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Castle San Felipe de Barajas

Castle San Felipe de Barajas

Castle San Felipe de Barajas: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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: Guided Tour, with La Popa Convent, and San Felipe

2. 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.

Cartagena: Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus

3. Cartagena: Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus

Discover all of beautiful Cartagena on 14 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, walled city, Rafael Núñez house, Rio Casino and much more. With the many stops along the way, there are things to suit all tastes including a complementary walking tour inside the walled city starting everyday at 04:00 PM in front of the clock tower (stop 4). You may also chose different options when booking including a 2-day pass, a 2-day pass + San Felipe Fortress entrance or a 2-day pass + audioguide specially made about Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Take the advantage of adapting your day along the routes between 9:00 AM and 7:30 PM and 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 in the colonial part of town and Colombia's major seaside resorts in the south part, where you can enjoy beaches and scuba diving opportunities. Stops 1. Muelle de la Bodeguita 2. Centro de Convenciones 3. San Sebastian del Pastelillo 4. Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower) 5. Rafael Nunez Museum 6. Boquetillo (entrance to the Walled City) 7. San Francisco (entrance to the Walled City) 8. Plaza Bogrande 9. Avenida San Martin 10. Casino Rio 11. Hotel Caribe 12. Hotel Hilton 13. Iglesia de Castillo Grande

Cartagena: Walled City, San Felipe, La Popa Tour & Tastings

4. Cartagena: Walled City, San Felipe, La Popa Tour & Tastings

If you're wanting a complete Cartagena experience with no corners unturned, this private full-day tour is made so you can see the city in the most complete way possible. Taste local foods and visit sights such as San Felipe Castle and the city's main squares. Enjoy optional entry to La Popa Convent. Start the day by meeting your local guide, who will pick you directly up from your hotel or address. Then, head first to the historic San Felipe Castle, the city’s old fortress built by Spaniards (entry tickets included). Walk through the castle and let your guide bring back to life adventure stories of conquerors, treasures, and pirates. Learn more about how Colombia became so mixed due to African, Indigenous, and Spanish roots. Visit afterward the Walled City of Cartagena and stroll around the colonial and colorful houses as you get to know more about the main squares and bastions that traced the city’s path to independence. See Santo Domingo Square, the church, and the Cathedral of Santa Catalina de Alejandría. It wouldn’t be the perfect tour of Cartagena without tasting Colombia’s flavors, so you’ll get to try typical coconut sweets and, fried arepa with egg, a traditional snack famous on the Caribbean Coast. If choosing the longer tour option with entry tickets to the Convent of La Popa (Convent of the Stern), round off your tour by visiting the convent and a viewpoint located at the top of a hill where the city, its sea, and one of its islands can be seen and photographed. Cartagena is not only the touristic capital of Colombia but one of the most memorable cities that holds Colombia’s history, making it a place for culture, tradition, and diversity, with many historic places and unique corners to discover.

Cartagena: Mountain Bike Tour Tasting Flavors

5. Cartagena: Mountain Bike Tour Tasting Flavors

Gear up at the office as you meet fellow explorers. An expert guide will brief you on the exciting tour ahead. Ready with a mountain bike tailored to your comfort, a snug helmet, and a refreshing bottle of water, embark on an unforgettable tasting tour. Indulge your senses in the culinary delights that define Cartagena's essence. From the crispy goodness of a typical fried egg arepa to the savory notes of an empanada, and the cheesy crunch of patacón, every bite tells a story. Wash it down with a burst of freshness from a natural juice and savor the robust richness of local coffee. Our route winds through the enchanting neighborhoods of Getsemaní, San Diego, and Santo Domingo. As you pedal along, soak in the tales of the past, the vibrant hues of the streets, and the secrets tucked away in every corner. Experience the magic, unravel the myths, and delve into the legends that have shaped this walled city. Immerse yourself in the culture and warmth of the locals. Appreciate the quality of the people as you traverse small, colorful streets. Cartagena, often referred to as "La Fantástica," unfolds before you, inviting you to savor its wonders. Capture the beauty with stops for photos at every turn, for in Cartagena, every corner is an Instagrammable space. As the journey concludes, return to the starting point where a delightful finale awaits. Indulge your sweet tooth with a tasting of typical candies, a perfect ending to a day filled with exploration, culture, and the vibrant spirit of Cartagena.

Cartagena: Funnytour at Chiva Party Bus Tour at Night!

6. Cartagena: Funnytour at Chiva Party Bus Tour at Night!

Embark on a unique and fun experience in Cartagena: a party bus tour in a chiva – an artisan rustic bus from Colombia that has especially been designed as a party bus. Dance your way into the night along the flashing bus dance floor and as you drive past the city highlights. Let the bus driver organize the route and the music while you see various important points in Cartagena and enjoy brief stops at the old shoes, Castillo de San Felipe and the letters of Cartagena so you can take photos. Along your route, pass by the hotel sector of Bocagrande, the old city like Getsemani, Muelle de los Pegasos, Centro de Convenciones, and Calle del Arsenal – all while dancing and moving. Continue your tour along the walls of Cartagena and end up by a nightclub, where you can choose to continue dancing or head home.

