Private Cartagena Architecture and Museums
Home to many fascinating museums, historical buildings, residences, a fortress, and the Inquisition Palace, Cartagena is a great place to splurge on a private tour.
Depart from the pier in personal air-conditioned comfort. Your private tour starts with a panoramic view of the military fort of San Felipe de Barajas. Situated outside the walled city, this colossal fort is considered to be the most outstanding feat of Spanish military engineering in the new world. Its construction began in 1536 and lasted for 121 years.
Next, continue to the El Cabrero neighborhood for a visit to the Rafael Nunez House and Museum. One of the most illustrious Cartageneros of all time, Rafael Nunez was President of Colombia four times. He wrote the words of the National Anthem and created the Colombian constitution of 1886. The house where he lived and died is built in the spectacular Antilles Architectural style and is now a museum of his life.
The historic colonial city of Cartagena is surrounded by 9 miles of ramparts built over 194 years, enabling Cartagena to defend itself from the attacks of marauding English pirates. A visit to Las Bovedas within the walled city ramparts shows you where provisions were originally stored for the troops. Today, this space is home to a high quality handicrafts market selling brightly decorated cloth, woodwork, and woven bags made by some of the indigenous peoples of Colombia. During your private guided walk, you'll see some of the most impressive and best preserved colonial Spanish architecture in South America with its imposing merchant's houses, narrow streets, flower bedecked balconies, stunning civic buildings, and beautiful churches.
Continue onward for a visit to the Inquisition Palace. The aim of the Inquisition was to judge crimes against the Catholic faith, however it never recognized anyone as innocent. Built in 1776, this building is an important example of eighteenth centurycivilian architecture. The last highlight of your tour is at the Plaza Bolivar, where the Gold Museum houses a complete and beautiful archeological display of pre-Colombian cultures and the fabled El Dorado.
Don't miss out and book this Cartagene private tour today.
Please Note: The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays, alternatively you will visit Galeria Cano next door which has a replica of the Gold Museum.