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

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

2. 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: Private City Tour in an Air-Conditioned Vehicle

3. 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: Bazurto Market & La Popa Convent Tour with Lunch

4. Cartagena: Bazurto Market & La Popa Convent Tour with Lunch

Expereince Cartagena authentically with his half-day tour to the breathtaking Convent of La Popa and the colorful Bazurto Market. Enjoy the convenience of hotel transfers and dig into a delicious meal of fried fish, yuca, and coconut rice. Be picked up at your accommodation in Cartagena and settle in for the drive to the Convent of La Popa which is set on the top of a hill. Bring your camera to capture picture of views of the city and surrounding countryside. Learn about the history of the Convent before heading to the Bazurto Market. Stroll thorugh vibrant stalls laden with fresh fish, fruits, meats, and vegetable. Watch as locals warmly interact with each out and hear stories and explanations of wares from some of the vendors. See where locals purchase ingredients to prepare tasty dishes. Try several fruits and snacks before sitting down to an authentic lunch. Return to your hotel full of good food and memories.

Cartagena: Private City Tour

5. Cartagena: Private City Tour

Enjoy this historical tour by walking around Cartagena. You will able to visit the most emblematic sites of the city, avoiding long lines and learning about the wonderful history hidden in the walls and monuments of Cartagena in a dynamic and fun way. You will visit : Popa Monastery. San Felipe Castle. Old Boots. Letters from Cartagena. Gethsemane. Ticket to the monastery of La Popa. Ticket to Castillo San Felipe.

City Tour Cartagena & Highlights

6. City Tour Cartagena & Highlights

The most completed Tour! See everything and get to know the City and its main areas, Old city, Highlights, monuments, Castle, walls and beach area while listening the History beyond the walls, colonial times, slavery and much more. Enjoy visiting places just a Guide can show and experience the culture. Itinerary of Stops and visit in this Tour: - Walking Tour in the Old City (Main Highlights) - Emeralds Exhibition (Best of the world) - Sightseeing to Getsemani Neighborhood (Short walk on the main streets) - Stop in San Felipe Castle (For great photo) - Entry to the Monastery of la Popa (150 mts above the sea level) - Sightseeing the New City and Beach Area

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