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

1. 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

2. 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 Grand City Tour

3. Cartagena Grand City Tour

The charm of Cartagena goes beyond the intriguing streets of the walled city. On this 8 hours tour, visit the most significant treasures of the city accompanied by an expert guide. On the Grand City Tour of Cartagena you will enjoy the magic of the streets, churches, museums and squares of the old Cartagena. As you walk through the streets, be amazed by the contrast between the wealth and magnificence of Calamarí and the warmth and the colorful charm of Getsemaní. Visit the San Felipe fortress, the largest fortification of the Spanish colony, and La Popa Convent, the highest point of the city, to take in some impressive views. Stop in the famous Plaza de la Aduana, and walk further into the old city to the Plaza de Bolivar where you can enjoy one of Cartagena’s best examples of late colonial, local architecture.

Walled City & San Felipe Fortress Tour

4. Walled City & San Felipe Fortress Tour

Visit the imposing San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, a 16th-century military structure that played a key role in the defense of Cartagena against attacks by pirates and other enemies. The fortress is an impressive feat of engineering, with a complex network of tunnels and ramps that you can explore. Once we finish the Fortress visit, we will move on to the charming walled city of Cartagena. Our tour guide will share with you meaningful insights about the historical and cultural context for the city while visiting many landmarks, including the Cathedral of Cartagena, the Palace of the Inquisition, and the Plaza de los Coches. Understand their key role in protecting Cartagena and ensuring its survival as a major commercial and cultural center in the Caribbean plus take the chance to sample local food or a drink, and to interact with the friendly and welcoming local people!

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4.7 / 5

based on 11 reviews

A highly recommended tour! The guide Jorge was very good at explaining the history of Cartagena. He gave very interesting information and makes the tour fun. It goes at your pace and the bicycles are beautiful, they have flowers and a very comfortable basket. We finished the tour watching the sunset, very good to learn about Cartagena and its emblematic places. I feel that it is much better than on foot because you can see many places without getting tired. I highly recommend them!

We just had a great tour. Our guide John Carrascal is very informative, energetic, polite and flexible. We had a small group of 6, our driver going out and in are both very good. If you have 1 day to spend at Cartagena, I would strongly recommend this tour.

Nelson is the most awesome guide you can get. Super friendly, super knowledgeable, very kind and gives lots of tips for a great trip.

Nelson was such a great tour guide! He goes into depth about Colombia history!

The gide was very enthusiastic, friendly and gave interesting information!