The House of International Congress 2017
Cartagena de Indias
The International Congress will be celebrated in Colombia, the country of Magical Realism. It is situated in the Northwest region of South America. The official language is Spanish and the capital is Bogotá. We are bordered by two oceans, Pacific and Atlantic.
Although the streets of the historic center and Getsemaní (Gethsemane) can be appreciated vestiges of colonial and republican architecture; the city has given way to modernity with modern structures, generating a unique contrast, that has allowed the mixing of different cultures.
Cartagena, the host city, is located above the sea level with a wet tropical climate that ranges between 28° C and 32° C. The city does not have seasons; however, has a dry season (June to August). Due to its geographical position, the city of Cartagena has no seasons, but a humid tropical climate with two rainy seasons in the months of April, May, October and November.
Located in the north of Colombia, Cartagena de Indias is considered the most important tourist destination.
Because of its strategic location in the Caribbean, the city was the main port of America for the Spanish Empire during the colonial times, as well as shelter for treasures and riches. For this reason the city had to be protected from attacks by pirates with fortifications and ramparts, which can still be appreciated today, and which earned their recognition as a Historical and Cultural Heritage of mankind by UNESCO in 1984.
For visitors, the city offers a diversity of plans with its 11 kilometers of beaches and nearby islands archipelago, ideal for enjoying the breeze, the sun and all kinds of water sports; lot of streets, alleys and ramparts waiting to be explored, squares and parks where you can feel and experience the mixture of cultures between Cartagena and visitors, natural scenarios, among other places which will make that you understand why the city is considered the birthplace of magical realism, and where her people will wait you with open arms.
Tour Of the Historic Center
Whether you explore the town by foot, on bicycle, Segway, or horse-drawn carriage, you’re bound to marvel at the flower-filled balconies of Cartagena,whose sunsets illuminate the silhouettes of watchtowers and forts, and whose walls act as benches for lovers to sit upon and observe the sea.
Noteworthy Factors of the City
- We have the privilege of having charismatic, kind and honest people.
- We have been site of important events of national and international level.
- We have one of the most important coralline barriers in the country.
- We count with more than 11 kilometers of Colonial walls and forts which turn into unique spaces to hold events.
- We were declared World Heritage Site by the Unesco in 1984.
- We have the largest colonial military fort in Latin America.
- We have 19 kilometers of beaches with warm waters during the whole year.
- We have a beautiful Historical Center where one can relive the events that took place in Cartagena de Indias.
- Our history makes us to be a unique and interesting city to each traveler that is interested in getting to know the City.
In Cartagena one can enjoy the best gastronony, distinguished typical coastal dishes and specialties of the most exquisite sea food.
[ Things To Do ]
Shopping in Cartagena
In Cartagena you can relax in style; the city showcases some of the best Cartagenan and Colombian designers’ creations. Hernán Zajar and Silvia Tcherassi both have boutiques in Cartagena (often referred to as “La Heroica”). You can also find a variety of shops selling international fashions, guayabera shirts (embroidered men’s shirts), jewelry, leather goods, and fashion accessories.
Take a Daytrip to the Beach
Barú Island and Rosario Island are easily reached by boat. Many visitors leave the Pegasus dock early in the morning and return to the city in the afternoon after enjoying a day of sun and sand. Travelers from around the world come to dive in the Rosario Islands, the San Bernardo Archipelago, and at Barú. Divers are amazed by the variety and color of underwater life in the Colombian Caribbean. Highlights include the Salmedina bank, Bajo Burbujas,and the “Underwater Mountain.”
Visit La Popa Hill
The best view of Cartagena can be seen from the convent of La Candelaria, located on top of the La Popa hill, which gets its name based on its shape similar to that of a poop deck. The convent, built in 1606 by the Augustinian Recollect fathers, contains treasures such as an altar adorned with gold leaf and oil paintings.
[ City Location ]
Cartagena has a strategic geographical position in the Americas. Located in the northwestern corner of South America on the Caribbean Sea, equal distance between North and South America, making it easy for arrivals from around the world.
Cartagena’s Rafael Nuñez International Airport (CTG), is located within the city limits and only 10 minutes away from its historical centre. The airport receives nearly 300 direct domestic flights per week. We have direct connectivity with: Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Nueva York y Panamá.
At Cartagena de Indias, Historic and Cultural Patrimony of Humanity, Hotel Las Américas offers you infinite options for your leisure or business trips in a Caribbean environment. This five star hotel is located in the North Zone of Cartagena on the shore of the Caribbean Sea.