Cartagena, Colombia Cruise Port

3.9 out of 5

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prityinbrown says ...
Not sure how a country can regulate a swarm of very aggressive vendors except by energizing...
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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:

"Wish we were given more time here, We were not pleased with our tour guide." in 23 reviews.

"Be sure to see the Old City." in 48 reviews.


433 reviews and tips of Cartagena, Colombia




marganne says ...

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 says ...

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.

Valerie1949 says ...

Hot and muggy! We did a tour of the city. Our tour guide warned us of the many street venders and boy, was she right! The port is located in an industrial area.

Visited: Sep 27, 2017

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Maxxdublin says ...

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.

BigDog854 says ...

We used a guide, Marelvy, that we found on Trip Advisor. She was Excellent. Very informative and was very protective of our group. We will most likely return and stay for a week. Too much to see in the short time we were there.

Visited: Nov 11, 2017

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jimbob44f says ...

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 says ...

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 says ...

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 😆 not a good exchange rate for Americans

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