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  • Address: Avenida Venezuela, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia, Colombia

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La India Catalina Monument Tours

At the main entrance to Cartagena’s Old Town, La India Catalina Monument is a bronze rendering of the Doña Marina of Colombia — India Catalina. 

The daughter of a local chief, in 1509 Catalina was abducted, aged 14, from her home in Galerazamba. Once she’d learned Spanish in the Dominican Republic, she was thereon required to accompany the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Heredia as an interpreter and pacifying presence in interactions between the Spanish and indigenous groups. 

The local Calamari people were decimated in the Spanish conquest, and that was in part due to Catalina’s collusion with the Spanish. In that sense, it might seem strange that the sculpture of her has become so iconic, but really, it’s a tribute to the indigenous people who inhabited this land before the Spanish conquest.

Sculpted by the Spanish artist Eladio Gil Zambrana and unveiled in 1974, the monument has become so well-known around Cartagena that small-scale replicas are handed out as awards at the Cartagena Film Festival.

Practical Info

La India Catalina Monument is easy to spot at the main entrance to the old town in Cartagena. It’s in the center of a large plaza near the bridge crossing the Laguna de Chambacú. 

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Cartagena City Trolley Tour, Cartagena, null
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Cartagena City Trolley Tour

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Ride the city trolley through the streets of Cartagena and discover its magic on board of the unique, comfortable and exclusive vehicles (Trolleys). The tour ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.50
Cartagena City Sightseeing and Walking Tour, Cartagena, Trolley Tours
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Cartagena City Sightseeing and Walking Tour

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Embark on a sightseeing tour of Cartagena and experience the magnificence of its colonial architecture. Your guide will take you by minivan to this coastal ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.00
Night Trolley Sightseeing in Cartagena, Cartagena, City Tours
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Night Trolley Sightseeing in Cartagena

Discover the charm and the beauty of the Cartagena at night. Explore the illumination of its walls, forts and the Old Town City on a 2-hour, guided Trolley ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $18.00

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