Cartagena, Colombia
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From Cartagena: Day Trip to Playa Blanca with Lunch

1. From Cartagena: Day Trip to Playa Blanca with Lunch

Enjoy a paradisiacal day relaxing on the white sand beach of Baru Island's aptly-named Playa Blanca. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cartagena, take a 1-hour journey in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan to Baru. Learn more about local life in both the city and the island towns from your local driver. Once in Baru, take a quick, idyllic stroll along the beach to reach where you will spend the day. Make the most of all the facilities the place has to offer, including sundecks to relax on the beach or snorkel equipment if you wish to take a dip in the beach's crystal-clear waters. In the afternoon, savor a delicious lunch with several options including vegetarian and meat dishes washed down with local juices. Head back to the beach after lunch to relax for another few hours before beginning the journey back to Cartagena in the evening.

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Cartagena: Guided City Tour w/ La Popa and San Felipe Castle

2. Cartagena: Guided City Tour w/ La Popa and San Felipe Castle

Discover the magic of Cartagena — declared a World Heritage Site for its architectural distinction and its history — on this 4-hour, small-group tour. Visit the main sites around the city and learn the rich stories behind its culture. Head to the La Popa monastery, located on the tallest hill in the city, to get amazing views and take the best pictures from above. From there, explore the Fort San Felipe de Barajas, a 16th-century hilltop fortress built by the Spanish to protect against pirates and the English navy. Your guide will accompany you to tell the stories within the fort and explain more of its importance to Cartagena. Make a quick stop at an emblematic symbol of Cartagena — the Old Shoes Monument — and continue into the Walled City. Take a guided walk around the historic center and gain a deep understanding of its culture and architecture before returning to your hotel.

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Cartagena: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Optional Attractions

3. Cartagena: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Optional Attractions

Located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, few places on Earth are as beautiful as Cartagena. Sightseeing in this astounding city is a hugely enjoyable experience, offering both modernity and history. There is something to suit all tastes. From beautiful architecture to striking monuments, there is plenty of inspiring sightseeing opportunities while on your City Sightseeing bus tour. Discover all of beautiful Cartagena in 14 bus stops, as you explore the city's beautiful architecture and striking monuments in the most flexible and enjoyable way. Visit key sites in the city, such as the Clock Tower, the San Felipe Fortress, the walled city, the Rafael Núñez House, Rio Casino, and much more. With the many stops along the way, there are things to suit all tastes, including a complementary walking tour inside the walled city, starting everyday at 4:00 PM in front of the clock tower (stop 4). You may also choose different options when booking including a 1-day pass, a 2-day pass, or a 2-day pass with a San Felipe Fortress entrance ticket. Take advantage of adapting your day along the routes between 9:00 AM and 7:30 PM. If you prefer, remain on the bus tour for the entire loop, listening to the informative audio commentary. You will see palaces, monasteries, plazas, and beautiful overhanging balconies, as well as Colombia's major seaside resorts, where you can enjoy beaches and scuba diving opportunities. Stops 1. Muelle de la Bodeguita 2. Centro de Convenciones 3. San Sebastian del Pastelillo 4. Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower) 5. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas 6. Rafael Nunez Museum 7. Boquetillo (entrance to the Walled City) 8. San Francisco (entrance to the Walled City) 9. Plaza Bogrande 10. Avenida San Martin 11. Casino Rio 12. Hotel Caribe 13. Hotel Hilton 14. Iglesia de Castillo Grande

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Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

4. Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation at 7:30 AM in an air-conditioned bus. Meet your guide who will provide all the details about your upcoming adventure and the route. At 9 AM, arrive at the island of Baru and board a boat. Cruise for 15 minutes through the crystal clear waters until you arrive at the snorkeling site. After 1 hour of enjoyable snorkeling, continue the tour into the mangroves to see birds, iguanas, and other species. Discover the fascinating landscapes of the island and the life of the native species who inhabit this magical ecosystem. At 1 PM, head back to Playa Blanca to enjoy a delicious lunch with options of fish, chicken, or vegetarian. Once you've eaten, spend some time swimming in the clear waters or relaxing on the beautiful white sand beach. At 3:30 PM, board the return bus which will drop you off back at your hotel.

