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Bazurto Market Adventure Tour in Cartagena provided by Cartagena Insider Tours

Bazurto Market Adventure Tour in Cartagena

Bazurto Market Adventure Tour in Cartagena
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Brimming with street food vendors and artisan craft stalls, Bazurto Market is Cartagena’s biggest and busiest, which means it can often feel overwhelming for first-time visitors. Orient yourself among hundreds of stalls with ease on a market tour that lets you overcome the language barrier and introduces you to local people.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Get your bearings in Cartagena's biggest market on a tour
  • A great introduction to local life for first-time visitors
  • A guide helps you overcome the language barrier and offers insider knowledge
  • Stress-free hotel pickup and drop-off are included
What to expect
  • Begin your tour with pickup from your central Cartagena hotel and a short ride to Bazurto Market. First, pass through Cartagena’s colorful Getsemani neighborhood, famous for its graffiti street art and hip nightlife, and pay a visit to a local shopping mall, before venturing into the buzzing marketplace. Follow your guide around the labyrinth of stalls, stopping to take a peek at a metal mechanic workshop, and watch the local craftsmen at work. Next, visit a music store, where you can sip a cold beer as you listen to ‘Champeta’, the urban folklore music that remains hugely popular throughout the region. You’ll even get to take away a CD of some of your favorite music. Learn more about the fascinating history of the market and the Getsemani neighborhood as you stop to browse the stalls and chat with the vendors. Pause for refreshments (included) at a fresh juice stall, then meet one of the market’s most legendary poster artists. You’ll even have the chance to have a handmade poster created with your own personal message. Continue to the herbsman stand, where you’ll get to sample a traditional Colombian healing potion, then marvel at the butcher’s stalls, laden with different cuts of meat. After working up an appetite walking around the market, stop to enjoy lunch at the legendary Ceci's restaurant, which was famously featured on American chef Anthony Bourdain's TV show. After tucking into an array of Colombian specialties, enjoy a short walk through the fish market before exiting the market, where a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Get your bearings in Cartagena's biggest market on a tour
  • A great introduction to local life for first-time visitors
  • A guide helps you overcome the language barrier and offers insider knowledge
  • Stress-free hotel pickup and drop-off are included
What to expect
  • Begin your tour with pickup from your central Cartagena hotel and a short ride to Bazurto Market. First, pass through Cartagena’s colorful Getsemani neighborhood, famous for its graffiti street art and hip nightlife, and pay a visit to a local shopping mall, before venturing into the buzzing marketplace. Follow your guide around the labyrinth of stalls, stopping to take a peek at a metal mechanic workshop, and watch the local craftsmen at work. Next, visit a music store, where you can sip a cold beer as you listen to ‘Champeta’, the urban folklore music that remains hugely popular throughout the region. You’ll even get to take away a CD of some of your favorite music. Learn more about the fascinating history of the market and the Getsemani neighborhood as you stop to browse the stalls and chat with the vendors. Pause for refreshments (included) at a fresh juice stall, then meet one of the market’s most legendary poster artists. You’ll even have the chance to have a handmade poster created with your own personal message. Continue to the herbsman stand, where you’ll get to sample a traditional Colombian healing potion, then marvel at the butcher’s stalls, laden with different cuts of meat. After working up an appetite walking around the market, stop to enjoy lunch at the legendary Ceci's restaurant, which was famously featured on American chef Anthony Bourdain's TV show. After tucking into an array of Colombian specialties, enjoy a short walk through the fish market before exiting the market, where a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 29696P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in the City Center (extra fees apply if not within the Walled City)
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements for group tours. The minimum number of travelers is four (4). In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for people with walking disabilities or difficulties or for people using a wheelchair
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in the City Center (extra fees apply if not within the Walled City)
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements for group tours. The minimum number of travelers is four (4). In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for people with walking disabilities or difficulties or for people using a wheelchair
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Cartagena Insider Tours
    Stop: 3 hours
    You will be picked up at your hotel, and then travel to the central market of Cartagena. With more than 40 years of age in the same space, its an exotic place filled with all types of products, smells, music and types of people. Then start to enter the market by first getting to know the neighborhood, the locals, and then go into the market to meet original stands and their owners. Visit local mechanics, trained from generation to generation, juice vendors for the most exotic foods, sound system builders and an incredible local handmade poster maker. Plus, grasp all the multiculturalism present in the traditional medicines and the very bizarre situations you will be sure to see. Finally, go to Ceci's restaurant, famous for appearing in Anthony Bourdain's show. Here you will have the option to have lunch or to have a small tasting. After this you'll exit the market and a private van will pick you up to take you back to your hotel.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Will M
2 contributions
The best way to experience Bazurto market
We absolutely recommend this tour for anyone interested in visiting Bazurto market. We considered exploring the market ourselves, but are very grateful we opted for the tour as it provided for a much more authentic and wholesome experience. Led by our guides, Christina and Daison, we explored all aspects of the market and met with a variety of different vendors that welcomed and engaged us a tourists. Christina and Daison did a great job showing us around, providing us with a unique perspective of the market but also allowing us the freedom to soak up our surroundings. Overall, we highly recommend this tour as it was one of the best experiences we had while visiting Cartagena!

