Accommodation Options in Cartagena

Accommodation in Cartagena is varied and plentiful

There are literally hundreds of room types and budgetary options available

There are 3 main accommodation areas within the city;

  • Cielo Mar- near the airport
  • The Old Town (El Centro / San Diego)- the historic walled city
  • Getsemani- the historic (now hipster) area just outside the walled old city
  • Bocagrande- the Miami like new area of high rise apartments and 5 star hotels

In searching for a conference venue hotel we have personally reviewed multiple hotels and can recommend the following options in the following areas

  • Cielo Mar

The Las Americas Hotel is a gigantic kid friendly hotel near the airport with the best

beach in the city. The newly built complex on the city side of the hotel is spectacular.

  • Old Town

The Sofitel Santa Clara is a beautiful low rise hotel built within a 500 year old

nunnery. It has several amazing bars and restaurants.

  • Bocagrande

There are many 5 star hotels in this area including the Hyatt, the Estelar and the

Intercontinental. We have checked them all out and they are all brand new and

beautiful as expected for these chain hotels.

The Hilton is the oldest of the Bocagrande hotels and its not quite as flash as the

newer versions but it is quite secluded and quiet.

There are of course other hotels we havent personally reviewed that have great reputations across the city.

We have tended to stay in BnBs during our planning trips and there are options across all areas of the city at all budgetary levels, from homestays to luxury villas. We would recommend the Old Town and Getsemani for these options although there are flash apartments available through online sites in the Bocagrande area.

During our last visit we met Ray from Two Travel which is a local Colombian company specialising in tailor made itineraries, accommodation, tours and everything in between.

Whether you’re looking for a fully immersive cultural experience or a laid back and luxurious one, Two Travel have you covered.

Their Travel Experts and Dedicated Concierge Teams can help you build your journey, the way you want it.

Two Travel can arrange:

Accomodation in the Old Town

Including; budget accommodation, BnB’s,  apartments, hotels and luxury villas.
Private Transport

Including cars, vans and buses for 4, 8 and 30 people.

Cartagena and Colombia Tours


Historic Old City Tour
Graffiti in Getsemani Tour
Rum Tasting Tour
Recreational and Souvenir Shopping Tour
Street Food Tour
Art Gallery Tour

Two Travel can also customise a tour to suit your taste!

Professional massage

On-site private massages with a wide range of treatment options. All masseuses are professionally trained.

Personal management

From hangover cures to detox and aesthetics, we have a team of Doctors and nurses ready to administer a treatment at your villa.

Private Dining

Fancy something special: consider organising a private dining experience.

Get in touch with Ray and Ana from Two Travel and start to “Build Your Journey”

DevelopingEM 2020- We Are Accredited!!!

The DevelopingEM plenary program, from March 9-11, 2020, is accredited for CME/CPD through the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).

For each hour of conference and workshop education ACEM allocates 1 CME/CPD point for a total this year of 27 hours of continuing professional development.

For the first time since 2013 DevelopingEM also has North American accreditation facilitated by our partners at Stony Brook University Hospital an approved ACCME provider.

Thanks to the efforts of SBU the conference is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

DevelopingEM is also endorsed by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

British and European colleges do not directly accredit conferences organised outside of these regions. Despite this RCEM and EUSEM allow individual delegates to apply for CME/CPD for internationally endorsed conferences.

So this year for our North American, British and European colleagues attending DevelopingEM 2020 Colombia there is the capacity to utilise the conference for your CME/CPD.

DevelopingEM will be providing conference certificates displaying the accreditation achieved during your attendance and we are happy to provide further information if required by your college.

Come to DevelopingEM 2020 Colombia – We are accredited!

Video Testimonials from our friends at SBU

The team at Stonybrook Medicine in Long Island, New York have been collaborating with us for several years now and we are enormously grateful for their support.

This year the Adult EM and Critical Care track will be hosted by Brian Wright from SBU and in fact Brian has organised this track for us in Brazil, Cuba, Sri Lanka and Fiji and it is always of the highest quality.

Rolando Valenzuela, the Fellowship Director for the Stony Brook Division of International Emergency Medicine, has been critical to us being able to organise the Colombian event. He has joined us on site during the planning trips and has been influential in sourcing this years’ regional delegates.

Rolando and his team, particularly Priscilla Cruz Menoyo (current International IEM Fellow)

and Justin Larsson (current EM Trainee)

under the guidance of Peter Viccellio (Head of Department)

and Billy Mallon (Chief of the Division of IEM)

have also been helping us promote the conference to a North American audience at this years’ ACEP conference and progressing slowly and steadily to an SBU sponsored North American accreditation for the conference (more on this soon).

