Cartagena – Important Information

At a Glance

Local Currency

Colombian Peso

Local Time 

GMT-5

Official Language

Spanish and English 

Visa Information

Colombia Visa

Power

Electricity in Colombia runs at 110 volts, so transformers are not necessary for tourists from the U.S. If you are planning to use anything with a three-prong plug, bring an adapter, as some establishments only have two-prong outlets.

Local Weather

In Cartagena, the wet season is overcast, the dry season is windy and partly cloudy, and it is hot and oppressive year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 76°F to 88°F and is rarely below 73°F or above 91°F.

Tourism Website

Visit Colombia

Cartagena Tourism

Health Information

Vaccinations

Recommended Vaccines for Cartagena

Health Tips

Health Tips for Cartagena

Hospitals

Hospital General Universitario Santa Lucía

Hospital General Universitario Santa María del Rosell

Family Services

Babysitting Services

My Nanny CTG

CartageNanny

Baby Gear Rentals

Bebe Viajero Colombia

Transportation

Car Seat Laws

The law states that everyone in a moving car in Colombia must wear a seat belt.

Driving

If you are a tourist visiting Colombia without a visa you can use your valid driver’s license from your home country with your passport to drive in Colombia.

Transportation Services

Taxis are the preferred method of transportation for visitors to Cartagena. For a cheaper method of transportation, Transcaribe is available which is the local bus system. For more transportation information, visit this link.

Emergency Services

Police

112

Fire Department

119

Ambulance

667 5244

Other Things To Know

Tipping Customs

A more fancy or luxury restaurant may already include a 15% service charge. Therefore, always be sure to double check your bill before you pay. Bartenders in Colombia only expect a tip of $0.5 – $2 USD per drink.

Important Holidays

Colombia Public Holidays

Safety Issues

Like anywhere else in the world, there are areas that are fine and areas that aren’t. But overall, Cartagena is a traveler-friendly destination and very safe for visitors. Find out why below, along with all the info you’ll need to have a safe trip.


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