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Mexico City or Cartagena

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Mexico City or Cartagena


We (two people early 30s) are deciding between going to Mexico City or Cartagena in November for 3-4 days. Any pros or cons to either? We keep going back and forth!


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1. Re: Mexico City or Cartagena

I have been to both—they are so different! Cartagena is smaller and more concentrated; Mexico City has more diversions, fantastic restaurants, great shopping, and luxury hotels that are a bargain by American or Canadian standards. Cartagena is on the sea with access to beaches; Mexico City is a short drive from archaeological sites. I am actually returning to Cartagena in August, but if I were forced to choose between the two I guess I would pick Mexico City because it offers a more varied experience and greater value for the dollar.

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2. Re: Mexico City or Cartagena

For such a short trip, the travel time is important.

Cartagena is beautiful, but much more expensive than Mexico city. You could definitly enjoy both places.

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I have been to Mexico City a half dozen times, and Cartagena twice. I think Mexico City has better cultural activities like museums. I think the food is better, too. Cartagena is prettier, and has the potential for beach/water activities. Hard choice, I like them both very much.

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4. Re: Mexico City or Cartagena

Depends on what you want, but Mexico City is one of the great cities of the world. In North America, only New York and Mexico City are in that class.

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