Cartagena Historic Walking Tour

Hit the Street to Soak Up Cartagena's Rich History

If you want to understand Cartagena’s fascinating, colonial history, meet its enigmatic locals and look beyond the bewildering beauty of Cartagena’s picturesque streets, then this three-hour, historic walking tour is just for you.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Getting to grips with Cartagena’s captivating history with a certified, bilingual guide to answer all your questions
    • Understanding the reasons why Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Impromptu meet and greets with charismatic locals
    • Gripping tales of buccaneer and pirates as well as the lowdown on Cartagena’s historic significance as a hub for Spain’s violent colonization of the Americas
    • Having a break in a local haunt and getting the intel on what’s going on around town
    • A chance to really get beneath the skin of this fascinating city
  • What's Included

    • A three-hour tour which takes you to the major landmarks in Cartagena's Old Town
    • A certified bilingual guide
    • Insights and commentary on the rich history and culture of the places you visit
    • The chance to meet and chat with some friendly Cartagena faces
    • Explore the best parts of Cartagena’s 17th century historic walls
    • Visit the most iconic churches, Santa Teresa Convent and the Santo Domingo Church
    • Walk through the charming barrio of San Diego
    • Take a peek inside some of Cartagena's most beautiful colonial houses
    • Pit-stop to rejuvenate with excellent quality coffee at a nearby café
    • A bottle of water
  • Who Will Enjoy It

    History buffs and groups who want to know the fascinating and often chilling stories that lie behind Cartagena’s picturesque doors and balconies

  • What to Bring


  • Make Tour Private

    This is a shared experience. We can arrange small private tours (less than 4 people) for an extra cost. If you would like a private experience, please tick the checkbox during checkout. All of our private tours start from your house / hotel.

    If you’re travelling solo but don’t want to pay extra for a private tour? Let us know your preferred dates and we’ll see what we can do to get you involved with another group. Email us on: [email protected]

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  • The Details

    Days: Every day: 09:00-12:00 | 15:00-18:00

    Duration: 3 hrs

    $50 per person
    $60 per person (high season) ?
    Dec 14 - Jan 20
    Easter Week

    Phone Number: +57 318 516 7767

    Rating: TIC Rating

    Rating: Trip Advisor

  • The Lowdown

    Cartagena Historic Walking Tour

    One can wander the streets of Cartagena, listlessly soaking up the wonderful multi-coloured pastel balconies jutting out along the narrow streets, the coral-stone foundations and Moorish-columned grand buildings. It's easy to get lost in your own world in Cartagena.

    But it's also easy to miss the significance of, and untold stories behind, the city's still standing physical remnants—including the churches, Spanish mansions and military fortifications.

    Take a historic walking tour with a bilingual guide with an encyclopedic knowledge this remarkable city so you will go home with a better understanding of why Cartagena was named a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984.

    The walking tour also helps you to get under the skin of Cartagena, to properly understand the historic struggle between Colombia’s indigenous population, the country’s brutal Spanish colonialists and the pirates and buccaneers that raided Cartagena to steal the plundered riches of the Americas.

    You’ll also understand the city’s powerful influence on literary greats like Gabriel García Márquez and the stories behind the city's quirky street names.


    • With Us, The City's Yours

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      Concierge Services

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    • Concierge Services

      Aside from being fully certified, our team of bilingual guides and concierges aim to go above and beyond to ensure you have the best Cartagena vacation imaginable. Our talented team of travel advisors thrives on left-field requests and strives to make your Cartagena travel dreams a reality. We're here to help good people do great things, which means creating meaningful connections and transformations through travel. Your concierge will make sure you meet the people that will elevate your trip beyond your expectations

    • Quality Assurance

      All the tours and tailor-made trips that make it into our list of activities have been hand-picked or created by our team of talented travel experts. Our goal at This Is Cartagena is to champion regenerative and sustainable tourism that's good for the visitor and good for the destination. We celebrate what makes a destination unique by collaborating with local, independent providers, the personalities that make Cartagena and Colombia so incredible and work with them to ensure the very highest service levels to guarantee a better vacay all the way

