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Las Bovedas Tours

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Las Bovedas
Shoppers, barhoppers, and photography enthusiasts flock to picturesque Las Bovedas, located at the northeastern corner of Cartagena’s old walled city. Dozens of archways—stretching from Santa Clara to Santa Catalina Fortress—are home to souvenir shops, jewelry stores, small bars, and galleries.

The Basics
Bargain for earrings, hats, hammocks, paintings, and more during an excursion to Las Bovedas, where the archways date back to the 1790s. When you need a break, join the locals for a refreshing drink at a bar (or two). Las Bovedas is a stop on most Cartagena city tours. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • With its cobbled streets and uneven surfaces, Cartagena’s Old Town isn’t easily accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Bargaining is expected at the shops within Las Bovedas, so don’t feel compelled to pay the first price offered.
  • Shops often carry similar items—consider browsing the entire strip before purchasing anything.

How to Get There
Most visitors arrive on foot while wandering Old Town, stopping along the way to see nearby landmarks such as Plaza de San Diego and Casa de Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Taxis are also available. 

When to Get There 
Las Bovedas is usually open daily from early morning till early evening. Weather is typically warm-to-hot year-round; if you’re not a fan of rain, avoid going to Cartagena in April, May, or September to November.

Dark History
Brightly painted and full of colorful souvenirs, Las Bovedas today is a lively marketplace. In the 1800s, though, the shops were used as dungeon cells. Local stories claim that during high tide, prisoners had to deal with water on a daily basis in their cells. 
Address: Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
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19 Tours and Activities to Experience Las Bovedas

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Emerald Shore Excursion

Emerald Shore Excursion

departing from the port of Cartagena we headed to the island with a republican style called manga, 15 minutes later we will make a photo stop at the San Felipe de Baraja castle built in 1686, after 15 minutes we will visit the historic center of the city We will make a shopping stop in the groves, maximum stop time 30 minutes, then we will go to the Emerald Museum we will do a 30 minute walk we will visit the Bolivar Park, the Cathedral of Catalonian Sdanta of Alexandria, the Inquisition, Gold Museum, Clock tower, San Pedo de Cablel church and a brief tour of the modern city of Bocagrande ending in the tourist port of Cartagena. This tour lasts 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
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$54.00

Private City Tour of Cartagena

Private City Tour of Cartagena

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Get an intimate look at the historic streets and monuments of Cartagena during this 4-hour private tour. Discover this Caribbean city’s wealth of beautiful architecture, starting with the elegant mansions of the Manga neighborhood and continuing to monuments like San Felipe Castle and the Monastery of La Popa. You’ll also wander the UNESCO World Heritage-listed walled city and its atmospheric public squares before finishing in Cartagena’s more modern districts like Bocagrande. A private guide and vehicle, all entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are also included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Cartagena City Shore Excursion

Cartagena City Shore Excursion

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When your cruise ships drops anchor in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Cartagena, don’t waste a minute of sightseeing time on a shore excursion that’s ideal for visitors with limited time. Convenient port pickup and drop-off are included, and you’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort between top Cartagena attractions in Old Town Cartagena, without getting lost or having to navigate unfamiliar public transport systems.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00
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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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$16.00
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$16.00

Cartagena half day city tour

Cartagena half day city tour

Make the most of your time in Cartagena by booking this private half-day tour with a dedicated guide. Your guide will lead your private group through a carefully-curated itinerary designed to show you the best of the city, such as San Felipe Castle, Las Bovedas, Heredia Theeater Getsemani, Plaza de la Aduana, and others. You'll get plenty of personalized attention and time to ask questions.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
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$99.00
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GOD -1 CARTAGENA HISTORY AND FOLKLORE Shore excursions

GOD -1 CARTAGENA HISTORY AND FOLKLORE Shore excursions

It is the must-take excursion for all visitors to the city of Cartagena. This fascinating excursion will allow you to see today’s makeup of Cartagena. This tour takes you around different areas in the modern new sectors of Bocagrande, and the stately neighborhood of Manga. You will also visit the biggest and most important fortification built in America by Spain, and that is “San Felipe de Barajas” Fortress Additionaly, there will be a folkloric dance show for you to enjoy. you will visit the just outside-the-wall neighborhood of El Cabrero before entering the walled city. Then comes the first stop at “Las Bovedas” You visit the magical Old City
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.67
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$74.67

GOD 2- MILITARY HISTORY OF CARTAGENA Shore excursions

GOD 2- MILITARY HISTORY OF CARTAGENA Shore excursions

On this tour, an expert guide will take you to back in time to the city beginnings. The first encounters between the invading Spanish and the indigenous calamari natives. The attacks perpetrated by different pirates, privateers (corsairs), buccaneers and philibusters throughout the colonial period. We also explain how independence wars prompted Colombia to start building its military force that later became known as Fuerzas Armadas de Colombia, the national army. We will visit: Naval Museum, San Felipe fortress (castle), Las bóvedas. In each one of them, we also touch on the recent history of Cartagena as part of Colombia conflicts with guerrilla groups, drug trafficking (Medellin and Cali Cartels), Paramilitary groups, constitutional amendments, Extradition in Colombia, Narco guerrilla as well as Colombia´s peace talks and agreements.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$69.34
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$69.34

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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$18.00

Cartagena de Indias: India Catalina to Plaza Santo Domingo Audio Tour - VoiceMap

Cartagena de Indias: India Catalina to Plaza Santo Domingo Audio Tour - VoiceMap

Skip the large walking tours and move at your own pace in Cartagena thanks to this self-guided audio tour of the walled city, ideal for first-time visitors with limited time in the region. Listen to stories you wouldn’t otherwise hear as you’re guided between top Cartagena sites with ease. Plus, offline access maps mean you needn’t worry about getting lost.
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  • 40 minutes to 1 hour
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$5.34
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Walking Shore Excursion

