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Drumming and Dancing in Cartagena/La Boquilla provided by Tour in Cartagena with Marelvy Pena-Hall

Drumming and Dancing in Cartagena/La Boquilla

Drumming and Dancing in Cartagena/La Boquilla
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About
This is a joyful experience for all ages which directly supports a talented group of young people who have decided to produce lasting change in their community through their artistic endeavors. Also it gives you the opportunity to see the surrounding areas of Cartagena.
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
Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
What to expect
  • This tour will take you to La Boquilla, a fishing village where people live off the sea. Once you have immersed yourselves in the surroundings, you will get a chance to be not only a witness to, but an active participant in, the rich and powerful music and dance tradition of the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. You will take a starter’s class in drumming and dancing featuring champeta and other dances. After the workshop you can always take a dip in the sea. This is a joyful experience for all ages which directly supports a talented group of young people who have decided to produce lasting change in their community through their artistic endeavors. Optional: Lunch.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • This tour will take you to La Boquilla, a fishing village where people live off the sea. Once you have immersed yourselves in the surroundings, you will get a chance to be not only a witness to, but an active participant in, the rich and powerful music and dance tradition of the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. You will take a starter’s class in drumming and dancing featuring champeta and other dances. After the workshop you can always take a dip in the sea. This is a joyful experience for all ages which directly supports a talented group of young people who have decided to produce lasting change in their community through their artistic endeavors. Optional: Lunch.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 152071P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions
  • Lunch
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Recogemos en cualquier hotel de Cartagena
  • Airports:
  • Rafael Nunez Airport, Cartagena Colombia
  • Ports:
  • Sociedad Portuaria Regional Cartagena
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions
  • Lunch
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Recogemos en cualquier hotel de Cartagena
  • Airports:
  • Rafael Nunez Airport, Cartagena Colombia
  • Ports:
  • Sociedad Portuaria Regional Cartagena
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Erik5000
Miami, FL23 contributions
Marelvy is a lovely guide
Dec 2020 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our private historical walking tour with Marelvy. She’s wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable, and we had great conversation the entire time. Definitely take a tour with Marelvy if you’re interested in pirates because she’s written a history book on piracy in the Cartagena area. Conversation also covered architecture, history, food, the various convents and monasteries, battles and more. She also took us through some really neat neighborhoods outside of the old city walls that we would have never known about without her. There are other group tours available, but hanging out with Marelvy was a great experience.
Written December 31, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jane F
Stroud, UK41 contributions
Boquilla fishing village - what an experience!
Feb 2020
Cruising with 10 friends, we like to organise our own tours with independent local agents. How pleased were we to come across Tour in Cartagena with Marelvy! From the outset communications were timely and professional, and Marelvy's rep was there to meet us at the quayside, despite some confusion over our arrival time. We had a really nice bus to ourselves, and made our way to the fishing village on the outskirts of Cartagena. Our trip started with a tour of the mangrove swamp in a dugout canoe, propelled by a local fishermen with a pole. We were taught how to cast nets to amass some bait, which our boatman then prepared and put into crab traps, which were then dropped into the river. 15 minutes later, lo and behold, we had 11 crabs. We then proceeded to a very local restaurant where we were served a delicious lunch of local fish with plantain and rice, all cooked over an open fire in the kitchen corner of the restaurant. The icing on the cake at the end of the meal was a plateful of the crabs we had caught, beautifully cooked and dressed. After a walk round the rest of the village, we had time to spend an hour in the old part of Cartagena before being returned to the port in plenty of time for the departure of our ship. Marelvy's 2 sons joined us on the trip, and made a video montage of our day, which she kindly sent us today, so we have a wonderful record of our time there.
I cannot recommend this company highly enough! Marelvy herself was charming, friendly, funny and very knowledgeable. She made sure that we followed our own agenda rather than have one imposed on us. All in all, we had a fantastic day!
Written March 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

NoleChristine
Tallahassee, FL26 contributions
Walking tour with Marelvy Pena-Hall
Feb 2020
This is a tour that is a delight to review. Email communication with her was wonderful as we planned this. The cost is dependent on how many are with you in the group and as it turned out it was just my husband and me. No problem. At the last minute, the NCL cruise line changed the day we would be in Cartagena and our time there. All was fine though as we were blessed that Marelvy herself could still do our tour. You know when your guide hugs you in greeting that it will be a great day. Our driver, Jose, was like a ninja. Whenever we were done with our walking portions, he was waiting for us and I was glad it was him and not me driving on those crazy roads! We began driving outside the city to La Popa, the highest point. Just gorgeous. She is a wealth of information and shared personal stories of herself as well. As we walk, she runs into so many people who know her. You can tell she loves her country. We went to Fort San Felipe, and then into the Old Walled City. We visited churches, clock tower etc. while learning so much. I said I wanted some coffee and we stopped at a store and she asked what the best coffee they had was. She asked if we wanted to shop more and got the sense she would have done what we asked of her. We were back in plenty of time to shop a bit. Tour lasted about 4.5 hours. Don't hesitate to book with her. You will love your day.
Written February 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Frank V
Lakeland, FL3 contributions
Excellent alternative for cruise ship passengers touring Cartagena
Nov 2019
Wow, what a great tour we had of Cartagena with Marelvy! She is a very special tour operator, with a great love of her city that she wants to share with her guests. We had searched for an option to the cruise ship’s excursions, and found such good reviews for Marelvy’s tours, that we contacted her by email. We had an almost immediate response, with full information, pricing etc. We also had great information provided before the tour as to what to wear, where to meet, etc. She is very organized, thorough and proactive. The tour we did was a variation of her Hidden Treasures of Cartagena Tour, with visits included to sites not included on the ship’s itinerary, with a group size of under 20. Her driver was excellent as well, and we traveled in a small comfortable air conditioned van, allowing for easy access to the sites and a more personalized tour. Her English was perfect (she is also fluent in Spanish and French), her knowledge of history in general and of Cartagena specifically was excellent. More details about her very interesting background can be found on her website. At the end of the tour (6 hours vs. the ship’s abbreviated 4 hour tour), we all felt as if we had spent the day with a good friend and visited a fascinating city. We highly recommend her tour!
Written December 3, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JAG7
Kensington, Maryland31 contributions
Native with unique knowledge of region, as well as skilled teacher and fun person!!
Jul 2019 • Family
As my (adult) son and I prepared for our four country visit to South America, we carefully researched various activities/options, seeking to maximize our time in each city. While we are generally not fond of tours (e.g. prefer time for spontaneous interaction/experiences), the outstanding reviews of Marelvy convinced us to hire her to provide a private six-hour tour of Cartagena, which genuinely ended up being one of the highlights of our trip!

