Cartagena by Sea/Cartagena by Land, Historic District, the Gold Museum
- The bay by boat: See the city of Cartagena from the bay, the perfect way to appreciate the scope of the famed city walls, and be able to contrast the old with the new.
- Historic district: Enter the Walled City via the Clock Tower, walk along narrow streets that traverse colonial architecture, see the cathedral and the Inquisition Palace.
- The Gold Museum: Step back in time to the second century B.C. and discover the magnificent gold artistry of the Zenu Culture, which inhabited the area until the Spaniards arrived.
About this Cartagena, Colombia tour
Cartagena is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in South America. While it has been called the Emerald City because of the stunning emerald jewelry you can find there, it is another name that best describes what makes this city stand apart from every other: the Walled City.
The city of Cartagena surged into world prominence in the 16th century as a result of the gold that was being plundered and sent to Spain. In turn, Cartagena became a favorite target of British and French pirates and corsairs. In 1586, defensive fortifications began to be constructed, which included fortresses at all strategic points to guard the harbor and the city, and the famed urban enclosure wall.
In 1741, the city came under siege by a British and American colonial force of 23,600 men and 186 ships, led by Admiral Edward Vernon. Despite the fact that Cartagena was defended by six Spanish ships and fewer than 3,000 men, between the fortifications and an outbreak of yellow fever, the siege failed. Accompanying Admiral Vernon was one Lawrence Washington, yes, George's brother who was so impressed with the admiral, that he named his estate and plantation Mount Vernon, after him.
All in all, it took 208 years to get the Cartagena fortifications as you see them today, prompting UNESCO to declare Cartagena's walls and fortresses (as well as the old city) a World Heritage site, and an eminent example of military architecture of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.
The slave of the slaves.
In 1610, a young novice priest arrived in Cartagena. At the time, the city was a hub for the slave trade, and the young priest was horrified by the way the slaves were treated. Not only did he begin to baptize slaves, but he preached that they deserved the same rights as any other Christian citizen of the Spanish Empire. Today, the young priest who once referred to himself as the "slave of slaves" has been canonized and the place where he baptized slaves bears his name, Cathedral of San Pedro Claver.
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Travelers must be willing and able to walk approximately 1 mile to fully experience this tour. This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
Boat Tour, Walking Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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