    • Insider Intel

      Our team of talented travel advisors are here on-the-ground 24/7, all-year-round and really do know Cartagena and Colombia better than anyone else. We know everyone and everything there is to know in town and love to introduce visitors to the types of personalities that will make your trip to Colombia extra special. We're storytellers at heart and enjoy creating unforgettable travel tales with good people that want to do great things. We've got the lowdown on what's happening in the city and know all of those off-the-beaten path places that will allow you to leave the tourist trail to everyone else 


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From 4 Reviews
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  • francis_k46772


    Reviewed: 16 April 2017

    Durante una semana nuestra familia tomó tres tours. La primera fue una excursión a pie de la ciudad dirigida por Rafael Herrara. Tomamos este tour en nuestro primer día completo y nos proporcionó una amplia visión de la geografía de la ciudad, historia y cultura. Rafael era muy corta para dar una mejor excursión a las 9:00 a. m. en un domingo! Probablemente tres docenas de personas dijo hola a él como caminamos por allí. La segunda visita fue un viaje a las Islas del Rosario. Pasamos un gran día de diversión en una playa privada. Muy agradable y bien organizado. El tercer viaje fue una excursión volcán de lodo. De nuevo, divertido y bien organizado. Si tomamos esa visita Trae muchos billetes de pequeña para dar propinas o compras adicionales en el sitio. Es más o menos necesaria, pero no es caro. Sin embargo, no hacer fácilmente cambiar así que trae pequeñas denominaciones. Los asistentes a este es Cartagena era muy servicial, especialmente de Carolina del Norte. Confirmando que enviaron e-mails para cada actividad y respondió rápidamente a las preguntas. Eran muy atentos cuando nos equivocamos sobre el día que íbamos a hacer una excursión en particular. Simplemente se reprogramaron para el día siguiente. Muy empresa usuario Recomiendo a cualquiera que quiera divertirse y conocer la ciudad y su gente mejor.

  • Brian H

    Brian H

    Reviewed: 18 February 2017

    Pasamos tres viajes con Ronald en la excursión a pie de la ciudad amurallada, la excursión a la fortaleza y el convento la cima y luego el "real", en el que cartagena Excursión dejamos la zona turística y ver la vida en la ciudad. También hicimos la excursión de día" en el paraíso" a las islas rosario con "Esto es Cartagena" y era cómoda y bien juntas. La empresa es fiable y extremadamente profesional y está recomendado para todos aquellos que quieran un poco de distancia de los grandes grupos de turistas. El costo es bien vale la pena el servicio personal y el personal realmente se vuelca

  • jeremmoreau


    Reviewed: 10 February 2017

    ThisIsCartegena me ayudaron a comprometernos. Les dije lo que quería hacer y que hizo que sucediera. Me hicieron muy especial. Excursión a pie con el mayor Ronald quién sabe cada uno en la ciudad vieja, y para ese momento especial un gran fotógrafo estaba aquí para coger todos los momentos. También organizan un viaje a la isla. Seguro, hermoso y alojã©. La mayoría de todos era noche disponible y Carlijn día y estaba preocupada. Es sólo una gran empresa, un gran servicio, sin duda lo recomiendo a cualquiera que vaya a Cartagena.

  • travelwithcarlo


    Reviewed: 07 February 2017

    Hoy día fantástica excursión con Ronaldo. Fuimos alrededor de 3 horas y que incluso nos llevó a otra zona que no estaba incluido después de la excursión se suponía que he terminado fue muy amable por su parte. Yo le recomendaría hacer la excursión aquí ya que son muy profesionales y eficientes.

  • Frank M

    Frank M

    Reviewed: 06 February 2020

    The 3 hours of the Historic Walking Tour includes all the main places of interest: the church square where the revolution against Spain began, a furniture manufacturing district, beautiful murals along each street, and more.

  • Cambird2018


    Reviewed: 16 July 2020

    Our guide Manuel was great. He told us all kinds of things about Cartagena: historical information and also social history. ¡The place was nice!

  • Jorg Van Beek

    Jorg Van Beek

    Reviewed: 30 December 2017

    Professional crew. Very attentive. We did a city walk with one of their guides. Fun, very interesting and surprisingly good English for a local. ¡Was a great day!

  • Brenda Griwings

    Brenda Griwings

    Reviewed: 16 June 2016

    We did a guided walking tour in Colombia organised by This is Cartagena. The guide, Ronald, spoke excellent English en was very thoughtful of the needs of tourists not accustomed to the heat.

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