Street Food Tour
Your tour begins at the historic Santa Teresa Square, where you'll walk through some of the most iconic streets of Cartagena with your English-speaking guide. As you walk, look upon the city's 17th century walls, which were built to protect the city - and the gold stored here by imperial Spain - from marauding pirates.
Stop at Simon Bolivar Square for a fruit tasting of the tropical variety, with all of your delectable treats served by local Palenqueras. Then visit Roman Street, where you'll indulge your taste buds with servings of Bollo de Mazorca con queso and Bocadillo con queso costeño.
Next, stop at Palito de Caucho to learn about - and sample - Patacones con queso, a local staple of the Cartagenan diet. Sample freshly caught and prepared shrimp, octopus, and shellfish at the Sombrero Vueltiao, then visit the Donde Magola on Portobello Street for tasty Arepas con huevo Carimanola and empanadas.
Finally, conclude your tour with a palate cleansing drink of refreshing coconut water and rejoin your air-conditioned coach on a trip back to your ship port.
Reviewer: Hal Williamson
Having taken the standard highlights bus/walking tour of old town Cartagena on a previous cruise we were looking for a new twist. When my wife and I met up with our guide Martine we were surprised to learn that this was going to be a personal tour with a guide and a driver in a taxi. Not knowing what to expect, we had eaten a light breakfast on ship. That was totally unnecessary. Our first food stop was at a street vendor where we each had arepas and carimanolas. The tour continued around old town, getting into some areas that our previous tour did not go and stopping at a number of vendors for traditional Colombian snacks and drinks. We had opportunities to interact with native residents of Cartagena and to experience the city in a way that our previous tour had not afforded.