Published On: Sat, Jan 31st, 2015

Cartagena on the radar: Enjoy the city’s events in January

International media rankings have made Cartagena a coveted destination for tourists from around the world.

Discover the variety of events held in Cartagena during the month of January.

colombian_flagPROCOLOMBIA -- Cartagena de Indias has become one of Colombia’s must-visit destinations. The hotspot appears in rankings from top-tier media including Travel & Leisure’s Best Places to Travel in 2015 and Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 15 places to go in 2015. The city’s inbound tourism increased 12 percent from January to November 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, and has helped boost the country’s overall tourist arrivals by 13 percent, making it the second-most visited destination in Colombia after Bogota.

Recognized as one of the most beautiful and best preserved ancient cities of America, the walled city offers much more than horse-pulled carriage tours on its cobblestone streets and romantic getaways on modern boutique hotels; every January, Cartagena becomes the host of internationally-known events that showcase culture, music, and fun like no other.

One of the incentives to increase the number of international visitors, the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI) and the Airport Society of the Colombian Coast have agreed to reduce the airport tax cost for international flights arriving to the Rafael Nunez airport in Cartagena.

The signing of this document will make it easier for the city to attract even more international tourists, which will generate economic growth and will help promote the destination.

With cheaper tariffs, planning a trip to Cartagena has become easier than ever. Plan your trip during the month of January where you will be able to enjoy a diverse array of events:

Cartagena Summerland (January 3-5)- Colombia’s first electronic music festival brings music lovers from around the country to enjoy three days of music, dance and fun at the beach. World renowned artists like Steve Aoki, Deadmou5 and other headliners make it to the festival’s stages, leaving the crowd coming back every year.

Cartagena’s International Classical Music Festival (January 3-11)- This eight-day celebration of classical music brings together more than 20,000 music enthusiasts to witness grand expos and performances from top artists and orchestras. The renowned musicians from all over the world harmonize spectacular settings, such as plazas, churches and theatres with their instruments.

ART Cartagena (January 9-12)- An international Art Fair showcasing modern and contemporary artworks. The fair brings together national and international guests, artists, curators, collectors, art lovers, tourists and the general public, who have an appreciation for these works and interventions.

Hay Festival (January 29-February 1)- The festival taking place during the last weekend of January exposes the works of writers, filmmakers, musicians and chefs. The four-day event includes performances from Colombian and international artists and offers both locals and tourists a culture galore.

Carnival of Barranquilla (February 13-17)- If your trip runs a little longer, you may travel by bus or car to the nearby city of Barranquilla, host of one of the most important carnivals in Latin America. This colorful and popular event attracts large numbers of visitors from all over the world. The feast gathers local traditions expressed through dance, music, handcrafts, costumes, and party styles. UNESCO honored the Carnival of Barranquilla by declaring it a World Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The official carnival lasts four days, but the city organizes parades, events and other carnival-related activities as early as January.

PROCOLOMBIA is the government promotion agency in charge of promoting trade, investment, tourism and country brand. In order to obtain more information about the events and festivals in Cartagena, please contact our office for the Caribbean Region. Tel: (786) 315-4260.

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