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How to Spend 1 Day in Cartagena

How to Spend 1 Day in Cartagena

The coastal city of Cartagena charms with its walled city, colonial buildings, and vibrant markets. Spend one day in the city and you can visit historic monasteries, learn to cook Colombian food, and go for a sunset cruise on the bay. Here are our top picks for 24 hours in Cartagena. 

Morning: Get Your Bearings

Start your day with an introduction to Cartagena by touring the walled city on foot or via hop-on hop-off bus. See several landmarks including the Rafael Núñez house and Castillo San Felipe during the journey. Tours by minivan and private air-conditioned vehicles cover ground quickly and include stops at attractions such as the Cartagena Naval Museum, a historic monastery, and the Cathedral of Saint Peter Claver (Catedral de San Pedro Claver). 

Afternoon: Market Visits and Two-Wheeled Tours

Get a taste for local flavors with a market tour and cooking class. Begin the experience with a stop at the Bazurto Market to pick up fresh ingredients, then travel to a family home to learn how to make traditional Colombian dishes. Alternatively, take a guided cycling or Segway tour. Maximize time in Cartagena with these quick forms of transportation and follow your local guide to see churches, monuments, and parks, learning about the city’s heritage and culture along the way. 

Night: Boat Cruises and Carriage Rides

See Cartagena from a new perspective on a sunset boat tour. Raise a glass during your coastal cruise through Cartagena Bay, and watch the colors of the sunset over the city. Several boat-tour options are available, including cruises with open bars and harbor cruises with a multicourse dinner and wine. Back on dry land, explore the city streets after dark with a horse-and-carriage ride. Roll through the narrow lanes of the walled city, past Unesco-listed landmarks. Some horse-and-carriage tours also include dinner at a traditional Colombian restaurant. 

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Sibarita Express 90 minutes Sunset Tour and Open Bar

Sibarita Express 90 minutes Sunset Tour and Open Bar

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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$25.00
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US$25.00
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City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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 de 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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$18.00
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US$18.00
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Sibarita Express Cartagena Harbor Cruise with Dinner and Wine

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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$48.00
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US$48.00

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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US$109.00
Price varies by group size
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US$109.00
Price varies by group size
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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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US$40.00
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US$40.00
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Bazurto Market Tour and Cooking Class in Cartagena

Bazurto Market Tour and Cooking Class in Cartagena

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Learn to cook traditional Colombian food during this half-day class in Cartagena. Shop at a local open-air market with your chef/instructor, who will guide you in selecting ingredients for the dishes. In a local family's kitchen, try your hand at making dishes such as empanadas, coconut rice and others; then feast on your work. Round-trip transportation from Cartagena hotels or a central downtown meeting point is included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$115.39
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US$115.39

Cartagena Bike Tour

Cartagena Bike Tour

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A bike tour is a fun way for first-time visitors to discover Cartagena. Catch a breeze and cover more ground than is possible on a walking tour as you follow your guide down a mostly flat route to Cartagena sights such as churches, monuments, and parks, all as your guide shares fun stories about the city’s history and culture that you might miss on your own.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$40.00
Price varies by group size
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US$40.00
Price varies by group size

Cartagena Horse and Carriage Night Ride Including Dinner

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$80.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$80.00
Price varies by group size
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