Cruise across the bay for an enlightening walking tour of the walled section of Cartagena, a large vibrant area full of colonial architecture and exquisite boutiques.
After departing from the pier in a sleek catamaran, you will enjoy a meandering cruise across the bay, taking in the spectacular city views. While much of Cartagena is dotted with modern residential towers, it is still the Old Town that captures the imagination.
It is here that you will disembark for a walking tour of Cartagena’s walled district, which is so architecturally significant that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The designation recognizes the city’s extensive military fortifications and the importance of the historical neighborhoods of San Diego, San Pedro and Gethsemani.
Construction of the walls began in the late 16th century to protect Cartagena from further pirate attacks after Sir Francis Drake wantonly burned and ransacked the city in 1585. As you walk the atmospheric streets of the walled section, you will see a vast array of wonderful colonial architecture, churches, mansions and squares like Plaza de San Diego.
During free time, you might even walk along the top of the wall for a magnificent sweeping view of the Caribbean. Or you may spend your time in Old Town shopping for designer fashions, local artwork and emerald jewelry. Colombia is the world’s largest producer of emeralds, so you can expect a wide selection of merchandise.
Following your free time, you’ll rejoin your guide and embark your catamaran for the scenic return cruise to the pier.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of easy to moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the catamaran with limited assistance, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. The tour may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; umbrella; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.