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Old Town Cartagena
With brightly-colored buildings, colonial landmarks, and bougainvillea-covered balconies, Old Town Cartagena is known for its beauty and its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Highlights include the leafy Plaza de Bolivar, the striking Clock Tower (Torre del Reloj), and the Gold Museum (Museo de Oro).

The Basics

The Old Town is a staple of most Cartagena sightseeing tours, which provide a comprehensive introduction to the walled city for first-time visitors. Explore top attractions, including the Palace of the Inquisition (Palacio de la Inquisición), the church of San Pedro Claver, and Las Bóvedas (a series of vaults beneath the city) on foot or by bike, Segway, or air-conditioned minibus. Tours typically also cover the nearby San Felipe de Barajas Castle (even though it’s not technically part of the Old Town).

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Old Town Cartagena is one of the city’s highlights, popular with first-time visitors and history buffs.
  • Cobbled streets and uneven surfaces can make tours bumpy for travelers in wheelchairs and families with strollers.
  • There are plenty of accommodation, restaurants, and bars in Old Town Cartagena. During peak season, make hotel and restaurant recommendations in well in advance.

How to Get There
The vast majority of Cartagena hotels are located in the Old Town, within walking distance of the main square and other attractions. From Cartagena Airport, you can take a private taxi to the Old Town or opt for a local colectivo (shared taxi), which depart from just outside the arrivals hall.

When to Get There

To avoid the heat of the day, try getting to the Old Town in the early morning or late afternoon. The Plaza de Bolivar also offers shady spots comfortable in the middle of the day, as well as air-conditioned museums and restaurants.

San Felipe de Barajas Castle
No visit to Cartagena would be complete without a visit to San Felipe de Barajas Castle, the city’s most visible architectural symbol. The 14th-century fortress, built by the Spanish, protected the coastal city from English invasion. The castle attracts visitors interested in its history and its panoramic harbor views.
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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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Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca

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Explore the pristine beaches of the Rosario and Barú islands during this day trip from Cartagena. Travel off the coast of Colombia via speedboat to the Corales del Rosario National Park. Swim and snorkel in the azure waters, relax on the soft sand beaches, and take in the picturesque natural surroundings. National park fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Cartagena hotels are provided.
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Round-Trip Sunset tour in Cartagena's BayDay Cruises

Round-Trip Sunset tour in Cartagena's Bay

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Sail, sip, and enjoy stunning coastal views on this cruise of Cartagena Bay. An open bar keeps you refreshed throughout the trip, and snacks are available for purchase. Plus, this Cartagena Bay catamaran cruise is limited to a small-group tour of 12 people or fewer, making for a more intimate experience watching the sunset over the city.
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City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourHop-on Hop-off Tours

City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover the captivating colonial charm of Cartagena on a spectacular City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city. See all of Cartagena’s alluring attractions from the unique perspective of a double-decker bus; visit the renowned Rafael Núñez house, the colossal Castillo San Felipe and the legendary statue of Simon Bolivar. Enjoy unlimited hopping on and off for 48 hours as you experience the ultimate way to see the city sights.
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Panoramic City Tour of Cartagena-SharedCultural Tours

Panoramic City Tour of Cartagena-Shared

The passengers will take a panoramic tour of the most significant places of the city with great historical content, having as a last stop the walled city where we will make a small walking tour through its beautiful and charming streets and squares (Upon reaching the historic center the passengers will have 20 minutes for handicraft purchases).
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Old Town Walking Tour of CartagenaWalking Tours

Old Town Walking Tour of Cartagena

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Get a quick overview of Cartagena on this guided walking tour. Starting around sunset, wander through the streets of the walled city, passing by the main plazas, historical colonial homes, and museums, including the Plaza of Santo Domingo, Cathedral of Santa Catalina, Plaza Bolivar, the Inquisition Palace, and the Gold Museum. Along the way, hear about the history and legends of the city.
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Cartagena Walking TourWalking Tours

