Cartagena Culinary & nightlife

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Cartagena: Rosario Island and Mangroves Private Day Trip

1. Cartagena: Rosario Island and Mangroves Private Day Trip

Embark on a customized day trip from Cartagena and enjoy a trip to some of Colombia's famous sites and beautiful islands along the way. Leave Cartagena and travel to Baru Village and the Rosario Islands, and enjoy boating through the beautiful mangrove forests while trying to spot local wildlife. Enjoy the freedom of a customizable private tour and choose the stops you'd like to visit on the tour for a personalized experience catered to your group. Be picked up from your accommodation and travel by land to Baru Village, about an hour and fifteen minutes outside of the historic center of Cartagena. Start the tour with a visit to the Baru Village and enjoy a tasty traditional breakfast in the village, and visit Villa Bonga before leaving for the mangrove forest and Rosario Islands on the boat. Take the time to stop for a snorkeling activity in a coral reef environment. Stop at a local beach and have a welcome drink while resting on the beach. Enjoy a local lunch from 1-2 pm at a house in Baru before continuing the trip with a walking tour of the village and a visit to some of the village's handcrafters. Return to your hotel following the end of the tour at 3 pm.

Cartagena: Cruise by the Bay with Dinner and Wine

2. Cartagena: Cruise by the Bay with Dinner and Wine

Climb aboard a beautiful yacht and enjoy a 2-hour cruise along the calm waters of Cartagena Bay. Sit back and take in the amazing views of the colonial city from the water. Get a panoramic view of the palm-lined promenades of the upscale neighborhood of Bocagrande as you sail towards the lighthouse. Continue to the elegant district of Castillogrande, and then head back to the inner bay. Soak up the night views of the cruise ship port and residential neighborhoods of Manga and Getsemani. Continue back to the departure pier and enjoy breathtaking views of the old city at night. Enjoy a 3 or 4-course meal. Choose from a menu of seafood risotto, beef in wine sauce or noodles with beef, chicken or shrimp as your main dish. Relax to the sound of background music and experience the magic of the city after dark.

Cartagena: Best Street Food with Local Chef

3. Cartagena: Best Street Food with Local Chef

Discover the relaxed spirit of Cartagena with a tour designed for you to taste caribbean cuisine. This tour will allow you to visit and experience places that are not featured on conventional guides. Meet your local guide at the iconic Clock Tower to begin your route of the best local eats, and key sights of the city. During the morning, visit 9 street food spots, usually unnoticed by foreigners but worshiped by locals. Try original recipes while seeing some of the most important sights of the historic center such as the Plaza de la Paz, Plaza de los Autos, and Proclamation Square. Meet and greet the guardians of local culinary treasure and take home their secrets and recipes. You'll have a small-group experience with no more than 10 people on the tour. Benefit from personalized insider tips about what to do next in Cartagena historic center after the tour has finished. This experience is a blend of mouth-watering cuisine and wonderful local people, get ready to share your stories and be part of the conversation.

Cartagena: Nightlife and Bar-Hopping Tour With Cocktails

4. Cartagena: Nightlife and Bar-Hopping Tour With Cocktails

Enjoy an exciting and social night out on the town in Cartagena during this nightlife experience. Bar hop in charming rooftop bars and get the VIP experience with skip-the-line access and reserved tables. Meet your local hostess and tour group at the Clock Tower to begin your night out on the town. Walk to the first rooftop bar and admire amazing views of the city and the Cartagena sunset. Enjoy skip-the-line access, a reserved table for the group, and a signature cocktail. Next, get the same VIP treatment at another rooftop and gastro bar next to the Navy Museum and meet other interesting people from your group or local patrons. Finally, visit a bar located on top of Cartagena's wall, known for its good vibes and enjoyable music. Revel in the company of a diverse group of people and your hostess, ensuring you have an amazing experience.

Cartagena: Private Rum Tasting

5. Cartagena: Private Rum Tasting

Discover the history behind the drink that represents the Caribbean. Walk through the streets of Getsemani, see iconic places and learn how rum is connected to the daily life of the people of Cartagena. Meet with one of the most knowledgeable rum people in town in one of the small houses in Getsemaní. Learn how to differentiate the rums and recognize their differences, as you share your best memories downed with rum. After having a little introduction and tasting some rums, go out and see what the drink looks like in the daily life of the locals by visiting local stores and bars.

Cartagena: Bazurto Market Food Tour by Anthony Bourdain

6. Cartagena: Bazurto Market Food Tour by Anthony Bourdain

Bring your hunger and get ready to savor new flavors, smells, and experiences reliving the experience of every foodies' favorite host: Anthony Bourdain. He was captivated by the flavors of Cartagena by walking and tasting it at its original location, the Bazurto central market.  Join a chef and follow Anthony Bourdain's steps trying the true local cuisine. Let the aromas, the music, the colors and that relaxed spirit of Cartagena locals get to you while you talk to the superstars of the market.  Discover the best spots in between the mazes of the market to taste a "rainbow of fruits" and find out ingredients that you probably didn’t even know existed. Later, continue walking among the kiosks that offer everything from fresh fish, to flowers and meat while learning everything about it. Continue to the same spot where Anthony Bourdain went in his No Reservations show to try a traditional lunch menu. During the whole tour, benefit from personalized insider tips while exploring a non-touristy place with your small-group. This will be an experience that blends mouth-watering cuisine and wonderful local people, sharing their stories and partaking in conversations.

