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Cartagena de Indias

This is certainly a remarkable city located on the Caribbean Coast with almost 500 years of history and legends to be admired as you walk around the old walled city. Due to his historical richness it has been appointed by UNESCO “Cultural and Historical Heritage of Mankind”, so you cannot miss it. It is certainly a tropical paradise, having at the same time a colonial area as well as a fantastic fortifications system witness of its glorious past.

City tour Cartagena

Cartagena is a historic walled city filled with great sights. On this special guided tour, you will experience the beauty and history of this unique port.

We start the tour going up La Popa hill for a fantastic view of the city and to visit the Monastery and Chapel of Our Lady of the Candle. Following we go to the San Felipe de Barajas fort for a panoramic view from the bottom.

From the fort, we move on towards the old city to take a leisure stroll around the old walled city admiring glamorous and legendary houses and plazas. At the end of the walk we visit the Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver or The Inquisition Palace (It´s your choice) . Then we head towards Bocagrande and Castillogrande, the modern areas of the city , and we make a stop for Shopping at the Pierino Gallo Shopping plaza and/or an emerald factory.

Walking tour

This tour takes approximately two hours. It is a walk around the old city admiring the colonial convents and monasteries constructed at the beginning of the XVII Century. The walk also includes passing by several plazas such as Plaza Santo Domingo, Plaza Bolívar, Plaza de la Aduana, Plaza de los Coches, Plaza de Santa Teresa and explaining the functions of each of them in colonial days. It is nice way to learn about the sites themselves and the history of the city in general.

Lecture on the History of Cartagena de Indias

The lecture starts with the founding ceremony of the city during the first half of the XVI Century and ends with data about the life of the city at the beginning of the XXI Century. We chronology cover the history of the city including data related with two very important institutions in colonial days: The Inquisition and Slavery, as well as data on pirates and corsairs which assaulted the city and about the fortification system constructed to defend the city from those attacks.

The lecture may take from half an hour to an hour, as the contracting entity wishes.

Gabriel García Marquez tour
(Nobel prize winner in 1982)

This tour takes about three hours. It includes a ride around places that the novel writer includes in his two novels which take place in Cartagena de Indias: Of Love, and Other Demons, XVII Century and Love in the Times of Cholera, second half of the XIX Century. Besides we walk around the city showing the passenger the University where the Nobel prize winner attended, the newspaper where he worked when he first started to send articles to the media, the zone where he used to hang out with his friends, his present home.


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