SPE has appointed Gema Tours as the travel agency to manage the conference housing block, transportation, and tours info.
Hotels in the block are:
Please use the PDF form to make your housing and transportation arrangements or contact Gema Tours in Cartagena:
Cartagena was fortified by the Spanish to protect it from pirates and corsairs that laid siege to the Caribbean and has become the country’s treasure for events and international relations.
UNESCO took notice of the city and declared it a Cultural and Historical Patrimony of the World.
Cartagena draws tourists from around the world who come to enjoy the history, the sights, the weather, and nightlife. The city offers fascinating contrasts of the colonial period, the modern city, and the fashionable seaside resort of Colombia’s second port. Its colonial charm and the old walled city, the Ciudad Amurallada, beckons visitors to stroll the narrow streets.
The official language of Cartagena is Spanish. However, in most of the hotels, the staff speaks English in order to support its international guests.
The average temperature is 30 centigrade degrees (86 degrees Fahrenheit), and the water at the beaches remains warm year-round. Due to the climate and water temperature, Cartagena is an excellent tourist destination at any time of the year.
The official currency is the Colombian peso, which varies in accordance with the American dollar.
The time in Cartagena is 5 hours behind the Greenwich Meridian (-5 MTG)
The Rafael Nuñez International Airport is just 15 minutes away from the tourist district and 10 minutes from the Walled City. This airport receives direct flights from Madrid, Miami, Bogota, and Medellin, as well as many other international destinations.
From the airport to conference hotels:
Attendees are strongly advised to ensure they fulfill all legal requirements to enter Colombia. Besides a valid passport, an entry visa and invitation letter may also be required.
It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to Colombia. This letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SPE to assist you in obtaining a visa. SPE will not pay any expenses incurred by you. We cannot send the letter to the embassy or consulate for you, nor can SPE contact the embassy or consulate on your behalf.
Attendees from countries that require a Colombian visa for entry are reminded that the process of obtaining a visa may take several months. Create an official SPE invitation letter that you can print and use in obtaining a visa. Please note that this letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SPE to assist you in obtaining a visa.
When traveling, as in any major city, take certain precautions whether you are traveling or exploring the city. Here are some general tips to help make the most of your trip:
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