Cartagena Walking Tour

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Set out on a 2-hour guided walking tour of Cartagena, Colombia's stunning seaside city. Take in the the colonial architecture of Old Town, here the stories behind buildings like the Cathedral of Cartagena and San Pedro Church, and learn about local culture along the way.
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Free Biking Tour CartagenaBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Free Biking Tour Cartagena

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Cartagena’s Caribbean seafront and UNESCO-listed monuments offer a romantic backdrop for a bike ride and this 2-hour tour checks off all the highlights. Accompanied by a guide, visit most of the old city, including Centenario park and the Getsemani neighborhood, where you can catch sight of cool graffiti and local people in the middle of their everyday activities.
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Cartagena Horse and Carriage Night Ride Including DinnerConcerts & Special Events

Cartagena Horse and Carriage Night Ride Including Dinner

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Experience the magic of Cartagena by night with a romantic carriage ride, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Trot through the illuminated streets of the walled city, past UNESCO-listed monuments and historic landmarks like the Cathedral de San Pedro Claver and the Palace of the Inquisition. After a memorable tour, finish your evening with a delicious 3-course dinner (included), accompanied by a glass of wine.
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Mud Volcano including snack from CartagenaCultural Tours

Mud Volcano including snack from Cartagena

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Climb inside the Totumo Volcano in an amazing activity near to Cartagena in one of the world's smallest volcanos and enjoy a relaxing soak in the warm mud inside. Some locals say the mineral-infused mud has healing properties. After floating in the mud, rinse off in the ocean nearby. Massages are available for an additional fee. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included and a typical breackfast is included in tours that depart only in the morning, in the afternoong is including a typical snack, both count with drink
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Snorkel and Island Hopping in Rosario and CholonSnorkeling

Snorkel and Island Hopping in Rosario and Cholon

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Spend a day out on the waters that make Cartagena famous on this island-hopping snorkel tour of Colombia's Baru Islands. Snorkel with the comfort and security of a guide and nautical team, and relax as you sail around the scenic archipelago in the Caribbean sea between locations. This tour includes all equipment, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off from your Cartagena lodging.
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Cartagena 2 Day Plan: Rosario Islands, Mud Volcano, City TourCultural Tours

Cartagena 2 Day Plan: Rosario Islands, Mud Volcano, City Tour

In this 2 day tour, you will enjoy a fantastic full-day cruise of the Rosario Islands, including white sandy beaches and an exclusive resort. You’ll also find time to soak in the revitalizing mud of the El Totumo volcano, and enjoy a complete Cartagena City Tour in your private air-conditioned vehicle.
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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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City tours Cartagena, RegularCultural Tours

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City tours Cartagena, Regular

Pick-up from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at hotel north zone.It includes:*bilingual guide* air-conditioned transportation* Tour San Felipe Castle (includes tickets)* visit to the monument of old boots* St. Peter Claver ChurchDoes not include:* Stern monument, by restriction on the number of people.Start of city tours: 14:00End time 18:00Minimum Quantity for regular tours: 2 PaxPrice indicated in this reservation is for 1 pax.
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Sibarita Express Cartagena Harbor Cruise with Dinner and WineWater Tours

Sibarita Express Cartagena Harbor Cruise with Dinner and Wine

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Sail around Cartagena Bay on this small-group evening cruise. As you take in the coastal sights and skyline views, dine on a 3-course meal, which includes two choices for the main course and two glasses of wine per person. There is also a 4-course dinner and private table option available for couples.
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Cartagena Shore Excursion: 4 hoursPorts of Call Tours

Cartagena Shore Excursion: 4 hours

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When your cruise ship docks at the picturesque port of Cartagena, explore the Caribbean color and cultural flair of the Colombian city during a half-day sightseeing shore excursion. Our guide will be waiting for you at the parking of the port. Visit the historical and architectural highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed site while delving deeper into the city’s history with a knowledgeable guide. Stroll around the ambient Plaza de la Aduana and discover the stolid structure of the Castillo San Felipe, the entrance fee to which is included in the tour.
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Discover the Caribbean in a Sailing Yacht from Cartagena to San BlasFishing Charters & Tours

