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La India Catalina Monument Tours and Activities

La India Catalina Monument
At the main entrance to Cartagena’s Old Town, La India Catalina Monument is a bronze rendering of the Doña Marina of Colombia — India Catalina. 

The daughter of a local chief, in 1509 Catalina was abducted, aged 14, from her home in Galerazamba. Once she’d learned Spanish in the Dominican Republic, she was thereon required to accompany the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Heredia as an interpreter and pacifying presence in interactions between the Spanish and indigenous groups. 

The local Calamari people were decimated in the Spanish conquest, and that was in part due to Catalina’s collusion with the Spanish. In that sense, it might seem strange that the sculpture of her has become so iconic, but really, it’s a tribute to the indigenous people who inhabited this land before the Spanish conquest.

Sculpted by the Spanish artist Eladio Gil Zambrana and unveiled in 1974, the monument has become so well-known around Cartagena that small-scale replicas are handed out as awards at the Cartagena Film Festival.

Practical Info

La India Catalina Monument is easy to spot at the main entrance to the old town in Cartagena. It’s in the center of a large plaza near the bridge crossing the Laguna de Chambacú. 
Address: Avenida Venezuela, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia, Colombia
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Cartagena City Trolley Tour

Cartagena City Trolley Tour

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Only a trolley tour lets you explore the city of Cartagena's major attractions in open-air historical style. Ride through the city's historical core and around the bay, stopping to visit museums, plazas, and more on your own schedule. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people per booking and includes live onboard commentary.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.50
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$25.50

Bike City tour Cartagena

Bike City tour Cartagena

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Our tour is complete to visit the city, it will help you understand the history in 2 hours, and you will get to know almost all the important places around the historic center.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$30.00
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Night Trolley Sightseeing in Cartagena

Night Trolley Sightseeing in Cartagena

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See Cartagena light up at night from the deck of a trolley on this evening tour of the city. Join a group of 20 people or fewer to visit the city's must-see sites, including the Clock Tower and the home of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This tour also includes live commentary from a professional guide and non-alcoholic drinks for a relaxing and informative experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.00
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Cartagena 3 hr Bicycle Tour

Cartagena 3 hr Bicycle Tour

Take a private 3 hour guided bike tour to check out this beautiful walled city, stone streets, famous monuments, ancient churches, grand hotels, and meet some of the warm and friendly people of this remarkable Caribbean port. Cartagena has impressive architecture that you simply must see! Wonderful structures with immense historical value such as El Castillo de San Felipe and the Fuerte de San Sebastian del Pastelillo. You’ll be stopping at the historical monument of La India Catalina, and traveling through the charming colonial streets, taking in all of the main landmarks of Cartagena's famous walled city, learning all the history, plus riding your bicycle on top of the wall itself. This is not only a fun way to get to know your way around the Jewel of Colombia, but also a great way to learn the true history of this magical Caribbean city!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.00
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Price varies by group size

Cartena Esrtellar Tours

Cartena Esrtellar Tours

This tour guarantees fun and learning in the heroic Cartagena in its historic cultural center in a more playful and interactive way. All concerns about places and sites will be answers in the best way so as not to lose all this magnificent history. They will want to come back again!
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  • 45 minutes
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cartagena city tour

cartagena city tour

Get to know the most emblematic places of the city aboard a typical bus and accompanied by your professional tour guide
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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