Cartagena de Indias is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in America. Its historic downtown, walled by the fortifications built in the
colonial time, still preserves its original architecture and nowadays the walled city is shown in an endless number of colors that fill it with life and Caribbean charm. His fascinating history
as one of the pearls of that time, place where treasures were stored and largest port for slaves, gives Cartagena, city declared heritage of humanity by UNESCO, an enourmous importance. Stories
about severe pirates attacks remain present in numerous fortresses that remain intact until today. The walking City-Tour starts in a hotel in the Walled city. In a 3 hours walk we will
visit the San Diego Square, Fernandez de Madrid square, Bolivar Park, The Square of the Carriages and Santo Domingo Square. Besides we will walk on the fortress-walls and down the most emblematic
streets while listening about fantastic legends, we visit the Chatedra and some other important churchs like San Pedro Claver and Santo Domingo.
The city tour starts visiting the hill of La Popa, an old Augustinian convent located at 150 meters in the highest point of the city. From here we have
the best view of Cartagen and we can learn the strategies applied to defend the city in the colonial times in relationship the surrounding topography. Then we visit the greatest fortress ever
built by the Spaniards in their colonies, San Felipe the Barajas. In an one hour tour we can appreciate this military architecturure masterpiece built in coraline stone. Then we explore the
historic downtown, where in a walk of about 2 hours we meet the most representative and beautiful squares, churchs and streets.
Juan Polo swamp is located at the north end of The Tesca wetland, at the north-eastern limits of Cartagena. Those who visit this Wild Fauna Sanctuary do a
canoe-trip along lagoons and marshes which are interconnected by pretty natural canals and mangrove labyrinths of an exotic and incomparable beauty. We first reach the tourist dock La
Boquilla. After enjoying a delicious coconut water as welcome, the journey starts with a tour in typical wooden canoes for about 90 minutes that will take us across the natural mangrove swamp
tunnels of El Chaco, El Amor y La Felicidad. We will appreciate the stunning panoramic view of the Juan Polo swamp while a guide from the community, the paddler, tells us about the importance of
the Tesca wetland and the animals living there. On the way back we taste the Cartagena typical dish before driving back to the hotel.
This tour will take you to meet “the african corner” in Colombia. This town, reflection of the crude reality of most african descendents, is a bastion of
culture and history. It’s the only survivor from the 12 palenques formed at the side of Maria’s hills at the beginning of XVIII century. Slaves that managed to escape once brought to America,
followed Benkos Biohó legend, Palenque’s founder. The music and a tremendous strategy of defense enabled Palenque de San Basilio to oficially become the first free town of the spanish colonies in
1613. The tradition, the historical proud and the Palenquero, native particular language of this place, remain nowadays. After two hours trip by car we get the central park of the town. A
specialized guide from the community will teach us some basic words in his language, Palenquero. With the help of a translator we will learn the exciting and brave history of this town. We will
also learn how to play some of its instruments recognizing warning sounds they used to defend its freedom. After a short walk through the town, we will appreciate the student’s talent of the
Batata Music School, who will performe for us 3 songs and dances. Its rhythm, between them Mapalé and Bullerengue. These have an important influence on
the Colombian Caribbean musical identity. After saying good-bye to our local guide and to the musicians, we drive back to Cartagena.
After a 45 minute-journey over the Coastal Highway between Cartagena and Barranquilla we get into one of the most original and odd experiences a traveller can
live. The Totumo’s Mud Volcano is an exotic and natural wonder of about 20 meters height. With his warm and dense mud flowing permanently it is impossible to sink in its 800 meter deep crater.
The acess to the crater is through a wooden rustic staircase. When we arrive to the highest point we can enjoy from the therapeutic properties of its mud, from what it is said provides “miracle
and healthy effects” to the skin. Furthermore, it makes the body get relaxed and serene from anxiety and stress. The Volcano is surrounded by numerous lagoons and you get a panoramic
view of this extraordinary landscape. After the mud-bath we’ll take another bath in the Piojo Lagoon. Then drive back to Cartagena.
Rosario Islands in Cartagena form a Natural Underwater Park ideal for the contemplation of colorful coral reef in shallow water. It is located 45 kilometeres
far from Cartagena’s Bay, the park protects underwater ecosystems, coral reef mainly, vulnerable ecosystems, where a multiple of invertebrate species and a numerous variety of colorful fishes
that dazzle of beauty. Large seeweed meadow and sea-grass are also found in the park. Beautiful beaches to enjoy sun baths are remarkable characteristic of the park. A specialized guide will
pick you up from the hotel, transportation to La Bodeguita dock. Here we get aboard a motorboat that will take you to the Isla del Sol. The boat transportation to the Island lasts about an hour.
Once you get to the Island you will have time to take a sea bath. As optional activities in the Island, you can find snorkelling, kayaking or a visit to San Martin de Pajarales
Aquarium. Your stay in the island includes the lunch. The return to Cartagena starts about 3 pm.