at most stores or restaurants. ATMs are available in the city center, but not outside the tourist center. The currency used locally is the Colombian Peso. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for Colombian Pesos upon arrival. Also, traveler`s checks are near impossible to cash and not useful for a trip to Cartagena.

I don't speak Spanish. Will many people speak English?

No, very few Colombians speak English. The most common language in Colombia is Spanish which is spoken by 99.2 percent of Colombians. English may be spoken at your hotel and in the tourist areas, but is not common elsewhere. We suggest you purchase a good English- Spanish dictionary and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as basic greetings and numbers 1-10.

Do I need a Visa to travel? What are the requirements for Colombia?

No, U.S. citizens traveling to Colombia do not need a Colombian visa for a tourist/business stay of 60 days or less.

Are Vaccinations required to visit Cartagena?

Yes. Yellow fever is a risk in certain parts of Colombia, so the Centers for Disease Control recommends the yellow fever vaccine for travelers 9 months of age or older to these areas. Vaccinations should be at least 10 days before you travel. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans. For up to date information visit the Centers for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/.

What type of food is available?

Seafood and tropical fruits are a staple of the local cuisine and blend many different cultures including Spanish, African and indigenous tribes give it a special flair. From generous fish dishes to exotic juices - the city by the coast has gained a spot on the culinary map.Is the water safe to drink in Cartagena?

Is the water safe to drink in Cartagena?

No, the water is not drinkable. We suggest that you carry bottled water with you wherever you travel. Most tourist areas will have bottled water available for purchase. To avoid illness, make sure you donĀ“t eat any raw vegetables or salads that are washed in water.

Should I rent a car in Cartagena?

No, It is very expensive between the price of gas and rental costs. Also, rental car companies don`t want you taking the car out of the city, so there is no advantage in renting a car. If you want to see sites outside of Cartagena, there are other options such as bus or hired driver.