Since it's founding in 1533, Cartagena has truly been a place of timeless wonder. The walls of this port city have been witness to the ebb and flow of people and history. On this tour, we'll uncover the stories and characters that have made this UNESCO Heritage site the world-famous gem it is today. We'll start our journey at the entrance of the city and wind our way along it's cobbled streets. Along the way, we'll take in beautiful plazas, incredible colonial architecture and an atmosphere that makes this city one of a kind from pirate attacks to miracles, local delicacies to sublime architecture. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline. Perfect for the “I don’t like to look like a tourist” kind of people who want to take some time and feel the pulse of Cartagena de Indias.
San Basilio de Palenque, is a village in the Bolivar region located 60 minutes from Cartagena. It was declared a Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity for being the first slave city in America to be considered free. San Basilio de Palenque, was the refuge of many blacks who were enslaved and who in the sixteenth century fled from the Spanish inhabitants of the city of Cartagena. And under Benkos Biohó they achieved their freedom.The palenques were impaled by Africans to take refuge from those who persecuted them. This Colombian people still retain many of the African cultural traditions, such as language, social organization, cultural rites, medical practices, dance and food, all due to the isolation in which people live. In this city they have developed their own language, a mixture of African, Spanish and Portuguese languages called PALENQUERO.
"Macondo was then a village of twenty houses of mud and cane cane built on the banks of a river of diaphanous waters that rushed through a bed of polished stones, white and huge as prehistoric eggs."This will be a historical journey with the narrative and recognition of the cultural processes in the region that must be preserved, we will include everything you need and you will be accompanied by a specialized guide.
Our certified, bilingual guide will pick you up at your accommodation in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and, over the course of three hours, take you to all the city’s most famous landmarks.Make sure to bring your camera – we’ll be taking you to some incredible places – like atop the convent, Cerro de La Popa, where you’ll have an outstanding view of the city or even into the ancient tunnels under San Felipe Castle. We’ll take you into the old village of Getsemani where you’ll see beautiful street art and visit the stunning beach of Bocagrande. We’ll make a stop at the famous Emerald Museum and even treat you to a refreshing glass of traditional coco-lemonade.Most importantly, this is your tour – you’re the boss. We can go faster or slower or stop where you wish. If there are specific places you’d like to visit, we can certainly do that. Maybe you’d like to go somewhere special for lunch; ask your guide – he knows all the best places.
We travel through the main tourist places of Barranquilla such as the El Prado hotel, the Edgar Rentería baseball stadium, the Carnival House, the River Intendance, the 'Window to the World' and the Great Malecón del Río, from where you can appreciate the best view of the Magdalena river.
In this shore excursion Cartagena de Indias will come alive, right in front of your eyes, and it will make you understand, why this port city was an object of desire for pirates and empires. In full air-conditioned vehicles, you are going to see the major landmarks; starting from the 360° view at the top of the mountain of La Popa, and then, going to the inexpugnable Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.From there on we will ride in a panoramic journey by the streets of the city, going to the Ciénaga de La Virgen and the fishermen village of La Boquilla, where we will have a pit stop to have some local fruits and refreshments.Then the photo opp at the Cartagena sign on the beach of Marbella. And from there we will be entering the walls of the city to walk by this splendorous Unesco World Heritage Site. Getsemaní the coolest hood in town will be on the list.Photo perfect tour designed for you to shine on IG and SM.Come with us and be like a pirate. Return to ship on time
Experience the history and culture of San Jacinto Bolivar on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup in Cartagena, head into the countryside with an informative bilingual guide. Explore La Tierra de La Hamaca Grande’s petroglyphs, stop by the Community Museum to explore folk instruments, looms and other cultural handicrafts. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, lunch, and entry to the museum.
Without a doubt, in the Heroic Cartagena, remains the moorish architectonic legacy brought from the south of Spain; and we can state that this one is the richest legacy in America. Today, with the help of a specialized guide, you can still see the formal elements that constitute this architecture.By the end of this tour we will conclude the city is a domestic arquitecture compendium: the houses with the balconies and their hallways, their inner yards and wells, etc; Civil Architecture: the goverment buildings of the time located usually in front of a square; militar architecture such as the city walls and forts; the troops quarter and strongholds, etc; and the imponent religious architecture: monasteries, convents, churches, etc. In this architecture a overlapping of styles happended, the republican over the colonial, which brings us to conclude that architecture in Cartagena is prominently Eclectic.
Santa Marta, the oldest city of Colombia, the first ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the new world, has the oldest church in South America and the last home of the hero Simon Bolivar, there are countless reasons why Santa Marta is called Naturally Magical, and without doubt, history is one of them, among its small streets and beautiful buildings, thousands of memories are nested, dare to know them, ask to our expert guide and know a little more of this city, The Pearl of America.
Close to Santa Marta, in Sierra Nevada's foothill lies the town of Minca. Famous for its dense forests, waterfalls, fresh climate, and coffee farms, this place will amaze you with all richness and tranquility.
