Get in touch with nature on this fun Cartagena mangroves tour. Your Cartagena canoe tour takes you around La Boquilla, a charming fishing village that dates back to the slave trade. Cartagena was once one of South America's prominent slave trading ports; La Boquilla was founded by slaves who managed to escape their captors.
Upon arriving at La Boquilla, you'll board your canoe and glide past the area's beautiful mangroves. As you make your way through the water, be on the lookout for egrets, pelicans and other cool creatures. Your guide will provide fun facts about your surroundings and is open to answering any questions you may have. The canoe portion of this Cartagena tour lasts roughly 45 minutes.
When you're done canoeing, your tour continues with a trip to Las Bovedas (The Vaults). This former dungeon has since been converted into a market where vendors sell arts, crafts and other souvenirs to take home with you. You will spend about 20 minutes here before returning to the pier.
Reviewer: Paul Santori
Can't think of enough good things to say about this tour. Londono our guide's encyclopedic knowledge of just about everything having to do with anything in this area and Colombia in general was amazing. The mangroves were lovely with much bird life. The company that provided the boats and boatman for that were great. The coconut milk and fresh coconut meat at the end were a nice treat. After a trip to the souvenir market, which was supposed to end our tour, Londono surprised us by offering to take us around the old city, something which we weren't expecting and which I feel he did because of the great pride and love he has for Cartagena in particular and Colombia in general. He even offered to show us some nice restaurants to go to but we opted to head back to the ship after an extremely wonderful and informative visit, all thanks to the awesome Londono. Our driver was also very professional, polite and friendly.
Reviewer: R. Shneidman
Add out props to all the others giving kudos to Londoño and our driver. Truly a special day. Wear plenty of mosquito repellent!
Reviewer: Steve and Marjorie Finucane
Londono was a great guide in the mangroves and also pointed out highlights of the the old city on our route.
We had a fantastic time in Cartagena! Our guide Londono was great companion, very knowledgeable about the city and the culture, so we were able to make the best of the few hours in Colombia and saw not only the old city but the beautiful mangroves. Great tour!
We were met by a knowledgeable, seasoned 77 yr old guide, Londono, who was professional, spoke English well, and was took great care of us! We stopped at San Felipe fortress before heading to the fishing village of La Boguilla. We were taken on the mangroves tour where small crabs and barnacles hold on to the mangrove root stalks. We saw many bird species, watched fishermen throwing their weighted nets to catch fish and crabs, and kids on a small wooden raft they made from flotsam. After a fresh coconut water break, the city tour was equally interesting as we walked the old streets learning Colombian history and culture. It was an excellent day!