If you're looking to get more out of Cartagena than just mass-produced merchandise and horse-drawn carriage rides, discover Cartagena's rich cultural scene and the identities that make up its creative circles with a local art insider on the culture vulture tour.

  • This Is What We Love

    • The chance to check out the city's most alluring galleries as well as the studios of talented local artists to discover why Cartagena is becoming such a cultural hotspot
    • Learning about the barrio's street art scene
    • Visiting the studios of local artists that have made Cartagena and the thriving streets of Getsemani their muse
  • What You Need To Know

    • The castle is located just outside the city centre
    • There is quite a bit of walking and not much shade. Try and go in the morning to avoid the burn
    • The castle is really only worth the visit when you have a guide telling you the backstory
  • The Details

    Hours and Days: Mon-Sat: 15:00-17:30 ?

    Address: Meeting point: Centro, Calle Sargento Mayor, Calle 38, Cra 7, No. 6-107, Of 104, Cartagena, Colombia

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  • THE LOWDOWN

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    The tour includes a bilingual guide for a 3 hour tour of the hottest art galleries, studios and street art in Cartagena. Gallery entrance fees, a bottle of water and a coffee in one of the city's most cultured caffeine pitstops is also included.

LOCATION & MAP

  • Centro

    Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.

    Constructed on one of three islands that are now connected to the Colombian mainland, the historic walled city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

    Ever since UNESCO made the announcement the money has poured into restoring the incredible architecture contained inside its historic walls. Wandering aimlessly through Cartagena's historic center is without question it's one of the highlights of any trip to Colombia. 

    Centro has lost none of its importance over the last three centuries, thanks to the universal allure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area. 

    While the riches of the region no longer flow through Cartagena on their way from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to Spain, the city has maintained its position as the colonial gem in Colombia's Caribbean crown.

    Cartagena's best hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.

    The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze, added security, papal pardons and the chance to get an early first whiff of pirates.

    While it was home to the slave traders of yesteryear, today not much has changed with only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list able to afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.

    As well as hosting the most opulent churches and principal tourist landmarks, Centro is home to the best bars and restaurants in Cartagena.

    Standout foodie destinations include restaurants Don Juan, La Vitrola and Maria and bars and nightclubs like Alquimico, Cafe del MarLa Movida and La Jugada.


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