• Location: Cartagena, Colombia
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 85.50 View price calendar

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Immerse yourself in the captivating history and Caribbean flair of Cartagena on a 4-hour historical tour of the city. Visit all of Cartagena’s significant sites and UNESCO World Heritage-listed structures accompanied by a knowledgeable guide; admire the stolid stature of the Castle of San Felipe; absorb the sacred ambience of San Pedro Claver Church; and gain insight in to the colorful culture of the Colombian area.


  • Cartagena historical tour with an expert local guide
  • Visit the Castle of San Felipe, one of Cartagena's many UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Stop at the Inquisition Museum for a look into 17th-century Cartagena (time permitting)
  • Learn about Colombia's African-American past at the San Pedro Claver Church
  • All entrance fees and round-trip hotel transportation included

What You Can Expect

Cartagena City Tour: History, Culture and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Historical Tour of Cartagena

After hotel pickup, venture to the first cultural highlight in a comfortable and air-conditioned minivan. Absorb the coastal splendor of the city as you travel to the Castle of San Felipe, an iconic fortress hailed as one of Cartagena’s most legendary landmarks. Steeped in history and colonial intrigue, the structure acquired UNESCO World Heritage site status due to its architectural prowess. 

Continue on to the san Pedro Claver Chruch, a magnificent monastery that was the former home to a philanthropic monk; learn about how the monk aided over 300,000 sick slaves arriving into the port, gaining insight into the sentimental value of the structure. 

Conclude your tour with a visit to the Inquisition Museum to gain insight into the gruesome history of Cartagena; learn about the violent inquisition that occurred in the 17th century, witnessing the weapons and armory that induced it. See, too, the glittering gold within the Museum d’Oro (The Museum of Gold) in which countless precious artifacts speak eloquently of the city’s prosperous trade.

Customer Reviews

Roger D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Billy was extremely friendly, informative, and knowledgeable. Most importantly, even though I'm sure he's given this tour many times, he made my wife and I feel special. I felt like I was touring Cartagena with a friend. Fantastic experience.

DREW C United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

Linet M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This was a great tour, our tour guide Martin was very knowledgeable and gave us a fascinating history of the city. Only recommendation would be to possibly go to the fortress later on in the afternoon when it gets cooler. Otherwise it was a fantastic tomorrow with lots of different activities and stops. Highly recommend it specially at beginning of your trip

Jaime D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide was William, an 83-year old veteran of the Cartagen touring scene. We boarded the tour agency car with Simon, the driver and travelled to San Felipe de Barajas Fortress. William showed us the tunnels built under the fortress to confound invaders just in case they overpowered the fortress. He also impressed on us the genius of the fortress design. Then we drove to the highest point in the city, Candelaria Convent at La Popa hill. We did the peninsula and the Bocagrande beach with the high-rise hotels and condos. Then to the walled city for the Santo Domingo square with the church and the Botero and the Simon Bolivar square with the Inquisition building and museum of gold. The only thing in the itinerary we missed was the Claver Church but William did go into an explanation of Claver so that was sufficient.

There were a number of things William wanted to show us that werent really in the published itinerary, like the UNESCO heritage-tagged private homeson Manga island. the street art inside the walled city, the inside of the Heredia Theater, and the Claustro dela Merced where Gabriel Garcia Marquez ashes are buried.

William was very quick to volunteer taking our pictures. Not only that, he knew what angles were best and would often do three to four shots of us at different angles at the same site. But his hands were a bit shaky after all, he was already 83. He seemed to know everyone in the city. For example, the theater was officially closed but he talked to the guard, slipped him a small note, and we were allowed in. Not only that but the guard even put up the lights inside the theater so we could enjoy its magnificence. He was quick to help us in negotiating for a good price whether it was t-shirts, local art-handicraft, fruits.

I mentioned to William that my wife wanted to check out emeralds and William promptly had the driver bring us to the Joyeria Caribe emerald museum. It was an interesting place with arguably the widest selection of emeralds. It took an hour before she could buy her earrings and William patiently waited for us which meant adding another hour to the total tour time. But William didnt mind.

We loved William and his grandfatherly style. But he could climb up and down and walk with the best of them. His English was occasionally hard to understand but it didnt detract from our positive experience with him. Hats off!

Harvie Hopkins United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

William was an awesome tour guide, with an impressive knowledge of the city's 500 years of history. He started the tour with an excellent and succinct overview of how our day would progress, and then proceeded to guide me through every sector of the city. Don't let his age fool you, he's full of energy and has the stamina to persevere through 4 hours of nonstop walking, climbing, and talking.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing!

Dave N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was the best day of our vacation. This private tour included an old man who had a great knowledge of Cartagena. We spend around 6 hours walking and talking at all the different historical sites in town.
We enjoy the one on one conversations with him we had. In a large group tour, you do not get this type of interaction. I would highly recommend this tour.

Daniel W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Billy was an amazing tour guide. My wife and I were on our honeymoon to Cartagena. We were kept entertained the whole time and got to see everything from international sites to local neighborhood art. We could tell how much pride Billy had in his city. Would highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour. Highly recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Absolutely amazing! We had the best tour guide ever. Bert was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant, courteous and funny. We started by going to the fort, bright and early is the best time. We learned a lot about the history of Cartagena. It was the highlight of our trip.

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