Cartagena, Colombia Cruise Port

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The people selling their wares drove us crazy because they were very aggressive!

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About Cartagena, Colombia

Once the port where the wealth of the New World flowed back to the Old, Cartagena also served as a notorious base for privateers and pirates. Today, you can stroll the tree-lined Spanish colonial artistry of old in the streets and see the works of the Gold Museum. The port is also a great place to find bargains on emeralds.

What people said about this port:

"...its dirty and buildings are full of mildew Excellent tour guide Interesting old fort to visit." in 17 reviews.

"...out, but walking tour was good, in terms of seeing the old city although a very hot day did not like our guide." in 41 reviews.


352 reviews and tips of Cartagena, Colombia




marganne
Contributor Level: Second Mate

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Experience:
7+ cruises

I booked a tour with a local company - Dora de Zubiria http://www.cartagenatour.com and they were fabulous. Four of us did the tour and we had a driver and guide. We were only in port for a short day so had a 4 hour tour of this amazing city. Starting at the Convent of Santa Cruz which is on the highest hill, we were able to see the whole city, including where the ship was. We had a short stop at the Castillo de San Filipe de Barajas, a huge fortress built in the 16th century. Then on to markets before arriving at the Old Town. We had a walking tour here which was brilliant. The buildings are all painted in amazing colours and bougainvillea flows over walls adding to the splendour. You can take a horse drawn carriage tour here. We went in a number of buildings and finished on the top of the wall that surrounds the city.

Visited: Apr 20, 2014

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calkinscarol
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
7+ cruises

The old city was wonderful....lots of good bargains, friendly people! Emerald factory, Caribe, was amazing and reasonable!

Visited: Mar 08, 2017

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teejay
Contributor Level: Purser

Exclusion with Dora the Explorer is great. City tour hits all the city highlights and is expertly run by a experienced guide. Cheaper than ship tour.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
7+ cruises

Be sure to take a guided walk through the old walled city. See Manga, the Heredia Theater and Santiago Bastions. Visit Baloco Street for its colonial architecture. The Inquisition Palace was educational but hard emotionally for me to photograph what happened here. See the mansions in Cartagena, see the cathedral, Governor's Mansion, the old commercial district, the Customs Plaza & San Pedro Clauer Plaza

Visited: Dec 08, 2014

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lyndalarry
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
4-6 cruises

Beautiful city. We took a local tour which we signed up for on the dock. Boat ride to the city, then a guided walking tour of the Colonial City. Very nice. Beautiful City.

Visited: Dec 07, 2015

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AndyCast
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

i had one of my best experience ever in this amaizing port. i made the right choice picking an independent compnay (Guianza Express: www.guianzaexpress.com) instead of taking a tour directly with the cruiseline (they were very crowdy) . it was operate it in a small group and the scenaries were great


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