About ICCB Host City Cartagena, Colombia
Weather in Cartagena
July is considered like a mini-summer month in the middle of Cartagena's rainy season with a mostly overcast sky and essentially constant high temperatures during the day (88°F / 31°C) and lower temperatures during the night (79°F / 26°C). Thunderstorm are a possibility and the chance of a wet day over the course of July is essentially constant, remaining around 34% throughout. More information on the weather in Cartagena, in July can be found here.
Stay dry and hydrated!
Taxis in Cartagena
Taxis are inexpensive but not metered in Cartagena. They also only take cash so plan for a bit of Colombian pesos for transportation. You should ask for the price of the ride before getting in the taxi (to limit 'tourist charge') and do not be afraid to negotiate the rate down a bit. It may also be helpful to ask at your hotel for the reasonable price to your destination as an indication. Official taxis are yellow and an official taxi line can be found right outside Catagena airport on your left.
Estimated taxi rates
- from the airport (Boquilla) to old city (Getsemani, San Diego, Marbella) it should be ~ COP $10,400
- from the airport to inside the walled city: ~ COP $12.800
- from the airport-Bocagrande (where the Hyatt is situated): ~ COP $18.000
- from Bocagrande to the walled city center ~ COP $7.000
Note that from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. there is a COP $500 extra night charge and the minimum rate for Getsemani-walled city, Manga-walled city, walled city-Bocagrande is ~ COP $6.400. Also note that tips are not expected, nor required, though many drivers appreciate any extra money you offer (through rounding up) in Colombia.
Alternatively, UBER is available and Cartagena is very walkable although quite hot during the day.
Other useful traveling tips for Colombia (e.g. exchange rate, emergency number (123), embassies) can be found on the official Colombia Traveling Guide website: http://www.colombia.travel/en