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Totumo Volcano and Mud Baths: Day Tour from Cartagena

5. Totumo Volcano and Mud Baths: Day Tour from Cartagena

Besides the views, Totumo Volcano is known for its mud baths that offer a natural form of water and mineral therapy that helps beautify the skin and provide relaxation. This is a fun, unique full-day experience that allows you to take advantage of a natural spa that you can only enjoy in Colombia! Totumo Volcano is located in the municipality of Santa Catalina, about an hour from Cartagena. Sit back and enjoy the scenic ride through Bolívar, a region of Colombia that features breathtaking tropical landscapes. The area surrounding Totumo Volcano offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, lakes, and forests. Enjoy a guided tour of the region before heading to the small volcano itself, for the highlight of your day trip! According to local legend, a priest sprinkled holy water onto the lava-spewing volcano and tamed it into the natural relaxing mud bath spa that exists today. Climb up the 50-foot volcano, accessible by a staircase, and enter the crater to relax in the natural mud that the volcano produces. Sitting inside the mud volcano, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Santa Catalina region. The mud itself is not only relaxing but its minerals are renowned for helping rejuvenate the skin. Later you can enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch near the mud baths (not included in the tour price). You'll have the option of a personal massage from one of the attendants. Afterwards, take a swim in the nearby lake to rinse off the mud before returning to your Cartagena hotel.

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Cartagena: 3-Hour Bazurto Market Tour

6. Cartagena: 3-Hour Bazurto Market Tour

The Bazurto Market has everything you could ever need. This 3-hour tour is for adventurous souls looking for a glimpse into the lives of the people of Cartagena. Explore the traditional vegetable, fish, meat, fruit, clothing and art market. Marvel at the labyrinth created by the multiple food stands. At every turn there’s an opportunity to taste foods or drinks. If you like, buy the ingredients here and prepare a traditional Colombian meal later, or just enjoy the magical atmosphere of this popular place. After visiting the herb market, the music market and the arts and crafts section, head to the market’s cafeteria for lunch.

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From Cartagena: Snorkeling Underwater Adventure with Lunch

7. From Cartagena: Snorkeling Underwater Adventure with Lunch

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodations in Bocagrande or Laguito in an air-conditioned bus. If you’re staying in another area, meet your guide at the Pegasus monument on the pier. Journey to the island of Baru where you will have some free time to enjoy the beach, soak up the sun and take a dip in the water. At noon, sit down for a typical island lunch. Afterward, sip a cocktail during the 1-hour open bar. Receive a safety tutorial at 2 pm. Learn how to properly use your snorkfly equipment before getting into the water. As the boat tows the snorkfly at a slow and gentle pace, maneuver the snorkfly by tilting the board in different angles. Hang on to the board with your arms and steer by moving the wings in the direction you want to go. Experience the incredible sensation of underwater flight. Get your adrenaline pumping as you glide through the ocean. Immerse yourself in an underwater environment. Marvel at the fish and coral. A GoPro camera will capture your snorkfly experience you’ll have something to share with your family and friends.

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Cartagena: Private City Tour

8. Cartagena: Private City Tour

Make the most of this private tour to visit the principal sites of interest in the old city of Cartagena — all while traveling in comfort, on board a luxury air-conditioned vehicle. Starting in the downtown area, you will head to the Manga neighborhood, where you can appreciate the beautiful mansions built at the beginning if the 20th century. Continue on to the highest part of the city where there is a convent dating from the beginning of the 17th century. Visit the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, considered the most important fortification in South America. From here, you will head to the walled city with a stop for some shopping. Following a little retail therapy, visit the different squares of the city and admire the old colonial houses. After a journey of historical discovery, fast forward to the present day and explore the modern part of Cartagena, including the Bohemian neighborhood of Gethsemani. This neighborhood is so authentically charming and on the cusp of commercial explosion. Immerse yourself in Spanish colonial architecture, dance halls, graffiti art, boutique hotels, food vendors and stunning public plazas.

