Cartagena, Colombia Cruise Port

3.9 out of 5

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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:

"Very hot day I chose to do a City walking tour We were not pleased with our tour guide." in 20 reviews.

"Take a Taxi with a guide to the Old City, well worth the time and expense." in 41 reviews.


373 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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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.

jimbob44f
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
7+ cruises

I was thoroughly surprised by the modern port of Cartagena. I had a third world drug smuggling port in mind when we came into this port. Columbia surprised me, it was modern, it was clean, and very interesting. We took a partial walking tour and were entertained by local musicians and dancers after visiting the Palace of the inquisition and a naval Museum.

Visited: Jul 20, 2017

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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

pearsonsquad
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

We hired a local tour guide for like $50 to take us around and show us the real Cartagena! It was awesome. We ate amazing food and got to explore Old Town. Awesome port. They charge a fee to use public restrooms đŸ˜† not a good exchange rate for Americans

Yaru
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
4-6 cruises

Ciudad turĂ­stica abundante en comercio, comidas y artesanĂ­a. Gente muy amable

Visited: Mar 19, 2017

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Maxxdublin
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

We toured with Dora the Explorer and can't say enough about how great the tour was. Kept us ahead of the crowds and was most informative. Highly recommend using Dora.

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