6-Person Cartagena History Tour
- Key sights: Our three-hour walk through Cartagena's walled Old Town reveals religious landmarks going back to the 17th century, like the Church of Santo Pedro Claver, Santa Clara Convent, and Santo Toribio and Santo Domingo churches.
- Insights: At the Palace of the Inquisition, we'll discuss how religious dogma and the discovery of gold, silver, and emeralds affected the daily lives of citizens and slaves in colonial Cartagena.
- More than a guide: Even by GoBe standards, your tour leader is special. Known officially as "docents" (from the Latin for teacher), these Ph.D. and M.A.- level local historians are the difference between sightseeing and true understanding.
About This Cartagena Tour
The narrow lanes and pleasant plazas of Cartagena's Old Town are dotted by the stoic stone towers of centuries-old churches, convents, and monasteries – vestiges of the Spanish Colonial era, when gold and the Church dominated life. The legacy of those influences is felt to this day in Cartagena and throughout South America, and is the prime subject of this enlightening walk.
Please meet your guide in the Plaza San Diego, next to the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel, at Calle del Torno # 39-29.
Bring change for your entrance fees to Inquisition Palace, Sanctuary Peter Claver (about 40000 COP).
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. This itinerary is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
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.
Travelers must be 13 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.
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