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Old Town Cartagena Tours

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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.
Address: Cartagena, Colombia
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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
From
US$48.00

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

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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95.00
From
US$95.00
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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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US$125.00
From
US$125.00
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Cartagena Old City Walking Tour including Gold Museum and Plaza de Bolivar

Cartagena Old City Walking Tour including Gold Museum and Plaza de Bolivar

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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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$74.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$74.00
Price varies by group size

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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US$157.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$157.00
Price varies by group size

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
From
US$25.00
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Biking Tour Cartagena

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 small-group 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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$19.00
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US$19.00

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

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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  • 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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Zumba and Island Hopping in Rosario and Cholon

Zumba 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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$80.00
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US$80.00
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Gabriel García Márquez Literature Tour in Cartagena De Indias

Gabriel García Márquez Literature Tour in Cartagena De Indias

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If you’re a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one of Latin America’s most beloved authors, then don’t miss out on this literary walking tour, ideal for travelers that are familiar with Marquez’s work. With a guide, you’ll visit hard-to-find places that correlate to the fictional places in the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s books. Plus, a mid-afternoon start time means you’ll avoid the midday heat.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$80.00
From
US$80.00

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
From
US$133.34
From
US$133.34

Cartagena In Kayak

Cartagena In Kayak

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Paddle through the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Cartagena on this small-group kayaking tour. Touring in a kayak lets you get up close to the mangrove islands, home to a robust bird population, and your quiet mode of transport ensures you can hear their song and approach without disturbing them. A small group means you'll get plenty of personalized attention and instruction from your guide as you enjoy views of the Clock Tower, the Convention Center, the Roman Bridge, and the lagoon of San Lazaro.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$56.67
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US$56.67
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Your Local Photographer in Cartagena

Your Local Photographer in Cartagena

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A fun, romantic and spontaneous photo session, by a professional photographer with more than 10 years of experience. Travelers can be free to express their emotions with laughter, poses and glances guided by the photographer, in beautiful corners of the city of Cartagena. During the tour we will chat as friends and we will share moments in a warm and jovial atmosphere.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$265.65
per group
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US$265.65
per group

Old Town Walking Tour of Cartagena

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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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$11.50
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US$11.50

Private Romantic Cartagena Sunset Cruise

Private Romantic Cartagena Sunset Cruise

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Sail into the setting sun amidst the beautiful Caribbean scenery of historic Cartagena during this 3-hour private sunset boat cruise. Travel with that special someone, friends or family on this memorable, romantic excursion, watching as the last rays of light cast a magical glow on the historic buildings of this colonial town. Toast your experience with included champagne and soft drinks, and sit back and relax as your skipper and captain handle all the navigation and sailing. Round-trip hotel transport is also covered.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$600.00
per group
From
US$600.00
per group

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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US$25.50
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US$25.50

Mud Volcano including snack from Cartagena

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 included. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included and a typical snack is with a drink.
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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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rumba in chiva party bus

rumba in chiva party bus

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$19.20
From
US$19.20

BIKE & BITE food tour

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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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$52.00
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US$52.00

60 Minute Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Cartagena

60 Minute Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Cartagena

Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation Photo Shoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Cartagena and capture your most memorable moments during this private photo shoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Cartagena, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer. Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$363.47
per group
From
US$363.47
per group

90 Minute Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Cartagena

90 Minute Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Cartagena

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photo Shoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Cartagena and capture your most memorable moments during this private photo shoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Cartagena, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer. Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$519.24
per group
From
US$519.24
per group

120 Minute Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Cartagena

120 Minute Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Cartagena

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photo Shoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Cartagena and capture your most memorable moments during this private photo shoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Cartagena, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer. Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$675.00
per group
From
US$675.00
per group

Historic Segway Tour 8:00am

Historic Segway Tour 8:00am

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$55.00
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US$55.00
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