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Old Town Cartagena Tours

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Old Town Cartagena
A leisurely walk through the narrow streets of Old Town Cartagena, with bougainvillea spilling off second-floor balconies and brightly painted Colonial houses, invites visitors to escape into the past. The bustle of daily life mixes with the historical architecture of this walled city by the ocean. In addition to the beautiful boutique stores, numerous restaurants, and colorful street vendors, there are many treasures to see around town and just outside the city walls.

The leafy Plaza de Bolivar serves as a good place to start a tour in Cartagena and to see some of the local culture and buy fruit from the colorfully dressed women known as palanqueras. Next to the plaza, the free Gold Museum (Museo de Oro) displays pieces that tell the history of the Zenú indigenous tribe. The nearby Palace of the Inquisition (Palacio de la Inquisición) provides a rather gruesome look at Colombia’s past and the Spanish Inquisition -- some of the torture devices used on the accused are on display.

The San Pedro Claver church and monastery tells the life story of a priest in Cartagena who fought for human rights, and Cartagena’s Museum of Modern Art takes a look at art in Latin America. A short walk away is the Clock Tower (Torre del Reloj), the main entrance to Cartagena and a symbol of the city. Las Bovedas, a long series of vaults built under the city, have been alternately used as jails, munitions storage and in modern times, souvenir shops. Crafts made by indigenous tribes and bags of 100 percent Colombian coffee can be purchased here.

On a hill just outside the city is the San Felipe de Barajas Castle, which was built to defend Cartagena in the 1700s, and its tunnels are a cool place to avoid the tropical heat and find good views for photos.

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To avoid the heat of the day, try getting to the Old Town earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. Another option is to hide out during the hot hours in the shade of the Plaza de Bolivar, in an air-conditioned museum or at one of the numerous restaurants. The wide walls surrounding the city are ideal for a walk in the evening just before sunset.
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Cultural Tours

Chiva Night Party Tour

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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Round-Trip Sunset tour in Cartagena's Bay

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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rumba in night chiva

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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Historic Segway Tour 2:00pm

Enjoy a sightseeing adventure in Colombia’s seaside colonial destination on the world’s most intuitive electric vehicle. After a quick practice, and cruise to must-see sites in the Old Walled City like Heredia Theatre, Santo Domingo Square, the Naval Museum, and the Clock Tower. Cover more ground in less time and learn about Cartagena’s fascinating history from a professional guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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Historic Segway Tour 8:00am

The Historic Segway Tour is a comprehensive tour of 90 minutes, that offers our guests the experience of stepping back into colonial times, and submerge themselves in Cartagena´s rich history. Several stops along the way will bring the colony back to life, aided by expert commentary of our guides.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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Historic Segway Tour 10:00am

The Historic Segway Tour is a comprehensive tour of 90 minutes, that offers our guests the experience of stepping back into colonial times, and submerge themselves in Cartagena´s rich history. Several stops along the way will bring the colony back to life, aided by expert commentary of our guides.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

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Night Party Boat Rental

Party on a ship in the evening glow of the city skyline as you cruise around the waters surrounding Cartagena’s old city. Soak up the glittering lights of Bocagranda’s skyscrapers as you enjoy drinks and dance to music, an awesome ship that provides the perfect party atmosphere.Climb aboard your comfortable ship and socialize with other partygoers as you depart from the City Center. Revel in the smell of fresh air and the amazing ambiance present as you head out onto open waters. Listen to great music of you’re choosing as you get into the groove and cruise across the sea.Revel in the sight of Cartagena’s impressive skyline at night as you continue to move up and down the bay, constantly getting new views of the illuminated skyscrapers that stand behind the city’s beaches. You’re sure to have a great time as you dance, drink, and take in these epic views.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Private Biking Tour in the Walled City Cartagena de Indias!

This is a private biking tour that you can enjoy with your friends, family or your couple! You will have your own bilingual guide that will take you to the most remarkable spots in Cartagena while telling you all about the culture, traditions, and folklore of this beautiful city. Feel the fantastic sun and the breeze of Cartagena listening to what a local, expert guide will tell you about this city's secrets while also enjoying some local sweet or refreshing coconut water in one of our stops!
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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

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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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Hop-on Hop-off Tours

City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Snorkeling

Snorkel and Island Hopping in Rosario and Cholon

Spend a day out on the waters that make Cartagena famous on this island-hopping snorkel tour of Colombia's Baru Islands. Dive 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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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

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

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Speed Boat Experience Rosario Islands & Barú.

