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Bazurto Market Adventure Tour in Cartagena

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Cartagena, Colombia
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Bazurto Market is Cartagena’s largest and busiest market, and it’s a maze of colorful stalls, exotic foods and local artisans. This guided visit will take you to the heart of the market, where you’ll get the chance to meet the vendors, watch craftsmen at work, sample local delicacies and enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch.
  • Guided tour of Bazurto Market in Cartagena
  • Immerse yourself in local life at the buzzing Bazurto Market
  • Explore the stalls, take photos and meet the vendors
  • Sample herbal medicine; listen to local music and watch crafts demonstrations
  • Enjoy a typical Colombian lunch at Ceci's restaurant, featured on Anthony Bourdain's TV show
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup and lunch
Begin your tour with pickup from your central Cartagena hotel and a short ride to Bazurto Market. First, pass through Cartagena’s colorful Getsemani neighborhood, famous for its graffiti street art and hip nightlife, and pay a visit to a local shopping mall, before venturing into the buzzing marketplace.

Follow your guide around the labyrinth of stalls, stopping to take a peek at a metal mechanic workshop, and watch the local craftsmen at work. Next, visit a music store, where you can sip a cold beer as you listen to ‘Champeta’, the urban folklore music that remains hugely popular throughout the region. You’ll even get to take away a CD of some of your favorite music.

Learn more about the fascinating history of the market and the Getsemani neighborhood as you stop to browse the stalls and chat with the vendors. Pause for refreshments (included) at a fresh juice stall, then meet one of the market’s most legendary poster artists. You’ll even have the chance to have a handmade poster created with your own personal message. Continue to the herbsman stand, where you’ll get to sample a traditional Colombian healing potion, then marvel at the butcher’s stalls, laden with different cuts of meat.

After working up an appetite walking around the market, stop to enjoy lunch at the legendary Ceci's restaurant, which was famously featured on American chef Anthony Bourdain's TV show. After tucking into an array of Colombian specialties, enjoy a short walk through the fish market before exiting the market, where a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
Itinerary
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Cartagena Insider Tours
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interesting and different
Joel_M
, Mar 2020
This was a very interesting tour of a part and aspect of the city we would have not otherwise been able to experience. Our guide, Kate, was absolutely wonderful. She was enthusiastic informative and simply a joy to be around. Kate also began by asking us what some of our interests were, so our tour could be particularly highlighted. The Bazurto market itself is enormous, chaotic, and sprawling, but with an experienced guide by your side, you can glide seamlessly through it and get an authentic feel for the many varied things it has to offer. If you want something quite different from the sites of the old city or the beaches, I would definitely recommend.
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Market Experience
David_P
, Mar 2020
Tour guide , Shayla (spelling - ?) was excellent. Received many extras during the market tour that was provided gratis. The downside was that it cost my wife and I another $40 for the round trip taxi cost to the tour meeting site. Plus, we had to cut our tour short due to the fairly early departure of our cruise ship (had to be back on board by 12:30 PM). Interesting look at the way of life of the other half of Cartagena people.
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Must See!
Susan_O
, Feb 2020
Sheila and Delia were terrific ambassadors and tour guides of their city, country and the market! They gave it their all and we really appreciated the experiences and explanations. Highly recommended to really get a feel for everyday life in Cartagena!
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An experience!
Tia_B
, Feb 2020
What an experience, not for the faint of heart! There were 8 of us, the perfect amount to keep everyone together. Our tour guide was fantastic guiding us thru the neighborhood and then thru the market. This market is gritty, lots of locals shop here. There are food vendors with large pots of cooked food. There are meat, fish and vegetable vendors. Keep in mind the meat and fish are NOT refrigerated so the smell can be overwhelming. There are also souvenir vendors. Go, but be aware!
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Amazing.
DIZONFATIMA
, Feb 2020
Nothing short of amazing! Wonderful tour. Probably the best one I did in Cartagena. I don't want to spoil too much, but I would highly recommend this tour! They put a lot of thought into this. Makes you feel like a "local". Lunch was also delicious.
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Wonderful :)
amandanamenek
, Feb 2020
The market tour was so great but our guide Kate was even better! Seriously, she made the entire tour, she gave us so much information and we learned a ton! We tried fruits I had never even seen before, learned a few dance styles and got to eat lunch at a restaurant that Anthony Bourdain ate at! Take this tour and request Kate for your guide...seriously!!
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Educational and fun walk through Cartagena market and neighborhood
karyneliot
, Jan 2020
This tour was a great way to see the market and neighborhoods, and to learn about the history of the city and people. Andrea was a fabulous guide, combining important historical facts with entertaining examples of life in Cartagena. The tastes along the way, coupled with watching handcrafted metal work, and learning local dance was fun. Eating lunch in the market provided opportunity to learn more and enjoy great food. You don’t want to miss this!
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Great way to see local culture
ghavlik1
, Jan 2020
We had Sheila as a guide and the tour was excellent. She met us at the door of the airbnb apartment at exactly the time stated. Yes, for those that are 5-star hotel, concierge only type people, or if you're the type of traveler who thinks you will be robbed and kidnapped every time you step out of the luxury towncar, this tour may not be for you. If, however, you want to be exposed to local culture with extremely friendly people, do this tour! We walked through the market, stopping at a dj booth, hand painter, herbal medicine, and a fantastic fresh fruit juice place before going to lunch. We felt like Sheila was introducing us to her friends, and it made the morning delightful.
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El Corozon de Cartagena/ The Heart of Cartagena
00309879695
, Nov 2019
Great tour with Sheila to explore the REAL Cartagena. The market is the heart of this Both. Very much enjoyed my day with torguide Sheila. She was friendly professional and very passionate and informative. Highly recommend as a great alternative to the other tourists. sites.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks for the review!
star-5
Nice tour.
ThomasL4824
, Oct 2019
Very informative and interesting few hours. We had a nice time and got to see another side of beautiful Cartagena.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thanks for your review!

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