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How Safe is Cartagena?

Cartagena Safer than Cities in The U.S
With the disbanding of several criminal organizations, the increase in police presence, and the growing popularity of tourist destinations in Cartagena, the amount of crime in the city has plummeted in recent years. In fact, Cartagena is officially the safest city in Colombia. Indeed, 2017 crime statistics show that Cartagena (and the other large cities in Colombia) are actually safer than many cities in The United States. The main tourist locations (like Bocagrande, The Old City, and Getsemani) are perfectly safe for vacationers.

Even The United States Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security (which is in charge of assessing threat levels for American citizens and bureaucrats) says that “crime levels in the major tourist areas of Cartagena, including the historical center (El Centro, San Diego) and neighborhoods of Getsemani, Bocagrande, El Laguito, and Castillogrande, are considerably lower . . . .”

Individual travelers, couples, and families have been coming to Cartagena in droves since 2016 and have enjoyed amazing, safe vacations that they’ll remember for a lifetime.

Disbanding of FARC
In 2012 the Colombian government opened negotiations with The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (or FARC). In late 2016 they signed a peace treaty which began the immediate and swift disbanding and disarmament of the revolutionary group. While there are still several smaller revolutionary groups in the country (and some organized crime) the systematic crimes perpetrated against Western travelers for their political value have, for the most part, ceased.

Cartagena Awaits with Open Arms
The tourist industry provides millions of dollars annually to the local economy in Cartagena. And, as is common in tourist destinations around the world, the city has implemented changes to protect that financial investment. Indeed, many infrastructural changes, law enforcement improvements, and public outreach campaigns have been specifically designed to make the experience of vacationers in Cartagena better, safer, and unforgettable.

So don’t let those antiquated notions about Colombia scare you away from having the best time of your life. Trust your local Cartagena vacation planners and let us show you how to have an amazing vacation in this tropical paradise.

Source: https://cartagenacolombiarentals.com/2019/01/safe-cartagena/
NOTE: U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book for this trip. Allow up to eight weeks to obtain a new or renewed passport. It is REQUIRED that your passport have at least six (6) months validity from the date you will be returning to the United States. Please refer to The U.S. Department of State website for additional information on obtaining a passport www.travel.state.gov.

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