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Old Town Cartagena
Old Town Cartagena

Old Town Cartagena

Free admission
Calle 41, Cartagena

The Basics

The Old Town is a staple of most Cartagena sightseeing tours, which provide a comprehensive introduction to the walled city for first-time visitors. Explore top attractions, including the Palace of the Inquisition (Palacio de la Inquisición), the church of San Pedro Claver, and Las Bóvedas (a series of vaults beneath the city) on foot or by bike, Segway, or air-conditioned minibus. Tours typically also cover the nearby San Felipe de Barajas Castle (even though it’s not technically part of the Old Town).

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Private City Tour of Cartagena
Private City Tour of Cartagena
$120.00 per adult
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Our tour guide Nico was very friendly and he gave us a lot of details and history along the way. He took his time to really explain a lot of cultural things and made our experience that much better. He even went the extra mile to make sure we had reservations for the restaurant that we wanted to visit that evening. We were more than pleased with our time overall!!
Amber_L, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cartagena

star-4
A good look at history
Shanna_H, Jul 2022
Walking Tour Cartagena Old City including Gold Museum and Plaza de Bolivar
Our tour guide, Inri was very good. The tour was supposed to include the gold museum which was left off, so we did not go there. If you are interested in history the walking tour is great.
star-5
Great tour
Dennis_C, Mar 2021
Walking Tour Cartagena Old City including Gold Museum and Plaza de Bolivar
Sam was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable about the history of Cartagena. I highly recommend this tour!
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Personal touch in Cartagena
WalterDHD, Feb 2020
Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port
The guide and the driver were great. The guide showed us all we asked to see per the agreement, with ample time for pictures and questions. The guide kept us away from the street hawkers, when he could. We would use this guide and driver again.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Old Town Cartagena is one of the city’s highlights, popular with first-time visitors and history buffs.

  • Cobbled streets and uneven surfaces can make tours bumpy for travelers in wheelchairs and families with strollers.

  • There are plenty of accommodation, restaurants, and bars in Old Town Cartagena. During peak season, make hotel and restaurant recommendations in well in advance.

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How to Get There

The vast majority of Cartagena hotels are located in the Old Town, within walking distance of the main square and other attractions. From Cartagena Airport, you can take a private taxi to the Old Town or opt for a local colectivo (shared taxi), which depart from just outside the arrivals hall.

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When to Get There

To avoid the heat of the day, try getting to the Old Town in the early morning or late afternoon. The Plaza de Bolivar also offers shady spots comfortable in the middle of the day, as well as air-conditioned museums and restaurants.

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San Felipe de Barajas Castle

No visit to Cartagena would be complete without a visit to San Felipe de Barajas Castle, the city’s most visible architectural symbol. The 14th-century fortress, built by the Spanish, protected the coastal city from English invasion. The castle attracts visitors interested in its history and its panoramic harbor views.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Old Town Cartagena?
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Attractions near Old Town Cartagena:
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What else should I know about attractions in Cartagena?
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As well as visiting the Old Town Cartagena, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: