Dive into the local gastronomy while sampling lip-smacking treats, fresh fruits and a delicious lunch. Your guide will take you to selected places on a route designed to give you a complete overview of the food, the culture and the history of the city.
What to Expect
Although Cartagena is not the capital of Colombia, it is considered by many as the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean. This 500-year-old city has been molded by the merchants, pirates, explorers and missioners that came form all over the world leaving behind a rich heritage. Mix this with the native Colombian cultures and the vast diversity of ingredients found in the region and you have as a result a bustling gastronomic scene, overflowing with exotic flavors, fruits that you have never seen before, preparations that challenge creativity and locals who are proud to share their gastronomic treasure with the world.
On this tour, you will dive into the local gastronomy while sampling lip-smacking treats, fresh fruits and a delicious lunch. Your guide will take you to selected places on a route designed to give you a complete overview of the food, the culture and the history of the city. The tour starts at the Clock Tower where your guide will meet you. From here we will walk to the Getsemani neighborhood, where we will have our breakfast stop. We will try Arepa de Huevo (deep-fried ground maize flat bread filled with an egg) with chilly sauce and suero costeño (a kind of thick curd). Together with some tinto (a lighter version of an Americano) makes the perfect breakfast for the day ahead.
From here you'll will take a taxi to the Bazurto local market and walk the busy and narrow alleys of this market, bustling with vendors selling all kinds of fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and meet. We will have a stop to sample some fruits that you have never heard of, and interact with the friendly shop owners. After that, we will head back to the old city, straight to one of the busiest bakeries, where hot pandebonos (manioc bread with salted cheese with guava paste) and pasteles de pollo (chicken stuffed pasties) are grabbed from the shelves, and accompanied by a chilled níspero or guanabana juice. Finally, you'll will walk the picturesque streets of the old town until you reach one of the few remaining restaurants where locals actually eat. Here you will finish the gastronomic adventure with a homemade sancocho de pescado (fish stew) and a coconut sweet that will leave you ready for a well-deserved afternoon nap.
- English-speaking guide
- Transfer: City Center – Bazurto Market - Center (Taxi)
- Guided tour at the market
- Food at every stop
What's Not Included
- Travel or accident insurance
- Personal expenses or tips
Know Before You Go
Let your tour operator know of any allergies or food restrictions in advance.