Private tour

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

4.6 / 5

13 reviews

Activity provider: Gran Colombia Tours

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

Activity provider: Gran Colombia Tours
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From US$ 78.44 per person

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Discover the most important places of Cartagena and experience them authentically during this multi-stop, private full-day trip. Spot historic sights, explore hidden gems, and taste local foods.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 5 - 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
If you have a layover in Cartagena, please select the airport or the cruise ship terminal as a pickup point.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Savor authentic flavors while tasting typical Caribbean sweets and snacks
  • Discover the historical Walled City and its squares, fortresses, and bastions
  • Explore the San Felipe Castle and the Gold Museum
  • Enrich your tour with a visit to La Popa for views of Cartagena’s landscapes
  • Get plenty of unique photo opportunities to capture your unforgettable trip
Full description

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.

  • Local guide
  • Walking tour
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Arepa de huevo tasting (corn cakes stuffed with egg)
  • Raspao and other local sweets tasting
  • Coconut water tasting
  • San Felipe de Barajas Castle entry
  • La Popa Convent entry (if option chosen)
  • All-risk insurance
  • Lunch
  • Extra purchases
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Be aware this tour is mostly walking
  • Cartagena's Gold Museum is closed on Mondays, however, the guide will give you options for another museum according to your interests
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 13 reviews

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The tour was excellent and my tour guide Jhon was absolutely amazing! Very informative on the whole tour. I was very lucky I was the only person on this tour for that day so it made the experience even better than I imagined. Absolutely recommend the tour and tour guide.

July 4, 2022

The tour was educational and fun. We had Edgar as our tour guide, and he knew a lot about the city. It was great to learn more about the culture in Cartagena as well as the history of how the city was established. Edgar was very patient and amicable. Would highly recommend!

March 31, 2022

April 29, 2022

Product ID: 396382