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

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

If you're wanting a complete Cartagena experience with no corners unturned, this private full-day tour is made so you can see the city in the most complete way possible. Taste local foods and visit sights such as San Felipe Castle and the city's main squares. Enjoy optional entry to La Popa Convent. 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 (entry tickets included). Walk through the castle and let your guide bring back to life adventure stories of conquerors, treasures, and pirates. 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. See Santo Domingo Square, the church, and the Cathedral of Santa Catalina de Alejandría. It wouldn’t be the perfect tour of Cartagena without tasting Colombia’s flavors, so you’ll get to try typical coconut sweets and, fried arepa with egg, a traditional snack famous on the Caribbean Coast. If choosing the longer tour option with entry tickets to the Convent of La Popa (Convent of the Stern), round off your tour by visiting the convent and 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.

Cartagena: Mountain Bike Tour Tasting Flavors

2. Cartagena: Mountain Bike Tour Tasting Flavors

This experience begins at the meeting point; in Bike & Arts, our office; where you will meet with the rest of the group, you will receive instructions on the tour from the guide, we will give you a mountain bike adjusted to your size, a helmet, a bottle of water and this is how our journey begins. Tasting tour of typical flavors of our city, a typical fried egg arepa, empanada, patacón with cheese, a natural juice, coffee and when you return to the departure point you will taste typical candies of the region. We will go through the Getsemaní, San Diego and Santo Domingo neighborhoods learning about the history and walking through small streets full of color, with magic, myths and legends, you will learn and get to know the culture, the quality of our people, you will enjoy this wonderful walled city as many people use to call it. . We will make stops for photos because every corner of La Fantástica is an Instagrammable space!

Cartagena Grand City Tour

3. Cartagena Grand City Tour

The charm of Cartagena goes beyond the intriguing streets of the walled city. On this 8 hours tour, visit the most significant treasures of the city accompanied by an expert guide. On the Grand City Tour of Cartagena you will enjoy the magic of the streets, churches, museums and squares of the old Cartagena. As you walk through the streets, be amazed by the contrast between the wealth and magnificence of Calamarí and the warmth and the colorful charm of Getsemaní. Visit the San Felipe fortress, the largest fortification of the Spanish colony, and La Popa Convent, the highest point of the city, to take in some impressive views. Stop in the famous Plaza de la Aduana, and walk further into the old city to the Plaza de Bolivar where you can enjoy one of Cartagena’s best examples of late colonial, local architecture.

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What people are saying about Palace of the Inquisition

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4.7 / 5

based on 11 reviews

This was one of our most favorite experiences in our trip to Cartegena. Jaime was incredibly passionate, joyful, knowledgeable, patient and went above and beyond to give us the time of our life. This is a must for any traveler who wants to hear about the history of Cartegena and cruise around the city!!!

Our guide was Nelson and he was excellent. His 30 years of experience showed. He knows everyone and is very knowledgeable about Cartagena. We had an individual guided tour. Much better than big bus cruise excursions.

Nice to be outside on a bike and learn some history. We stopped frequently in the shade. The bike riding is enjoyable even on the crowded street. Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable.

Johnny our tour guide was amazing. Full of knowledge and was so nice the entire time. 10/10 would recommend.

Tour guide was great and informed on the history of Colombia, was a very fun experience.