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Discover Cartagena by Locals

Discover Cartagena by Locals
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Experience the dayly lives of "Cartageneros" on a 4 hours experience at the public market and at  the "Brussels neighborhood". We will start by taking the public transportation then head out to  the Public Market, You will experience the taste of local food, exotic fruits and the "champeta music". Visit "Donde Cecilia Restaurant" ( Antony Bourdain visited this place) and have a great lunch there. Meet up with "Runner" a guy famous for his advertising art desing for "Champeta parties". Then we will visit a local family to discover and learn about being a Cartagenero is.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • 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
What to expect
  • First at all let´s  lay our cards on the table. This tour is outside the old city. The public market in Cartagena is not a fancy place. It can be dirty  sometimes and with a peculiar smell. So if you are the kind of traveler who loves adventure, experience a real culture and discover real people. This experience was designed for you. We will start taking the public transportation to the Public Market then our local guide will explain to you the Bazurto Market´s routine. The hustle and bustle of the daily life of vendors and locals as they flee in the heat of the Caribbean, to the boisterous sounds of champeta music.  The fascinating routine of the market envelops and bewitches with its magic. By this experience you will discover the fascination of the passages of the whole market, a labyrinth in which without a doubt, you will not want to miss!.  Then, we will visit  " Brussels" neighborhood, but not Belgium. In this neighborhood, we will have the pleasure of visiting a local family and sharing with them their experiences and anecdotes of what it is to grow a lifetime in this popular neighborhood,. We will share the exquisiteness of a homemade lunch with a variety of juices and exotic fruits!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • 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.
What to expect
  • First at all let´s  lay our cards on the table. This tour is outside the old city. The public market in Cartagena is not a fancy place. It can be dirty  sometimes and with a peculiar smell. So if you are the kind of traveler who loves adventure, experience a real culture and discover real people. This experience was designed for you. We will start taking the public transportation to the Public Market then our local guide will explain to you the Bazurto Market´s routine. The hustle and bustle of the daily life of vendors and locals as they flee in the heat of the Caribbean, to the boisterous sounds of champeta music.  The fascinating routine of the market envelops and bewitches with its magic. By this experience you will discover the fascination of the passages of the whole market, a labyrinth in which without a doubt, you will not want to miss!.  Then, we will visit  " Brussels" neighborhood, but not Belgium. In this neighborhood, we will have the pleasure of visiting a local family and sharing with them their experiences and anecdotes of what it is to grow a lifetime in this popular neighborhood,. We will share the exquisiteness of a homemade lunch with a variety of juices and exotic fruits!
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 108430P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Public transportation
  • Fruits samples
  • Lunch at a local home
  • Local fruit juice
  • Local dessert
  • Souvenier
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
Exclusions
  • Ensure
  • -
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Éxito San Diego - Cartagena, Cl. 38 ## 10 - 85, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia This supermarket is at San diego neighborhood. Please there are few Exitos supermarkets but just one Sandiego
  • Típicas Empanadas, Cra. 11 #10-85, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia This experience could finish at Exito Sandiego or Clock Tower.
  • Clock Tower Monument, Boca del Puente, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Bring comfortable shoes ( I prefer to avoid white shoes)
  • Sunscreen
  • Wear comfortable cloth
  • Let us know if you have any food restrinctions.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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
  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Public transportation
  • Fruits samples
  • Lunch at a local home
  • Local fruit juice
  • Local dessert
  • Souvenier
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
Exclusions
  • Ensure
  • -
Departure details
  • Éxito San Diego - Cartagena, Cl. 38 ## 10 - 85, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia This supermarket is at San diego neighborhood. Please there are few Exitos supermarkets but just one Sandiego
  • Típicas Empanadas, Cra. 11 #10-85, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia This experience could finish at Exito Sandiego or Clock Tower.
  • Clock Tower Monument, Boca del Puente, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Típicas Empanadas, Cra. 11 #10-85, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia This experience could finish at Exito Sandiego or Clock Tower.
  • Clock Tower Monument, Boca del Puente, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Bring comfortable shoes ( I prefer to avoid white shoes)
  • Sunscreen
  • Wear comfortable cloth
  • Let us know if you have any food restrinctions.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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
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Corrie P
3 contributions
Amazing tour of life as a local!
One of the best tours I have had in any country. If you would like to get away from the usual tourist filled attractions and instead see how the locals actually live, then this is the tour to take.

Liz was an awesome tour guide! Full of energy, informative, and entertaining! I highly recommend her!
Written September 2, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Alexandra K
5 contributions
The people of Cartagena!
The best way to discover the people of Cartagena is to go where the locals shop for food and miander through the Barzuto Market. We started in the San Diego area and then onto a local bus to the Market. Liz my tour guide did a fantastic job navigating through it as we stopped in different areas. First stop the poster artist who created a customized poster for me, then off to the fruit vendors, we continued through the thick of the market meat, fish, vegetables, spices... until we reached the restaurant where Alain Bourdain had eaten to cool off for a beer and pick up some food. Mind you it was well into the 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Liz enthusiasm and knowledge of history made this tour a real treat! I would highly recommend it. The tour finished at the home of a local for a taste of the bought tropical fruits and lunch.
Written February 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

