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Cartagena: Private Bird-Watching Tour with Breakfast

1. Cartagena: Private Bird-Watching Tour with Breakfast

Discover the natural side of Colombia's Caribbean coast on this bird-watching tour with your own private guide. Get picked up from your hotel and travel to a nearby nature reserve to spot native and exotic birdlife. Savor a traditional breakfast along the way. Get picked up from your hotel early in the morning to catch the birds at their most active before the day begins. Travel to a nature reserve located 45 minutes outside the city to begin your bird-watching. The reserve has areas of both tropical forest and gallery forests for optimal bird-spotting. Spot native and exotic birds such as pygmy owls, squirrel cuckoos, and rufous-tailed jacamars. You will also have the opportunity to spot hummingbirds, tanagers, flycatchers, and wrens. Continue bird-watching until 9:00 AM when you will stop for a traditional Colombian breakfast before continuing your tour until noon, when you will be dropped off back at your hotel. Your guide will send you the photos of your tour when you get back.

Cartagena: Rosario Island and Mangroves Private Day Trip

2. Cartagena: Rosario Island and Mangroves Private Day Trip

Embark on a customized day trip from Cartagena and enjoy a trip to some of Colombia's famous sites and beautiful islands along the way. Leave Cartagena and travel to Baru Village and the Rosario Islands, and enjoy boating through the beautiful mangrove forests while trying to spot local wildlife. Enjoy the freedom of a customizable private tour and choose the stops you'd like to visit on the tour for a personalized experience catered to your group. Be picked up from your accommodation and travel by land to Baru Village, about an hour and fifteen minutes outside of the historic center of Cartagena. Start the tour with a visit to the Baru Village and enjoy a tasty traditional breakfast in the village, and visit Villa Bonga before leaving for the mangrove forest and Rosario Islands on the boat. Take the time to stop for a snorkeling activity in a coral reef environment. Stop at a local beach and have a welcome drink while resting on the beach. Enjoy a local lunch from 1-2 pm at a house in Baru before continuing the trip with a walking tour of the village and a visit to some of the village's handcrafters. Return to your hotel following the end of the tour at 3 pm.

Cartagena: 5 Islands Tour with Snorkeling and Plankton

3. Cartagena: 5 Islands Tour with Snorkeling and Plankton

Explore one of the Caribbean's top destinations, full of wonderful beaches, snorkelling opportunities and history, in Cartagena's surrounding islands. Get deeply acquainted with the former colonial port turned touristic hub with an extensive tour of its most iconic locations. Begin early in the morning, at 7:30 am, leaving from the hotel area in Bocagrande or Laguito, as well as the northern part of Cartagena. Rendezvous with your guide for the tour at the Pegasus Pier, where a sport boat will be waiting to take you sailing across the entire Bay of Cartagena. You will sail around the island of Bocachica, a stunning sight and where the city's first fortification was built. Stop at Isla Grande, famous for the mansion Pablo Escobar built, as well as the wreckage of one of his private planes. Following this landmark, the snorkelling begins in the natural pool of San Martín de Pajarales. Relax afterwards at the Cholón Island with a typical Caribbean lunch, as well as music coming from boats and yachts. Once rested, you'll head to Agua Azul Island, where crystal clear water greets you to enjoy of an unforgettable landscape. Just as the night begins to roll in, you'll head to a beach to witness the light show put on by the plankton. Marvel at their bioluminescent effect before heading back to the bus shuttles that will drive you back to your lodging.

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.

From Cartagena: Rosario Islands Private Boat Tour

5. From Cartagena: Rosario Islands Private Boat Tour

Welcome to our Rosario Island Tour! This experience is perfect for those who want to explore the beautiful Caribbean waters and beaches of Colombia.(Private boat) We will start our adventure by picking you up from Nautical Club. From there, we will set sail towards the Rosario Islands, a group of 28 small islands located about an hour away from Cartagena. Once we arrive at the islands, we will have plenty of time to explore and enjoy the crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches. You can swim, snorkel, sunbathe, or simply relax and take in the stunning scenery. During the tour, we can stop by to a recommend restaurant where you can have a delicious lunch featuring local cuisine, including fresh seafood and tropical fruits. (Not including in the price) Our experienced guide will be with you throughout the tour to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience. We will also provide all necessary snorkeling equipment and life jackets. At the end of the day, we will take you back to the Nautical Club, leaving you with unforgettable memories of your Rosario Island adventure. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to discover the beauty of the Colombian Caribbean!