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Cartagena City: 4-Hour Bus Tour

9. Cartagena City: 4-Hour Bus Tour

Begin your bus tour of Cartagena in the tourist area of Bocagrande and Laguito. Afterward, head over to a popular neighborhood near the castle, pass through the bay area, and arrive at the famous statue of the Old Shoes honoring the Colombian poet Luis Carlos Lopez. Visit the Castle of San Felipe, walk in the historic center, and see the cathedral and the Church of San Pedro Claver (the patron saint of slaves). Walk through the tropical fruit market and see Customs Square, where slaves were once auctioned.

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Cartagena: Walled City, San Felipe, La Popa Tour & Tastings

10. Cartagena: Walled City, San Felipe, La Popa Tour & Tastings

Whether you are short on time or you are wanting a complete Cartagena experience with no corners unturned, this private full-day tour is made so you can experience the city in the most complete way possible. Enjoy a local meal and visit sights such as San Felipe Castle and the Gold Museum. Start the day by meeting your local guide, who will pick you directly up from your hotel or address. Then, head first to the historic San Felipe Castle, the city’s old fortress built by Spaniards. Walk through the castle and let your guide bring back to life adventure stories of conquerors, treasures, and pirates, while you learn more about how Colombia became so mixed due to African, indigenous, and Spanish roots. Visit afterward the Walled City of Cartagena and stroll around the colonial and colorful houses as you get to know more about the main squares and bastions that traced the city’s path to independence. Visit Santo Domingo’s square and church and the Cathedral of Santa Catalina de Alejandría. After a traditional lunch recommended by your guide, you will be guided to the Zenú Gold Museum and the Palace of Inquisition, the first museum for ancestral indigenous legacy and the second old Court of the Holy Office. Feel traces of the Catholic and Spanish Empires' power over the territory. It wouldn’t be the perfect tour of Cartagena without tasting Colombia’s flavors, so you’ll have typical coconut sweets, fried arepa with egg, a traditional snack famous in the Caribbean Coast, and the raspao, a snow cone with a sugary, flavored syrup on top. If choosing the longer 8-hour tour option, you will finish your tour by going to the Convent of La Popa (Convent of the Stern), a viewpoint located at the top of a hill where the city, its sea, and one of its islands can be seen and photographed. Cartagena is not only the touristic capital of Colombia but one of the most memorable cities that holds Colombia’s history, making it a place for culture, tradition, and diversity, with many historic places and unique corners to discover.

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What people are saying about Cartagena, Colombia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 63 reviews

This day trip to the beach is highly recommended. The turquoise water was warm and inviting. With transportation and lunch provided, this was true value for money. The tourist police patrol were on the beat, and I felt really safe. The tour guide, Alejandro (aka Alex) provided some helpful tips regarding dealing with vendors (e.g. women offering massages and men trying to sell trinkets). If you want to get away from the city and relax, this is your best bet.

I really enjoyed this tour. It gave me a great overview of the city. The guide, Richard, is very experienced and has a wealth of knowledge about his beloved city. Additionally, being picked up and dropped off to and from the hotel is really convenient and reduces one's chances of getting lost in an unfamiliar place while looking for a meeting place. This is true value for money!

Excellent alternative to get to know the city especially under the heat of Cartagena The buses meet their schedule and their collaborators are very cordial

The tour was really cool and the experience with Get your Guide was pleasant. Even though the values practiced are above, I felt safer.

We thoroughly enjoyed our guide. He was interesting and translated durring our tour.