Discover the Caribbean in a Sailing Yacht from Cartagena to San Blas

In this incredible week experience we will take you on a sailing yacht with all the commodities, sailing from Cartagena to the San Blas islands, a paradisiacal spot in the Caribbean with over 300 islands in the coast of Panama. The trip begins in Cartagena, the city once known as the pearl of the Caribbean due to the importance as one of the main ports in the Americas. We will sail around the Rosario Islands and see the coral reef surrounding them getting a little taste of what it is to come. The next day we will begin our tour around different islands in the area of San Blas. San Blas islands are known for its pristine-looking waters, coral reef ecosystems and varieties of fish and wild life with exuberant white sand beaches. In the islands you will interact with natives communities of indigenous people from the Kuna Yala tribe. Spend your days swimming and eating fresh fish and sea food and your afternoons lost in some island in the middle of the Caribbean watching a magical sunset.
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Chiva Night Party TourCultural Tours

Chiva Night Party Tour

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Experience Cartagena the fun way—on a “Chiva,” a commuter coach transformed into a party bus. After convenient pickup at Bocagrande or Laguito hotels, head to the city’s Old Town and party like a local while a band provides the soundtrack. Check out important landmarks, dance, and kick back while enjoying complimentary drinks and snacks.
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Sibarita Master 85' luxury 90 min Sunset Tour Open BarDay Cruises

Sibarita Master 85' luxury 90 min Sunset Tour Open Bar

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Cruise 1,5-hour through the peaceful waters of Cartagena's Bay while enjoying the beautiful sunset, magnificent skyline and the colonial city views in the comfort of the Sibarita Master and the excellent service on board. Enjoy the unlimited drinks: rum and coke, rum punch, Beer, Wine, lemonade, and sodas. 
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City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Shore ExcursionHop-on Hop-off Tours

City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Shore Excursion

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When your cruise ship drops anchor in Cartagena—a coastal city where Colombian and Caribbean cultures combine—maximise your time with a hop-on hop-off City Sightseeing bus tour. Take a seat on the bus at Cartagena Cruise Port and then disembark at one of 16 stops whenever an attraction captures your attention. Tick off Old Town Cartagena, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, Las Bovedas, and many more while learning about the colonial city’s history from an audio guide.
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Cartagena Ryhtm & Sunset - Musical experienceConcerts & Special Events

Cartagena Ryhtm & Sunset - Musical experience

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Watch the most beautiful sunset with the ambience of a Caribbean concert played just for the group and sharing local typical snacks.
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rumba in night chivaBus & Minivan Tours

rumba in night chiva

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In Cartagena there are some buses called Chivas Rumberas probably you have noticed the bright, colorful buses painted at full volume of Latin music. It is full of people who seem to be having a great time. The tours of Chiva are emblematic of Cartagena and you really have not visited Cartagena without getting on board and experiencing a Chiva rumbera. The colorful bus of Chiva will take you and your companions on tour through the streets of Cartagena. We present to you everything that needs to be seen in our city and, in the meantime, you will have a lot of fun!
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BIKE & BITE food tourCultural Tours

BIKE & BITE food tour

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If you love food this is the experience you are looking for! It is your chance to try something delicious and different while you explore the cool places of the city tasting the local gastronomy!Get prepared for the amazing combination of biking tour and street food tour all in one in Cartagena! We start in Getsemani and follow a well-thought route of snacks around all of the old city. We try many different types of local street bites that local people like, share interesting info about the recipes and the location. During the tour we also have some stops to enjoy, relax and discover!When you make this tour on a bike you can see a lot and eat a lot! A combo of our knowledge, biking and food makes Cartagena the perfect place for BIKE & BITE! In addition, we will be biking with our unique Colombian-flag colored bicycles that have a basket in front and are a beautiful decoration to your photos!You will eat like a local and learn the true taste of Cartagena! Come with an appetite!
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