About Diana G
Lives in Bogotá, Distrito Especial, Colombia
Since Mar 2014
50-64 year old female
During all my life I have loved to travel, explore new places. I am an expert of my hometown, from my childhood I always have liked to be the best city guide, for friends, for my daughters and for all the people who want to explore the other face of Bogota. I have worked in an alternative tourism project during the last years so I have had contact with a lot of travelers.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Churches & Cathedrals
Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Churches & Cathedrals
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Castles
Educational sites, Historic Sites
The Walled City is a protected heritage site, and the historical epicenter of the city of Cartagena de Indias. Climb the walls themselves to enjoy unique views out to sea, and a bird's-eye view of the area's beautiful buildings, which date back to the colonial era. Then, climb back down to explore the numerous churches, plazas, museums, and other attractions which lie within their borders. Notice the unique mixture of Republican period architecture and more modern buildings of various styles, which makes the Walled City what it is today.
Crowned by a statue of Christopher Columbus, this is the largest of the squares in the Walled City. With the tourist information center and money changers located here, it is a good place to start your exploration of the colonial streets.
Built in typical 18th century colonial style, this building functioned as the court of the Holy Office, as well as jail and torture chambers during the time of the Inquisition. The building's highlights include its balconies and main entrance, created in the baroque style, while the equipment used for torture is also an impressive (albeit gross) 'attraction.'
This museum displays a beautiful collection of gold pieces made by the indigenous population known as the Zinú, who inhabited the region prior to the arrival of the Spanish colonizers. Jewelry on exhibit here includes nose rings and earrings, and you will also find wonderfully carved utensils and pottery samples.
San Pedro Claver was a Jesuit priest, known for dedicating his life to helping slaves as they arrived in the 'New World.' He lived in the monastery next door to this impressive cathedral for most of his life, and the museum housed here tells the very moving story of his heroic endeavors.
The Vaults of Santa Clara are located to the northeast of the Walled City. Once used as a prison and armory, today its 47 arches — which make up 23 domes — are home to a wide variety of craft shops.
Iglesia de la Trinidad, the Church of the Holy Trinity, in the Gethsemane neighborhood, is where the expansion of the city — through the construction of more important temples outside the walls — began. (The convent of San Francisco and the Church of the Third Order Church, also in this area, were next in line.) Today, the popular Gethsemane neighborhood is filled with cafes, bars, restaurants and accommodation options — as well as local homes — making it a great place to get a feel for the city's authentic, modern-day culture.
Located in the neighborhood of Gethsemane, just outside the Walled City, this restaurant blends Caribbean food with Spanish flair, and its decor is as memorable as its delicious dishes. Go for the tapas so you can try a few different things while you're here!
On foot from Gethsemane you can reach the majestic castle and military fortress of San Felipe, one of the largest in the Americas. Built by Spanish settlers to protect the city, its amazing location — 40 meters above sea level — makes it one of the must-see viewpoints of the city.
Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the Walled City, the interior of this historic theater has been amazingly restored, and features stunning boxes and balconies.
Plaza Santo Domingo owes its name to the Church of Santo Domingo, an example of beautiful architecture characterized by stunning balconies. With its large selection of cafes and restaurants — many with outdoor seating — it is the ideal spot to start your night out in the Walled City.