Cartagena Cruises, Colombia
- Prepare to see a completely different side of Cartagena in Bocagrande, the city’s new town. Jewellery-lovers should head for the Caribe Emerald Factory, where you can watch stones being cut, polished and set. You can even create your own design.
- Pay a visit to the Convento de la Popa. It’s a 400-year-old monastery that sits at the top of a hill, overlooking the whole city. Inside, it’s filled with lavish décor, paintings and sculptures.
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You’ll come face-to-face with some of Cartagena’s showpieces on this tour and see why it’s old town is a UNESCO World heritage site, Things kick off with a photo stop visit to the San Felipe de Barajas. The construction of this huge fort began in 1536, and lasted for over a hundred years. A labyrinth of tunnels run underneath the place, and you’ll get to head down inside some of them. But the star attraction is inside the chunky walls of the old city. Explore the Dungeons - originally built to store provisions for the troops. Now-a-days they are home to a handicraft market selling brightly decorated cloth, woodwork & woven bags made by some of the locals. Next, tour the winding streets to see the Colonial buildings, ancient churches and pretty squares. To top off your visit, head to the beautiful San Pedro Claver Church, moving on from here there'll be an opportunity to take photographs of San Francisco Javier Bastion, one of the city’s many fortifications.
See the city of Cartagena in the same way wealthy aristocrats would have once done, from the comfort of a horse and carriage. You’ll tour the streets of the old walled city, stopping to admire cobbled courtyards, flower-bedecked balconies and baroque churches. This place is home to some of the best-preserved colonial Spanish architecture in South America, so have your camera at the ready. There’ll be one guide for every seven carriages, so when we make a stop they’ll be on hand to give you the history and legend of the highlights like the Heredia Theatre, the Inquisition Palace, and City Hall. After your tour of the city, you’ll head for The Dungeons in the walled city ramparts. It’s now home to a colourful handicraft market, where the stalls overflow with wooden ornaments, pretty woven bags and traditional clothes. Get ready to haggle and you’ll get yourself some good deals.
Unleash your inner Pocahontas as you float through Cartagena’s mangroves in a traditional canoe. You’ll visit the Cueva Del Manglar on this half-day tour, a protected eco-system that’s teeming with birdlife. Your guide will give you the low down on what's what before you set off with a local fishermen who will row you around the Mangrove. As you glide through the swamp waters, keep an eye out for the likes of kingfishers, white herons and pelicans. On your way out to the Mangrove, you’ll also get to see the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress – Cartagena’s most famous landmark. This majestic-looking fort is thought to be one of the biggest feats of Spanish military engineering in South America. Construction began in 1536, and it took over a hundred years to complete the thing.