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Cartagena: A Pirate's Land

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena: A Pirate's Land


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Explore the historical districts within Cartagena’s walled Old Town on a leisurely walk past the most revealing landmarks. Founded on a trade route in 1533, Cartagena was often attacked by pirates such as Sir Francis Drake and Henry Morgan, so defensive walls and fortifications were soon built. As you will discover, they still stand and have earned Cartagena a World Heritage site designation. While meandering through the atmospheric streets, you will view a vast array of wonderful colonial architecture, churches, mansions and squares like Plaza de San Diego. Other highlights include the iconic clock tower at the entrance to the walled Old Town and the Inquisition Palace, where prisoners were tortured until the Spanish Inquisition ended in 1834. During free time, you can explore further or perhaps shop 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.

• Walk through the walled Old Town of Cartagena, which was founded in 1533.
• Hear about the pirates that frequently attacked Cartagena during the 16th and 17th centuries.
• See landmarks such as the Palace of Inquisition and the cathedral on Proclamation Square.
• Spend free time shopping along the atmospheric streets of Old Town.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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Scenic & City Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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