Cartagena, Colombia: City Tour and main places

7. Cartagena, Colombia: City Tour and main places

Start with a convenient pickup service in the Centro, Bocagrande, Castillogrande, El Laguito districts or board the vibrantly colored Chiva bus at a centrally located meeting point. Start early with a morning tour or sleep in with an afternoon tour. Experience the modern and tourist area of Bocagrande, Laguito and Castillo Grande. See one of the most beautiful natural bays and a lush linear park. We will pass by the iconic India Catalina, a statue depicting an important indigenous woman and take photos at the Zapatos Viejos (a large shoe statue). Arrive at Castillo de San Felipe and have the opportunity to enter the castle, take a tour of it, or simply take some photographs of its magnificent Spanish colonial features. Head to the walled city where the walking tour begins. Follow your guide through the historic center and visit Las Bobedas (armoury) and see the Clock Tower. Return to your pickup point with unforgettable memories of this colorful city.

Cartagena: Private City Tour in an Air-Conditioned Vehicle

8. Cartagena: Private City Tour in an Air-Conditioned Vehicle

Make the most of this private tour to visit the principal sites of interest in the old city of Cartagena — all while traveling in comfort, on board a luxury air-conditioned vehicle. Starting in the downtown area, you will head to the Manga neighborhood, where you can appreciate the beautiful mansions built at the beginning of the 20th century. Continue on to the highest part of the city, where there is a convent dating from the beginning of the 17th century. Visit the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, considered the most important fortification in South America. From here, you will head to the walled city, with a stop for some shopping. Following a little retail therapy, visit the different squares of the city and admire the old colonial houses. After a journey of historical discovery, fast-forward to the present day and explore the modern part of Cartagena, including the Bohemian neighborhood of Gethsemane. This neighborhood is so authentically charming and on the cusp of a commercial explosion. Immerse yourself in Spanish colonial architecture, dance halls, graffiti art, boutique hotels, food vendors, and stunning public plazas. Then head to the old neighborhood of San Diego, and see the oldest bullring in Colombia, now a shopping center. Discover the square of San Diego with its imposing palaces Convent of San Diego (today a school of fine arts), and Convent of Santa Clara, where the luxurious Sofitel Legend is located today. End with a walking tour of the main churches and squares of the walled city to the Clock Tower.

Cartagena City Tour: 4-Hour Cruise Excursion

9. Cartagena City Tour: 4-Hour Cruise Excursion

You’ll be met at the pier by a smiling member of the tour operator’s staff, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. The 4-hour tour begins with a drive around the Manga neighborhood to see the Moorish and Republican houses. Stop at San Felipe Fort, one of the most outstanding strongholds built in America during colonial times. Follow this with a visit to Las Bovedas, a handicraft store that is filled with souvenirs of all kinds. Enjoy a walking tour around the old city (approximately 55 minutes in duration). During the walk you’ll stop to visit the Church of St. Peter Claver and the church’s museum (around 30 minutes). Head next to the modern side of the city for a sightseeing tour and for views of the Bay of Cartagena. Your last stop will be at the Emerald Museum, where a professional guide will teach you how to recognize an original Colombian emerald (30-minute visit). After this unique excursion, you’ll be transferred back to the pier.

City Tour Castillo San Felipe y Cerro de la Popa

10. City Tour Castillo San Felipe y Cerro de la Popa

Discover the highest point of Cartagena, admire its panoramic view and try coffee, signature drinks and typical sweets from the region. Explore the Castillo de San Felipe, one of the must-see attractions in the city! To start your trip, explore the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the great emblematic fortification and Historical and Cultural Heritage of Cartagena, full of colonial history with more than 400 years. Visit the highest point of Cartagena and one of the places most visited by tourists, Cerro de la Popa, accompanied by a bilingual guide who will provide you with interesting information and facts about this popular attraction of the city, its convent, cloister and chapel . Both destinations are perfect for documenting your visit. At Cerro Popa, admire the perfect panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, the island of Tierrabomba and the important points of the city, such as the Historic Center, the San Felipe Castle, the Bocagrande skyscrapers and the bays that form up to the coast of Cartagena. Upon returning, delight your palate with a tasting of delicious typical sweets, Colombian coffee and signature drinks at Gourmette Colombia.

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What people are saying about Castle San Felipe de Barajas

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4.4 / 5

based on 580 reviews

Alvaro did a great job with this tour. He was able to keep control of the group so no one would get lost through the city and was able to give the tour both in Spanish and English. He was very charismatic and knowledgeable and inspired interest in Cartagena’s history. The tour was well paced, offering a reasonable amount of time to spend at each location. Although I would have liked to explore deeper into the San Felipe fort. Something to keep in mind: make sure you wear good walking shoes. Even though the tour transports you everywhere by bus, there are certain parts of the tour in which you will be walking.

Benny our guide and Brian our driver, far exceeded expectations. Bennys presentation was clear and concise with a strong voice along with great English skills. His lifelong love of his city and his knowledge of its history and political changes was more than I expected. We were shown the complete city- the good the bad and the ugly. Historical Monasteries, Forts, The Walled City, along with some shopping time. I do highly recommend this excursion and would probably do it again for a second time.

Amazing tour !! The best one was the chocolate bus . Had a blast !! Amazing time !!! Our host was fantastic and he was a great host . Only suggestion is children shouldn’t be allowed . This is an adult activity since there’s a lot of dancing and everyone having a good time drinking .

We used J&T to book all our tours and they nailed. We will use their services again. Totally recommended.

Very good, good attention from Eduart the driver as well as Mr. Alvaro our guide 10/10