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San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas) Tours

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San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas)
Some historians say that if it weren’t for San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas), South America would now speak English. The 14th-century fortress protected the coastal city of Cartagena from English invasion, allowing the Spanish to maintain their rule. Besides the role it plays in Colombia’s history, the castle attracts visitors with its panoramic harbor views.

The Basics
As one of Cartagena’s architectural icons, San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas) tops the itinerary of most half- and full-day sightseeing tours. Get acquainted with the city on a culture-rich tour that stops at multiple colonial sites (such as Plaza Bolivar and the Cathedral of San Pedro Claver), and provides social and historical context crucial to understanding Cartagena’s past. Alternatively, create your own itinerary and explore at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas) is a must-see for history buffs and those interested in military engineering.
  • Photographers can capture some of the best sunset views from the castle’s turrets.
  • To enter the fortress, you’ll need to pay an entrance fee that goes toward the maintenance of the structure.

How to Get There
Located on Av. Pedro de Heredia at Carrera 17, San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas) overlooks the Caribbean coastline. The easiest way to get there is by taxi or tour bus.

When to Get There
The castle is open daily, through the evening. Visit at night to escape the daytime crowds and wander around in much cooler temperatures.

A Bizarre Comparison
Just outside the fortress is the Old Shoes Monument, a popular photo op that commemorates a poem by Cartagena wordsmith Luis Carlos López, who famously compared the old city to a worn, but comfortable, pair of shoes.
Address: Carrera 17, Cartagena, Bolivar 130001, Colombia
Admission: Varies
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Private City Tour of Cartagena

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Cartagena Private Shore Excursion for cruise passengers

Cartagena Private Shore Excursion for cruise passengers

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Get a sense for the top attractions in Cartagena during this 4-hour shore excursion designed with cruise ship passengers in mind. Explore the unique Moorish and Republican architecture of the city’s Manga Island, take in gorgeous views from the hilltop Monastery of La Popa and check out historic San Felipe Fortress. You’ll also enjoy an hour-long walking tour of Cartagena’s atmospheric old city and do some souvenir shopping at Las Bovedas. Your excursion also includes round-trip port transport, a professional guide, and light refreshments.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.00
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$130.00
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Cartagena City Shore Excursion

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
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$100.00
Price varies by group size

City Tour of Cartagena for Cruises

City Tour of Cartagena for Cruises

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Enjoy a fascinating 4-hour exploration of Cartagena’s top attractions during this shore excursion designed with cruise ship passengers in mind. Join a local guide to check out Cartagena sights including the striking architecture in the Manga neighborhood and see the colonial San Felipe Fortress. You’ll also have shopping time at Las Bovedas, take a walking tour of the old city and learn about Colombia’s emerald industry at the Emerald Museum. This shore excursion also covers transport by air-conditioned vehicle, bottled water and entrance at the monastery and the Saint Peter Claver Church and Museum.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
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$85.00
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City tour for Hotel Guests

City tour for Hotel Guests

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Discover the wealth of history and beautiful scenery in Cartagena during this half-day adventure to some of the city’s top landmarks. Admire the unique ‘republican-style’ architecture found on Manga Island. You’ll also take a guided tour inside historic San Felipe Fort and have time to shop for handicraft souvenirs at Bovedas shopping mall. Your Cartagena exploration also includes entry fees, professional guide, bottled water and transport by air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.00
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$60.00
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Private City Tour CARTAGENA

Private City Tour CARTAGENA

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Panoramic tour of the city, in which you will know why Cartagena was the economic epicenter of the Spaniards in South America, which made it the target of pirates and privateers in the Caribbean that in turn caused the most heroic and fearsome Naval battles of the continent, and therefore this city was walled and fortified with the largest defense system in the Caribbean. You will visit the Convent of the stern founded and built from 1606-1611, which is located on a mountain at 140mts altitude and where the patron virgin of the city (Virgen de la Candelaria) is located, and then reach the largest fortification of the Caribbean The Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, which witnessed and executioner in the most epic naval battle of the Caribbean in 1741 against Admiral Vernon, and finally will make a journey of approximately two hours walking in the old city visiting its squares, churches and monuments being part of this magnificent city (Not for cruises).
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Cartagena City Trolley Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.50
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$25.50

Cartagena 4-hour City Sightseeing Tour with Torre del Reloj and Historic Center

Cartagena 4-hour City Sightseeing Tour with Torre del Reloj and Historic Center

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Experience all of Cartagena’s historical highlights on a comprehensive tour of one of Colombia’s most vibrant cities. Immerse yourself in the Caribbean color and cultural flair of the city as you visit revered museums, iconic fortresses, and impressive monuments. Admire the astonishing colonial architecture of the area, and explore the glittering exhibitions of the Cartagena Naval Museum, the entrance fee to which is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.00
Price varies by group size
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$109.00
Price varies by group size
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Cartagena City Shared Tour

Cartagena City Shared Tour

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Cartagena was declared world heritage site Unesco in 1984 There is not a better way to enjoy the history and culture of a city Than accompanied by a professional and funny bilingual tour guide available to provide you with a complete information of the city and with the capacity of responding the questions you have while doing the tour . We will speak not only about the history of Cartagena but also about our customs including music, gastronomy, sports, politic, Economy, etc. This experience included a guided visit to: San Felipe Fort and Saint Pedro Claver Church
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.00
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$35.00
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Half-Day Tour of Cartagena by Air-Conditioned Vehicles

