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San Felipe de Barajas Castle

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San Felipe de Barajas Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cartagena: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Optional Attractions

1. Cartagena: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Optional Attractions

Located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, few places on Earth are as beautiful as Cartagena. Sightseeing in this astounding city is a hugely enjoyable experience, offering both modernity and history. There is something to suit all tastes. From beautiful architecture to striking monuments, there is plenty of inspiring sightseeing opportunities while on your City Sightseeing bus tour. Discover all of beautiful Cartagena in 14 bus stops, as you explore the city's beautiful architecture and striking monuments in the most flexible and enjoyable way. Visit key sites in the city, such as the Clock Tower, the San Felipe Fortress, the walled city, the Rafael Núñez House, Rio Casino, and much more. With the many stops along the way, there are things to suit all tastes, including a complimentary walking tour inside the walled city, starting every day at 4:00 PM in front of the clock tower (stop 4). Choose between a 1-day pass and a 2-day pass. Take advantage of adapting your day along the routes between 9:00 AM and 7:30 PM. If you prefer, remain on the bus tour for the entire loop, listening to the informative audio commentary. You will see palaces, monasteries, plazas, and beautiful overhanging balconies, as well as Colombia's major seaside resorts, where you can enjoy beaches and scuba diving opportunities. Stops 1. Muelle de la Bodeguita 2. Centro de Convenciones 3. San Sebastian del Pastelillo 4. Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower) 5. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas 6. Rafael Nunez Museum 7. Boquetillo (entrance to the Walled City) 8. San Francisco (entrance to the Walled City) 9. Plaza Bogrande 10. Avenida San Martin 11. Casino Rio 12. Hotel Caribe 13. Hotel Hilton 14. Iglesia de Castillo Grande

Cartagena: Guided City Tour w/ La Popa and San Felipe Castle

2. Cartagena: Guided City Tour w/ La Popa and San Felipe Castle

Discover the magic of Cartagena — declared a World Heritage Site for its architectural distinction and its history — on this 4-hour, small-group tour. Visit the main sites around the city and learn the rich stories behind its culture. Head to the La Popa monastery, located on the tallest hill in the city, to get amazing views and take the best pictures from above. From there, explore the Fort San Felipe de Barajas, a 16th-century hilltop fortress built by the Spanish to protect against pirates and the English navy. Your guide will accompany you to tell the stories within the fort and explain more of its importance to Cartagena. Make a quick stop at an emblematic symbol of Cartagena — the Old Shoes Monument — and continue into the Walled City. Take a guided walk around the historic center and gain a deep understanding of its culture and architecture before returning to your hotel.

Cartagena: Walled City, San Felipe, La Popa Tour & Tastings

3. Cartagena: Walled City, San Felipe, La Popa Tour & Tastings

Whether you are short on time or you are wanting a complete Cartagena experience with no corners unturned, this private full-day tour is made so you can experience the city in the most complete way possible. Enjoy a local meal and visit sights such as San Felipe Castle and the Gold Museum. Start the day by meeting your local guide, who will pick you directly up from your hotel or address. Then, head first to the historic San Felipe Castle, the city’s old fortress built by Spaniards. Walk through the castle and let your guide bring back to life adventure stories of conquerors, treasures, and pirates, while you learn more about how Colombia became so mixed due to African, indigenous, and Spanish roots. Visit afterward the Walled City of Cartagena and stroll around the colonial and colorful houses as you get to know more about the main squares and bastions that traced the city’s path to independence. Visit Santo Domingo’s square and church, the Cathedral of Santa Catalina de Alejandría, and the Gold Museum. It wouldn’t be the perfect tour of Cartagena without tasting Colombia’s flavors, so you’ll have typical coconut sweets, fried arepa with egg, a traditional snack famous in the Caribbean Coast, and the raspao, a snow cone with a sugary, flavored syrup on top. If choosing the longer 8-hour tour option, you will finish your tour by going to the Convent of La Popa (Convent of the Stern), a viewpoint located at the top of a hill where the city, its sea, and one of its islands can be seen and photographed. Cartagena is not only the touristic capital of Colombia but one of the most memorable cities that holds Colombia’s history, making it a place for culture, tradition, and diversity, with many historic places and unique corners to discover.