Explore the pristine beaches of the Rosario Archipelago and Baru Island during this 6-hour day trip on a private boat from Cartagena. Pilot a course for adventure aboard your private 35-8 speedboat, heading first to the San Fernando and San Jose Fortifications that once guarded the city from pirates. The continue into the turquoise-blue waters of the Rosario islands, enjoy the area's great snorkeling and gorgeous scenery. Finish the day with beach time and a chance to purchase a tasty seafood lunch at Baru. Round-trip hotel transport, plus towels, floating tubes and refreshments are included.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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Nightlife

Cartagena Horse and Carriage Night Ride Including Dinner

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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

City Tours

Cartagena City Sightseeing and Walking Tour

Discover the beauty of Cartagena on a four-hour guided sightseeing tour of this Carribean port city. Set out with your group for a sightseeing half-day adventure, enjoying scenic vistas and popular landmarks such as plazas and cathedrals en route. Traveling by minivan you'll 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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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Half-day Tours

Bites of Cartagena

Savor the rich mixture of African, Spanish and indigenous cuisines found in Colombian cuisine during this 3-hour food tour in Cartagena. Snack your way through a mix of Colombian favorites, both traditional and modern, as you taste specialties like empanadas, Arepa de Huevo (corn tortilla with egg and meat), cocadas and much more. As you eat and walk you’ll gain additional insight into the quirky legacy of the one-of-a-kind city of Cartagena. Your guide, plus all food tastings, snacks and a wine tasting, are included.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Trolley Tours

Cartagena City Trolley Tour

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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  • 3 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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CARTAGENA PHOTO EXPERIENCE

Photoshoot with your partner, or family, or friends to have lifelasting memories of Cartagena, and its magic walled city. We'll dedicate our time and professional staff to take the most pictures we can during the tour and then you choose your favorites (1 hour plan includes the best 10 out of 80 photos and the 2 hours plan, includes the best 30 out of 120). If you want to buy more photos you will have the chance at the end. All the photos are delivered in digital high quality format with no copyright.
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  • 60 to 120 minutes
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  • 60 to 120 minutes
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Ports of Call Tours

Cartagena Shore Excursion: 4 hours

When your cruise ship docks at the picturesque port of Cartagena, explore the Caribbean color and cultural flair of the Colombian city during a 4-hour 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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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Multi-day Tours

12-Day Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, Santa Marta and Eje Cafetero

Explore Colombia on a 12-day tour, visiting Santa Martha, Cartagena, Bogotá, Medellín, Tayrona Park, and the coffee region. Private transportation, overnight accommodations, and a dedicated guide are included as well as enough free time so you will have the flexibility to wander around by yourself as well.
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  • 12 days
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  • 12 days

Night Tours

Night Trolley Sightseeing in Cartagena

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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

Cartagena Street Food Tour

Cartagena’s rich culinary traditions come to life on this tour of Cartagena street food. Sample dishes like arepas, kibbeh, and empanadas that draw from this port city’s global influences, plus tropical  fruits like lulo and guabana. Your guide answers any and all questions about the food as you go, plus provides insight into local history and culture.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Couples Private Boat Trip to Rosario Islands and Baru

No visit to Cartagena is complete without ticking off the Rosario Islands, a highlight of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Spend the day exploring the sun-soaked beaches and vibrant coral reefs on a private tour on your very own speedboat. Taking a private tour allows you to customize your itinerary according to your preferences while you receive the undivided attention of your personal crew and captain.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Day Cruises

Yacht Party at Rosario Islands and Baru

Nothing screams luxury like a private yacht tour to tropical islands. This tour takes you from the shores of Cartagena around the Barú and Rosario Islands on a private 55-foot (16 meter) yacht fully equipped with a captain and crew, plus national beers and ice for your own drinks (should you chose to bring some). Catch the sunset over the ocean before getting dropped off at your Cartagena hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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