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Cartagena: Rosario Islands Day Tour with Snorkel & Lunch

1. Cartagena: Rosario Islands Day Tour with Snorkel & Lunch

Experience clear blue waters, white sand, and awesome corals on a day tour to the Corales del Rosario National Park. Discover the group of islands on the coast of Colombia, a perfect natural environment to have fun and relax. Start the day from the meeting point and after a speedboat ride, explore the fortress on Bocachica island. Continue to a relaxing private island where beach chairs and umbrellas await you. Spend time in the sun and have a seafood cocktail or lemonade in one of the most beautiful places you will visit. Afterward, continue to Cholon to enjoy a mini party in the water with music, drinks, and people from other boats. Finally, stop at Playa Blanca in Barú Island, where there will be a more private space waiting for you away from the main concentration of boats and vendors. Here, eat a typical island lunch and spend the rest of the day on the beach, relaxing and swimming, before returning to Cartagena.

Cartagena: Rosario Island and Mangroves Private Day Trip

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

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: Full-Day Coffee & Cocoa Farm Tour

9. Cartagena: Full-Day Coffee & Cocoa Farm Tour

Get to know the artisanal coffee process while you learn about wonderful life stories from farmers with organic farms. Be immersed in the rich nature inside the forest of the Montes de Maria surrounded by rivers, huge trees, butterflies, and monkeys. Start with a 2-hour drive between Cartagena and San Jacinto, on the way you will learn about the music of the region and its influences. Upon arrival in San Jacinto, the guide will be waiting for you to show you a small local museum built by the local people to tell their story. Continue the adventure aboard a 4x4 vehicle (the only way to get there) to reach the forests where the farms are located. The farmers will tell you about their life and their families and will show you why coffee that grows surrounded by bananas, aguacate, yucca, and chili tastes better. Learn how to roast it over a fire (avoid burning it) and then grind it to taste the best coffee in the world. Back in town, visit the houses of the artisans who weave beautiful hammocks that have a certificate of origin and capture centuries of history in their weavings.

Cartagena: 3-Hour Bazurto Market Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about 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.

Best trip of my life, super comfortable and the guide was great and friendly

The tour was great. Jorge did anoutstanding performance.