3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

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  • Location: Cartagena, Colombia
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Experience Cartagena by night on a 4-hour tour that includes entry to one of the best dance clubs in town! Start your spectacular party aboard a ‘chiva,’ a colorful wooden bus that serves as typical transportation in rural Colombia. Enjoy live music, complimentary drinks and snacks on board as you tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed walled city. Continue the party at a local nightclub where you can opt to stay or be dropped off at your hotel afterward.

Highlights

  • 4-hour night party tour in Cartagena
  • Hop aboard a rustic bus known as a chiva
  • Travel through the charming streets of the historical walled city of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Enjoy domestic liquor and snacks on board
  • Continue the party at a local nightclub
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Cartagena Nightlife Tour by Chiva Bus

Continue the party at a local nightclub!

Your night tour begins with hotel pickup in Bocagrande. (Passengers staying in the historic city center will meet the bus at Hotel Cartagena Plaza.) Board a colorful chiva, a bus painted with brilliant designs.

Start your party on board with live music, complimentary rum and Coke, and typical Cartagena-style fritters. Your driver takes you from the suburbs of Bocagrande and Manga on a tour of the colonial walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, while a guide offers entertaining commentary and ensures a festive atmosphere throughout your ride.

Drive past the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Situated on the Hill of San Lázaro, the fortified castle was originally constructed by the Spanish in 1536 to protect them from an attack. Traveling through the Old City of Cartagena, view the archways of Las Bóvedas (The Vaults), which house a market of shops and boutiques selling hand-painted Colombian crafts.

With complimentary admission to one of Cartagena’s most popular nightclubs, you’ll have the opportunity to extend the party. Listen to electronic music, salsa and other Latin American rhythms such as reggaeton and vallenato (popular folk music from Colombia). Rumba until midnight, when your driver takes you back to your hotel, or stay at the club longer and arrange for your own transportation back — it’s up to you!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great, fun tour... just remember to get a cab to the meeting point in BocaGrande as the Chiva bus does not enter the Old Walled City area. The Chiva bus will circle around a bit picking up more passengers, so be patient, get to know your fellow passengers. My Spanish is limited, but the tour lead speaks excellent English and so do the other passengers.. It was so refreshing to be the only American on the Chiva bus and Asian to boot... most of the Chiva bus passengers are Colombians visiting Cartagena for the weekend or from South America. There was rum and coke provided in the Chiva, you can drink all you want till the stock runs out. There were 2 stops, both were outdoor stops where there's live music, salsa dancing. The last stop would be at a local bar in the Getsemani area. You're free to stay at the bar, have the Chiva bus drop you back to your hotel in Bocagrande or take a cab back to your hotel. I ended up making new friends from the Chiva bus and we opted to have a few more beers at a local restaurant till 3am.... this is truly a fun way to get to know the locals and culture.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Super duper fun!! Loved, loved, loved it! Definitely have to do this if you go to Cartagena!

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2015

THE BUS RIDE COULD BE A LITTLE LONGER ADDING MAYBE A BEACH VIEW

jose034
United States of America

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2015

DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR! FIRST OF ALL, IF YOU ARE NOT STAYING AT THE BOCAGRANDE AREA, YOU MUST TAKE A TAXI TO THE CARTAGENA PLAZA, WHERE YOU GOING TO ENCOUNTER SOME VERY RUDE SECURE GUYS! NO ONLY THEY ARE RUDE, BUT THEY DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING! WHEN YOU ASK ABOUT THE "CHIVAS BUS", THEY LOOK LIKE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IT DOES NOT EXIST! LOL! IN ADDITION, IF YOU INQUIRY AT THE RECEPTION, THE PERSON WORKING INSIDE DOES NOT KNOW EITHER! LOL. IT IS SAD, TO FIND OUT HOW LOCALS ARE SO NAIVE ABOUT THIS PARTY BUS! NONETHELESS, WHILE WE WAITED AND MANY OF THESE BUSES PASSED BY WHEN TRYING TO GET IN THE BUS, THE FIRST THING THEY SAY, IT IS NOT THIS BUS, POSSIBLE NEXT, ABOUT 4 BUSES PASSED BY NONE OF THEM KNEW ANYTHING,.! LOL. SADLY, WE WENT BACK TO THE HOTEL! VIATOR SHOULD ENSURE THAT WHEN PEOPLE (THE CUSTOMER) BOOK ANY KIND OF ACTIVITIES, HE/SHE SHOULD OBTAIN WHAT THEY PAY FOR IT. FINALLY, VIATOR REPRESENTATIVES IN OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE NOT BEEN THE SAME. VERY SAD TO SAY THIS, BUT ITS TRUE! YOU WILL FIND OUT THIS BY YOURSELF!

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2014

This tour is terrible. First you spend 1 hour going to different hotels waiting and picking up people until the bus is full to maximum capacity, 50 people. You are sitting like herd, squeezed into the bus. Six people per row no matter what size people are. Then your given a small bottle of white rum and lemon soda to pass down your row of six people and that is you "drinks". You get off the bus to walk and spend another hour of people playing musical instruments. This was enough for my husband and I and we decided to take a taxi back to the hotel. Horrible experience and we don't recommend this tour at all!!

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