Cartagena is a town in San Antonio Province, Valparaíso Region, Chile. It covers 245.9 sq km (95 sq mi) and has a population of around 17,000 (2011 estimate). This hillside town overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It has winding streets and dainty houses. At the coast is an esplanade called La Terraza de Cartagena, lined with shops and restaurants, where visitors and enjoy watching the surf crashing to the rocky shore. There is also a Shrine to Our Lady of Sighs nearby.
Cartagena has become quite a popular domestic travel destination in Central Chile. Between late spring and early autumn, the beaches at Cartagena can get quite crowded as vacationers descend on it from Santiago and Valparaíso.
Playa Chica, Cartagena, Chile
Cartagena is about 100 km (62 mi) south of Valparaíso. It is easiest reached by self-driving.
Places of Interest in Cartagena
- Playa Chica
Beach to the south of Cartagene’s Plaza de Armas, with the home and tomb of Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro in the vicinity.
- Playa Grance
Beach to the north of Plaza de Armas.
La Terraza de Cartagena, Chile