Popular Experiences

The most popular Experiences in Cartagena.

Hidden Treasures of Cartagena Experience | Cartagena at its fullest

This tour begins with a spectacular 360º view of Cartagena and its surroundings from the summit of La Popa.  From there we do some sightseeing at the Fortress of San Felipe, stopping for photos and to talk about its history but not taking the arduous trek up to the top which is anti-climactic anyhow after having been to La Popa. From there it is just a few minutes to the area of Getsemai, the coolest area in the Old City , where lots of locals are still living and you will see plenty of street galleries and street art. Then you will for a relaxing stroll in the rest of the Old City through its narrow streets and open plazas and winding up some shopping.

The Route of Gabriel García Márquez | In the footsteps of Gabriel García Márquez

A walk in the old city to see some of the principle places that Gabriel García Márquez mentions in those of his works which are set in Cartagena, especially those places that figure prominently in his novels Love in the Time of Cholera, Of Love and other Demons, and The General in his Labyrinth, his autobiography Living to Tell the Tale but also some places related to Gabo’s life like his present-day house in Cartagena or the university where his studies to be a lawyer were shed like dead skin or the old offices of the newspaper where he commenced his career as a journalist.

Mangrove Swamp Tour | The Love of Nature

La Boquilla is an old fishing village located twenty minutes north of the city where the people are as warm and easy-going as they are in the rest of Cartagena Here you board a canoe and go off to glide soundlessly through tunnels in the dense ancient growth of mangroves that meander for a time before giving out onto the placid expanses of a lake

populated by flocks of easily excited egrets and pelicans. While your guide from the village navigates by standing with his exquisite sense of balance at the back of the boat and punting in the shallow waters, he provides you with well-informed running commentaries and answers to your questions about what you are seeing. Optional: lunch right on the beach before you return to the city.

Getsemaní: Street Art and Street Food | Popular art and everyday local food.

Getsemaní is one of the liveliest neighborhoods in the Old City. It is considered the coolest area in Cartagena and it is the place where lots of natives of Cartagena are still leaving resisting the process of gentrification which has taken over the rest of the Old City. This is also the only place in Cartagena where you can have the opportunity to see street art.  You will taste some arepas, fruits, juice or coffee. For the beer lovers, because of the weather a cerveza fría always welcomes you.

Drumming and Dancing Workshop | A unique glimpse at the local culture of the Caribbean Coast of Colombia.

In this venture, we explore the village of La Boquilla, where people live off the sea. Once you have immersed yourselves in the community, you get a chance not only to be witness, but active participant of the rich and powerful music and dance of our land. You take a starters class in percussion and cumbia and other dances of the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. After the workshop you can always take a deep in the sea.

Optional: Lunch at la Boquilla

Architecture Tour in Cartagena

Each one of the different styles of architecture seen in and around Cartagena was used and promoted by groups throughout the long history of the city who had the power and the money to carry out construction. This makes for the fascinating bit of history you’ll listen to during this tour of houses and other buildings which are representative of the various styles: Colonial, French Neoclassic, Republican, Moorish, military, Baroque, and Neogothic, as well as Caribbean.

Crepuscule (Twilight) Tour | Get acquainted with the Old City right away.

As you are going to see, Cartagena can be swelteringly hot. This walking tour begins in the late afternoon and continuing on into the cool of dusk and evening time. Marelvy will take you on a walking tour of the city’s always active main plazas, each one with its own particular character and history. From the Plaza of San Diego located between the University of Fine Arts and the building that was once the famous Convent of Santa Clara you’ll stroll through the park of Fernandez Madrid and then proceed on to the Plaza of the Coaches, alongside of the city’s watchtower, which is connected in turn to the broad Customs Plaza and the Plaza de Armas followed by the venerable Plaza of the Church of San Pedro Claver. As the warm yellow glow of lamplight grows slowly stronger in the street you will come upon the enchanting Plaza of Bolívar, now closed for restoration but the surroundings walls are popular art galleries but soon  – with the peaceful murmur of its four fountains and the softly blown fronds of its towering palms – where you’ll invariably see traditional dances being performed by free-spirited young people in full regalia – before continuing the walk and ending up in the Plaza of the Church of Santo Domingo by nightfall.

Street Food Fiesta | Tasting Cartagena's Street Food Culture.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant flavors and culinary delights of Cartagena de Indias with our tantalizing street food tour. Embark on a mouthwatering adventure through the enchanting streets of this historical Colombian city, where you’ll discover a world of delectable treats and local delicacies.

Join our knowledgeable guide as they lead you through bustling markets, lively squares, and hidden corners, revealing the secrets of Cartagena’s street food scene. Indulge your senses as the aromas of sizzling meats, freshly baked bread, and exotic spices fill the air, creating an irresistible invitation to taste and explore.


Our street food tour not only offers an incredible gastronomic experience but also provides a unique window into Cartagena’s rich culture and traditions. Listen to captivating stories and anecdotes about the city’s history as you sample the diverse culinary tapestry that defines its identity.

Colombian Emerald Quest | Exploring Cartagena's Sparkling Secrets

Embark on a captivating emerald tour in Cartagena and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of these exquisite gemstones. Uncover the fascinating history, legendary allure, and breathtaking beauty of emeralds, all while exploring the vibrant streets of this coastal Colombian city.

Join our expert guide as they take you on a journey through Cartagena’s renowned emerald district. Learn about the intricate process of emerald mining, from the extraction of these precious stones deep within the earth to the skilled craftsmanship that transforms them into stunning jewelry pieces.

Discover the secrets of evaluating emeralds and distinguishing their quality based on color, clarity, and cut. Marvel at a dazzling array of emerald jewelry, ranging from delicate earrings to intricate necklaces and exquisite rings. Admire the brilliant green hues that radiate from these captivating gems, symbolizing luxury, beauty, and prosperity.

As you stroll through Cartagena’s vibrant streets, you’ll encounter charming emerald boutiques and workshops. 

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