Open the window to an incredible cultural experience this Easter. Cartagena and Mompox are the go-to destinations for international travellers and fervent religious locals, with a host of religious parades and rich cultural activities that will widen your horizons.
Date: 09 Apr, 2020
Easter is a fascinating experience in the predominantly Catholic Colombia. While cities like Medellin and Bogotá become ghost towns over Semana Santa (Holy Week), Cartagena and particularly Mompox turn into a bustling hub of Eater parades and celebrations.
Besides getting in on all the festivities that happen, you’ll find a wealth of activities to keep you and the kids happy.
What would Easter be without a life-threatening dose of chocolate and other sweet treats? Take a special tour of Cartagena’s exclusive chocolate museum in San Diego, learn how to make some of your own delectable treats and take the enamel off your teeth when you work your way through the traditional sweets made from the rich array of Colombian fruits.
To make sure the kids don’t hide behind their tablets of smartphones, we also have the lowdown on some brilliant cultural tours of the real Cartagena and Mompox that will open their eyes to the world around them.
When the city feels like it’s splitting at the seams due to the influx of people, skip town and escape to the nearby islands on your own private boat for a bit of peace and tranquillity among the swaying palm trees and azure waters of the Caribbean.
After all this action you’re bound to be famished so book a special fish platter at one of Cartagena’s fantastic family-friendly restaurants like Juan del Mar, El Boliche, Carmen or La Cocina de Pepina.
Also be sure to check out our full list of family-approved accommodation options that will set you up exactly where you need to be.
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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