Private Cartagena Highlights
Visit Cartagena's best highlights on this private tour of the city. Visit Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, Las Bovedas, and the Church of San Pedro Claver. This private Cartagena tour will enlighten history buffs and anyone looking to familiarize themselves with Cartagena's beauty. Enjoy the privacy of your own guide and vehicle on this Cartagena excursion.
Begin this private tour by meeting your exclusive guide and embarking to your first destination. As you are comfortably driven through scenic streets, marvel at the stunning architecture in the Manga residential area, a luxurious neighborhood where some mansions have been restored to their historic splendor. Make a stop at the Gold Museum where you will encounter a miniature version of Bogota's world-class gold museum, Museum del Oro. Though small, it offers a fascinating collection of the gold and pottery of the Zenu (also known as Sinu) people, who inhabited the region of the present-day departments of Bolivar, Cordoba, Sucre and northern Antioquia before the Spanish Conquest. Some pieces are exquisitely detailed.
Enjoy a brief photo-stop at the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, a 17th century site considered the most important work of Spanish Military engineering in South America. Afterward, head to Las Bovedas (The Dungeons) for about 20 minutes of local handicraft shopping. Enjoy the wonderful architecture and history of this landmark before continuing to your remaining destinations.
Visit the Church of San Pedro Claver (outside visit only) 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. After this historic landmark, arrive at the Naval Museum, opened in 1992 on the 500th anniversary of Colombus' discovery of the New World.
Your private guide returns you to port, passing through the scenic Bocagrande and Castillo Grande residential areas where you can view the magnificent streets and squares and admire the beautiful balconies.
Book this Cartagena tour today for a comprehensive look at some of the city's best highlights. This is one tour you don't want to miss.
Reviewer: Cindy Howe
Great tour. Lovely city, knowledgeable guide. Could have skipped the emerald "museum" which was mainly a store. Would have been valuable to have more time on your own to eat some local food