Cartagena de Indias is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in America. Its historic center (walled by fortifications built in the colonial period) still boasts original architecture and
nowadays displays infinite colors that fill this city with the typically Caribbean life and joy.
The City-Tour starts by visiting the Cerro de La Popa, an old Augustinian convent located 150 meters high - the highest point of the city. From here we have the best view over Cartagena and we
get a good overview of the defense strategy of the city in colonial times.
Afterwards we continue with a visit to the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, the biggest military construction ever built by the Spanish in their colonies. On this walk (approx. 45min) we can
appreciate this masterpiece of military architecture in coral stone, learn about the magnificent defense strategy of the city against pirate attacks, and appreciate the topography of Cartagena.
Afterwards we visit the authentic market of Bazurto, a place of color, life and contrasts, where we interact with hardworking, friendly people who sell everything from exotic fruits to the most
extravagant sound equipment. We continue with a panoramic tour through the neighborhoods of Bocagrande and Castillogrande to get to know the modern city and its bays. From there we walk to the
historic center, where we will have the option of a typical lunch (additional cost). To finish, we will have a walking tour to the most beautiful squares, churches and streets of the Historical
Center, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
OCCASIONAL CLOSURE OF THE MONASTERY LA POPA
In case the Convent La Popa is closed, the Convento San Pedro Clavér Museum, former Jesuit Cloister (1605) and home of the "Slave of the Slaves" will be visited as an alternative.