If you’re planning a trip to Cartagena and you’ve spent some time researching the best things to do, there are a couple of things you already know you can expect: perfectly preserved history, palm-fringed plazas, fantastic food and sun-soaked streets. The queen of the Caribbean has many attractions in its sprawling, centuries-old center, but what about the experiences that lie off the beaten track? Cartagena is full of surprises – you just have to know where to find them.
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Here are the top hidden gems in Cartagena, shared with us by the locals who call the city home.