Cartagena, Colombia is renowned for its street art.
Stunning murals can be found all over Cartagena, but the most well-known neighborhoods for visitors are the Getsemani and La Matuna neighborhoods near Cartagena’s historic walled quarter. On our recent trip to Cartagena, we spent a whole morning followed the self-guided walking tour laid out by the excellent travel blog Career Break Adventures.
A few words about the barrios.
Once considered too dangerous for tourists, Getsemani has had a resurgence in recent years and has been transformed by hip eateries, backpacker hostels, and some of the most vibrant street art we’ve ever seen. Unlike the walled city, kept pristine by its status a UNESCO World Heritage site, Getsemani has the gritty feel of a true urban barrio. At any time during the day or night, you’ll find legendary street food, lots of live music, and local families hanging out enjoying each other’s company.
At least, in normal times. In November, we found Getsemani almost deserted, thanks to the global pandemic.
La Matuna is another barrio that we discovered on our most recent trip. Sandwiched between the walled historic district and Getsemani, La Matuna has not been discovered by the tourists hordes. But it has its own charms and plenty of fantastic street art.
The street art in these two districts captures the people, past and present, who have shaped Cartagena’s vibrant culture.
Photos are in a gallery – just click on the first to click through all.
In summary, our walking tour of Cartagena street art was a big highlight of our recent trip there – and another good way to avoid crowds and socially distance in these crazy COVID times. The Cartagena street art scene ranks right up there with our favorite, Bogota. Here’s our blog post from the outstanding Graffiti Tour we took in Bogota in 2017. And right here in Medellín, there’s the world-renowned Comuna 13 neighborhood.