GLim
Floridablanca, Colombia3 contributions
Discover Cartagena by Locals
Dec 2020
I took two wonderful tours with Discover Cartagena by Locals. The first tour was “Cartagena and It’s History.” Liz conveyed a lot of interesting information and I sensed the turbulence of the history of Cartagena’s past. But also I felt the resiliency of the people of Cartagena and how they overcame hardships and continue to be a people who continue to move forward. I also took a tour with Kathy and she took me on a tour of Gabriel García Márquez’s muse: Cartagena. We would go to landmarks and imagine how certain scenes from his books were played out. I won’t tell you where all these ladies took me because I don’t want to spoil the surprise. I had a lot of fun while learning and am glad I took these tours.
Written December 30, 2020
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goony51
Melbourne, Australia174 contributions
Bazurto Market tour
Maria was an excellent guide, vibrant and funny. The tour starts in front of a supermarket and she takes you on to a local bus to the market where she walks you through the various sections with a little bit of information. Then you take a van to her family’s house where you have a home cooked meal.

The market was large but not dissimilar to markets in lots of other third world countries so would have happily wondered around without a guide but of course having one does add a little to the experience. The real highlight was the home cooked meal and most importantly the variety of fresh fruit served.
Written March 17, 2020
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Maria Isabel A
It always a pleasure to show our visitors our culture and our routine life. We hope to have you again in our city to enjoy it as a real local.
Written March 18, 2020
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Experience796898
4 contributions
Amazing Cartagena Experience with a Local Guide
Feb 2020
We had an incredible half day tour with Liz which provided us with a unique window into the lives of local people. Liz is a fabulous guide who is both informative and fun. We walked all over the market learning about the native foods and sampling incredible items. We even had a really fun mini dance lesson and met a poster artist who created a poster just for us. It will be a unique souvenir, and we already have a great photo of us with the poster. This will be a tour we will never forget, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a glimpse into how locals really live while learning about both Cartagena and Colombia.
Written February 25, 2020
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Linda G
Abington, MA34 contributions
Great to see the real Cartagena
Jan 2020
After a slight confusion on the meeting place, it was wonderful walking through the real Cartagena market, sampling food and beverages, having a personalized poster made, even having my husband's shoe repaired

Wonderful to see where the locals shop - amazing visit
Written February 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Geraldine C
5 contributions
Bazurto with Maria: Highlight of our stay in Cartagena
Dec 2019
Touring the Bazurto Market with Maria and her team and having lunch at her relatives' house in the neighbourhood of Bruselas was a truly amazing experience. We'd been to the market on our own a couple of days before and realised just how much we'd missed when we went again with Maria. This time around we got to meet local characters, hear about their lives and what they sell, learn about the history of the city and market, taste local food and drinks, take a crash course in champeta on a street corner, and visit a family in a working-class neighbourhood. In short, get a feeling of the real pulse. Maria is warm, fun, knowledgeable and genuine. She clearly loves what she does and does it very well. We've traveled quite a bit all over the world and have tried many guided tours. This one stands out as one of the very best anywhere. Thank you Maria!
Written December 23, 2019
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Davyd M
Elviria, Spain14 contributions
Genuine experience at the local market
This was a great experience, we went to the local market, experienced food , dancing, artists, and the ‘real’ local people of this wonderful town. It’s good to get out of the touristic ‘bubble ‘ of the old city , and feel the day to day life of Cartagena citizens, and their very long traditions at the local market. After that we have fantastic food at a family house close by. I have to say, that the tour was done by Maria, who is a fantastic , energetic and very knowledgeable guide. And quite funny! She made the difference, for sure!
Written December 21, 2019
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Chelsea C
4 contributions
Authentic, Unique, Off-the-beaten Path Market Tour
Oct 2019
My sister and I booked the Market Tour with Discover Cartagena and we had such a great experience, I definitely recommend this for anyone looking to be a part of the Colombian Culture.

It is a little off-the-beaten path for most tourists, a hidden gem. We explored explored the local market amongst Cartageneros working and shopping for their families. We tried all sorts of interesting fruits and foods. The fried fish was so good, do not hesitate to try it! We saw a famous local artist at work and hear stories of some of the market's oldest vendors. Our guide was so friendly and how they interacted with everyone really made it special.

Highly recommend. Make time for this tour in your trip, you won't regret it!
Written November 13, 2019
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Danielle R
1 contribution
Maria is the best!!
Oct 2019 • Couples
Maria made our tour of the Bazurto market so awesome. She is so full of energy and fun to be around. She made us feel very welcomed and really personalized the tour for us. I highly recommend her and this tour! We also had the BEST meal at her aunts house.
Written October 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Great market visit
This was a great opportunity to discover Bazurto market with our guide Maria. Unique tastings with champeta lesson.
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Tour operator canceled tour
I booked and paid for this tour for my Mom and me. The night before our scheduled tour, I received an email asking
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Cartagena Street Food Tour
My husband and I did the Cartagena Street Food Tour with Maria and can say it is definitely one of the best tours w
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THE best tour guides I have ever had. ANYWHERE.
I have traveled all over the world and have done a metric f*ck ton of tours. Discover Cartageña is by FAR the most
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Discover Cartagena is the best way to discover Cartagena
We traveled all over the area and learned tons about the architecture, history, food, and culture. Our guide was ex
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The only way to see Cartagena
We were so fortunate that our hotel introduced us to Maria. We ended up spending multiple days with her. We loved
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Gianfranco S
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Great experience with Discover Cartagena.
We had so much fun and we saw many things that I would never have seen in my own. Maria was very friendly and knowl
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