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Cartagena: Rosario Islands Catamaran with Lunch and Snorkel

Cartagena: Rosario Islands Catamaran with Lunch and Snorkel

Set sail for the Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park on a full-day tour from Cartagena. The catamaran departs from the Muelle de la Bodeguita pier in front of the walled city. After your welcome drink, enjoy the journey to the Rosario Islands, sailing and motor sailing on the catamaran. The vessel is equipped with comfortable seats, where you can sit both in the shade and in the sun. There is a bar service on board, so you can enjoy a variety of soft drinks throughout the excursion.  Experience paradise with a stop in front of an idyllic beach of turquoise waters and white sands, where you can swim and play with fun inflatables. Practice snorkeling, if you wish, and admire the fascinating underwater life with colorful tropical fish and various types of coral. The crew will prepare a delicious lunch for you to enjoy on board while you sail back to Cartagena at the end of a relaxing day.

Cartagena: 5-Stop Island Tour w/ Beach Clubs, Lunch, Snorkel

Cartagena: 5-Stop Island Tour w/ Beach Clubs, Lunch, Snorkel

This is the original island hopping tour that delivers the complete island experience at a fair price with professional vetted guides, featuring a fast-paced itinerary with five total stops, 3 of them beach clubs. It's important to note that not every stop is an island; there are three accessible islands for ground visits. Others may promote snorkeling activities (Coral Reef & Escobar's Plane) as island visits, but they are water-based activities. Entries, lunch and snorkeling gear are included, but there is a tourist port tax cash fee that must be paid at the pier before boarding (27,000 COP). Itinerary: We'll meet near the Historic Center where we'll board a large passenger shuttle boat that will take us to the channel of islands, 45 mins away. First you'll snorkel at a coral reef in a place known as Laguna. Second, you'll snorkel at Pablo Escobar's sunken plane. For the third stop, we make our way to a popular beach club in Rosario island for a Caribbean lunch and relaxation. At the fourth stop, you'll proceed to a hidden and exclusive beach club in Isla Grande. Only during the weekends (Saturday & Sunday), this fourth stop will be replaced with Cholon party island. We end with our firth stop at another beach club in Baru until departure. Return to Cartagena at around 4:45 PM. NOTE: This activity requires some physical activity. Boat rides are bumpy and not suitable for injured persons. Account for the chance of rain. Expect Cartagena's nearby islands to be touristy. Island vendors are persistent and can be bothersome. Cholon is a busy party island and may not be enjoyed by all. Businesses on the islands have markups, higher prices apply. Ask for prices beforehand and check receipts. Cards are accepted, but cash is recommended. Beach and swim attire is a must.

Cartagena: Historic Center and Getsemaní Shared Walking Tour

Cartagena: Historic Center and Getsemaní Shared Walking Tour

Cartagena, a city that bewitches, welcomes you to the best tour of the beautiful and magical city of Historic Cartagena full of stories, sayings and fascinating myths of its walls, streets, convents and houses of the walled downtown and San Diego that transcends the city limits. Discover the secrets, customs and legends of the tradition inherited from the Spaniards and popular from our Caribbean miscegenation, among which Gabo (Nobel Prize for Literature) accompanies us through his writings, such as his book "One Hundred Years of Solitude", one of the most read in the world. We start, at the agreed time, the shared tour, in the Camellón de Los Mártires - Plaza de Cervantes where we will learn about the indigenous people who were before and during the arrival of the Spanish. We move to the "Golden Key of Cartagena" or Clock Tower entering the Plaza del Ecuador, before the Plaza del Esclavo, a prelude to continue part of the enslavement route through Porto Carrero and Candilejo streets. But first, Pedro de Heredía welcomes us. We continue to the Portal de Los dulces, a symbol of female activity in times of slavery and that their descendants still continue their traditions. The process of commercialization of merchandise, including that of the enslaved, in the old "Plaza de la Aduana", has been historically important. In "Plaza de la Aduana" we will see important buildings such as the Municipal Hall. Of course, art is no stranger to the tour, the Museum of Modern Art, an exponent of Caribbean and Latin American art from the 50's, the Gold Museum opens its doors with samples of indigenous pieces from the Colombian Caribbean and the Emerald Museum, stones of beautiful considered the most beautiful in the world, worn by celebrities. Religion is present with San Pedro Claver, Slave of the Slaves, we will see the Architecture of the Church and Museum-Monastery that bear his name and is the Headquarters of Human Rights. Then we go to the San Ignacio Bastion which was built to defend the "Bay of Souls" from any pirate attack. On this tour we will see the history behind the walls of Cartagena. Do you like the feats of pirates and corsairs? We count them when visiting a Bastion, as a sample of Spanish military constructions and strategies, we continue to Plaza Bolívar, in homage to the precursor of Independence, a place to refresh ourselves. Do you know the sloths, the squirrels, the iguanas? You will see them in one of the most important Lungs of Cartagena, Centennial Park, former Railway Station, which is a relic of the Tropical Dry Forest where we refresh under the shade of beautiful trees. We will enjoy one of the most important and colorful cultural corridors of Getsemaní, due to the umbrellas (symbol of the advertisement), the graffiti and the unique architecture. Finally, we enter the Callejón Ancho, to reach the end of the route at Calle San Juan to the sound of salsa and the African champeta.

