The Real Cartagena Tour

Swap the Tourist Trail for The Real Cartagena

If you've already danced to Cartagena's colonial melody and want to tap into a more local beat, this authentic voyage into four of Cartagena's most traditional barrios will be right up your street.

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  • This Is What We Love

    • Getting to see knows the real Cartagena outside beyond the colonial city walls
    • Trying all the exotic foods you can get your hands on in Bazurto market
    • Visiting a community project making a difference to Cartageneros
  • What's Included

    • A five-hour tour that shows you a very different side of the city
    • Transport from the central meeting point onwards
    • A social and historical commentary about the city from a local guide who's seen it all
    • Bazurto market tour and exotic food tasting that includes some weird and wonderful local delicacies and tropical fruits
    • Canoe ride through the mangroves to the north of the city
    • A traditional seafood platter served with coconut rice, plantain, salad and a soft drink
    • A unique present made specially for you
    • Meet locals in town
  • Who Will Enjoy It

    Those hungry for an outside-the-walls experience on a journey that steers you away from the tourist track towards a better understanding of Cartagena and what makes it tick. This is a five-hour tour, so be prepared to walk a lot.

  • What to Bring


  • Make Tour Private

    This is a shared experience, great for meeting likeminded explorers. We can arrange small private tours 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: Mon-Sun: 09:00-15:00

    Duration: 6 hrs

    $105 per person
    $120 per person (high season) ?
    Dec 15 - Jan 15
    Easter Week

    Phone Number: +57 318 516 7767

    Rating: TIC Rating

    Rating: Trip Advisor

  • The Lowdown

    The Real Cartagena Tour

    Led by a charismatic local hero, the trail starts in the bad-boy-gone-good neighbourhood of Getsemaní, takes in a street food pit-stop at the pulsating Bazurto market, a dreamy canoe ride through lush mangroves in La Boquilla and a visit to an inspiring social project in the heart of the unpretentious San Francisco district.

    Stay off the tourist tracks and absorb the entire cityscape to truly get under the skin of this complex, yet beautiful city.


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      Concierge Services

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      Quality Assurance

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      Insider Intel

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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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  • Tatiana T

    Tatiana T

    Reviewed: 04 December 2015

    Hola soy Costeña y estaba de vacaciones con 2 amigos europeos, mostrandoles lo mejor de la Costa Caribe, y realmente cuando pensé en ir a Cartagena estaba buscando unos tours para que ellos se llevaran la mejor impresión de nuestra ciudad hermosa que tenemos, y una amiga me recomendo This is Cartagena y no podia creer lo organizados y las multiples opciones que tenias para conocer Cartagena de la mejor manera. Sin pensarlo 2 veces me contscté con ellos y fueron super amables y siempre son atentos a lo que el cliente busca. Y quede sorprendida del servicio que prestan para esta hermlsa ciudad, Gracias This is Cartagena por hacer nuestros días en Cartagena mágicos y el tour del bote privado fue lo mejor. Recomendadisimo.

  • Angelo_Alario


    Reviewed: 11 April 2014

    ¡Excelente paseo, que sin duda alguna, repetiría! Fue bastante agradable el recorrer el área de la bahía y el mar Caribe, ¡vale la pena!

  • Estella E

    Estella E

    Reviewed: 17 May 2019

    If you like to internalize the history Cartagena in Colombia you must stay more than half a day! We went by private taxi and we traveled in half a day but only the walled city, with its squares, churches, and the wall.

  • Valerie G

    Valerie G

    Reviewed: 30 January 2019

    I loved Cartagena, I loved Colombia, I loved this tour! Ronald our guide was the best and made it very fun!!!! He even made us taste foods that we would never have eaten in our home country.

  • Jay


    Reviewed: 15 November 2019

    I did the Real Cartagena tour and it was perfect. I got a detailed explanation of the story, as well as an introduction to the current culture.

  • Wonderful V

    Wonderful V

    Reviewed: 25 October 2019

    Cartagena is full of culture and history. We had a lovely tour guided. Cartagena is to vibrate.

  • Denis J Tello

    Denis J Tello

    Reviewed: 13 July 2018

    Best guide and crew ever, this is the kind of people you want to manage your trip. I recommend the Real Cartagena Tour to everyone!

  • Ana Leal

    Ana Leal

    Reviewed: 03 January 2017

    Simply Awesome! With the Real Cartagena Tour, they really made your stay in unforgettable!

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