£465 4 Days
Cartagena Highlights Tour
Get to know the beauty of Cartagena, Colombia
This Cartagena, Colombia tour will give you the chance to revel in the beauty of this old colonial city you've seen in pictures. Explore the cobbled streets surrounded by the walled city of Cartagena de Indias as the scent of the Caribbean Sea wafts in your direction. This is a city that exudes romance and history, and you will discover what makes this area so unique during a Cartagena city tour and why UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. Taste tropical Colombian dishes and see the tranquil way of life friendly locals embrace.
This Cartagena vacation also includes a visit to Islas del Rosario, a chain of picturesque islands off the coast of Cartagena. There, you will soak up the sun and enjoy some of the finest beaches in Colombia. Islas del Rosario Natural Park also has a diversity of fauna and flora, in addition to turquoise water you'll want to dive into at first sight. You will also visit a traditional fishing village called La Boquilla. Learn about local customs and fishing techniques before catching your own lunch and eating with a local family. This tour will introduce you to a side of Cartagena many visitors never get to experience.
EXPERIENCE TYPE History, Local Traditions & Beach
Cartagena de Indias is one of the most fascinating, romantic and beautiful colonial cities in Latin America. Located on the Caribbean coast, this UNESCO World Heritage site is full of history, colourful streets and great people, making it a fairy tale city of romance.
Islas del Rosario
This archipelago, located about 35km Southwest of Cartagena, consists of about 27 small islands surrounded by coral reefs. The whole area has been declared natural park in order to preserve and protect the coral reefs and associated ecosystems.
La Boquilla Fishing Village
This small fishing village is located about 7 km north of Cartagena. La Boquilla town sits on the northern tip of a narrow peninsula, bordered by the sea on one side and the Ciénaga de Tesca on the other. At La Boquilla, we will canoe through a mangrove forest and learn about the history and culture of this fishing town while mastering local fishing techniques using a net and crab traps.
Travel to Cartagena in the morning. On arrival in Cartagena, we will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel.
In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to visit the old city and the iconic Castillo San Felipe, the largest and strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies. The castle was built on top of the San Lazaro hill and defended the city from many attacks including a British siege in 1741. We will finish the tour at the famous Café del Mar to admire the spectacular sunset over the Caribbean Sea while having a refreshing cocktail.
Meal Plan: None
In the morning, we will go to La Boquilla, a small fishing village located 7 km north of Cartagena. La Boquilla sits on the northern tip of a narrow peninsula, bordered by the sea on one side and the Ciénaga de Tesca on the other.
At La Boquilla, we will take a trip in a wooden canoe through the mangrove forest in La Cienga de Tesca. During this trip, you will see some native and migratory birds and learn about the flora and other fauna found in this ecosystem. You will learn local fishing techniques like how to cast a net and set crab traps.
After learning to fish in the mangrove forest, we will eat lunch in a local home by the water. This is where you will learn more about the locals’ day-to-day lives, their fishing tools and their culture. The lunch will be a delicious meal consisting of seafood, which is popular along Colombia’s Caribbean coast. We will finish this tour after lunch around 2 pm and drop you back off at your hotel in Cartagena.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch
During this day trip you will be travelling to the spectacular Islas del Rosario National Natural Park. These islands are located 45 minutes by boat from Cartagena. At Islas del Rosario, you will have the opportunity spend the day relaxing by the beautiful sandy beaches, swimming in the crystalline turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea or snorkelling.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch
At the chosen time, we will transfer you to the airport.
Meal plan: Breakfast
- Airport pick up and drop off in Cartagena
- 3 nights' accommodation
- Private ground transportation
- Domestic flights from / to Bogota
- Meals as defined in the itinerary
- Local English-speaking tour guides
- Entry tickets to all tourist attractions mentioned in the itinerary
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- International flights
- Meals not listed in the itinerary
- Tips and other discretionary expenses
- Entrance to the Aquarium in Islas del Rosario
- Snorkelling fees
Hotel Cartagena: During your time in Cartagena you will stay at Casa fe la Fe a boutique hotel located in the historic area of Cartagena very close to the historic sites of interest, restaurants and cafes.