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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. In the afternoon, savor a delicious lunch with several options including vegetarian and meat dishes. If none of the options take your fancy feel free to order anything else on the menu and only pay the difference. Head back to the beach after lunch to relax for another few hours before beginning the journey back to Cartagena in the evening.

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

2. 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

Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

3. 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.

Cartagena: Nightlife and Bar-Hopping Tour With Cocktails

4. Cartagena: Nightlife and Bar-Hopping Tour With Cocktails

Enjoy an exciting and social night out on the town in Cartagena during this nightlife experience. Bar hop in charming rooftop bars and get the VIP experience with skip-the-line access and reserved tables. Meet your local hostess and tour group at the Clock Tower to begin your night out on the town. Walk to the first rooftop bar and admire amazing views of the city and the Cartagena sunset. Enjoy skip-the-line access, a reserved table for the group, and a signature cocktail. Next, get the same VIP treatment at another rooftop and gastro bar next to the Navy Museum and meet other interesting people from your group or local patrons. Finally, visit a bar located on top of Cartagena's wall, known for its good vibes and enjoyable music. Revel in the company of a diverse group of people and your hostess, ensuring you have an amazing experience.

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

5. 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.

Cartagena: Getsemani Highlights and Graffiti Walking Tour

6. Cartagena: Getsemani Highlights and Graffiti Walking Tour

See a new side of Cartagena as you explore hip Getsemani with a local guide. Learn about the area’s history through the graffiti art that is all around. Understand the meanings behind the images of wild animals, famous faces, and daily life. Follow your guide along colonial streets to the main sights of the neighborhood. You will visit  Centenario park, Holy Trinity Square, and Umbrella street. You’ll also spend some time at Las Tablitas, a store considered the oldest house in Getsameni. Get a taste of neighbourhood flavor as tourists and locals alike sip on cold drinks and play dominoes. Take plenty of photos of the mind-blowing local murals and depictions of lively urban culture. Taste a local snack and a different kind of ice cream before you visit the studios of local artists. Browse the artists’ galleries, watch a live painting show, or even try your hand at your own piece (for an additional fee).

Cartagena: Sunset Cruise with Open Bar on a Pirate Ship

7. Cartagena: Sunset Cruise with Open Bar on a Pirate Ship

Meet your guide at Pegasus Pier at 4:30 PM and board a wonderfully quaint pirate ship, ready to push off from the dock promptly at 5:00 PM. In the late afternoon sun, begin cruising along a picturesque scenic route around Cartagena, admiring the spectacular skylines of Bocagrande, El Laguito, and Playa de Castillo Grande.  Hear interesting stories of how pirates and slaves played a crucial role in the history of the city as you cruise the canal between Tierra Bomba and Bocagrande. Enjoy the perfect opportunity to take amazing pictures as you reach the best place in the ocean to see the sunset. During the whole experience, you’ll be served pirate punch and pirate lemonade, drinks made with fruit punch, coconut lemonade, rum, and aguardiente. Arrive back at Muelle de los Pegasos between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM.

Cartagena: Bike Tours Around the City

8. Cartagena: Bike Tours Around the City

In a shared or private group and with the expertise of a local guide, get to know the lively and colorful city of Cartagena by bike. Choose whether to begin your tour at the meeting point or upgrade your experience to include hotel pickup. Select between 2 tour routes: Historic Route: Enjoy a dynamic and fun tour of the entire walled city, seeing and discovering its monuments and history. Explore walls, bastions, fortifications, museums, squares, parks, and the Palace of the Inquisition. Visit one of the most emblematic Colonial Old Houses in the historic center, and find out about its history. See a display of an original cannon bullet dating back to the 17th century and go up to the lookout balcony where you can take amazing pictures from above Cartagena and have a complimentary refreshing drink. Also visit the San Felipe Fortress and Getsemaní, the most famous and oldest neighborhood in Cartagena with over 450 years of history (entrances fees are not included). If your tour leaves after 10 AM, you will have time to stop at a local craft beer shop where you will be given a tasting of different beers. Graffiti & Arts Route: Embark on a cultural tour and discover the graffiti and urban street art scenes of Getsemaní. Visit local artists' studios, and learn about the cultural richness of Cartagena and its historical roots. If you wish, you can make your own painting and buy it as a memory.

Cartagena: Walled City Walking Tour

9. Cartagena: Walled City Walking Tour

Start in the Plaza de Santa Teresa, where you can see the contrast between the colonial buildings of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries as well as a beautiful stretch of walls at Baluarte San Francisco Javier. Continue to San Juan De Dios Street until reaching San Pedro Claver church where you will take a guided tour of approximately 30 minutes. Later on, pass through the Aduana Plaza, Coches plaza, and Proclamation Square to visit the Plaza de Bolivar and the palace of the Inquisition. This palace was created in colonial times to punish all those people against the Catholic Church. Enter the palace with your guide to learn more about this infamous site. Continue to the square of the Inquisition, Plaza Santo Domingo and alley of the stirrups where you will reach the Santo Domingo baluarte. From there, visit the Café del Mar restaurant, known as having the best view of the sunset in the city of Cartagena. Continue with a short tour of the wall and visit some other plazas and streets until reaching the Las Bovedas handcrafts market, which is the final point of the tour.

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, the Cathedral of Santa Catalina de Alejandría, and the Gold Museum. 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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based on 45 reviews

Overall the tour was worth the money. I believe our tour guide name was Duran. He did a great job explaining the history and showed us all the graffiti spots. He also was a photographer too if you needed a quick picture. I will say the following were not include: • Local snack with fruit juice • Ice cream • Live painting show However, the tour guide made the tour worthwhile. Would recommend!

The tour with our guide "Duran Duran" was easily the best two hours we have spent wandering in Colombia. He was knowledgeable, curious and funny. Would recommend whole heartedly.

Amazing experience and Marco are your guide was simply amazing and knowledgeable!

It was a great experience! We had so much fun and would do it again!

Private spot on the beach really makes it worth it!