IDRiM2024 | The 14th International Conference of the International Society for the INTEGRATED DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT

History & Heritage

Cartagena de Indias, founded in 1533, is one of Colombia’s most emblematic cities and a historical treasure in the Caribbean region. Known for its well-preserved Walled City, Cartagena has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its impressive colonial architecture and rich history. The fortifications, including the imposing Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, were built to protect the city from pirates and other invaders during colonial times.

Culture & Gastronomy

Cartagena is a melting pot of cultures and its cuisine reflects this diversity. Try local delicacies such as ceviche, arepa de huevo and mote de queso. Festivals, such as the International Music Festival and the Cartagena Film Festival, also highlight the city’s rich cultural offerings.

Living History: Legends and and Traditions

Cartagena is not only rich in architectural history, but also in legends and traditions that have been passed from generation to generation.

  • Catalina Indian: An emblematic figure in the city’s history, Catalina was an indigenous woman who played a crucial role in mediating between the Spanish conquistadors and the native tribes.
  • El Festival del Dulce: Celebrated during Holy Week, this festival is an opportunity to sample a variety of traditional sweets that are prepared and sold in the streets of the city.

These stories and festivities add a layer of charm and mysticism to the experience of visiting Cartagena, making every corner of the city a place full of life and narrative.

Living History: Legends and and Traditions

Cartagena is not only rich in architectural history, but also in legends and traditions that have been passed from generation to generation.

  • Catalina Indian: An emblematic figure in the city’s history, Catalina was an indigenous woman who played a crucial role in mediating between the Spanish conquistadors and the native tribes.
  • El Festival del Dulce: Celebrated during Holy Week, this festival is an opportunity to sample a variety of traditional sweets that are prepared and sold in the streets of the city.

These stories and festivities add a layer of charm and mysticism to the experience of visiting Cartagena, making every corner of the city a place full of life and narrative.

Tips for Visitors

Boat rides on the Bay of Cartagena: Enjoy a sunset tour to see the city from a different perspective.

Outdoor Activities

Excursions to Rosario Islands: This archipelago is perfect for diving and snorkeling, with its coral reefs and crystal clear waters.