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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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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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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
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US$125.00
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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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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

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

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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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
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US$95.00
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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
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US$74.00
Price varies by group size
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US$74.00
Price varies by group size

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 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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35.00
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US$35.00
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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
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US$80.00
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US$80.00
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Sibarita Master 85' luxury 90 min Sunset Tour Open Bar

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$32.00
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US$32.00

Panoramic & Shopping for Cruises

Panoramic & Shopping for Cruises

Cartagena de indias is a well known city, thanks to its history, architecture and culture as well as its weather and enchanting people, Those are some of the main reasons that encourage visitors to come to Cartagena. We have designed this experience to introduce our visitors the real cartagena, full of magic and enchantement accompanied by an excelent professional and funny tour guide while touring the most outstanding highlights of Cartagena such as: San Felipe Castle, Manga Island, Las Bovedas, Walled City , New city and the Popular Cartagena. It is the cheapest way to discover Cartagena
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$20.00
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US$20.00
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Transportation for private CITY TOURS CARTAGENA

Transportation for private CITY TOURS CARTAGENA

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Panoramic tour of Cartagena de Indias. Includes tour of Bocagrande, visit to the Emerald Museum, Manga, Cerro de la Popa, San Felipe de Baraja Castle, walled sector Approximate duration: 3 to 4 hours. (It will depend on the time spent in the places visited) Includes hydration: According to pax. Does not include: tickets to the hill of La Popa, or the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas. The customer must cancel directly at the box office. IMPORTANT: 1. The bilingual driver or Spanish / bilingual professional certified guide has an additional AND optional cost. (IMPORTANT) Once finished touring the indicated places, It is the client's decision whether or not to finish the tours before.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$135.47
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US$135.47
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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
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US$157.00
Price varies by group size

City tours Cartagena, Regular

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 Church Does not include: * Stern monument, by restriction on the number of people. Start of city tours: 14:00 End time 18:00 Minimum Quantity for regular tours: 2 Pax Price indicated in this reservation is for 1 pax.
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  • 4 hours
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US$52.27
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US$52.27

"Transportation for private CARTAGENA NIGHT PANORAMIC City Tour"

Pick up at the hotel to start a night tour of the "Corralito de Piedra" to live a magical night touring its streets, Bocagrande, large castle, Manga, Transfer back to the hotel. Approximate duration: 2 Hours Approx.  The bilingual driver or Spanish / bilingual guide has an additional cost.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$134.40
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US$134.40
per group

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
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US$19.20

Private Biking Experience

Private Biking Experience

This is a private biking tour that you can enjoy with your friends, family or your couple! Get ready for a ride where the charming walls with their natural beauty and the sea breeze refresh your spirit in this adventure while listening to what a local, expert guide will tell you about the secrets, culture, traditions, and folklore of this beautiful city. We’ll visit the most remarkable spots in Cartagena and the local neighborhoods of Getsemaní, Manga and San Diego. Snacks, fresh fruits and soft drinks are included in the ride.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$96.00
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US$96.00
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Fantastic night Cartagena

Fantastic night Cartagena

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THE CHIVA RUMBERA The chiva also known as «ladder buses», are typical buses of Colombia, Ecuador and Panama adapted in an artisanal way for rural public transport. They are characterized by their great color, predominantly yellow, blue and red, the national colors of Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. In 2006, the chiva was nominated by Semana magazine as a symbol of Colombia in the contest in which the Vueltiao hat was the winner.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$50.00
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US$50.00
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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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US$16.00
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US$16.00

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
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US$80.00

Small group tour to the Aviary from Cartagena

Small group tour to the Aviary from Cartagena

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Pick up at your hotel, 1,5 hours ride to the NATIONAL AVIARY OF COLOMBIA, considered the largest in birds reserve in latinamerica, with around 17000 birds of 170 species. I'll walk with you all the time, help you to get the best of the place, find and watch most of the birds and I don't mind to take pictures for you. I'm very personable and like to shareall my knowledge about my country and recomendations, so we will have fun on the ride. For our protection againstCOVID, we won't stop at any restaurant so you could bring your snack and water, or text me before if you want me to arrange a local and safety lunch. Photo stops are allowed on the way back, we can watch the ocean close to barú, visit playa blanca (extra charge) or even have a short briefing about historical places in Cartagena. At the end of the tour you'll feel you know much more about Colombian Culture and nature and I'm sure you'll want to recommend us!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$67.00
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US$67.00
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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

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