Cartagena: Bike Tours Around the City

4. Cartagena: Bike Tours Around the City

In a shared or private group and with the expertise of a local guide, get to know the lively and colorful city of Cartagena by bike. Choose whether to begin your tour at the meeting point or upgrade your experience to include hotel pickup. Select between 2 tour routes: Historic Route: Enjoy a dynamic and fun tour of the entire walled city, seeing and discovering its monuments and history. Explore walls, bastions, fortifications, museums, squares, parks, and the Palace of the Inquisition. Visit one of the most emblematic Colonial Old Houses in the historic center, and find out about its history. See a display of an original cannon bullet dating back to the 17th century and go up to the lookout balcony where you can take amazing pictures from above Cartagena and have a complimentary refreshing drink. Also visit the San Felipe Fortress and Getsemaní, the most famous and oldest neighborhood in Cartagena with over 450 years of history (entrances fees are not included). If your tour leaves after 10 AM, you will have time to stop at a local craft beer shop where you will be given a tasting of different beers. Graffiti & Arts Route: Embark on a cultural tour and discover the graffiti and urban street art scenes of Getsemaní. Visit local artists' studios, and learn about the cultural richness of Cartagena and its historical roots. If you wish, you can make your own painting and buy it as a memory.

Cartagena: City Tour and Coffee Tasting

5. Cartagena: City Tour and Coffee Tasting

This tour begins with a visit to the San Felipe Castle, a fort built by the Spanish on top of a mountain to gain control of the bay. There, you will have the opportunity to discover the impressive architecture and history behind it. The city tour of Cartagena will continue with a pleasant walk through the Historic Center where you will visit the Clock Tower in the Plaza de la Aduana, a place used for the trade of enslaved Africans during the colonial period. Then you will go to the square in front of the San Pedro Claver Church, a historic church that exhibits art and religious history. From there, we continue to Plaza de Bolivar surrounded by some of the city's most iconic colonial buildings and make a stop for a small coffee tasting to understand why Colombian Coffee is world wide known. Finally we will leave through the Clock Tower to pass by Centenario Park, a beautiful oasis in the middle of downtown where free sloths, marmosets, iguanas and other animals live and finish our tour in Getsemaní, a very special neighborhood, very colorful, full of graffiti, flowers, colorful houses and music everywhere.

Cartagena: Private City Tour

6. Cartagena: Private City Tour

Make the most of this private tour to visit the principal sites of interest in the old city of Cartagena — all while traveling in comfort, on board a luxury air-conditioned vehicle. Starting in the downtown area, you will head to the Manga neighborhood, where you can appreciate the beautiful mansions built at the beginning if the 20th century. Continue on to the highest part of the city where there is a convent dating from the beginning of the 17th century. Visit the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, considered the most important fortification in South America. From here, you will head to the walled city with a stop for some shopping. Following a little retail therapy, visit the different squares of the city and admire the old colonial houses. After a journey of historical discovery, fast forward to the present day and explore the modern part of Cartagena, including the Bohemian neighborhood of Gethsemani. This neighborhood is so authentically charming and on the cusp of commercial explosion. Immerse yourself in Spanish colonial architecture, dance halls, graffiti art, boutique hotels, food vendors and stunning public plazas.