Is very special because we're offering the real connection with the Cartagena culture beyond the walls, the history of Cartagena de Indias after the Spain crown and how this society has evolutionated.Going to the Bazurto market we will walk and talk about the Cartagena people culture we'll study and dance Champeta music, it's history and how important it's in the culture of Cartagena, also we'll talk about salsa, vallenato and dancehall music too rhythms very important at Bazurtos and Cartagena. This is more about the people than the place, the Bazurto market is a vey special place where among the food and the culture we'll see how happy is the people making a living daily in incredible ways. We'll eat typical dishes of Cartagena made by Carbon like Anthony Bourdain right next to the Cecilia's pots, best chef of Bazurto and the most important, we'll be happy!While we do all this 50% of what you pay will be invested in the same people who are part of the Bazurto market community.
This is simply a wonderful day and a fantastic mix of adventure, nature, culture and relaxation.You'll be collected by from your hotel in Santa Marta and relax in your air-conditioned vehicle for the drive to Palomino. Once here you'll change to the back of a motorbike for the next 15-20min before enjoying an ecological walk of approximately 1.3 hours.You'll then arrive at the Kogi Village called Sevianca. Where you'll be greeted by the giant smiles of indigenous children. They'll be expecting a small gift, so don't disappoint; candy, book, toy, etc. (Suggested value of a gift $2 USD). You'll have approximately 30 minutes full of fun and photos before carrying on to tubing down the Palomino River. For this part you'll simply relax and let the current do all the work for the next 3.3-4 hours.Following your tubing tour, you'll be collected by your transportation once again and relax for the journey back to your hotel in Minca or Santa Marta.
You must go to Lost City because it is an unforgettable experience, walk for a few days to know a civilization that takes billions of years, it is a privilege that not everyone can have, in Lost City you can have spontaneous cultural meetings with some of the more than 50,000 indigenous people from the Kogi, Wiwa, Kankuamos and Arhuacos communities who live there and are descendants of the Tayrona civilization, who inhabited this place. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.It is estimated that only 10% of Lost City has been explored. The researchers believe that there are many other sites such as Pueblito in Tayrona Park that date from that civilization.
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.
This tour is unique because you will have a tour guide in person native who explain the real history of cartagena and also you will see the hidden places where you will never see of you go without us this tour Make you live a great experience
Gethsemane is one of those neighborhoods that love it. This place was considered the fourth most beautiful neighborhood in the world in 2018 by Forbes Magazine and without a doubt it is worth going through its streets where we will meet the local culture of the city, we will know and learn from the dozens of graffiti that They were painted in the framework of the 1st Urban Art Festival in 2013 and obviously we will learn from the history that enclose its streets, churches and squares since Gethsemane played an important role in the process of independence of the city and witnessed the rise of the Slavery in the Colonial era.
On this tour, an expert guide will take you to back in time to the city beginnings. The first encounters between the invading Spanish and the indigenous calamari natives. The attacks perpetrated by different pirates, privateers (corsairs), buccaneers and philibusters throughout the colonial period. We also explain how independence wars prompted Colombia to start building its military force that later became known as Fuerzas Armadas de Colombia, the national army.We will visit: Naval Museum, San Felipe fortress (castle), Las bóvedas. In each one of them, we also touch on the recent history of Cartagena as part of Colombia conflicts with guerrilla groups, drug trafficking (Medellin and Cali Cartels), Paramilitary groups, constitutional amendments, Extradition in Colombia, Narco guerrilla as well as Colombia´s peace talks and agreements.
Among the towns of the Magdalena Province, there are stories, thousands of them in silence, perhaps as the Colombian literary Nobel would say: you have to live to tell it, this tour evokes the literary world of Gabriel García Márquez, making a journey through his real and imaginary history captured in books, all through the recognition of the two cities that most influenced his writings: Aracataca and Ciénaga, Capital of the Magical Realism.
Because we are gift you a FREE WALKING TOUR if you take this Classes Jewerly Tour Emerald jewelry making class and visit to Emerald Museum + FREE walking tour in the Old City INCLUSIONSDrive from port to San Felipe Casttle Photo Stop San Felipe Casttle Drive to Bocagrande - emerald jewelry making classVisit Emerald Museum Drive from Bocagrande to Old CityShort Walking Tour Bilingual Guide Bottle of WaterReturn drive to port
Experience the city of Cartagena through the work and life of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez on this guided tour. Discover the references found in his writings such as One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, and Love in the Time of Cholera, and others. Plus, visit significant historical places related to his life, including where he studied and where his remains lie.
Explore the historic coastal city of Cartagena on this guided excursion. Select a departure time—morning and afternoon are available—and enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off service. Learn about the history and culture of this gorgeous colonial city from an informative local guide and visit landmarks like the massive San Felipe de Barajas castle and Convento de la Popa.
The city tour is perfect for visitors who don't have much time in Cartagena but want to see as much of the city as possible. Escape the heat into an air-conditioned car, with a bilingual certified guide to take you to the city's most beautiful and extraordinary sites.*Minimum two people.