Cartagena: 2.5-Hour Sunset Boat Party with Free Beer

7. Cartagena: 2.5-Hour Sunset Boat Party with Free Beer

Meet your friendly crew and fellow passengers at Pegasos Dock, where your vessel for the trip awaits. After a short safety briefing, set sail to Cartagena Bay and kick off the celebrations with a complimentary beer. Enjoy a 30-minute panoramic tour of the bay, admiring idyllic views along the way before arriving at a safe-zone near one of the bay’s beautiful beaches. At the safe-zone, cool off from the heat with a refreshing dip in the ocean and have some fun with boat's floats and inflatables. If you’d rather stay onboard, make use of the boat’s facilities including a tanning deck and music system. After a 45-minute stopover, it’s time to set sail again in search of the perfect location to watch the sunset. Arrive at the viewpoint and marvel at the sky transform and change color as the sun sets across the horizon. Soak up the incredible view while sipping on another Cuba Libre cocktail and celebrate this special moment with your newfound friends.  The boat arrives back at the dock by 7 PM, and if you wish to continue the party you can opt for drop-off at a city disco-bar where you will receive free entry and a welcome drink (only on Sunday and Tuesday); Friday you can opt for drop-off in a pool party at cool hostel.

Cartogena: Arepas and Dancing

8. Cartogena: Arepas and Dancing

Enjoy an evening of food and dance in Cartogena. Learn how to prepare the popular and traditional Arepas and taste its fried flavors. Learn how to dance the Champeta and celebrate African roots with immense amounts of food and good people. First, prepare the queen of the fried food table, Arepas, guided by a specialized chef in Caribbean cuisine. Made with yellow corn, discover proper cooking techniques and how to knead the dough. Groove to the salsa brava rhythms and learn the steps to the Champeta. Celebrate African heritage with dance and cauldrons full of fried food. Learn of the most popular cultural symbols in the city and make sure to leave some room for a special sweet surprise.

Cartagena: 3-Hour Bazurto Market Tour

9. Cartagena: 3-Hour Bazurto Market Tour

The Bazurto Market has everything you could ever need. This 3-hour tour is for adventurous souls looking for a glimpse into the lives of the people of Cartagena. Explore the traditional vegetable, fish, meat, fruit, clothing and art market. Marvel at the labyrinth created by the multiple food stands. At every turn there’s an opportunity to taste foods or drinks. If you like, buy the ingredients here and prepare a traditional Colombian meal later, or just enjoy the magical atmosphere of this popular place. After visiting the herb market, the music market and the arts and crafts section, head to the market’s cafeteria for lunch.

Cartagena: Walled City and Getsemani Shared Walking Tour

10. Cartagena: Walled City and Getsemani Shared Walking Tour

Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour. Discover the colonial streets of the Walled City and the vibrant neighborhood of Getsemani as you try some local sweets. Meet your guide at La Plaza de la Aduana. See the colorful colonial houses as you learn about main squares and bastions of the city. Visit Santo Domingo Square and see the Cathedral of Santa Catalina de Alejandria. Afterward, head to the Getsemani neighborhood which is known for having a bohemian spirit. Walk through its streets and alleys boasting vibrant colors. Stroll around picturesque pieces of street art paintings. Taste a variety of typical Colombian sweets as you explore the city. Enjoy some tropical juice from unique fruits, some of which can only be found in the region.

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What people are saying about Cartagena

I had excellent and thoroughly erudite & informative scholar guide Jorge all to myself which made it my own private tour and in Spanish. Luckily I am fluent in Spanish as well, so I took it ALL in and was able to dialogue. I understand he is brushing up on his English so hopefully he will be as thorough. Wow! He made the old city's history and various quarters So fascinating and he delves into the geography, geology & horticulture of the region! I am so grateful for how much I learned as I walked and saw! The last part of the tour is the colorful section called Getsemaní and he brings one close to Plaza de Trinidad where an evening performance by a troupe of traditional Afro-Caribbean music and dance takes place. This was the Best Tour I've had so far in Cartagena!

Luis, was a fantastic guide with and abundance of knowledge to share. He really cared about making sure we were enjoying the trip. We had local food and drink. Went on our own small boat to a local beach where we were NOT harassed by vendors. He took care of everything. He's an owner/operator. We also saved a gaviota that was caught up on a fishing line. Snorkeling was cool. By the end of the day we were exhausted and completely happy with our tour. If you want a local look at the culture and personalized service then do this.

An unforgettable experience. Andrea helped us venture deep into the market and introduced us to vendors and food experiences that we might otherwise have missed. Thanks Andrea for taking care of us and recreating the magic of Anthony Bourdain’s epic culinary travels.

Great food and drinks. Staff was so friendly and there for us. Worth every penny. Views were amazing.

The tour was great. Jorge did anoutstanding performance.