Cartagena Tour

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Description & Prices

Cartagena was officially founded and settled under the Spanish Empirein 1533, by Don Pedro de Heredia and took its name from the Spanish city of Cartagena. Before the Spanish conquest, several different indigenous groups that now have descendants in other areas of Colombia and South America inhabited this land—they had abandoned Cartagena before the Spanish arrived. When word spread that gold had been found in the tombs of indigenous leaders, many people began arriving to Cartagena, allowing the area to grow from a village to a city.

In 1561, the Spanish crown codified all transatlantic sailing and named Cartagena as a major port. With this important decision, Cartagena began receiving funds from the Spanish crown that served to improve the city’s defences Because of the new influx of wealth to the city, it became a hot spot for pirates, especially French and English pirates.

One of the first pirates to “attack” Cartagena was the French pirate Robert Baal. After he robbed the city of a hefty amount of gold, the Spanish crown ordered the construction of stone walls to protect the city—these are the same walls you can see today in the historic area of the city adequately called la ciudad amurallada—“the walled city.” Even so, some of the most famous pirate attacks happened during the construction of these walls.

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Location Map

Tour 4D/3N

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    Day 1- Transfer from airport to selected hotel in Cartagena with Real Food, Real Places & Real People. (-/-/-)

    Upon arrival at the Rafael Núñez Airport, you will be met by our representative and will be taken to your hotel. Our guide will assist you at the hotel with the registration procedures (check-in).

    With its breathtaking colonial architecture, horse-drawn carriages and narrow cobbled streets, the city of Cartagena de Indias is one of the most exciting destinations in Colombia. This Caribbean colonial jewel was the first Spanish colony on the South American mainland and one of the main ports for the Spanish fleet which turned the city into an important center of trade in the 16th century. It is a city full of history which has been an inspiration for artists, writers, historians and musicians. This vibrant and colorful city throughout the years has enchanted tourists with its fairy-tale charms that invite people to linger and explore the city for days.

    NOTE: Our transfer fee includes transportation of one bag per person of up to 23kg (50 lbs) plus one carry on. If you plan to travel with additional luggage please let us know in advance in order to assign a different vehicle capacity for the transfer. Please keep in mind that additional costs may be charged.

    Private service with English/Spanish-speaking guide, 2 hour duration, includes typical snack tasting.

    We invite you to enjoy this delicious and colorful experience where you will be able to taste some of the local flavors of the city and learn about its culture. This walking tour through the inner walled section of the colonial city will let you experience Cartagena like a local resident in a neighborhood where people live, eat and shop.

    This experience takes you to discover different sites and people from the colonial city, with whom the local residents relate on a daily basis as they pass by and stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner or typical snacks.

    Featuring seven authentic food stops with different delicious tastings, you get to escape the crowds and taste the best of what the city has to offer.

    Along the way, your guide will entertain and tell you stories and insights into Cartagena’s culture and history. Take a break from being a tourist and discover the real Cartagena with us!

    NOTE: We limit this tour up to 10 passengers. By restricting this tour to such a small number, we can guarantee that you will have a more personal and intimate experience.

    Transportation is not necessary for passengers staying inside the colonial neighborhood. Passengers staying outside the colonial city will have two transfers included in the tour.

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    Day 2 - City tour + Monuments of Cartagena (Historic Center) (B/L/-)

    Private service with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-speaking guide, 4 hour duration, all entrance fees are included.

    The tour begins with a visit to the “Convento de la Popa”, where the city’s highest point is located and you can enjoy the best view of the beautiful city of Cartagena. This convent was built in the 17th century by the Augustinian Monks. Initially it was just a small wooden chapel, but later it was replaced by a strong construction which still remains.

