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Walled City of Cartagena, Cartagena

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Wander the historical streets of Walled City of Cartagena, an old district full of vibrant colonial architecture and heritage sites. Surrounded by 11 km (6.8 mi) of thick stone walls, the old city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. The vast fortifications, begun after an attack by Francis Drake, took two centuries in total to complete, as the city faced frequent damage from storms and pirate attacks. As well as the historical churches, mansions, plazas, and other buildings, the area boasts plentiful restaurants, cafes, and street vendors. Consider checking the cruise schedule before planning your visit: the old town clogs with tourists when several cruise ships unload on the same day. PutWalled City of Cartagena into our Cartagena trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We really enjoyed the walled city. The architecture, the history and the night life is great. Although the hotels dont have access to the beach, I would have preferred to stay at one of the fancier... 
    We really enjoyed the walled city. The architecture, the history and the night life is great. Although the hotels dont have access to the beach, I would have preferred to stay at one of the fancier...  more »
  • Worth a visit for sure! I have taken a walking tour and was delightfully impressed with all the stories about the city. The easy walking tour lasted about 2 hours. Will recommend it to anyone... 
    Worth a visit for sure! I have taken a walking tour and was delightfully impressed with all the stories about the city. The easy walking tour lasted about 2 hours. Will recommend it to anyone...  more »
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  • What an absolutely fabulous experience! This was one of my favorite days in Cartagena by far- if you are visiting even for just a few days, you MUST do this experience! Fabio is a gem- he has great energy and really made us all feel comfortable and welcome. He’s a real gentleman too, insisting on carrying our bags everywhere and always helping us in and out of the boat. You could tell he’s really passionate about what he does! The experience itself was unforgettable- I loved the beach (not Playa Blanca the noisy beach but Playa Tranquila, a quiet and more relaxed beach) and the beach club we relaxed at was lovely and had a place to secure belongings too. We got to snorkel and feed fish as well as feeding adorable tropical raccoons- one of my favorite parts! We spent more time at the beach and ended the beautiful day in such a magical way- swimming under the moon and stars with bioluminescent plankton. All throughout the day, everything was handled for us so it was hassle-free and purely relaxing. I really cannot recommend this experience enough, it far exceeds the local tours and you get exceptional value for what you pay.
  • Amazing tour. I went to Cartagena last week with my boyfriend for my birthday. I contacted this tour agency and Fabio Gonzalez contacted me within minutes. He gave me tour options and we agreed on the bike tour with drone. His guidance was 10/10, we tour all of Cartagena and we had so much fun! A drone followed us everywhere we went and today I received the footage which is AMAZING! The whole experience was 10/10! Fabio was great, he even sent us restaurants recommendations after the tour. BOOK WITH WALLED CITY OF CARTAGENA!

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