Cartagena de Indias: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise

Cartagena de Indias: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise

For the most romantic evening, this sunset cruise excursion is ideal. Leave at 5:00 PM from the Muelle de la Bodeguita pier in front of the walled city. Enjoy the relaxing but at the same time exciting sailing through the Bay of Cartagena de Indias. Accompanied by good music, enjoy a non-alcoholic cocktail or a soft drink and a delicious appetizer in a magical atmosphere. Watch the sunset and the lighting of the spectacular skyline of the city of Cartagena while you sail into the night.  The itinerary of the tour includes departure from the Bodeguita Dock/Pegasos Dock, located in front of the walled city of Cartagena. First sail between Manga and Bocagrande neighborhood. Then continue sailing between Castillo Grande and Manzanillo Island. Enjoy the sunset while sailing between El Laguito neighborhood and Tierrabomba Island. Then sail back to the departure point.

Cartagena: Totumo Mud Volcano Experience

Cartagena: Totumo Mud Volcano Experience

Discover the natural landscapes of Colombia on this guided excursion. Visit Santa Catalina, and bathe yourself in the purifying mud of the volcano. As the minivan leaves town, hear some curious facts about Cartagena's history and some tips to ensure a better experience at the mud volcano. The trip to Santa Catalina, another beautiful Colombian city and the location of the volcano, lasts around 45 minutes. Upon arrival at the volcanic zone, be greeted by the owner of a small nearby restaurant. Then, prepare for a unique experience as you climb the 50 steps that surround the volcano; remember to wear old clothing as the mud can be rough on delicate materials. Immerse yourself in the volcanic mud, reaping the health benefits for your skin from the millions of minerals. Some people say afterward, you'll appear 10 years younger. Inside the volcano, you can float thanks to the high number of minerals present. There will be some locals around offering massages for an extra price of 2 USD. Outside of the volcano, pay to get your photo taken for another 2 USD. When the soaking is over, head to the lake for a shower.  Before continuing back to the city, enjoy a typical snack in a rustic restaurant. Get dropped off at your hotel.

Cartagena: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Extras

Cartagena: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Extras

Located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, few places on Earth are as beautiful as Cartagena. Sightseeing in this astounding city is a hugely enjoyable experience, offering both modernity and history. There is something to suit all tastes. From beautiful architecture to striking monuments, there is plenty of inspiring sightseeing opportunities while on your City Sightseeing bus tour. Discover all of beautiful Cartagena in 13 bus stops, as you explore the city's beautiful architecture and striking monuments in the most flexible and enjoyable way. Visit key sites in the city, such as the Clock Tower, the San Felipe Fortress, the walled city, the Rafael Núñez House, Rio Casino, and much more. With the many stops along the way, there are things to suit all tastes, including a complimentary walking tour inside the walled city. Choose between a 1-day pass and a 2-day pass. Hop-off at the sights that interest you the most, or if you prefer, remain on the bus tour for the entire loop, listening to the informative audio commentary. You will see palaces, monasteries, plazas, and beautiful overhanging balconies, as well as Colombia's major seaside resorts, where you can enjoy beaches and scuba diving opportunities. Tour Stops: 1. Muelle de la Bodeguita 2. Centro de Convenciones 3. Torre del Reloj 4. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas 5. Museo Rafael Nunez 6. Boquetillo (entrance to the Walled City) 7. San Francisco (entrance to the Walled City) 8. Plaza Bocagrande 9. Avenida San Martin 10. Casino Rio 11. Hotel Caribe / Playas de Bocagrande 12. Hotel Hilton / El Laguito 13. Iglesia de Castillo Grande