    Continue with a visit to the “Castillo de San Felipe”. This castle was built by the Spaniards in the 1600s and it is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built in a Spanish colony. Located at the top of San Lázaro hill, its purpose was to protect and guard the city’s landward side from any attack or invasion. This fortress provides a complex system of tunnels connected with strategic points to distribute provisions and facilitate a possible evacuation. Additionally, the tunnel’s architecture was built so that any noise would echo along them, in order to make internal communications easier and hear even the slightest sound of the enemies approaching.

    Afterwards, a walk through “Las Bóvedas” is included. These 23 vaults were built in the 18th century and they are considered the last major colonial construction made within the city walls for military purposes. The vaults were used as storerooms for munitions and provisions by the Spaniards, and later on, they became jail cells. Nowadays, they are used as crafts markets where you can find handicrafts, antiques, galleries, jewelry, clothing and souvenirs, among other things.

    At the end of the tour you will visit the “Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver”; this convent was founded in the early 17th century by San Ignacio de Loyola. The name of the church was given in honor to San Pedro Claver, a Jesuit priest who spent his life ministering to the enslaved people brought from Africa. This baroque church has an imposing stone facade and inside there are fine stained-glass windows and a high altar made of Italian marble. You will also find a beautiful cloister surrounded with trees, a museum and the place where San Pedro Claver lived and died.

    NOTE: It is important to remember, when visiting churches, monasteries, and shrines, women should not wear shorts or miniskirts and men should not wear shorts.

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    Day 3 - Rosario Islands (B/L/-)

    Private transfer hotel-port-hotel with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-speaking guide. Shared motorboat transfer from the port to Isla Grande and vice versa. Regular Boat.

    It is time to step outside the walls of Cartagena and experience the beauty of one of the many islands located in Islas del Rosario: Isla Grande.

    The Rosario Islands are located about 30 miles away from the city. An archipelago formed by coral reefs with small white sand beaches, and clear Caribbean waters that invite you to appreciate the diverse marine life. These small islands have been protected by the authorities since 1977, when they were declared a National Park. The park’s coral reefs, mangrove habitats and lagoons support more than 1,300 different species in nearly 500 square miles.

    The day starts at your hotel where you will be picked up and transferred to the port. The boat usually departs at 9:00 am. You will head out from the port into open water for a 60 minute ride approximately to the island. Upon arrival you will disembark and have time to explore the island or just to relax.

    You can sit on the small beach and rest, enjoy a walk around the island, sign up for a diving course in the coral reefs, swim or relax with a massage session. The hotel has a beach front bar and snacks can be purchased throughout the day. You will be arriving back to Cartagena between 4:00 and 4:30 pm.

    Lunch is included with a set menu.

    All extra activities like snorkeling, kayaking, diving course, ecological walks, bicycle rides, massages, etc. must be paid in cash at the island.

    This service does not include guide assistance, only the hotel staff is available on the island.

    Departure time from the island is scheduled between 02:30 and 03:30 p.m. depending on the tide, waves and weather condition.

    Approximate time to enjoy at the island: 5 hours.

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    Day 4 - Private transfer hotel to airport + guide (B/-/-)

    Private transportation with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-speaking guide.

    Our guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and will take you to the Rafael Núñez Airport. We will assist you at the airport during the check-in at the airline counter to help you connect to your next destination.

Inclusions - Exclusions - Notes

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Inclusions

  • Transportation airport / hotel / airport
  • Nights of accommodation in single/double room
  • Entrance fees and activities as described in the program
  • Meals as described in the program
  • Hotel taxes
  • Private services with local English speaking guides
  • Permanent assistance by our offices in each city

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Exclusions

  • International air fares or domestic air fares
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Early check-in, late check-out, services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
  • Tips for guides and hotel staff
  • Activities not described in the program
  • Meals not described in the program
  • Airport taxes

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Important Notes

  • No reservations have been placed
  • This is a preliminary costing; hotels may vary according to availability
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without previous notice
  • Rates are quoted in single/double rooms, for other accommodations such as triple please re-quote.
  • The program is quoted beginning on Friday in Bogotá. If beginning in midweek days, the rate may vary.

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