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Cartagena: Getsemani Highlights and Graffiti Walking Tour

1. 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: Nightlife and Bar-Hopping Tour With Cocktails

2. 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: Walled City of Cartagena & Getsemani Private Tour

3. Cartagena: Walled City of Cartagena & Getsemani Private Tour

Explore the Walled City of Cartagena and the neighborhood of Getsemani on a private tour. Travel through Colombia's history as your guide takes you through the city's historic center. Savor Colombian staples with a tasting of traditional snacks in the hip Getsemani. The tour begins in Plaza de Bolívar, also known as Peace Square, by the clock tower. Travel. Enter a different century as you visit the Walled City of Cartegena's historic spots and attractions. Visit San Pedro Claver Square and see the walls and bastions bordering the sea. Hear how these fortifications were important in the 16th and 17th-centuries in defending the territory from enemy troops. While on the square, also admire San Pedro Claver Church and its Spanish Colonial architecture. Stroll through narrow streets and among old colonial heritage houses to then try some Caribbean Colombian food. Have the chance to enjoy 2 traditional snacks, arepa with egg (a fried corn-based tortilla with an egg inside) and raspao (a cup of shaved ice with a fruity syrup). Experience different sides of Cartagena and catch up with the locals in Getsemani. Get to know the city's culture, tradition, and diversity on this walking tour.

Cartagena: Best Street Food with Local Chef

4. Cartagena: Best Street Food with Local Chef

Discover the relaxed spirit of Cartagena with a tour designed for you to taste caribbean cuisine. This tour will allow you to visit and experience places that are not featured on conventional guides. Meet your local guide at the iconic Clock Tower to begin your route of the best local eats, and key sights of the city. During the morning, visit 9 street food spots, usually unnoticed by foreigners but worshiped by locals. Try original recipes while seeing some of the most important sights of the historic center such as the Plaza de la Paz, Plaza de los Autos, and Proclamation Square. Meet and greet the guardians of local culinary treasure and take home their secrets and recipes. You'll have a small-group experience with no more than 10 people on the tour. Benefit from personalized insider tips about what to do next in Cartagena historic center after the tour has finished. This experience is a blend of mouth-watering cuisine and wonderful local people, get ready to share your stories and be part of the conversation.

Cartagena: Private Getsemani Graffiti Walking Tour and Snack

5. Cartagena: Private Getsemani Graffiti Walking Tour and Snack

Embark on a private walking tour of Getsemani to see its colorful streets filled with pieces of street art and murals. Learn about how social and artistic projects transformed cultural and political changes in the country. Taste local flavors with a traditional snack to top your tour off. See ideas and thoughts expressed through graffiti and murals on this street art tour of Getsemani. Walk to some of the most important places in the neighborhood, including Calle de la Media Luna, Calle San Juan, and Calle Larga, among others. Notice how Getsemani's bohemian spirit comes to life through these pieces of art. Meet locals sitting outside their houses as you stroll, learning from them how the area has been transformed into a cultural and artistic reference over the years. Listen to your local guide explain how artists and activists have tried to make statements about their perspectives of the country’s reality through their graffiti and paintings. Finish your tour with a walk along the Centenary Park before tasting a traditional snack made by locals in the neighborhood.

Cartagena: Private Rum Tasting

6. Cartagena: Private Rum Tasting

Discover the history behind the drink that represents the Caribbean. Walk through the streets of Getsemani, see iconic places and learn how rum is connected to the daily life of the people of Cartagena. Meet with one of the most knowledgeable rum people in town in one of the small houses in Getsemaní. Learn how to differentiate the rums and recognize their differences, as you share your best memories downed with rum. After having a little introduction and tasting some rums, go out and see what the drink looks like in the daily life of the locals by visiting local stores and bars.

Cartagena: City Tour and Coffee Tasting

7. Cartagena: City Tour and Coffee Tasting

This tour begins with a visit to the San Felipe Castle, a fort built by the Spanish on top of a mountain to gain control of the bay. There, you will have the opportunity to discover the impressive architecture and history behind it. The city tour of Cartagena will continue with a pleasant walk through the Historic Center where you will visit the Clock Tower in the Plaza de la Aduana, a place used for the trade of enslaved Africans during the colonial period. Then you will go to the square in front of the San Pedro Claver Church, a historic church that exhibits art and religious history. From there, we continue to Plaza de Bolivar surrounded by some of the city's most iconic colonial buildings and make a stop for a small coffee tasting to understand why Colombian Coffee is world wide known. Finally we will leave through the Clock Tower to pass by Centenario Park, a beautiful oasis in the middle of downtown where free sloths, marmosets, iguanas and other animals live and finish our tour in Getsemaní, a very special neighborhood, very colorful, full of graffiti, flowers, colorful houses and music everywhere.

Cartagena: Bazurto Market Food Tour by Anthony Bourdain

8. Cartagena: Bazurto Market Food Tour by Anthony Bourdain

Bring your hunger and get ready to savor new flavors, smells, and experiences reliving the experience of every foodies' favorite host: Anthony Bourdain. He was captivated by the flavors of Cartagena by walking and tasting it at its original location, the Bazurto central market.  Join a chef and follow Anthony Bourdain's steps trying the true local cuisine. Let the aromas, the music, the colors and that relaxed spirit of Cartagena locals get to you while you talk to the superstars of the market.  Discover the best spots in between the mazes of the market to taste a "rainbow of fruits" and find out ingredients that you probably didn’t even know existed. Later, continue walking among the kiosks that offer everything from fresh fish, to flowers and meat while learning everything about it. Continue to the same spot where Anthony Bourdain went in his No Reservations show to try a traditional lunch menu. During the whole tour, benefit from personalized insider tips while exploring a non-touristy place with your small-group. This will be an experience that blends mouth-watering cuisine and wonderful local people, sharing their stories and partaking in conversations.

Cartagena: 3-Hour Bazurto Market Tour

9. 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.

Cartagena: Full-Day Coffee & Cocoa Farm Tour

10. Cartagena: Full-Day Coffee & Cocoa Farm Tour

Get to know the artisanal coffee process while you learn about wonderful life stories from farmers with organic farms. Be immersed in the rich nature inside the forest of the Montes de Maria surrounded by rivers, huge trees, butterflies, and monkeys. Start with a 2-hour drive between Cartagena and San Jacinto, on the way you will learn about the music of the region and its influences. Upon arrival in San Jacinto, the guide will be waiting for you to show you a small local museum built by the local people to tell their story. Continue the adventure aboard a 4x4 vehicle (the only way to get there) to reach the forests where the farms are located. The farmers will tell you about their life and their families and will show you why coffee that grows surrounded by bananas, aguacate, yucca, and chili tastes better. Learn how to roast it over a fire (avoid burning it) and then grind it to taste the best coffee in the world. Back in town, visit the houses of the artisans who weave beautiful hammocks that have a certificate of origin and capture centuries of history in their weavings.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 38 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!

Edward picked us up at the hotel, spoke English very well. Walking through the old city and Getsemani, our guide pointed us to many beautiful items and buildings. Told clearly and comprehensively and understandably, about the things that interest us. There was also a nice interaction and nice humor. And no stops to buy your souvenirs or other things you don't want. We enjoyed

Our guide, Andrea, and her team were professional and very enjoyable. The way she interacted with the community we move through was exceptional. Food choices were delicious albeit fried food was prevalent as street food. We were all very full and happy. I completely recommend this tour!

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.

My guide was a great story teller of the long history in Cartegena. Great orientation of the walled city