From Cartagena: Mangroves Trip With Lunch

6. From Cartagena: Mangroves Trip With Lunch

Journey from Cartagena to the nearby fishing village of La Boquilla. Experience the atmosphere of a place that has retained its Afro-Caribbean heritage from the days when the area was once a haven for freed slaves. Meet locals who are proud of their African ancestry and children feel the rhythm of the percussion in each movement. Boat through the mangrove forest and keep your eyes peeled for the amazing animals native to the region. Take in the unique surroundings of the swamp as you pass through bright tunnels formed by dense foliage overhead. See the fishermen pulling in their nets. When you return from your mangrove adventure, dig in to a delicious lunch of typical Afro-Caribbean cuisine. Enjoy the flavors of coconut and other local seasonings common to Caribbean gastronomy mixed with fresh, locally-caught seafood. Take a short walk on the beach to digest your lunch before heading back to Cartagena. 

Cartagena: Scuba Diving Day Trip at Playa Blanca with Lunch

7. Cartagena: Scuba Diving Day Trip at Playa Blanca with Lunch

An air-conditioned bus will pick you up at your accommodation in the tourist area of Bocagrande or Laguito, those not staying in this area must go to the meeting point, the 2 big pegasus statue across the street from the clock tower. the trip takes approximately one hour to the island of baru, the bus has to cross a bridge that has been built 8 years ago. After one hour trip you will arrive at Baru Island where the adventure begins. At the restaurant where lunch will be served, you can wait for the instructor to contact you to start the activity. The course consists of 30 minutes of theory, preparation and equipment set up, 15 minutes of transportation in a boat. You will contemplate the underwater world, interact with a great variety of species, explore the coral reefs and discover what the depths of the sea can teach you. 1 hour of diving in the reefs and 15 minutes of return to the beach. At 12 o'clock you can enjoy a delicious typical lunch with options of fried fish, grilled chicken or vegetarian. accompanied by rice, salad and plantains. After lunch you can enjoy an afternoon of a relaxing sea bath, breeze, sun and a beautiful view in a place of turquoise waters and white sand and you use chairs, beach beds and umbrellas included in the tour. You can do a walking tour on the beach and see the culture of the native islanders (Don't forget the name of the restaurant or any reference point, before the walk). At 2:30 a guide will be calling you to leave to take the boat to go to playa blanca and walk to catch the bus at 3:00 you will arrive in Cartagena at 4:30 depending on the traffic since it is rush hour. You will be dropped off at the lodging where you were picked up or at the meeting point for the others.

Cartagena: Historic Center Memory Photo Shoot

8. Cartagena: Historic Center Memory Photo Shoot

Cartagena Memory Session is an outdoor photoshoot where we freeze your travel memories with a unique view and cinematic aesthetic. My team and I, Paola H Sanchez are ready to host you and create the best shoot for you. We go for more, we do not follow trends, get ready for authentic memories. The journey takes approximately 2 hours of the photo session, we walk around Centro including Gethsemane hood (which belongs to Centro) finding the best light, spot, and scene. Can be done in the early morning from 6-7-8 am or afternoon time starting at 15.30 Solo travel, Families, Couple Shoots, Group Travel (Fee changes must apply according to group size) It is more than a photo session; It is A Travel Experience. Book yours!

Cartagena: Sunset Sea Kayaking Tour

9. Cartagena: Sunset Sea Kayaking Tour

Experience Cartagena from the water's edge during a sunset kayaking adventure from Castillogrande Beach and Cartagena Bay. Paddle a sea kayak along the complex and diverse coastline as you discover the most enchanting features of this beautiful city. Choose between a shared or private tour then enjoy a very gentle paddle of about 2 km which requires no previous kayaking experience. After a short instructional session, make your way from Castillogrande Beach with your guide through the warm waters of the Caribbean until you reach the Cartagena Bay. Float along at your own pace, taking in the beauty of the changing landscape around you. After seeing the sunset, return to the meeting point, taking home beautiful memories.

Totumo Volcano and Mud Baths: Day Tour from Cartagena

10. 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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The execution of the tour was by the company BackPackers. The guides seemed a little lost in organizing the exit at the meeting point. Very good boat and guide (Christopher) very friendly, always attentive. They reversed the tour claiming that Baru was too crowded. Stop at Cocotea for a drink was quick. Basic snorkeling, not much to see. Cholon was pretty crowded. Lunch in Baru was nice. It's worth noting that it's not quite "lunch included". Each person has a credit of 25K pesos, the rest is up to you (25K pesos pays for a hotdog).

We had a great time Our tour guide Andres was an excellent guide guy He even took some Pics of us and Gave or to us Without any charge ,all The guys that help Him the set Up were great!!! I am glad that we decided to see the the sunset in a different way!!!!!!!!

The mud was just the right temperature and had a lovely texture. The actual mud bath area is about the size of a large hot tub. It was a great experience. Note that everyone involved in the process will swarm for tips at the end, so have a lot of small currency.

Amazing teachers, they were super patient with us and we got beautiful pictures.

Wonderful way to see the islands and so much fun!!