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  • Location:Cartagena, Colombia
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Cartagena Old Town Architecture Walking Tour

Discover Cartagena’s rich history and beautiful colonial architecture on a guided walking tour of the city’s traditional old center. Learn about the culture of Cartagena and its interesting architecture from your knowledgeable guide, and visit such beautiful sites as Plaza de Bolívar, the Cathedral of Cartagena, San Pedro Claver Square and San Pedro Church


  • 2-hour Old Town architecture walking tour in Cartagena
  • Tour Cartagena's historic neighborhoods and learn about the culture of this seaside city
  • Visit San Pedro Church and the Cathedral of Cartagena and hear about their histories and architecture from your knowledgeable guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Cartagena Old Town Architecture Walking Tour

Cathedral of Cartagena

After pickup from your Cartagena hotel, begin your 2-hour walking tour of the historic neighborhoods in the city’s Old Town. As you walk, admire Cartagena’s elaborate colonial architecture and learn about the interesting culture and history of this Colombian city from your expert guide. You'll visit the inner walled section of Old Town, which is packed with churches, plazas and palaces.

Start with a visit to Plaza de Bolívar, formerly known as Plaza de Inquisición. Home to some of the city’s most elegant colonial buildings, Plaza de Bolívar is a must-see while in old town Cartagena. Passing numerous outdoor cafes and the large statue of Simon Bolívar in the center of the plaza, make your way to the Cathedral of Cartagena.

Dating back to the 16th century, the cathedral is located across the plaza from the Government Palace. Discover the cathedral’s beautiful colonial architecture up-close as you take a walk inside with your guide. Learn about how the first archbishop of Cartagena painted the building's stucco black to look like marble and how he commissioned the dome on the tower. Nearly preserved in its original form, the interior of the cathedral is simply decorated with massive semicircular archways supported on large stone columns.

Continue on to San Pedro Church, in nearby San Pedro Claver Square. Exploring the church with your guide, you’ll learn the history behind this imposing building, which dates back to the first half of the 18th century. Admire the beautiful stained-glass windows and high altar constructed from Italian marble. You'll also have the chance to tour Cartagena's Gold Museum (Museo de Oro), home to a large collection of gold artifacts from around the country.

At the end of your tour, you’ll be transported back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent. Another view of Cartagena. Excellent guide Mr. Martim.

TravelerD USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

A great way to get an overview of Cartagena, especially if you're not familiar with the city. The guide Martin was excellent. He was extremely informative and gave an excellent tour of the city. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with Cartagena as it is best to do so by foot.

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