Cartagena: Sightseeing Guided Walking City Tour

7. Cartagena: Sightseeing Guided Walking City Tour

Be picked up by your guide at your hotel lobby. We will begin our tour with a panoramic tour across the beautiful Cartagena Bay, often referred to as the "Jewel of the Caribbean". After this, we’ll do a panoramic tour at the Manga Island. Further on, we’ll visit the San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas), the largest military structure built in America Colony Time by Spain in the Americas, which took 36 years to be completed, and covers almost the entire Cerro de San Lázaro from whose summit we can appreciate another perspective of the marine landscape. Upon descending there is a brief stop for photos of the Los Zapatos Viejos (“Old Shoes”) bronze statue, an emblem of the city. We continue on to the colonial center passing by the India Catalina monument and the Clock Tower, icons of the city from which taking a pleasant walk through the interior of the historical center and its walled area “Las Bovedas”, Santo Domingo streets and squares, visiting: the Plaza de la Aduana (“Customs Park”), Plaza de Los Coches (“Park of Cars”), San Pedro Claver Church, as well as various ramparts and colonial buildings. We finish the tour at the Las Bóvedas artisanal market. Return to your hotel in our comfortable vehicle, or if you prefer, stay around the walled sector to enjoy the various cafés, bars, and restaurants. This tour includes admission fees to the points of interest.

Cartagena City Tour: 4-Hour Cruise Excursion

8. Cartagena City Tour: 4-Hour Cruise Excursion

You’ll be met at the pier by a smiling member of the tour operator’s staff, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. The 4-hour tour begins with a drive around the Manga neighborhood to see the Moorish and Republican houses. Stop at San Felipe Fort, one of the most outstanding strongholds built in America during colonial times. Follow this with a visit to Las Bovedas, a handicraft store that is filled with souvenirs of all kinds. Enjoy a walking tour around the old city (approximately 55 minutes in duration). During the walk you’ll stop to visit the Church of St. Peter Claver and the church’s museum (around 30 minutes). Head next to the modern side of the city for a sightseeing tour and for views of the Bay of Cartagena. Your last stop will be at the Emerald Museum, where a professional guide will teach you how to recognize an original Colombian emerald (30-minute visit). After this unique excursion, you’ll be transferred back to the pier.

Cartagena Grand City Tour

9. Cartagena Grand City Tour

The charm of Cartagena goes beyond the intriguing streets of the walled city. Visit the most significant treasures of the city accompanied by an expert guide. On the Grand City Tour of Cartagena you will enjoy the magic of the streets, churches, museums and squares of the old Cartagena. As you walk through the streets, be amazed by the contrast between the wealth and magnificence of Calamarí and the warmth and the colorful charm of Getsemaní. Visit the San Felipe fortress, the largest fortification of the Spanish colony, and La Popa Convent, the highest point of the city, to take in some impressive views. Stop in the famous Plaza de la Aduana, and walk further into the old city to the Plaza de Bolivar where you can enter the Inquisition Palace, one of Cartagena’s best examples of late colonial, local architecture.

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What people are saying about San Felipe de Barajas Castle

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 280 reviews

Jaime did an excellent job in giving the historical details of the city. He is bubbly and high energy. I would recommend this for an experienced bike rider. There are no bike paths so will ride on street at times and a lot of cars in area. I loved seeing the city on bike bc you get a great view in short time to then allow you to explore the areas you liked the most. Also provided us good communication in booking and flexibility due to the rain. Will do again!

Excellent tour to get to know the city, highly recommended. Tour the best tourist attractions in the city while they explain each place visited. What I liked the most is that I can get off the bus, visit each tourist point as long as I want and board another with 45-minute intervals.

The tour was excellent and my tour guide Jhon was absolutely amazing! Very informative on the whole tour. I was very lucky I was the only person on this tour for that day so it made the experience even better than I imagined. Absolutely recommend the tour and tour guide.

Very informative and attentive guide (Nico). Comfortable transportation. Great experience. The guide even had cold water for the guests. At the end of the tour the guide recommended a great restaurant to have lunch.

Delightful and informative way to see Cartagena! Lots of fun and a great introduction to the history and neighborhoods of Cartagena.