One of South America’s most beautiful cities, the Caribbean port of Cartagena was founded by the conquistadors in 1533 to export plundered gold and silver back to Europe. Regularly attacked by pirates, the city was fortified over a 200 year period, and the surviving fortress and city walls define the old town to this day.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Cartagena is a lively and passionate city with some of the best preserved colonial architecture in the continent, as well as superb boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants. The nearby Rosario Islands also offer superb diving and snorkelling in crystal clear waters.