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Food Lover’s Guide to Cartagena

Food Lover’s Guide to Cartagena

From its colorful architecture to its flavorful cuisine, Cartagena is full of vibrancy. The cuisine of this historic Colombian city draws on its coastal location, and menus are full of fresh seafood. Here are a few foods and activities that hungry visitors won’t want to miss.

 

Must-Try Dishes

Cartagena is known for its fresh food, from tropical fruits and juices to seafood. Sample street food such asarepa de huevo***, cornmeal patties stuffed with egg; or dine on classicceviche*, fresh raw seafood with citrus and a touch of heat. Keep cool with frozen treats calledpaletas***, popsicles made with fresh fruit and cream, milk, or water, or sip fresh fruit juices such aswatermelon juice (jugo de sandia)andcoconut limeade (limonada de coco)*.  

Must-Do Experiences

  • Discover Cartagena on foot with a street-food-focused tour led by a local guide.
  • Explore fresh local produce at the Bazurto Market with a guided tour. 
  • Climb aboard a boat for a scenic cruise to the Rosario Islands. Complete the experience with a lunch feast of fried whole red snapper and coconut rice.
  • Taste the best ceviche in the city with a tour focused on this popular seafood dish. Learn about how it’s made and visit restaurants where ceviche is the specialty.
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6 Tours and Activities | All Cartagena Tours

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Bazurto Market Tour and Cooking Class in Cartagena

Bazurto Market Tour and Cooking Class in Cartagena

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Learn to cook traditional Colombian food during this half-day class in Cartagena. Shop at a local open-air market with your chef/instructor, who will guide you in selecting ingredients for the dishes. In a local family's kitchen, try your hand at making dishes such as empanadas, coconut rice and others; then feast on your work. Round-trip transportation from Cartagena hotels or a central downtown meeting point is included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.39
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$115.39

Street Food Tour of Cartagena

Street Food Tour of Cartagena

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Joining a food tour is a fun alternative to a typical city walking tour and a great way to learn about culture in Cartagena. Come hungry for a tour that gives you a taste of Cartagena’s street food specialties, like fried plantain pancakes, empanadas, or ceviche. As you snack your way through the city, your guide shares insight into Colombian culture and takes you to parts of Cartagena you might overlook exploring on your own.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
Price varies by group size
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$54.00
Price varies by group size

Cartagena Local Market Tour and Cooking Class

Cartagena Local Market Tour and Cooking Class

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Learn how to prepare a traditional Colombian meal in Cartagena from a local chef during this cooking class. Before hitting the kitchen, visit the local market of Bazurto to explore the regional produce and to purchase ingredients for the meal. From there, you’ll head to a family home to prepare the Colombian dishes.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.00
Price varies by group size
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$94.00
Price varies by group size

Cartagena Horse and Carriage Night Ride Including Dinner

Cartagena Horse and Carriage Night Ride Including Dinner

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Experience the magic of Cartagena by night with a romantic carriage ride, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Trot through the illuminated streets of the walled city, past UNESCO-listed monuments and historic landmarks like the Cathedral de San Pedro Claver and the Palace of the Inquisition. After a memorable tour, finish your evening with a delicious 3-course dinner (included), accompanied by a glass of wine.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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Cartagena Tour Privado al Mercado Popular (BAZURTO) con clase de cocina

Cartagena Tour Privado al Mercado Popular (BAZURTO) con clase de cocina

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Savor the unexpected flavors of Cartagena during this 4-hour combination food tour and cooking class. Experience the explosion of exotic fruits, seafood, and local cuisine for sale at the city market during an optional excursion. Then head to a local home in the village of La Boquilla to prepare a mouthwatering meal with your hosts.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.00
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$140.00
Taking safety measures

Cartagena Local Market Tour

Cartagena Local Market Tour

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Many tourists only focus on Cartagena Old Town during their vacation and miss out on the hidden gems that lie further afield. Opt for a local experience on a tour of Bazurto Market, which sells exotic produce and local delicacies that aren’t served in restaurants aimed at tourists. You’ll have the chance to interact with locals and sample dishes such as stewed fish and coconut rice. Plus, convenient hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
From
$80.00
Price varies by group size