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Las Bovedas Tours

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Las Bovedas
At the northeastern corner of the old walled city is Cartagena’s grandest arcade, stretching with imperial purpose from Santa Clara to Santa Catalina Fortress. Behind the 47 painted archways are a string colorful souvenir shops, well stocked with all the emeralds, Botero knockoffs, hammocks, hats and molas that your coworkers and catsitters might desire. These unusually proportioned alcoves are interspersed with equally cramped bars, galleries, and other businesses. It’s a fun place to shop and photogenic spot to enjoy, but the rather oppressive barrel ceilings that overarch each vault (boveda) come with a bit of history.

The vaulted alcoves were originally built into the massive sea wall between 1792 and 1796, and at first used to store provisions. They were repurposed during the early 1800s as an incredibly uncomfortable prison. The extent city’s thick walls—up to 15m (50ft) against the sea and its uncertainties—can really be appreciated while you bargain for a new pair of earrings.
Address: Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
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Private City Tour of CartagenaPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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Private City Tour of Cartagena

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Get an intimate look at the historic streets and monuments of Cartagena during this 4-hour private tour. Discover this Caribbean city’s wealth of beautiful architecture, starting with the elegant mansions of the Manga neighborhood and continuing to monuments like San Felipe Castle and the Monastery of La Popa. You’ll also wander the UNESCO World Heritage-listed walled city and its atmospheric public squares before finishing in Cartagena’s more modern districts like Bocagrande. A private guide and vehicle, all entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are also included.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Cartagena City Shore ExcursionPorts of Call Tours

Cartagena City Shore Excursion

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When your cruise ships drops anchor in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Cartagena, don’t waste a minute of sightseeing time on a shore excursion that’s ideal for visitors with limited time. Convenient port pickup and drop-off are included, and you’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort between top Cartagena attractions in Old Town Cartagena, without getting lost or having to navigate unfamiliar public transport systems.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Cartagena City TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Cartagena City Tour

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Discover Cartagena’s major sightseeing spots on this guided tour. Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle, stopping at the convent of La Candelaria, which is located on top of La Popa Hill, for panoramic views, plus the San Felipe Fortress, popular neighborhoods, parks, and public squares. Also, enjoy free time to shop.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Night Trolley Sightseeing in CartagenaNight Tours

Night Trolley Sightseeing in Cartagena

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See Cartagena light up at night from the deck of a trolley on this evening tour of the city. Join a group of 20 people or fewer to visit the city's must-see sites, including the Clock Tower and the home of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This tour also includes live commentary from a professional guide and non-alcoholic drinks for a relaxing and informative experience.
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Cartagena City Sightseeing and Walking TourCity Tours

Cartagena City Sightseeing and Walking Tour

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Discover the beauty of Cartagena on a half-day guided sightseeing tour of this Carribean port city. Set out with your group for a sightseeing adventure, enjoying scenic vistas and popular landmarks such as plazas and cathedrals en route. Traveling by minivan, visit the colorful craft market of Las Bóvedas and explore Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, an exquisite castle fortress. The tour also includes a walk through Cartagena's UNESCO-listed Old Town, known for its stunning colonial architecture.
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Cartagena City Trolley TourTrolley Tours

Cartagena City Trolley Tour

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Only a trolley tour lets you explore the city of Cartagena's major attractions in open-air historical style. Ride through the city's historical core and around the bay, stopping to visit museums, plazas, and more on your own schedule. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people per booking and includes live onboard commentary.
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  • 3 hours
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GOD -1 CARTAGENA HISTORY AND FOLKLORE Shore excursionsCultural Tours

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GOD -1 CARTAGENA HISTORY AND FOLKLORE Shore excursions