Cartagena: Sunset Cruise with Open Bar

Cartagena: Sunset Cruise with Open Bar

Discover Cartagena in a unique way. Sail around the bay while you enjoy the bar and restaurant on board the Sibarita Express Yacht. Benefit from an open bar with a nice musical background and the services of the lovely crew. Sit back and relax as your boat comes to a stop on the open water so you can watch the sunset. You will be welcomed by the lovely crew and set sail a short while later. Take in a panoramic view of the modern area of Bocagrande and arrive at the lighthouse. From there, head to Castillogrande, the most prestigious area of the city, to see the sunset on the ocean. Once the sun has set, head back to the inner bay where you can enjoy the night views of the modern area of Bocagrande and the residential neighborhoods of Manga and Getsemani. Finally, prepare to be welcomed back to the pier with a breathtaking view of the old city at night.

Cartagena: Speedboat Sunset Party with Open Bar & Club Entry

Cartagena: Speedboat Sunset Party with Open Bar & Club Entry

Join our lively cruise for a 2-hour party experience in Cartagena! Please be aware that although this event is open to all, we particularly recommend it for a younger audience seeking a lively and loud atmosphere for drinking and dancing. While the event is only in Spanish, we welcome foreigners for a taste of local culture! Board our speedboat for a memorable sunset party with views of Cartagena at night. Cruise with fellow party-goers & enjoy an open bar of essential Colombian liquors, nothing too fancy. Rum and Aguardiente with mixers can lead to quick intoxication. Take pictures and dance on the boat to a mix of Colombian music, reggaeton, and mingle with international crowds. Once the speedboat cruise concludes, you'll receive complimentary entry to two nearby venues by a party crawl group. This part is optional, it doesn't have open bar, and we are not responsible for this after party. Don't feel obligated to spend. If the clubs are empty, feel free to leave!

Cartagena: Walled City and Getsemani Shared Walking Tour

Cartagena: Walled City and Getsemani Shared Walking Tour

Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour. Discover the colonial streets of the Walled City and the vibrant neighborhood of Getsemani as you try some local sweets. Meet your guide at La Plaza de la Aduana. See the colorful colonial houses as you learn about main squares and bastions of the city. Visit Santo Domingo Square and see the Cathedral of Santa Catalina de Alejandria. Afterward, head to the Getsemani neighborhood which is known for having a bohemian spirit. Walk through its streets and alleys boasting vibrant colors. Stroll around picturesque pieces of street art paintings. Taste a variety of typical Colombian sweets as you explore the city. Enjoy some tropical juice from unique fruits, some of which can only be found in the region.

Cartagena: Guided Tour, with La Popa Convent, and San Felipe

Cartagena: Guided Tour, with La Popa Convent, and San Felipe

Discover the magic of Cartagena – declared a World Heritage Site for its architectural distinction and its history – on this 4-hour, small-group tour. Visit the main sites around the city and learn the rich stories behind its culture. The Convent of La Popa in Cartagena is a historical jewel that offers a fascinating tourist experience. Perched on top of a hill, this former Franciscan convent offers stunning panoramic views of the city and the Caribbean Sea. Your guide will accompany you to tell the stories within the fort and explain more of its importance to Cartagena. Make a quick stop at an emblematic symbol of Cartagena – the Old Shoes Monument – and continue into the Walled City. Take a guided walk around the historic center and gain a deep understanding of its culture and architecture before returning to your hotel.

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I absolutely loved my experience! The driver arrived promptly and the host was so sweet and patient. They made my first time riding a horse so fun and calming. If i’m ever back in Columbia, I will be back! Don’t hesitate, book them now.

Amazing experience, we went in the afternoon around 4pm ! It was great , the view was amazing! The horses were well behaved! Would highly recommend & will definitely do it again

If you are coming from USA (Texas) Cartegena is a must. An amazing tour. Kevin and Ella were amazing tour guides!!!

Our guide was informative but it’s hard to follow some things because of all the people trying to sell you stuff

Highly recommend! The guide and the tours was really cool!!!