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Mangroves Tour

Price: $87.00
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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.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Cultural, Active
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Comfortable light clothing and walking shoes (sneakers)
Maximum per canoe is 3 passengers and maximum weight for the canoe ride is 400 lbs
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 7 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsFantastic dayJune 11, 2018

Reviewer: Patty Gardner
Toured the mangroves with our guide and a gondolier. No "canoeing" involved except sitting in the boat. Peaceful and packed with wildlife. Then shopping at the dungeons and a tour of the old city before back to the visitor center by the dock, which was itself lovely with a tropical bird park.

5 StarsLovely timeMay 22, 2017

Reviewer: Alan Potter
We took the Mangroves Tour April 13th, 2017. From the beginning, it was so much more than we expected. We soon arrived at La Boquilla, and saw the authentic canoe. We loved it. We spent the next 45 minutes going around the tunnels (naturally occurring, I understand) and just feeing the beauty of nature in this unusual place. There is nothing like the mangroves in our part of the world, so it was just lovely to relax in the dugout canoe, and enjoy what we do not see. The mangroves were so wonderfully calm and peaceful compared to the city. They seemed almost untouched. We saw crab traps and fishing nets, and many birds, and, of course, the mangroves, the intertwined roots rising up almost impossibly in the water. After our mangrove cruise, we were given cold coconuts to drink. A lovely touch. Then, having enjoyed the peace, we returned to the Old City, and were given a personal and informative tour.

4 StarsCartegena shore excursion-Mangroves TourMarch 31, 2017

Reviewer: Ray Rumsey
Nice change for a shore excursion at Cartegena, Columbia. Small group (just 2 of us), short tour of the old town, interesting drive to the Mangroves. Experienced a local fishing village and "real" dugout canoe trip.

4 StarsGreat funMarch 30, 2017

My husband and I got a personal tour with Andy and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. After the hustle and bustle of the walled city the day before this tour was so peaceful. And it was Beautiful!! We got to see some of the real South America away from the touristy stuff and it was amazing. Our guide and driver were friendly and Andy gave us a lot of info.

5 StarsExcellent private tourJanuary 16, 2017

Reviewer: Roger Kozak
Victoria and her driver where excellent! Victoria was very knowledgeable, personable and a great guide for this tour. We where very impressed and would highly recommend.

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