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Some friends and I were in Cartagena during Semana Santa and were absolutely wowed by Marelvy's tour.  I must admit at first I thought tours were meant for ugly Americans and Euros wearing sandals with black socks; I generally prefer to experience new surroundings first hand.  However Marelvy's tour was incredibly detailed and specific, interweaving Cartagena's rich history with the local hot spots and fun activities.  My time in Cartagena was one of the best trips of my life with no small thanks due to Marelvy.  I highly recommend this tour.

San Francisco, California


I just want you to know how much I enjoyed the tour of Cartagena with you, Marelvy. You're a great guide, both extremely knowledgeable about the sites and very good at answering our many questions! I don't like bus tours, and yours was exceptional. Thanks so much.

Sharon Walsh
Chicago, Illinois


We are sending you this e mail to thank you for a marvelous tour in Cartagena.  You made the trip so interesting and enjoyable with your expertise on the history, culture and customs of your beautiful city.  You cheerful disposition and your lovely smile made us feel right at home.  The pace of the trip was perfect!

Thank you again for making our stay in Cartagena such an experience to remember.

Gail and Bob Weinstein,
 Lake Worth, Florida. USA


We toured Cartagena with Marelvy as part of a NCL cruise through the Panama Canal in early December, 2009.  We booked the tour directly with Marelvy after finding a recommendation on trip advisor. 

Although a little apprehensive about visiting Cartagena on a non-cruise sponsored tour, we were quickly put at ease once arriving and linking up with Marelvy.  The tour was wonderful, Marelvy's English is excellent.  No crowded buses, no waiting in lines to enter museums and historical sites such as La Poppa.  We were picked up at the dock, immediately off the gangway of the ship and dropped off at the same location after we toured.  The car we rode in during the tour was comfortable, clean, and air conditioned. 

The driver was amazingly courteous and drove cautiously.  Marelvy has an excellent grasp of the history of Cartagena.  We went to places and learned things about Cartagena that others who took ship sponsored tours did not.  We were especially interested in architecture.  During the tour we were treated to examples of the different architectural styles from different periods.  The tour through the walled city was fabulous.  We were not interested in shopping so the entire time was spent walking through picturesque squares, ornate churches, and amazing hotel court yards.  The entire time Marelvy provided detail regarding historical events and explaining the significance of different structures. I will go back to Cartagena and I will definitely link up with Marelvy again.

Tom and Denise Berger
South Carolina


Hi Marelvy...

I just wanted to thank you again for the fabulous day, I think it was the highlight of Stan and Alison's vacation.  

I am copying Gerry Brown on this email so you have it, as you asked.

And I "love" my emeralds...

Take Care, and hopefully we will see you again soon,

Sandra Roy
Vancouver, Canada


Hello Marelvy,  I don't know if you remember meeting me  at the restaurant La Casa de Socorro in Cartagena (around the beginning of November).  We visited, and then I called you over to our table (near the entrance) to talk to you about 'where to tour for the next few hours'.  You were so lovely to our group, and you had your own tour group that you were eating lunch with.  I am so happy that Sandy was able to hook up with you as a tour guide.  Sandy is my 'sole sister', we are a lot alike.  I love her like a sister.  Well you have a nice day, and maybe one day we will be back to Cartagena and we will look you up. 

Thanks again

Gerry Brown,


We would like to thank you for the walking-riding tour you gave us last Sunday.  It added so much to our short but enjoyable trip to Cartagena.  Your mobile history lesson was very interesting, informative, and provided us with a greater appreciation of the area, architecture, events of the past and conditions of the present.  That combined with your gentle personality made for a wonderful day.

We have no hesitation in recommending your services to others and will certainly do so.  Also, we have added you to our list of global friends, and we wish you well.  

Till we meet again,

David and Viviane Holsworth
North Vancouver, British Colombia


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