It is the must-take excursion for all visitors to the city of Cartagena. This fascinating excursion will allow you to see today’s makeup of Cartagena. This tour takes you around different areas in the modern new sectors of Bocagrande, and the stately neighborhood of Manga.You will also visit the biggest and most important fortification built in America by Spain, and that is “San Felipe de Barajas” Fortress Additionaly, there will be a folkloric dance show for you to enjoy.you will visit the just outside-the-wall neighborhood of El Cabrero before entering the walled city. Then comes the first stop at “Las Bovedas” You visit the magical Old City
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Cartagena half day city tourCultural Tours

Cartagena half day city tour

Make the most of your time in Cartagena by booking this private half-day tour with a dedicated guide. Your guide will lead your private group through a carefully-curated itinerary designed to show you the best of the city, such as San Felipe Castle, Las Bovedas, Heredia Theeater Getsemani, Plaza de la Aduana, and others. You'll get plenty of personalized attention and time to ask questions.
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The walls of Cartagena Sensorial self guided audiowalk part 2Cultural Tours

The walls of Cartagena Sensorial self guided audiowalk part 2

Actors perform directly to your headset together with 3D Sound effects. Don Antonio de Arévalo, one of the greatest military engineers rebuilders of the Fortifications of Cartagena de Indias, will guide you through this Soundwalk, which will explain the details and stories of the walls with pride and ownership in this second route, which runs from the Vault Barracks to the Boca del Puente.
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  • 40 minutes

WALKING SHORE EXCURSIONHistorical & Heritage Tours

WALKING SHORE EXCURSION

Visit the walled city accompanied by a local profesional tour guide who will make you a fun historical walk
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  • 1 hour 55 minutes
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  • 1 hour 55 minutes
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EMERALD SHORE EXCURSIONPorts of Call Tours

EMERALD SHORE EXCURSION

departing from the port of Cartagena we headed to the island with a republican style called manga, 15 minutes later we will make a photo stop at the San Felipe de Baraja castle built in 1686, after 15 minutes we will visit the historic center of the city We will make a shopping stop in the groves, maximum stop time 30 minutes, then we will go to the Emerald Museum we will do a 30 minute walk we will visit the Bolivar Park, the Cathedral of Catalonian Sdanta of Alexandria, the Inquisition, Gold Museum, Clock tower, San Pedo de Cablel church and a brief tour of the modern city of Bocagrande ending in the tourist port of Cartagena.This tour lasts 2 to 3 hours
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GOD 2- MILITARY HISTORY OF CARTAGENA Shore excursionsCultural Tours

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GOD 2- MILITARY HISTORY OF CARTAGENA Shore excursions

On this tour, an expert guide will take you to back in time to the city beginnings. The first encounters between the invading Spanish and the indigenous calamari natives. The attacks perpetrated by different pirates, privateers (corsairs), buccaneers and philibusters throughout the colonial period. We also explain how independence wars prompted Colombia to start building its military force that later became known as Fuerzas Armadas de Colombia, the national army.We will visit: Naval Museum, San Felipe fortress (castle), Las bóvedas. In each one of them, we also touch on the recent history of Cartagena as part of Colombia conflicts with guerrilla groups, drug trafficking (Medellin and Cali Cartels), Paramilitary groups, constitutional amendments, Extradition in Colombia, Narco guerrilla as well as Colombia´s peace talks and agreements.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Cartagena de Indias: India Catalina to Plaza Santo Domingo Audio Tour - VoiceMapCultural Tours

Cartagena de Indias: India Catalina to Plaza Santo Domingo Audio Tour - VoiceMap

This tour goes back through time into the legendary walled city of Cartagena de Indias. Hear stories about ancient fortresses, pirate attacks and what made Cartagena the wealthiest port the colonial world. Discover what inspired the magical realism in the novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Journey along the stone walls and cobbled streets of this world heritage site. Our trip begins at the India Catalina monument and then goes into the city via the San Diego neighborhood entrance.We'll get a perfect view of how the defenders of Cartagena warded off attackers. We'll then enter the heart of the walled city, making our way to Plaza de Santo Domingo.We'll take in the beautiful architecture, magical atmosphere and sultry characters that make Cartagena one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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