Cartegena is one of the most beautiful cities in Colombia. With a rich and fascinating history, there's plenty to explore. On this private Cartagena tour, enjoy a historical experience sure to leave you satisfied with fun facts and lots of sightseeing. Sites to visit include La Popa Monastery, San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, and the famed Walled City. Other highlights include a local shopping experience and drive through Bocagrande, a luxurious residential area.
Start your private Cartagena tour with a visit to La Popa Monastery. A winding road leads to the highest point in Cartagena, where Convento de la Popa sits atop a hill. This ornate monastery has a 22-karat gold foil altar and a gorgeous courtyard filled with flowers, a photographer's delight. Even better for pictures is the breathtaking view of the harbor and city.
Continue to San Felipe de Barajas Fortress (named after Saint Philip IV), a striking sixteenth-century fortress atop a lush hill. This historic site is considered the most important work of Spanish Military engineering in South America. Approximately ten minutes will be provided for photographs before continuing your private tour. Head to Las Bovedas (The Dungeons) for about 20 minutes of local handicraft shopping in a setting of wonderful architecture. Learn the historical importance of this landmark before continuing to your remaining destinations.
Visit Cartagena's Walled City, considered the old town. This area is a gem of colonial architecture loaded with picturesque monasteries, churches, plazas, palaces, and mansions. Take a leisurely stroll, savoring the architectural details, shops, and local cuisine, then head to the Church of San Pedro Claver for a fascinating history lesson. Spanish-born monk Pedro Claver was nicknamed the "Slave of the slaves" for his lifetime work spent ministering slaves brought from Africa.
Close your private tour with an enjoyable drive through Bocagrande, a luxurious residential area with elegant apartment complexes, hotels, and restaurants. Arrive at Pierino Gallo, a delightful shopping location where you can purchase handicraft items and souvenirs. Afterward, a comfortable drive returns you to port. Book this private Cartagena tour today for a comprehensive historic experience of the city.
Reviewer: David Coon
We couldn't have been happier with this tour. Paulina, our guide, was wonderful. She let us vary somewhat to see things we wanted and was very attentive to our needs. It was very hot and two of our party were not at the top of their game because there had been some illness on the ship. She modified the tour a bit to help. Great bus! New, air conditioned. Highly recommend this excursion.