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.
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!
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.
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.
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.