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About Cartagena

Charming, narrow streets host quaint colonial buildings, while the magnificent cathedral and palace dominate the city. The walled old town brimming with colonial history, brightly painted facades, charming balconies and delightful plazas awash with flowers.

 

Shore excursions in Cartagena

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Boquilla Village Mangrove Eco Tour

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Explore a mangrove ecosystem in a traditional canoe, then spend some time in the Old City on a short guided walk.

Board you coach for a scenic drive along the coastline to the town of La Boquilla, the mangrove area located on the eastern side of Cartagena.

Here, you’ll board a canoe and relax as the captain glides you through the mangrove tunnels and across a shallow lake. This area is rich in wildlife, so look out for the colourful mangrove crabs and birds, including Ibis, herons, pelicans and albatross.

After your mangrove tour, you’ll be treated to a traditional folklore performance before returning to the old city. Your next stop is Bóvedas, once dungeons, now home to arts and crafts stalls. Begin your tour through the colonial city with your guide. You’ll marvel at the Spanish Colonial buildings and age-old fortifications around every corner. Your tour concludes with a walk back to the coach and drive back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, canoe and on foot. Wildlife sightings, while common cannot be guaranteed. This tour involves approximately 1 hours of walking over some uneven ground. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. There is no canopy on the canoes, please wear protection from the sun. Lifejackets must be worn at all times.

Cartagena & Carriage Ride

Activity medium

Duration: 2½ hours

Capture the sights of Cartagena and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the old walled city.

Embark on a short drive to the military fort of San Felipe Fortress to enjoy a panoramic photo stop.Afterwards, you’ll continue to the old town, las Bovedas (Dungeons) where you’ll join your horse and carriage.

As you trundle through the narrow cobbled streets of the old walled city, look out for the colonial houses, the Heredia Theatre, the City Hall and the Inquisition Palace at Bolivar Square. You can also admire the charming balconies, old squares and Spanish style buildings.

Following your carriage ride, you’ll rejoin your coach to enjoy a panoramic drive of modern Cartagena, before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, on foot and by carriage. This tour involves some walking and a degree of agility is required when boarding the horse carriage. Flat, non slip shoes are advised. The carriage ride is around 40 minutes to 1 hour, however this may vary depending on local conditions on the day.

Cartagena and Inquisition Palace

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy the sights of Cartagena combined with a visit to the historic Inquisition Palace.

Setting off from the port, your drive will take you to Las Bóvedas - the ‘Dungeons’ - originally built to store provisions for the troops and now an artisan centre in the heart of ‘Old Cartagena’. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to browse the local handicraft stalls.

Afterwards, you’ll walk through the Plaza de Bolivar to view the statue of Simon Bolivar and enjoy a visit to the Inquisition Palace. This old modest palace was established in Cartagena in 1610 to punish any crimes against the Catholic faith. Here, you will see a sample jail and torture chamber and gain an insight into the darker side of punishment.

Next, you’ll have some free time into the old town to explore independently or browse for souvenirs.

Enjoy a Panoramic View of the new city on your return to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves a moderate level of activity which includes some uneven ground and steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. US Dollars are accepted for purchases.

Cartagena by land and Sea

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3¾ hours

A leisurely cruise, twinned with a walk around the old city, presents Cartagena famous city sights from a different angle.

Your tour begins with a short ride to the dock where your harbour boat awaits. You'll enjoy a scenic cruise through the Inner Bay for nearly an hour, as your guide points out fortifications best seen from the water. At the opening of the 17th century the Spanish Crown hired prominent European military engineers to carry out the construction of its defenses. This massive undertaking took over 200 years to complete and resulted in 7 miles of walls that surround the city, the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas (San Felipe Fortress), has fortifications on every point.

At the end of the harbour cruise you will dock next to the Old City and walk within the city walls to Plaza Bolivar and Plaza San Pedro. Free time will be given for shopping for souvenirs. Afterwards, you will continue to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas for a contrasting view of Cartagena from the land side, and a guided tour of this formidable castle. Upon arriving at the fortress, you'll quickly see why Cartagena was the impregnable city of the Spanish Main. This 17th-century fortress is the largest of its kind in the New World and is an outstanding example of Spanish military engineering.

Your tour concludes with a walk back to your transportation, and a relaxing drive back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Cartagena Fun Bus

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Hop aboard your colourful Chiva bus and experience the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cartagena.

Your party begins when you step aboard your Chiva, a hand-painted, old wooden artisan bus. These buses are used in rural areas for public transport, they are colourfully painted with local arabesques and figures.

Enjoy non-stop ‘papayera’ or ‘vallenato’ (local music), complimentary drinks and snacks and learn about the interesting history and traditions of Cartagena. Laugh, clap, sing and listen to jokes, as your Chiva takes you around the charming streets of Cartagena.

You’ll make a photo stop at the San Felipe Fortress, Manga, Pie de la Popa, El Centro, Boca Grande, Laguito, Castillo Grande, and the Old City (Bovedas).

Your Chiva will stop at the historic Santa Catalina’s Bastion. Here, you can stretch your legs or dance to the beat of the music.

You’ll have some time for souvenir and handicraft shopping at Las Bovedas Artisan Centre.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The minimum age to participate on this tour is 18 years. There is very little walking involved on this tour, however passengers must be able to negotiate the 3 steps onto and off the Chiva bus. Local liquor is included. The Chiva is an open-sided bus, without windows and wooden benches for seating.

 

A selection of cruises to Cartagena

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