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9 Day Cartagena Itinerary

We have the perfect itinerary for families spending 9 days in Cartagena, Columbia with children. See all the sights and taste the delicious cuisine of Cartagena!

Day 1


Check-in at the hotel (There are so many wonderful hotels in the walled city. You can’t go wrong with any). We stayed at Charleston Santa Teresa.

Lunch at Harry Sasson. (Restaurant in Charleston Santa Teresa owned by a famous chef).

Rest in the afternoon or pool time.

Walk around the Walled City. Go to Café del Mar for drinks during the sunset for the best views (make a reservation in advance).

Dinner at Candé (you will see tons of sites on the way) and back to the Hotel. (make a reservation in advance).

Day 2

Room service for breakfast followed by a family photo shoot.

Beach for the kids (a couple of mins from the hotel).

La Vitrola (Lunch) at noon.

Chocolate making class from 2pm to 4:15pm at The Choco Museum.

Back to the hotel for rest or pool time.

Date night at Mistura (dinner – make a reservation in advance).

Day 3

Horse & Carriage Ride

Breakfast buffet at the restaurant.

Leave for Aviary by car at 9am.

Lunch in Baru.

Visit the Convent of Popa on the way.

Plaza Santa Teresa (dinner).

Followed by a horse carriage ride around the town with family.

Day 4

Breakfast buffet at the restaurant

Cooking class for the whole family at the hotel starting at 11am.

Lavish lunch at 1:30 pm (eat all the delicious food you prepared).

Rest or pool time at the hotel.

Visit Getsemani in the early evening. Snack and drink at Cafe Stepping Stone.

Date night at Restaurant 1621 (dinner- make the reservation in advance). Take a romantic horse carriage to the restaurant.

Day 5

Leave for the Hotel Punta Faro at 11am right after breakfast. The pickup was a 5 min walk from the hotel.

Reach Hotel Punta Faro at 1:30 pm.

Lunch at the hotel.

Beach time and relax.

Dinner at the hotel.

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel.

10:00am, Panoramic boat tour to the islands.

Beach time.


More beach time.

Bike around the island.

Bioluminescent Phytoplankton boat tour at 6:30 pm. Swim with Bioluminescent Phytoplankton.


Day 7


10:30 am – Leave for the snorkeling tour.

Beach time.

Mommy-daughter spa time & Papa-son bike time.



Day 8


Breakfast and Leave the hotel at 9:10 am

Reach Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa at 11:20 am.

Lunch at La Cevicheria. Make sure to wait. Have a drink at Santa Clara Hotel while you wait.

Pool time.

Visit Castillo San Felipe Fortress in the evening by car.

Dinner at Restaurant Club de Pesca. Make sure to arrive before the sunset, as it’s the most gorgeous sunset view of the harbor.

Day 9

Breakfast at the hotel.

Pool or beach time with kids.

Lunch at the pool.

Shopping and walk around the town.

Carmen (dinner- make a reservation in advance).

Fly back home.

Other things you could do but we did not: Cartagena Boat Tour, Visit Rosario Island, Santa Marta.

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