Half-Day Tour of Cartagena by Air-Conditioned Vehicles

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Absorb the color and charisma of Cartagena on a half-day tour of the UNESCO-listed Colombian city. In a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll admire the beautiful mansions of Manga and ascend to La Popa (temporarily unavailable) – the city’s highest point – for spectacular views. Enter the magnificent San Felipe de Bajaras Castle, absorb the Caribbean spirit of Santo Domingo Square and browse artisan market, Las Bovedas, for unique souvenirs. Refreshments and round-trip transport from your Cartagena hotel is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Bike City tour Cartagena

Bike City tour Cartagena

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Our tour is complete to visit the city, it will help you understand the history in 2 hours, and you will get to know almost all the important places around the historic center.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.00
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$16.00

Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port

Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port

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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 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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$157.00
Price varies by group size
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$157.00
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Cartagena City Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.00
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$94.00
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Cartagena Charming City

Cartagena Charming City

Enjoy the best of the fortifications in Cartagena on a private city tour. From The Clock Tower, walls, bastions, forts and monuments close to your own pace, with specialized and fun guides in your language
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.00
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$88.00
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The Great Battle: Fort of San Felipe: Resistance and Glory

The Great Battle: Fort of San Felipe: Resistance and Glory

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Relive the incredible battle of Vernón, in this experiential tour of the San Felipe Castle, formerly called Fort of San Lázaro, by the hand of Carlos Desnaux, the military engineer who worked with the famous" Anka Motz ", Admiral Blas of Lezo.
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  • 1 hour
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$6.99
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$6.99

Private Cartagena Sightseeing

Private Cartagena Sightseeing

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Get the red carpet treatment as you explore the history, culture and architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Cartagena on a 4-hour private tour. Tour this atmospheric Colombian city by private vehicle, stopping first to visit the upscale Bocagrande neighborhood and its historic luxury hotel. After exploring the 17th-century San Felipe Fort and the convent of “La Popa” Hill, talk a walk through the charming streets of Cartagena’s old town. A private guide, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are all covered.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$180.00
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$180.00
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Half-Day City Tour of Cartagena

Half-Day City Tour of Cartagena

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Experience the highlights of Columbia’s seaside colonial destination on this half-day excursion. After a convenient hotel or cruise port pickup, visit sites like San Felipe de Barajas Castle, the Caribbean’s second largest fortress, and the UNESCO-designated Walled City of Old Cartagena. Learn about Cartagena from an informative local guide and enjoy complimentary food tastings and drinks.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.34
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$133.34

Private Cartagena City tour from Cruise Terminal

Private Cartagena City tour from Cruise Terminal

As a cruise tourist the time in the city is short, so let's make the best of it, so skip the big cruise tour groups and enjoy the city in the best way possible with a well educated local guide, that will make you feel welcome but also will tell you the interesting history of Cartagena. Cartagena can be hot, so on this tour we have a coffee stop planned so you can also try the worldwide famous colombian coffe.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
Price varies by group size
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$160.00
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Cartagena private city tour & Popa Convent

Cartagena private city tour & Popa Convent

Join a private guide for a personalized tour of Convento de la Popa and San Felipe de Barajas Castle. A flexible departure time and door-to-door transport means the tour is tailored to your schedule — not the other way around — and you'll enjoy the freedom to explore each destination at your own pace.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.00
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$120.00
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Night Trolley Sightseeing in Cartagena

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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.00
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$18.00

Cartagena de Indias photo tour

Cartagena de Indias photo tour

A walking tour of Cartagena de Indias with a professional photographer, while knowing the city, we are capturing the most beautiful corners and streets.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$426.67
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Emerald Tour in Cartagena de Indias

Emerald Tour in Cartagena de Indias

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Make sure your shore excursion in Cartagena truly shines during this 3-hour trip combining a visit to the city’s Emerald Museum and sightseeing tour. Cruise passengers are sure to enjoy this exploration of top Cartagena attractions including a look at the architecture of Manga Island, a photo stop at San Felipe Fortress and a walking tour of the old city. You’ll also spend time at the Emerald Museum, learning how to properly identify and purchase one of Colombia’s famed gemstones. Your excursion also includes a professional guide, entrance fees, bottled water and round-trip port transport.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
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$75.00
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City Tour Hop On Hop Off Cartagena - Bus Turistico de 2 pisos

City Tour Hop On Hop Off Cartagena - Bus Turistico de 2 pisos

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Descubra Cartagena a través de 2 rutas que le permitirán vivir experiencias completamente diferentes. En el BUS TURÍSTICO DE 2 PISOS podrá realizar un encantador recorrido por los lugares más emblemáticos de la ciudad y escuchar su historia de forma audioguiada en 6 idiomas, (español, inglés, francés, portugués, alemán e italiano). Subir y bajar las veces que desee a través de 14 paradas ubicadas en áreas de alto valor histórico, cultural y comercial. Podrà realizar una "CAMINATA EN EL CENTRO HISTÓRICO" disfrutar de la arquitectura, plazas, monumentos y todos los secretos que enmarcan más 500 años de historia  
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$21.34
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Private Cartagena City Tour on a very comfortable vehicule, French, Italian,

Private Cartagena City Tour on a very comfortable vehicule, French, Italian,

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Cartegena was the site of a decisive battle in the mid-1700’s, the outcome of which helped shape the region and the world for the next 200 years. Learn about that battle and much more during this half-day private tour of Colombia's most important colonial city. You'll also have a chance to discover the Caribbean region's pre-Columbian history by exploring artefacts of that era while visiting the Zenu Gold Museum.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00

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