Walking Shore Excursion

Visit the walled city accompanied by a local profesional tour guide who will make you a fun historical walk
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  • 1 hour 55 minutes
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$40.00
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$40.00

The Rise of the Wall City. Cartagena Sensorial Audiowalk Part 2

The Rise of the Wall City. Cartagena Sensorial Audiowalk Part 2

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Actors perform directly to your headset together with 3D Sound effects. Don Antonio de Arévalo, one of the greatest military engineers rebuilders of the Fortifications of Cartagena de Indias, will guide you through this Soundwalk, which will explain the details and stories of the walls with pride and ownership in this second route, which runs from the Vault Barracks to the Boca del Puente.
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  • 40 minutes
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$6.99
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$6.99

Cartagena City Tour

Cartagena City Tour

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Discover Cartagena’s major sightseeing spots on this guided tour. Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle, stopping at the convent of La Candelaria, which is located on top of La Popa Hill, for panoramic views, plus the San Felipe Fortress, popular neighborhoods, parks, and public squares. Also, enjoy free time to shop.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$94.00
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$94.00
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Half-Day Tour of Cartagena by Air-Conditioned Vehicles

Half-Day Tour of Cartagena by Air-Conditioned Vehicles

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Absorb the color and charisma of Cartagena on a half-day tour of the UNESCO-listed Colombian city. In a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll admire the beautiful mansions of Manga and ascend to La Popa (temporarily unavailable) – the city’s highest point – for spectacular views. Enter the magnificent San Felipe de Bajaras Castle, absorb the Caribbean spirit of Santo Domingo Square and browse artisan market, Las Bovedas, for unique souvenirs. Refreshments and round-trip transport from your Cartagena hotel is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Walled City + San Felipe Castle + Optional Popa Convent Cartagena City Tour 6-8H

Walled City + San Felipe Castle + Optional Popa Convent Cartagena City Tour 6-8H

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Whether you are short of time or you are wanting to have the complete experience in Cartagena, this full-day tour is made for you! Come to the most important places of the city and live them authentically. Discover Cartagena’s top landmarks: Gold Museum, the Palace of Inquisition, San Felipe Castle and more. You’ll be able to choose whether you want it to last 8 hours with La Popa convent, a city viewpoint, or 6 hours without this top. Join us! • San Felipe Castle, Gold Museum and Palace of Inquisition guided tour • Historical landmarks in the Walled City its squares, fortresses and bastions • Tasting of typical Caribbean cuisine • Optional: visiting La Popa, on the top of a hill, and enjoying Cartagena’s landscapes • Plenty of spectacular photo spots for unforgettable memories of your trip to Cartagena.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Walled City + Museums Cartagena City Tour 4H

Walled City + Museums Cartagena City Tour 4H

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Join us in this 4-hour tour around the famous Walled City of Cartagena de Indias, led by a local expert tour guide who will show the best of it. You will visit places of great cultural importance for the country such as the Palace of Inquisition, the Zenú ethnics Gold Museum and the famous Clock Tower. Besides, you will have a glimpse of Caribbean cuisine with some local hand-made snacks. • Historical interesting facts about the Walled City • A visit along fortresses, bastions and squares • Local experiences of traditional food tasting • A guided tour inside Gold Museum and Palace of Inquisition • A walk along colonial and heritage houses and churches
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
Price varies by group size
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$65.00
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Food Tour in Cartagena Walled City

Food Tour in Cartagena Walled City

A trip would not be complete if you don’t go beyond touristic places and give yourself the chance to taste a place’s food. So, come with us to this food tour around Cartagena’s heart, so you get the best of Caribbean cuisine and its people: raspao, carimañola, arepa de huevo, agua de coco and more. Although those names are hardly relatable to something common or widely known, we are sure that it will be a gastronomic experience to remember. • A walk along with important spots of the city such as the emblematic Clock Tower • A brief introduction to Colombia’s and Cartagena’s rich history of diversity in the Walled City • Samples and samples of typical foods and drinks of the region (fruits, desserts, finger foods, refreshments) • An incredible chance to get in touch with locals and their stories • Memories full of senses about colors smells and flavors of this Caribbean city
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.00
Price varies by group size
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$66.00
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Cartagena Private Shore Excursion for cruise passengers

Cartagena Private Shore Excursion for cruise passengers

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Get a sense for the top attractions in Cartagena during this 4-hour shore excursion designed with cruise ship passengers in mind. Explore the unique Moorish and Republican architecture of the city’s Manga Island, take in gorgeous views from the hilltop Monastery of La Popa and check out historic San Felipe Fortress. You’ll also enjoy an hour-long walking tour of Cartagena’s atmospheric old city and do some souvenir shopping at Las Bovedas. Your excursion also includes round-trip port transport, a professional guide, and light refreshments.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.00
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$130.00
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Panoramic & Shopping for Cruises

Panoramic & Shopping for Cruises

Cartagena de indias is a well known city, thanks to its history, architecture and culture as well as its weather and enchanting people, Those are some of the main reasons that encourage visitors to come to Cartagena. We have designed this experience to introduce our visitors the real cartagena, full of magic and enchantement accompanied by an excelent professional and funny tour guide while touring the most outstanding highlights of Cartagena such as: San Felipe Castle, Manga Island, Las Bovedas, Walled City , New city and the Popular Cartagena. It is the cheapest way to discover Cartagena
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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$20.00
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