We feel very privileged to have the support and friendship of an amazing group of emergency medicine, critical care and IEM experts from Stonybrook and are thankful for their help and the following testimonials.

Thanks one and all and see you in CARTAGENA!!

Another Amazing Paediatric EM Track

April has done it again- amassed a Paediatric faculty of such amazing quality that you are going to kick yourself if you miss this track.

As previously mantioned April Kam is Canadian and by default the loveliest track lead of all time- sorry Nat, Brian, Peter, Gerard, Rolly and Eliecer you’re all awesome but you’re just not Canadian enough.

Not only is she Canadian but she’s also an expert clinician and educator and has organised our Paediatric track for the last three DevelopingEM conferences

We’re all looking forward to another fantastic paediatric track. Thank you April (and team)!

April brings together an amazing team from multiple specialties and countries covering critical care topics across the whole spectrum of emergent management of paediatric patients.




Included in the track are

  • Suzanne Beno the co-director of paeds trauma at Sick Kids in Toronto

  • Nate Kupperman from UC Davis

  • Marianne Gausche Hill from LA
  • Viviana Pavlicich from Paraguay
  • Ricardo Munoz andCamilo Gutierrez from Kids National in DC






and the two fastest speaking Paediatric Emergency Physician presenter  on the planet

  • Tanya Solano from Sick Kids Toronto and Donovan Dwyer from Sydney Children’





April’s track is just un-missable and yet another reason to register now for DevelopingEM 2020 Colombia!!


Trauma Track Kicks off DevelopingEM 2020 Colombia

This year the DevelopingEM conference commences with our Trauma track.

The track is once again led by Professor Peter Cameron.

Peter is the academic director of the Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre in Melbourne, Australia’s busiest adult major trauma centre.

He has very generously helped DevelopingEM since our beginnings back in 2012 and we are so grateful for his ongoing assistance and expertise.

Peter has organised a group of international trauma experts who will be presenting on the patient journey all the way from the prehospital setting to the ICU.

Included in the faculty are

  • Neil Ballard from NSW Ambulance / Greater Sydney Area HEMS

  • Biswadev Mitra and Gerard OReilly from the Alfred

  • Marvin Wayne from Whatcom County in Washington State


  • Billy Mallon recently of Stonybrook Medicine in New York

What a great way to start DevelopingEM 2020.

Join us in March in Cartagena to be a part of another amazing trauma session.


Meet our Track Leads for DevelopingEM 2020 Colombia

Following the release of our complete program last week we would like to re-introduce our track leads.

We’re lucky to have our all our leads from 2018 returning to lead the core components of DevelopingEM.

We also have some new additions with a regional flavour.

April (Paediatrics), Nat (Global EM), Brian (Adult EM), and Peter and Gerard (Trauma) all return after helping us out in Sri Lanka and Fiji.

Joining this team is Rolando (Regional EM) and Eliecer (EM in Colombia).

Its impossible to summarise just how qualified this group is to provide you with quality education but Ill give it a try.

April Kam returns to lead an amazing Paediatric team. She’s a Paediatric Emergency Physician, a professor, an award winning educationalist and a champion of global emergency development. She Canadian and by default the loveliest track lead of all time- sorry Nat, Brian, Peter, Gerard, Rolly and Eliecer you’re all awesome but you’re just not Canadian enough. April brings together an amazing team from multiple specialties and countries covering critical care topics across the whole spectrum of emergent management of paediatric patients. We’re all looking forward to another fantastic paediatric track. Thank you April (and team)!

Nat Thurtle. What can I say to summarise just how amazing this EM leader is? An awesome presenter (she’s been with us since the beginning in 2012), and awesome track lead (she’s been leading our Global EM day since 2014). This year she’s organised a fascinating Global EM session which will stretch our exposure from human trafficking to anthropology. We’re not sure if Nia will be joining her mother this year- we sure hope so.

Returning also is the New Yorker from Stonybrook, Brian Wright. The only complaint we’ve had about Brian’s EM and Critical Care sessions in the past is that there is simply too much information. With a team of experts that have joined us for our conferences since 2013 this session is packed full of the best clinical emergency medicine and critical care education you will get this year. Brian is a clinicians’ clinician, an expert but never arrogant, hard working and supremely focussed on his patients. One would be hard pressed to find a critical care topic that Brian isn’t an expert on, and after Sri Lanka 2016 he also knows how many Americans can fit into a tuk tuk. Thanks again Brian for another awesome session.