On top of it all, after the tour concluded, we lost a cell phone in the taxi on our way home and the tour company and Daison went above and beyond to help us get it back! What tremendous customer support! We were already planning to provide a 5 star rating before this obstacle, but their support helping us retrieve the cell phone go to show how they value the customer experience.
Written October 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Eric K
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Favorite part of our trip
Dec 2019
This tour was our favorite part of the trip to Cartagena.

It showed parts of the authentic places in the city that would likely be inaccessible for people who weren't born there like she was. Plenty of touristic options are available for travelers in the area that you could get anywhere else in the Caribbean, but the tour guide for this made the entire experience - and she was superb.

We did a number of various island-hopping boat tours and probably tried every Old Town ceviche place you can imagine, but all of us kept mentioning that this was our favorite part of the trip when we got home. Strongly recommend.. - Eric, from Chicago.
Written November 11, 2020
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Eliane s
New York City, NY81 contributions
A window into the real Cartagena
Dec 2019
In general Cartagena is for tourists. We did not really see the city until we took the Bazurto market tour. Sheila and Kete are local sisters who knows all about the market and the history of Cartagena. With them, we heard from local sellers, we tried juice (no stomach issues after), we learned how to dance the Champetta and we saw the locals shopping, eating, working. They knew many of the people in the market and through them and their stories we had learned a great deal about the place. The market if off Gestmani , away from the tourists' areas. It is not recommended to be there alone. With the tour, we felt safe and welcomed. This tour was the highlight of our 4 days in Cartagena.
Written March 22, 2020
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Silvya M
Wyoming, Canada4 contributions
Wonderful tour of Bazurto Market with Sheila.
Mar 2020
We were lucky to have such a great and informative guide. Sheila spoke about the market and the people who work and live there with such pride that we learned so much. She took us all over the market and to certain stalls where she could explain what was being sold and how locals used all the fruits, vegetables and herbs. We ate fruits we have never seen before. We ate a fabulous lunch in one of the stall areas, prepared right in front of us and served with a smile. Everywhere Sheila took us, someone encouraged us to try something new. We met an inventive metal worker and received a poster to remember our day with. Thank you Sheila, you were fabulous!
Written March 2, 2020
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NCC0830
Amsterdam, The Netherlands24 contributions
Go the the Bazurto Market!
Feb 2020
This was perhaps the best of our 5 day trip in Colombia. our guide was terrific. The market is gritty, surprising, energetic, and stimulating. Along the way, we stopped and spoke to selected vendors who told us a bit about their work and products, we sampled street food, danced to local music, and had lunch. The touristy walled city area has it's charm, but it's pretty similar to most areas of cities where cruise ships stop. Look beyond to learn a lot more about this city and this country and this tour gives you such a glimpse. And the social justice aspects of this tour are powerful..
Written February 22, 2020
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Graham P
23 contributions
Fascinating glimpse of the real Cartagena
Feb 2020
It's easy to imagine that if you've seen Getsemani, the walled city, and the Castillo San Felipe that you've experienced Cartagena. Each of these places are superb, but when you get to the Bazurto Market, especially if you explore some of the residential areas near the market, you get a different and more accurate feel for the city and its inhabitants. We had an English speaking guide who shops at the market, and would highly recommend that. It is a gigantic, sprawling, high energy, dirty place, and could be quite intimidating if you tried to see it by yourself. Sounds yucky, and it is, but, wow! You won't forget this experience.
Written February 12, 2020
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cmsslp
Toronto, Canada31 contributions
Fantastic tour with Sheila
Wonderful tour with Sheila! We thoroughly enjoyed her personalized itinerary from a tour of the artisanal metal works to the local graffiti and poster artist and lots of fabulous food in between. Thank you for a fantastic tour!
Written February 3, 2020
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elie77
Washington DC, DC5 contributions
