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How to Spend 2 Days in Cartagena

How to Spend 2 Days in Cartagena

The colorful city of Cartagena is known for its rich history and scenic coastal location. With 48 hours in this Colombian city, you can see its highlights and still have time to learn to cook traditional food, explore the local art scene, and take a sunset cruise. Here are a few ways to spend two days in Cartagena.

Day 1: City Heritage and a Harbor Cruise

**Morning:**Get your bearings in Cartagena with an introductory tour. Choose a ride on the hop-on hop-off bus to see landmarks such as Castillo San Felipe or a Segway tour that moves quickly between attractions. History-themed walking tours with a local guide are also available.

**Afternoon:**Connect with local culture during a tour with an emerald-jewelry-making class or a market tour and cooking class. Before you get in the kitchen to learn to make traditional Colombian dishes, visit the Bazurto Market to source fresh ingredients. 

**Night:**See the city of Cartagena from the water with an evening harbor cruise that includes a multicourse dinner and wine. To experience Cartagena’s atmosphere after dark, wrap up your first day in the city with a nightlife tour that includes transportation, drinks, and access to a nightclub. 

Day 2: Boat Rentals and Carriage Rides

**Morning:**Discover Cartagena on two wheels with a guided bike tour, covering ground quickly to see parks, landmarks, and monuments. Alternatively, travelers interested in Cartagena’s art scene may want to join a tour in the Getsemani Quarter focused on contemporary art, including visits to artists’ studios and galleries. 

**Afternoon:**Cool off during the warmest part of the day with a private boat rental. Let the captain do the steering while you admire views of the coast and stop to swim and snorkel. As sunset approaches, another fun water activity is a stand-up-paddleboarding excursion with an LED-lit board. The glow illuminates the water for 5 feet beneath the board. 

**Night:**Discover the streets of Cartagena at night with a horse-and-carriage ride, passing popular landmarks including the Cathedral of Saint Peter Claver (Catedral de San Pedro Claver) during the journey. Some night rides also feature a multicourse dinner at a traditional Colombian restaurant. 

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Bazurto Market Adventure Tour in Cartagena

Bazurto Market Adventure Tour in Cartagena

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Bazurto Market is Cartagena’s largest and busiest market, and it’s a maze of colorful stalls, exotic foods and local artisans. This guided visit will take you to the heart of the market, where you’ll get the chance to meet the vendors, watch craftsmen at work, sample local delicacies and enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch.
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  • 3 hours
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$54.00
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Sunset tour Sibarita Express 90 minutes with Open Bar

Sunset tour Sibarita Express 90 minutes with Open Bar

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Sail, sip, and enjoy stunning coastal views on this cruise of Cartagena Bay. An open bar keeps you refreshed throughout the trip, and snacks are available for purchase. Plus, this Cartagena Bay catamaran cruise is limited to a small-group tour of 12 people or fewer, making for a more intimate experience watching the sunset over the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$25.00
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City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover the captivating colonial charm of Cartagena on a spectacular City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city. See all of Cartagena’s alluring attractions from the unique perspective of a double-decker bus; visit the renowned Rafael Núñez house, the colossal Castillo de San Felipe, and the legendary statue of Simon Bolivar. Enjoy unlimited hopping on and off for 48 hours as you experience the ultimate way to see the city sights.
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  • 1 hour
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$18.00
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Dinner cruise on Cartagena's bay with Sibarita Express

Dinner cruise on Cartagena's bay with Sibarita Express

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Sail around Cartagena Bay on this small-group evening cruise. As you take in the coastal sights and skyline views, dine on a 3-course meal, which includes two choices for the main course and two glasses of wine per person. There is also a 4-course dinner and private table option available for couples.
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  • 2 hours
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$76.00
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Cartagena Bike Tour

Cartagena Bike Tour

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A bike tour is a fun way for first-time visitors to discover Cartagena. Catch a breeze and cover more ground than is possible on a walking tour as you follow your guide down a mostly flat route to Cartagena sights such as churches, monuments, and parks, all as your guide shares fun stories about the city’s history and culture that you might miss on your own.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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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
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Day Tour Paddleboard

Day Tour Paddleboard

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Paddle into the setting sun near Cartagena during this flexible-length sunset excursion via paddleboard. Navigate your paddleboard into the water to enjoy incredible views of the setting sun. Then, once it’s dark, navigate via the LED-lit board, which illuminates the water below and beyond as you make your way back to shore and the glowing city lights of Cartagena. An instructor and all equipment is included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Cartagena Art Tour

Cartagena Art Tour

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Get in touch with your creative side during this 3-hour exploration of Cartagena’s thriving art scene. Head to the Getsemani Quarter as you meet up with local artists at their studios, tour the newest galleries and check out the city’s diverse street art scene. An art historian guide, all entrance fees, water, and coffee or beer is included.
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  • 3 hours
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Cartagena Instagrammable History

Cartagena Instagrammable History

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Immerse yourself in the captivating history and Caribbean flair of Cartagena on a 3-hour historical tour of the city. Visit all of Cartagena’s significant sites and UNESCO World Heritage-listed structures accompanied by a knowledgeable guide; absorb the sacred ambiance of San Pedro Claver Church; and gain insight in to the colorful culture of the Colombian area.
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  • 3 hours
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$50.00
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