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Cartagena: Walled City and Getsemani Shared Walking Tour

1. 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: 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.

Free Walking Tour Cartagena: Ciudad Amurallada al Completo

3. Free Walking Tour Cartagena: Ciudad Amurallada al Completo

THE HISTORY HAD NEVER BEEN SO ALIVE AND COLORFUL IN AN OLD CENTER. This is the best introduction to Cartagena: the Walled City, a Unesco World Heritage site and a fairy-tale city of romance, legends, and beauty within an old colonial stone wall. 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. Important info: this Tour is a shared experience called "Free Walking Tour" and our job is based on tips, which means that you are the one who decides how much your Guides deserve for their work. We suggest $50,000 COP per person which we consider is a fair value for your Freelance Guide considering the cost of a regular Walking Tour. This voluntary tip that you give to your guide is their way of making a living and maintaining this exciting job.

Free Walking Tour Ciudad Amurallada & Barrio Getsemani

4. Free Walking Tour Ciudad Amurallada & Barrio Getsemani

EXPLORE BOTH HISTORICAL DISTRICTS IN ONE TOUR! Visit the Great Center of Cartagena: Santo Domingo and Getsemaní neighborhoods together in one tour. A different perspective of our historical but current social and economical contrasts! 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. Important info: this Tour is a shared experience called "Free Walking Tour" and our job is based on tips, which means that you are the one who decides how much your Guides deserve for their work. We suggest $50,000 COP per person which we consider is a fair value for your Freelance Guide considering the cost of a regular Walking Tour. This voluntary tip that you give to your guide is their way of making a living and maintaining this exciting job.

Free Walking Tour Gabriel García Marquez & Barrio San Diego

5. Free Walking Tour Gabriel García Marquez & Barrio San Diego

Cartagena will never be the same after you take this free tour. Be part of an exceptional and magical experience thanks to the stories that give life to the streets, follow the steps that our Nobel Prize for Literature "Gabo" between squares and bastions, between houses and balconies. If you have not yet read any Gabo novel, or you are a regular for your literary works, this route will fuele your senses and alter your reality. From the Plaza de Santo Domingo to the house of Gabriel García Márquez in San Diego Cartagena, he lives the art, music and literature of the Bohemian neighborhood in which our writer lived absurd, magical and imaginary realities that influenced his life and later in The lives of their characters that give all the meaning to the magical realism that we love so much and fall in love. Learn more about the life of this great artist, explore a different area of the Historic Center of Cartagena and inspire yourself in the fantastic stories that only Gabo knew how to write as if it were a chronicle of an announced death! Important info: this Tour is a shared experience called "Free Walking Tour" and our job is based on tips, which means that you are the one who decides how much your Guides deserve for their work. We suggest $50,000 COP per person which we consider is a fair value for your Freelance Guide considering the cost of a regular Walking Tour. This voluntary tip that you give to your guide is their way of making a living and maintaining this exciting job.

Gabriel García Márquez in Cartagena Tour

6. Gabriel García Márquez in Cartagena Tour

Cartagena will never be the same after you take this Free Tour. Be part of an exceptional and magical experience thanks to the stories that give life to the colonial streets, follow the steps that our Nobel Prize for Literature "Gabo" took between squares and bastions, between houses and balconies. If you have not yet read any of Gabo's novels, or you are a regular reader of his literary works, this tour will awaken your senses and alter your reality. From the Plaza de Santo Domingo to the house of Gabriel García Márquez in San Diego Cartagena, live the art, music and literature of the bohemian neighborhood in which our writer lived absurd, magical and imaginary realities that influenced his life and later the lives of his characters that give full meaning to the magical realism that enchants and we admire. Learn more about the life of this great artist, explore a different area of the historic center of Cartagena and be inspired by the fantastic stories that only Gabo knew how to write as if it were a chronicle of a death foretold!

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What people are saying about Santo Domingo Square

Overall rating

4.9
(7 reviews)

This was a wonderful tour. One of the best my friends and I have been on in our many years of travel. Jorge was kind, knowledgeable, easy to understand and very willing to answer any and all questions we had. I am so grateful to have had such a great tour guide. I would definitely recommend this tour! If you do the 9 am tour I would highly recommend bringing a hat or umbrella to shield from the sun!

The walking pace was excellent, the guide had good stories. On the negative side: the guide spoke too quickly, and we wasted time waiting for people. Overall: very positive experience! Definitely recommend

Nelson did an amazing job explaining the history of Cartagena! Cool dude, I really enjoyed the tour! Definitely recommend booking.

Excellent Rebeca. Very kind, friendly and explained to us very well. The tour with her was a pleasure.

Jorge was an amazing guide and very knowledgeable.