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Old Town Cartagena
Old Town Cartagena

Old Town Cartagena

Free admission
Calle 41, Cartagena

The Basics

The Old Town is a staple of most Cartagena sightseeing tours, which provide a comprehensive introduction to the walled city for first-time visitors. Explore top attractions, including the Palace of the Inquisition (Palacio de la Inquisición), the church of San Pedro Claver, and Las Bóvedas (a series of vaults beneath the city) on foot or by bike, Segway, or air-conditioned minibus. Tours typically also cover the nearby San Felipe de Barajas Castle (even though it’s not technically part of the Old Town).

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Private City Tour of Cartagena
Private City Tour of Cartagena
$100.00 per adult
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Amazing private tour of Cartagena
This private tour of Cartagena was such a great experience. Our tour guide Nico was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and very professional. The tour consists of a variety of sights that you must see and has a tremendous amount of history. This tour is a must!
Michael_B, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cartagena

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We had a fantastic experience. Our...
David K, Nov 2017
Walking Tour Cartagena Old City including Gold Museum and Plaza de Bolivar
We had a fantastic experience. Our guide, Rafael, spent almost five hours with us walking the city. The history of Old Town Cartagena is amazing.
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Personal touch in Cartagena
WalterDHD, Feb 2020
Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port
The guide and the driver were great. The guide showed us all we asked to see per the agreement, with ample time for pictures and questions. The guide kept us away from the street hawkers, when he could. We would use this guide and driver again.
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Our guide, Billy, knew everyone...
shar, Feb 2018
Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port
Our guide, Billy, knew everyone! And when we expressed disinterest in visting inside the fort, he immediately suggested something else! Cartagena was a wonderful experience and having an experienced guide made all the difference. Traveling in a small group, we walked parts of the city and then our van would meet us. Always love excursions with a small group.
star-5
Excellent. Another view of Cartagena...
adislenalima, Jun 2015
Walking Tour Cartagena Old City including Gold Museum and Plaza de Bolivar
Excellent. Another view of Cartagena. Excellent guide Mr. Martim.
star-4
Great tour! Only wished they would...
Amber B, Mar 2015
Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port
Great tour! Only wished they would have picked us up at the cruise port. Instead of across at the Texaco station. It was quite a walk to get there.
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By far, my favorite tour of our...
kimjohnson, Feb 2018
Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port
By far, my favorite tour of our cruise. We were met at the end of the pier by someone who took us to our tour guide, Miguel. He has 50 years of tour guide experience and it shows! Made sure we had plenty of photo opportunities and was more than happy to change the tour to fit our needs as my husband and I were the only ones on the tour. He had many connections and we felt we saw so much more than any of the other tours we could have booked! We saw everything from the Castillo San Felipe to the opera house and loved every minute of it!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Old Town Cartagena is one of the city’s highlights, popular with first-time visitors and history buffs.

  • Cobbled streets and uneven surfaces can make tours bumpy for travelers in wheelchairs and families with strollers.

  • There are plenty of accommodation, restaurants, and bars in Old Town Cartagena. During peak season, make hotel and restaurant recommendations in well in advance.

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How to Get There

The vast majority of Cartagena hotels are located in the Old Town, within walking distance of the main square and other attractions. From Cartagena Airport, you can take a private taxi to the Old Town or opt for a local colectivo (shared taxi), which depart from just outside the arrivals hall.

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When to Get There

To avoid the heat of the day, try getting to the Old Town in the early morning or late afternoon. The Plaza de Bolivar also offers shady spots comfortable in the middle of the day, as well as air-conditioned museums and restaurants.

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San Felipe de Barajas Castle

No visit to Cartagena would be complete without a visit to San Felipe de Barajas Castle, the city’s most visible architectural symbol. The 14th-century fortress, built by the Spanish, protected the coastal city from English invasion. The castle attracts visitors interested in its history and its panoramic harbor views.

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