One of the most beautiful and important cities in Colombia, Cartagena is ready to showcase its rich and fascinating history. On this private Cartagena tour, enjoy a historical experience sure to leave you satisfied with fun facts and sightseeing. Sites to visit include La Popa Monastery, San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, and the famed Walled City. Other highlights include a local shopping experience and drive through Bocagrande, a luxurious residential area. Enjoy your own private guide and vehicle throughout this Cartagena excursion.
Start your private Cartagena tour with a drive around Manga Island, a luxurious neighborhood famous for its lavish homes and wealthy residents. A winding road leads to the highest point in Cartagena, where Convento de la Popa sits atop a hill. This ornate monastery has a 22-karat gold foil altar and a gorgeous courtyard filled with flowers, a photographer's delight. Even better for pictures is the breathtaking view of the harbor and city.
Continue to San Felipe de Barajas Fortress (named after Saint Philip IV), a striking sixteenth-century fortress atop a lush hill. This historic site is considered the most important work of Spanish Military engineering in South America. Approximately ten minutes will be provided for photographs before continuing your private tour. Head to Las Bovedas (The Dungeons) for some local handicraft shopping in a setting of wonderful architecture. Learn the historical importance of this landmark before continuing to your remaining destinations.
Visit Cartagena's Walled City, considered the old town. This area is a gem of colonial architecture loaded with picturesque monasteries, churches, plazas, palaces, and mansions. Take a leisurely stroll, savoring the architectural details, shops, and local cuisine, then head to the Church of San Pedro Claver for a fascinating history lesson. Spanish-born monk Pedro Claver was nicknamed the "Slave of the slaves" for his lifetime work spent ministering slaves brought from Africa.
Close your private tour with an enjoyable drive through Bocagrande, a luxurious residential area with elegant apartment complexes, hotels, and restaurants. Arrive at Pierino Gallo, a delightful shopping location where you can purchase handicraft items and souvenirs. Afterward, a comfortable drive returns you to port. Book this private Cartagena tour today for a comprehensive historic experience of the city.
Reviewer: Bertina Hallman
Was an informative tour. Our guide was welcoming, informative and able to answer all of our questions. Found the Fortress very interesting. The shopping location was good too. Found the emerald location too focused on sales rather than on the the process. They could work on that part of the presentation.
Reviewer: Valerie Hallman
We were a group of 9 on this tour and we all enjoyed the Tarcoles River tour and we were able to see a number of crocodiles up close. We then moved on to the walk through the rainforest. Part way through the sky opened up and we really got to experience what a rainforest can be! Overall this was a good tour, I will mention though people really have to be aware of their ability when it comes to the rainforest as there are many steps and when the rain starts it gets much more difficult to mange the trail.
Huge learning experience which is what I was looking for. Loved the tour and the guide was very knowledgable as well as personable.