If you'd like to see the real Cartagena and meet enigmatic locals whilst soaking up the history and exploring the beautiful Old City streets, then the Historic Walking Tour is for you. A bilingual guide will take you to all the landmarks in the Old Town so you don't miss a thing in this UNESCO heritage-listed city.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Getting the chance to get 'under the skin' of Cartagena and properly understand the city's historic struggle between the pirates and the Spanish colonialists
    • Learning about the city’s influence on literary greats like Gabriel García Márquez
    • Discovering the quirky stories behind the city's strange and wonderful street names
  • What You Need To Know

    • The tour’s meeting point is in our office in the historical centre
  • The Details

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

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    Our Full Review

    This 3-hr tour with a bilingual guide gives you the best historical overview of Cartagena, so you don’t miss a thing in this UNESCO heritage-listed city.

    As well as gaining insights and commentary on the rich history and culture of the places you visit you’ll also meet and chat with some friendly Cartagena faces.

    A coffee stop in one of Cartagena’s best coffee shops is also included in the price of the tour.


  • 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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