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Colonial Sites in Cartagena

Colonial Sites in Cartagena

Set on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Cartagena is recognized by UNESCO for its colonial walled city, military forts, and ornate churches. From San Pedro Claver church to the Torre del Reloj city gate, here are the colonial sites you can’t miss.   What to See

  • Castillo de San Felipe: This mountaintop fort was built in the 17th century.
  • La Popa Monastery: Located at the top of Mount Popa, this monastery was founded by Augustinian monks in 1607.
  • Torre del Reloj: This clock tower is the original entrance to the fortified city of Cartagena.
  • Plaza de la Aduana: The Old Town is home to this large square where the former Royal Customs House is now the City Hall.
  • San Pedro Claver church: This church was built in the early 17th century along with its monastery.
  • Cathedral of Cartagena: Construction began on this cathedral in 1577 and continued for more than 80 years.

  How to Visit

  • Climb aboard the hop-on hop-off bus for quick access to 10 stops across the city.
  • Book a historical walking tour within the colonial walled city to learn about the influence of the Spanish.
  • Set out on an architecture-focused tour for an in-depth look at the architectural style of Cartagena.
  • Cover ground quickly with a bike tour.
  • Explore at your own pace with an informative audio guide.
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Private City Tour of Cartagena

Private City Tour of Cartagena

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Get an intimate look at the historic streets and monuments of Cartagena during this 4-hour private tour. Discover this Caribbean city’s wealth of beautiful architecture, starting with the elegant mansions of the Manga neighborhood and continuing to monuments like San Felipe Castle and the Monastery of La Popa. You’ll also wander the UNESCO World Heritage-listed walled city and its atmospheric public squares before finishing in Cartagena’s more modern districts like Bocagrande. A private guide and vehicle, all entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are also included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00

City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover the captivating colonial charm of Cartagena on a spectacular City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city. See all of Cartagena’s alluring attractions from the unique perspective of a double-decker bus; visit the renowned Rafael Núñez house, the colossal Castillo de San Felipe, and the legendary statue of Simon Bolivar. Enjoy unlimited hopping on and off for 48 hours as you experience the ultimate way to see the city sights.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00
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$15.00

Cartagena Bike Tour

Cartagena Bike Tour

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A bike tour is a fun way for first-time visitors to discover Cartagena. Catch a breeze and cover more ground than is possible on a walking tour as you follow your guide down a mostly flat route to Cartagena sights such as churches, monuments, and parks, all as your guide shares fun stories about the city’s history and culture that you might miss on your own.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
Price varies by group size
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$50.00
Price varies by group size

Half-Day Tour of Cartagena by Air-Conditioned Vehicles

Half-Day Tour of Cartagena by Air-Conditioned Vehicles

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Absorb the color and charisma of Cartagena on a half-day tour of the UNESCO-listed Colombian city. In a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll admire the beautiful mansions of Manga and ascend to La Popa (temporarily unavailable) – the city’s highest point – for spectacular views. Enter the magnificent San Felipe de Bajaras Castle, absorb the Caribbean spirit of Santo Domingo Square and browse artisan market, Las Bovedas, for unique souvenirs. Refreshments and round-trip transport from your Cartagena hotel is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

Cartagena City tour with Popa Hill

Cartagena City tour with Popa Hill

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Discover the wealth of history and beautiful scenery in Cartagena during this half-day adventure to some of the city’s top landmarks. Admire the unique ‘republican-style’ architecture found on Manga Island. You’ll also take a guided tour inside historic San Felipe Fort and have time to shop for handicraft souvenirs at Bovedas shopping mall. Your Cartagena exploration also includes entry fees, professional guide, bottled water and transport by air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00

Cartagena Walking Tour

Cartagena Walking Tour

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Get an in-depth introduction to Cartagena on this walking tour. Together with just your party and a private guide, walk through the streets of the colorful city and to the most important squares and churches, and locals' favorite coffee shops and restaurants. Listen as your guide gives you insight into the history of the city, its legends, and the pirates and other characters that have left their mark.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
Price varies by group size
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$54.00
Price varies by group size

