Hop-on Hop-off Cartagena and Gabo

Price: $50.00
Ages 3 and under are free.
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Numerous bus stops throughout Cartagena.The closest stop is at the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Sunscreen and sunglasses are also recommended. For those wishing to visit any churches, remember that shoulders and knees must be covered.
Restrictions This ticket is valid for 48 hours. Guests must be able to get in and out of the vehicle. City Sightseeing Cartagena offers wheelchair accessible ramps on all buses including one designated wheelchair bay and storage for one collapsible wheelchair. Guests will have to navigate steps to the top deck.

See Cartagena from the perspective of Nobel Prize winner and novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez when you book this self guided audio Hop-On Hop-Off bus and sightseeing tour. With an audio guide that shares the history and tales of the famed Columbian writer as you explore historic and modern sites that inspired his stories, this tour is perfect for bookworms and history buffs alike! Your tour includes a convenient two day Hop-On Hop-Off bus ticket that gives you the flexibility to get on and off at 14 stops like the historic 16th-century fortress of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and the contemporary district of Bocagrande at your leisure as well as a guided walking tour of the historic Old Town district. You'll also get the convenience of listening to a multilingual audio guide available in languages like English, German, and Spanish as you pass by "Gabo inspired" sites like Bolivar Park and Portal de Los Dulces.

Known locally as "Gabo," Gabriel Garcia Marquez was one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature and spent most of his time working and studying in the historic city of Cartagena. This scenic city inspired some of the characters and sites of his magical realism style. Stories like Plaza de la Paz setting in his 1985 novel The General in the Labyrinth and the arcaded walkway of chocolatiers and candy shops along Portal de Los Dulces near the Torre del Reloj or Clock Tower, which served as a reference for the fictional setting of the Arcade of Scribes in his 1985 novel Love in the Time of Cholera. You'll get a chance to discover and explore these sites as you listen to your multilingual audio guide and learn about the history of Gabo, including how he escaped political unrest to land in Bolivar Park nearly penniless and switched his career path from law to journalism only to become an iconic novelist and short-story writer.

Along your "Gabo infused" tour, enjoy the convenience of hopping on and off 14 stops along the 90 minute loop of the Red Bus Route, including a stop in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Town to see historic attractions like the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress constructed in the 1500s to help protect Cartagena from pirate and intruder invasions. Get off at the fourth bus stop at the Torre del Reloj to meet up with your guide on a scenic Old Town walking tour. Conclude your tour by visiting modern sites like the Bocagrande district (the ninth stop on the route), which offers tons of opportunities for shopping for souvenirs.

Whether you're looking to see the historical sites that inspired Gabo's settings or get a glimpse of the very modern hot spots Gabo frequented, this guided tour offers much to see and do. Reserve your spot on this Gabo inspired tour today and immerse yourself in Cartagena from the eyes of a famed writer for an unforgettable experience!