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Canoe Through Mangroves and Visit a Traditional Fishing Village

Do something unique on a day tour in Cartagena, Colombia! La Boquilla Fishing Village Tour lets visitors interact with the community, appreciate the coastal nature and learn how to fish like the locals do.

Spend the morning gliding through tunnels formed by mangroves and discovering the natural beauty and tranquility of La Boquilla. Your local guide and local fisherman will teach you how to cast nets and set crab traps, just like they’ve been doing for many years in the fishing village. Your fresh catches will be used to prepare a traditional Caribbean coast lunch made with love by locals. Spend some time walking through the village and learning about their day-to-day lives before we drop you back off at your hotel. This Cartagena day tour is perfect for anyone who loves being around water, nature and wants to be immersed in local Colombian culture.

Tour Duration: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm Monday through Sunday

EXPERIENCE TYPE Culture & Traditions

Day trip from Cartagena

La Boquilla Fishing Village Tour Details

Cartagena Tours La Boquilla

Canoe Ride

We will pick you up in the morning from your hotel and take you to La Boquilla. Not many people have the opportunity to canoe through a forest of thick mangroves in an exotic country. These aquatic plants form natural tunnels visitors will be able to glide under in a canoe. Enjoy watching small crabs scurry up the branches and learn about La Boquilla’s unique ecosystem. Several bird, fish and mammal species can be spotted as well. Your guide will teach you how fishing and tourism helps the community sustain itself in addition to what steps are being taken to preserve the area.

Traditional Fishing

Casting the traditional nets fishermen have been using for decades is not easy, but you will have fun trying! Watch your fisherman friend toss the heavy net with ease then you will have the chance to mimic his technique by casting it yourself. You will then learn how to set crab traps using fish as bait. The fishermen are experts at their craft and it’s an exciting experience to witness them at work then trying it yourself.

Lunch with Locals

Even if you didn’t get a lot of catches, the local fisherman will help you out and make sure you don’t go hungry. A person from the community will cook the fresh fish and crabs and make a traditional dish famous on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The dish will consist of coconut rice, fish, salad and fried plantains. While the food is cooking, you will get the chance to learn more about the locals and their interesting culture. Around 1:30 pm, we will drop you off at your hotel.

What's Included

  • Transfer to and from the hotel
  • Guided tour in English
  • Traditional Colombian lunch
  • Day tour insurance

What's Not Included

  • Any other personal expenses and tips


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