Day Trip in Cartagena, Colombia: La Boquilla Fishing Village Uncover Colombia
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Day Trip in Cartagena, Colombia: La Boquilla Fishing Village

November 23, 2018, 6:38 pm

La Boquilla is a humble fishing village and beach 20 minutes from Cartagena, Colombia’s historic district. I visited the tranquil area during a Cartagena day trip in December. I’m not big on fishing, but this experience turned out to be my favorite day tour in Colombia. Let me break it down the day for you.

Cartagena Colombia day trip

La Boquilla is a humble fishing village and beach 20 minutes from Cartagena, Colombia’s historic district. I visited the tranquil area during a Cartagena day trip in December. I’m not big on fishing, but this experience turned out to be my favorite day tour in Colombia. Let me break it down the day for you.

A driver and English-speaking tour guide picked me and my friend up from our hotel at about 7 a.m. We drove north and the scenery changed very quickly. Regal, Spanish-colonial buildings in the old walled city of Cartagena were replaced by colorful shacks close to the beach.   

We hopped out of the car and hopped into a long, wooden canoe. This sucker was big enough to fit me, my friend, our English-speaking guide and the local fisherman who was going to teach us his fishing ways. We glided through tunnels of mangroves. The tangled roots formed an arch so our canoe could pass through. It was such a beautifully peaceful passage.

When we arrived to more open water, the fisherman showed us how to cast a net. The guide explained it was the traditional way of catching fish in the area. After a few attempts of trying to throw the heavy net in such a way that it spread out over the surface of the water, it became clear my calling was not fishing. But it was fun trying to cast the net and cheering when our fisherman buddy executed a perfect net throw. It’s all in the wrist, he told me. It’s always all in the wrist.

We used the smaller fish caught in the net as bait for crab traps. One-by-one, we plopped simple wire boxes in the water then made our way through more mangrove tunnels. As we cruised along the water, our guide taught us more about the different kinds of mangroves, the history of the fishing village and more fun things to do in Cartagena.  

After a while, we returned to the crab traps and dumped the feisty critters into a bucket in the canoe. Some of the more daring crabs escaped and scuttled around the boat’s floor. You don’t know excitement until you’ve attempted to paddle a canoe while trying to scoot angry crabs back in a bucket with your flip flop, all while keeping your feet elevated so they don’t get your toes. Talk about a core workout. 

Cartagena Colombia day trip

It was lunch time, so we docked near a small house with an outdoor kitchen. Our hosts cleaned and cooked the fish we caught (read: the fisherman caught) and shucked the oysters pulled from some mangroves. A warm breeze blew as we sat around a wooden table waiting for the food to be ready and watched little kids draw pictures in the sand with sticks. We chowed down on fresh fish, coconut rice, salad and fried plantains – a very traditional meal along Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Our host even sent us back with some homemade vinegar sauce we couldn’t get enough of.

Around 2 in the afternoon, the driver picked us up and dropped us back off at our hotel. This Cartagena day tour was the perfect combination of relaxation and fun activities. We saw a different side of this Colombian coastal city, a beauty not many tourists get to enjoy.  

Email hello@uncovercolombia.com if you’re interested in booking a La Boquilla fishing day tour or other tours in Cartagena, Colombia. 

 

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Anneliese Delgado
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anneliese Delgado

Anneliese Delgado is an American digital marketer and writer living in Bogotá, Colombia. Her mother is from the United States and her father is from Venezuela, giving her the unique opportunity to blend in on the streets of Colombia, while still viewing the country with the eyes of an outsider. When she’s not writing or traveling, she’s playing soccer, wandering around stores with no intention of buying anything and binge-watching Netflix. You can read more about her adventures on her blog at abroadincolombia.com.

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