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Cartagena: Historic Center and Getsemaní Shared Walking Tour

1. 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: Walled City and Getsemani Shared Walking Tour

2. 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's Great Center Walking Tour: Downtown & Getsemani

3. Cartagena's Great Center Walking Tour: Downtown & Getsemani

Explore both historical districts in one tour! Visiting both Santo Domingo and Getsemaní districts will give you a bigger picture about how our lives during colonial times were divided by social classes but connected for achieving local independence. We will experience Cartagena in a different way once we cross the Camellón de los Mártires square, the antique bridge that allowed two sides of the society to come together and build a proper identity. Revolts, independence, revolutions and uprisings are the basis of a resistant and fighting Colombian culture that you will be able to see and feel. Travel through time, step the historical path of freedom and be part of the essence of “La Fantástica”. Cross from north to south until San Felipe Fortress viewpoint and understand the mighty power Cartageneros keep, the jewel of the old Spanish Crown.

Cartagena: Tour en la Ciudad Amurallada en Grupo a Pie

4. Cartagena: Tour en la Ciudad Amurallada en Grupo a Pie

Join us for a fun-filled walk to understand and to learn about the origins of the so-called "crown jewel of the coast", the Caribbean storehouse for all the gold and other treasures that conquerors stole from the continent. On our walking tour, you'll relive the battles and victories of the Europeans, the empowerment, and influence of Afro cultures, explore the narrow colorful colonial streets, see the contrast of antique-modern areas, and so much more! From its history, to its food and nightlife, to its beaches, Cartagena’s got it all.

Cartagena Grand City Tour

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Plaza de la Aduana

Jorge was very knowledgeable and he did a great job of telling us about the history of the different areas of Cartagena without giving too much information. He was super friendly and took us to try a local juice and some candies and fresh fruit and talked about the architecture along the way as we walked and snacked. We also got to see sloths and titi monkeys in the park on our way to Getsemani which was awesome and unexpected. Overall a great tour and the perfect length of time to get a snapshot of Getsemaní and Calamari (the larger old town portion of Cartagena).

Such a great tour. This was a smaller group and much easier to hear the guide. He took his time and answered questions. Taking the tour is a great way to find little places to go back during your vacation to eat or shop.

Very good, highly recommended to learn about all the rich cultural history of this place. Jorge, the guide, was very friendly and always asked if we wanted to know anything more. Thank you so much!

Excellent tour very informative and informational. Learned a lot in the beginning of our trip which was nice because then we knew a lot about the city when we walked around again

our guide did an amazing job. speaks English very well, knowledgeable and friendly, accommodating. I definitely recommend him.