Walking Tour Cartagena Old City including Gold Museum and Plaza de Bolivar

Walking Tour Cartagena Old City including Gold Museum and Plaza de Bolivar

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Set out on a 2-hour guided walking tour of Cartagena, Colombia's stunning seaside city. Take in the the colonial architecture of Old Town, here the stories behind buildings like the Cathedral of Cartagena and San Pedro Church, and learn about local culture along the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Historical and culture biking tour

Historical and culture biking tour

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We provide bikes and bilingual tour guides with a lot of experience to offer you an easy and eco-friendly way to explore the historical Cartagena. We want to offer a dynamic, cheap and environment friendly option to make getting to know Cartagena City faster and easier. bike tours.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.67
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$26.67

Cartagena City Tour with View from the Highest Point

Cartagena City Tour with View from the Highest Point

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Experience all of Cartagena’s historical highlights on a comprehensive tour of one of Colombia’s most vibrant cities. Immerse yourself in the Caribbean color and cultural flair of the city as you visit iconic fortresses, and impressive monuments. Admire the astonishing colonial architecture of the area.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
Price varies by group size
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$99.00
Price varies by group size

Cartagena Instagrammable History

Cartagena Instagrammable History

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Immerse yourself in the captivating history and Caribbean flair of Cartagena on a 3-hour historical tour of the city. Visit all of Cartagena’s significant sites and UNESCO World Heritage-listed structures accompanied by a knowledgeable guide; absorb the sacred ambiance of San Pedro Claver Church; and gain insight in to the colorful culture of the Colombian area.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
Price varies by group size
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$60.00
Price varies by group size

Private Cartagena Sightseeing

Private Cartagena Sightseeing

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Get the red carpet treatment as you explore the history, culture and architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Cartagena on a 4-hour private tour. Tour this atmospheric Colombian city by private vehicle, stopping first to visit the upscale Bocagrande neighborhood and its historic luxury hotel. After exploring the 17th-century San Felipe Fort and the convent of “La Popa” Hill, talk a walk through the charming streets of Cartagena’s old town. A private guide, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are all covered.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.00
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$180.00

Old City Walk & Taste Experience

Old City Walk & Taste Experience

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Step back in time on a journey through the charming colonial streets, museums and boutique stores of Cartagena's Old Town on this 3-hour walking tour. Progress footstep by footstep through the layers of history in this UNESCO World Heritage city, stopping to check out the Palace of Inquisition and the Zenú Gold Museum. Continue past some of the best examples of Colombia’s republican architectural style before finishing with a cool tropical drink and fresh breezes at a local terrace bar. A guide, all entrance fees, snacks and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.00
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$144.00

History, art & architecture in the Walled City

History, art & architecture in the Walled City

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Rub shoulders with the lifestyles of Colombia’s elite during this 3-hour architecture tour of some of Cartagena’s most upscale homes and boutique hotels. Explore this colonial city’s unique architectural treasures during visits to the El Cabrero and Old City neighborhoods. First stop by the La Casa de Rafael Nuñez, a Caribbean-style country home that now houses a museum. Then head to the Old City to check out some of the area’s amazing boutique hotels and private residences. A professional art historian, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$240.00
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$240.00

Audio Guide - Walking Tour with Interactive (Cartagena de Indias)

Audio Guide - Walking Tour with Interactive (Cartagena de Indias)

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Enjoy your own independent exploration of Cartagena with the help of local experts thanks to this interactive audio guide tour. Learn about the highlights of this historic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Colombian city with the help of historians, fun sound effects and professional narrators. Along the way you’ll hear stories about pirate attacks, colorful characters, architecture, fashion and local customs.. Best of all, you can take this audio tour at your own pace in whatever order you like. Your purchase includes a drop-off of the guide at a location of your choosing.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.00
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$11.00