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Getting around and security

Joining us in Cartagena?

In this section you will find useful information related to getting around in this beautiful Caribbean city.

  • Colombia has seen a major increase in visitor numbers across the past decade, with many lured by this country’s epic access to nature and relaxed, welcoming culture.

  • Cartagena, Colombia’s port city on the Caribbean Sea coast, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Colombia and is considered a safer city than many major worldwide destinations.
  • Cartagena’s historic center is surrounded by miles of ancient walls that form the walled city and locals and visitors alike mostly walk within the city walls.

  • The venue of the congress, las Americas Hotel is on the beach and is a self-contained resort. It is approximately 10 mins by taxi to the airport or the city center.

  • Getting around is easy, especially by taxi, since there aren’t any great distances between the different tourist areas.

  • As in any other tourist destination, stay aware, keep valuables protected… and enjoy the city and the experience!

Join us in Cartagena


1. Embrace the Local Culture:
Cartagena is known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere. Engage with locals, try local dishes, and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the city.

2. Choose Safe Accommodations:
Opt for ISAPS Headquarters Hotel (link will be made available soon) reputable hotels in well-traveled areas such as the Walled City (Ciudad Amurallada) or Bocagrande.

3. Use Reliable Transportation:
Stick to official taxis or rideshare services like Uber.

Public transportation is generally safe, but be cautious during crowded periods.

4. Be Mindful of Your Belongings:
Keep your belongings secure, especially in crowded areas.

Use a money belt or hidden pouch for important items.

5. Explore During the Day and Night:
The Walled City is safe to explore during the day and night. Enjoy the historic architecture, street performers, and local cuisine.

Stick to well-lit areas and known tourist spots if you're out after dark.

6. Hydrate and Protect from the Sun:
Cartagena can be hot and humid. Stay hydrated and use sunscreen to protect yourself from the strong sun.

Wear light clothing and a hat to stay comfortable.

7. Learn Basic Spanish Phrases:
While many locals in Cartagena speak English, learning a few basic Spanish phrases can enhance your experience and interactions.

8. Respect Local Customs:
Respect Colombia's friendly and welcoming people's customs, be polite and show appreciation for the local culture.

Dress modestly when visiting religious sites.

9. Currency and Payments:
Use Colombian pesos for transactions. Notify your bank of your travel plans to avoid issues with your credit or debit cards.

Carry some cash, especially in smaller establishments.

10. Stay Health-Conscious:
Drink bottled or purified water to avoid stomach issues.

Apply insect repellent, especially if you plan to visit areas outside the city.

11. Guided Tours
Consider guided tours for a deeper understanding of the city's history and culture.

Tour guides often provide valuable insights and ensure a smoother experience.

We will make guided tours options available on our website soon.


By following these tips and staying aware of your surroundings like you do whenever you travel, you can have a safe and enjoyable experience in Cartagena. The city's rich history, vibrant culture, and friendly locals make it a fantastic destination for travelers.