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A 40-seat italian restaurant and lounge whose name means “truthful” reflecting its authenticity, will satiate diners during breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. A French Culinary Institute graduate and one-time protégé of acclaimed Chef Mario Batali, Daniel Castaño brings his authentic Italian coastal cuisine to VERA. The restored, original 250 year old stone wall and a vertical garden consisting of over 3000 local plants provide diners a perfect framework to sit and enjoy Cartagena’s best new restaurant.
3km from Cartagena's Rafael Nuñez International Airport (CTG) 109km from Barrangquilla International Airport (BAQ). Situated in the heart of Cartagena’s Old City, The Tcherassi Hotel + Spa sits subtly on a colorful narrow street lined with historic colonial houses along Colombia’s Caribbean Coast. Just steps from Plaza Fernandez de Madrid and other top attractions including the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, an unassuming 20 ft. wood front door framed by original stone maintains the privacy of the gilded luxury that waits within.
Spanish is Colombia's native language but english is spoken by the locals in areas frequented by travelers.
The hotel is located in Cartagena, the principal tourist destination in Colombia.
To spend an unforgettable time at Night in Cartagena, the best choice are the bars, cafes, casinos and discotheques the city offers. The best are within the walled city, at Calle del Arsenal, and Bocagrande. You'll find from romantic and gentle environments to loud happy discotheques that offer different music genres, places where you will have the chance to meet artists and famous people that visit Cartagena de Indias. At Night in Cartagena you may also enjoy a coach ride or take a long walk through the Old City and admire its splendid view lighted up by romantic colonial street lights. Places like Mr. Babilla, La Vitrola, Cafe el Santisimo, Quiebra Canto, Cafe Colombia, La Tarzana and Galeria Cafe Libro will let you experience what a colombian Rumba is all about.
For all trips: • Binoculars • Camera or video camera with case for protection against humidity and rain • Plenty of film • Sun block lotion • Sunglasses with a strap • Swimming trunks • Broad-brimmed hat or cap • Insect repellent • Personal toiletries and medications • Photocopy of your passport • Reading material If you are heading for the jungle do not leave without: • Lightweight, light colored, long cotton pants • Long sleeved, light colored cotton shirts • Absorbent socks • Ankle-high hiking boots • Sneakers • Sandals • A powerful flashlight with batteries • A water bottle or canteen • Rain suit or poncho If you are going somewhere cold don’t forget to add: • Sweaters • Jackets • Woolen cap • Gloves • Hiking boots • Rain suit
In addition to relaxing on the beach, exploring the "Walled City" with its colonial architecture and unbelievable walled houses, here are the main attractions: SAN FELIPE DE BARAJAS FORTRESS: The biggest Spanish fort in the New World originally constructed in 1536 to effectively defend the territory. LA POPA CONVENT: One of the most visited sites in Cartagena, the hill of La Popa is a good site to appreciate the Heroic City from a distance, with a beautiful view that includes the Caribbean, the Island of Tierrabomba, the tourist area, the walled downtown, La Boquilla, the northern zone and the city in general. CHURCH AND MONASTERY SAN PEDRO CLAVER: Constructed at the beginning of the XVIIth century by the Jesuits, it is named after the defender and protector of the slaves, also known as the "Apostle of the black." PALACE OF INQUISITION: Installed in 1610, the Court of Punishments of the Saint Office had its seat here. This building is considered one of the typical houses of 18th century civil architecture of Cartagena de Indias. CHURCH OF SANTO DOMINGO: Founded in 1551, it’s the oldest church in Cartagena. An excursion to the Rosario Islands is a must. Explore the "enchanted Lagoon" that comes alive at night filled with plankton that shines like a fairy tale when you jump in the water. Make sure you interact with the locals to buy fresh seafood and learn a little about Colombian culture.
Time Zone: GMT-5 - Greenwich Mean Time
U.S. citizens traveling to Colombia do not need a Colombian visa for a tourist stay of 60 days or less. Travelers entering Colombia are sometimes asked to present evidence of return or onward travel, usually in the form of a round-trip plane ticket. Americans traveling overland must enter Colombia at an official border crossing.
Thanks to its South American location, Cartagena enjoys a mild, tropical climate. As the city makes more of an effort to beckon travelers to its shores, they, in turn, are lured by the promise of sunny, warm days. The average annual year-round temperature in Cartagena is a balmy 88 degrees. This can turn with the wind, however, so you might consider a light jacket, but it’s unlikely you will actually need it. The average annual year-round low is 75 degrees. Depending on your hotel or lodging, you might not have air conditioning, so be aware that nights can be uncomfortable. Humidity here is high, too, so along with the 88 degree highs and 75 degree lows comes 90% humidity, which is the average annual humidity rate.
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