Bazurto Market Tour
Jan 2020
An interesting tour and very different from our market tour in Bogota.........glad to have had both experiences.........Andrea was a terrific guide..........it was also very interesting to learn of your non profit connection.
Written January 24, 2020
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NewYorkerInEurope
New York City, NY36 contributions
Authentic Market Tour
Nov 2019
My girlfriends and I booked this market tour for our first morning in Cartagena. It was an incredible introduction to Colombia. The food was just one part of it; learning about people, culture, history, economics, development, music, inequality, and authenticity. Our guide was a lovely young woman, with incredible knowledge, enthusiasm and a wonderful way of making her social/economic points in the context of the market. Lunch was delicious and an amazing experience to sit and eat in a traditional market surrounded by the bustling market activity. I would warn that this tour is not for the faint hearted - the market is noisy, dirty and crowded by American standards. But if you are a traveler and want to learn about the people and culture of the place you are visiting, this is a great tour for you.
Written January 22, 2020
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Manny R
Miami, FL8 contributions
Bazurto Market tour
Jan 2020 • Friends
Wonderful tour of the market In Cartagena the heartbeat that keeps the community together. . This is the real Colombia outside the walled city where the locals shop and eat. The tour guides were knowledgeable, kind and organized. Book it you won’t regret it.
Written January 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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PRIVATE tour to Palenque -Cruise Ship traveller
We,5 adults, arrived in Columbia on the Emerald Princess Cruise Ship.We visted Columbia on a previous cruise and ha
capet002
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Tour with bigger purpose
This was a fabulous tour. It covers some history as well as learning about the market and the people who sell there
ReggieRadcliffe
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Excellent Tour
I did the market tour. It is excellent. The only things I would point out is that is relatively relaxed, so if you
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If you are reading this BOOK THE TOUR! A MUST DO. Professional Company and the host Paula (POW-LA) is amazing!
When I came across this tour. I did some research on the town and noticed there was a festival the weekend I wanted
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Great tours with great guides
Loved their Africa in America tour, as well as the Salsa night tour. We all had a blast!! Highly recommended.
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Great cultural experience
We wanted to visit this market but were a little nervous to do so alone. So glad we found this tour on Trip Advisor
bartravelIsrael
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Authentic market tour
We visited before Cartagena and for our second trip (came with cruise ship) we wanted different kind of tour. We ha
Amy B
Amy B
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A great night!
We are salsa beginners, but had so much fun learning about the history of Salsa form Anna and some salsa moves from
Sissel B
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Highly recommended
I have visited numerous markets all over the world, but this was the first time with a guide. Highly recommended, w
Ayeletbz
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Wonderful experience
A bunch of us, family members including grandparents, took the tour with the amazing guides of FEM (3 guides). They
Keith H
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Very unique and interesting place to visit
We were a party of seven, including four visually impaired. Our tour guide was very informative giving lots of info
Briana K
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Fantastic Real Tour
The tour of bazurto market was incredible. It definitely showed a more real side to Cartagena. The guides were grea
Josh G
Josh G
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Amazing Cultural Experience
If you are looking for a unique and authentic cultural experience then look no further! We did the Bazurto Market
Floor D
Floor D
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Real Cartagena market experience
Today we did the 3 hour tour around the market and we absolutely loved it! We were only with the two of us and and
Steven D
Steven D
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Trip to Bazurto Market
I went on this tour today and can’t recommend it highly enough. If you want to get beyond the historic center / Get
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