Its impossible to know where to start in a description of our trauma track leads Peter Cameron and Gerard O’Reilly. They have been leaders in Australasian and International EM for decades and we remain humbled that they have joined the organising committee of DevelopingEM and continue to design the trauma track. This year they have brought together an amazing group of experts to give you a fantastic session of trauma education. Thank you Peter and Gerard for your advice and counsel and for putting together an amazing trauma track.







Rolando Valenzuela (Rolly to his mates) has been with us as an enthusiastic delegate and faculty member since 2013. He’s an emergency physician, and international fellowship program director from Stonybrook in New York but his itchy feet take him around the globe on a regular basis. This year he’s bringing together clinicians from across the Caribbean and South America to discuss their experiences in the development of our specialty, emergency medicine in the region. These sessions are always fascinating and Rolly has curated some amazing topics into this track.

Last but definitely not least is Eliecer Cohen. Eliecer is the first Emergency Physician graduated in Bogotá, Colombia, from the only 4 year based program in the country. From the outset he has been idealistic, focussed on the future, and has been one of the core leaders in the development of the Asociación Colombiana de Especialistas en medicina de Urgencias y Emergencias (ACEM) from the time of its foundation. Eliecer is recognized as a critical thinker in the development of EM and is also an international speaker on the themes of quality, ethics, the difficult patient, the impaired clinician, emergency medicine values, professionalism in education, the development of non clinical skills, and the role of the EP as a patient advocate. He is a founding member of ACEM Colombia and a previous secretary of the college. He remains the editor of the college journal. Eliecer has been an enthusiastic supporter of the DevelopingEM ACEM partnership since the first meeting in June 2018 and is a member of the ACEM 2020 Congress organising committee. He is leading a group of experienced and enthusiastic clinicians from our host country Colombia. Together they are going to describe the development and progression of EM in Colombia. Emergency Medicine has developed so quickly and successfully in Colombia that Im sure we will all learn some valuable pointers on how to progress our specialty in any setting.

All in all its an incredible group of EM leaders curating a fantastic program

Join April, Nat, Brian, Peter, Gerard, Rolly and Eliecer for a fantastic 3 days of excellence.

Check out the full bios of all our track leads and presenters here.

ACEM Conference to follow DEM

This year we are honoured to be partnering with the IFEM recognised Asociacion Colombiana de Especialista Emergencia y Urgencias (ACEM).

ACEM will be conducting their annual Scientific Congress sequentially with #DevEM2020 on March 13-14 with preconference workshops on March 12.


Check out their conference website here.

We hope both events will be a focus for Colombian, Caribbean, South American and international discussion and collaboration between emergency clinicians from around the world.

DevelopingEM will be sponsoring the attendance of 40 Colombian clinicians per day to #DevEM2020 as well as attendances at the five workshops and one forum currently planned.

We are also assisting the attendance of clinicians from around the region.

Colombian speakers will be part of the DEM faculty in our EM in Colombia Track and we hope to provide the same support for the ACEM Congress.

So after #DevEM2020 stick around for another amazing regional congress with our Colombian colleagues from ACEM.

Come for DEM and stay for ACEM!!

Full #DevEM2020 Program Released!!

DevelopingEM 2020 Colombia has an academic program that is one of our best ever.

Along with our core topics of

  • Trauma
  • Paediatrics


  • Adult EM and Critical Care

we have afternoon tracks dedicated to

  • EM in Colombia
  • EM in the Region


  • Global EM

This year we have another amazing generous faculty with some international giants of EM including

  • Jan Shoenberger

  • Peter Cameron

  • Marianne Gausche-Hill

  • Billy Mallon

  • Nat Thurtle

  • Nate Kupperman


  • Stuart Swadron

Check out the full schedule and evolving faculty bios and join us in Cartagena, Colombia in March 2020 for DevelopingEM 2020.


Register Now to get your Early Bird Specials for #DevEM2020 Colombia

Our second stage early bird registration expires in 12 days!!!

We have received a tremendous response to the announcement of #DevEM2020 in Cartagena, Colombia.
launch, and are looking forward to an exceptional DevelopingEM experience this coming March.

To register, please follow the link to our live registration portal.


We thank you for your interest and support,
Mark, Lee and Sanj

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We hope you can join us in 2020, to enjoy the outstanding DevelopingEM experience with colleagues from Colombia, The Caribbean and from around the globe.