Music and dancing pervade the Colombian way of life, a trip to Cartagena just wouldn’t be the same without immersing yourself in its signature musical genre - champeta - at the loudest, most authentic pop-up party in town.
Date: 01 May, 2019
Price : USD$10
Cartagena’s hottest pop-up party, Champetú, celebrates the city’s signature genre of Champeta, a hugely popular musical style that spread along Colombia’s northern coast back in the 1970s.
With a reggae backbone and plenty of Afro-Colombian influences, this upbeat musical style was referred to as ‘creole therapy’ for a time because of its ability to lift spirits and make people forget about the hardships of life in the 'hood. It’s energetic, rhythmical, hypnotic and played loud by Cartagena’s charismatic DJs at the most notorious of champeta parties in the historic center.
Champetú parties move around as much as the locals. Inventive venues have included the rooftop of Portal de San Felipe Shopping Centre, the Palace of Inquisition in the Old Town and more recently at El Patio.
Get in touch with us to find out the location and timing of the next pop-up party and we’ll help you organise more than just a night to remember. If you dance like you have two left feet and concrete boots, then try a dance class to get you into the Caribbean groove.
Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.
Centro has lost none of its importance thanks to the universal lure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area.
Cartagena's finest hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.
The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.
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