In addition to being completely fluent in Spanish/English (and French), Marelvy's background as a teacher, combined with her lifelong familiarity with the city, afforded us unique insight of the people, culture, history and nature of Cartagena, all presented in a fascinating manner, while also keeping us on track to see everything as planned.

Marelvy had a wonderful colleague assist as driver, which enabled her to fully engage throughout the tour, without distraction or delay (e.g. dropped off in crowded area, without concern about parking) and made it easy to stop for a quick photo, bathroom break or purchase.

In addition, Marelvy's enthusiastic intelligence, along with her passion for the history/culture and people (many of whom have clear affection for her, as demonstrated throughout the tour) ensured a wonderful experience at a very reasonable price; indeed, Cartagena is very fortunate to have Marelvy as an institution in their community!
Written July 18, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Karen R
Washington DC, DC133 contributions
A great tour
Mar 2019
Highly recommend Marelvy when touring Cartagena. A great tour guide who took us to see so many highlights of the city. She was also quick to respond back on emails.
Written June 5, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RobandMar
Vancouver, Canada16 contributions
Marvelous Marelvy!
May 2019 • Couples
We couldn't have asked for a better tour guide than Marelvy to show us around Cartagena - La Popa, Castillo of San Felipe, Getsemani, Spanish Cooperation building, the Old City Wall, the clock tower, Iglesia de Santo Domingo, etc. etc. It was our first time there and Marelvy took us not only to the usual tourist spots but also to hidden gems to show us how the local people live.

All 4 couples in our tour group were so impressed with her knowledge, command of English, genuine warmth and friendliness. No wonder she gets only RAVE REVIEWS!
Written June 4, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

MissouriVacation
Missouri43 contributions
Tour in Cartagena with Marelvy Pena-Hall--A DO NOT MISS Tour
Apr 2019 • Friends
THANK YOU SO MUCH for the absolutely fabulous tour of Cartagena and your wonderful commentary throughout our tour. All 14 of the people who went on your tour stopped me from time to time on the ship and thanked me for arranging this tour. Your tour was the highest HIGHLIGHT of our cruise!!!! You gave us so much information about your city’s history as well as the current situation in Cartagena. I will be sure to pass your information along to anyone who is heading to Cartagena!!

This is a great tour for couples, families, friends, and business.
Written April 15, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nancy R
Pennington, NJ2 contributions
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Feb 2019 • Friends
our tour with Julio. All 9 of us had a great time. I just wish we had more time off the ship. It was easy to meet Berina. We visited La Popa first and then the fortress. Being the only cruise ship in port and one of the first groups to get to La Popa was an added benefit. Julio was an engaging fellow and shared so much information with us about the sights, history, customs, religion, home life, vegetation, famous people, neighborhoods. He made me yearn to come back for the procession of the Virgin. We then went to Las Bovedas ( which I personally could have done without as all of the merchandise could have been bought in the walled city which was our next stop). The walled city was beautiful and so many people knew Julio and he them as we walked through. Made a stop at the chocolate museum shop, saw many sights, art and sculptures, local craft vendors,churches, learned local history of men and the church. It was nice being able to tie in historic things Julio told us at La Popa with the city as well. After the city we stopped at the Emerald museum which for me was another highlight as I wanted to purchase a Columbian emerald for my daughter who has a May birthday. Seeing the jewelers working and the large sample emeralds was another plus.
Julio's knowledge and enthusiasm made for a really good day. I would recommend this tour to anyone I know going to Cartagena
Written March 6, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hounddog67
Huatulco, Mexico7 contributions
Absolutely the best tour in Cartagena
Jan 2019 • Friends
I found Marelvy through Tripadvisor, and, if you've found a bad review, IGNORE IT!!! She is everything the five star reviews say and more. Arived on time; took us everywhere we could think of going in our limited amount of time on shore; made us feel like "homies"; and got us back to the ship on time. If you're in Cartagena for ANY length of time, you owe it to yourself to book a tour with Marelvy.
Written February 7, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Poppop1956
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Game-changer
Insightful. Thought-provoking. Comprehensive. Marekvy should be the public relations officer for this charming, hi
mtngirlsara
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Excellent walking tour
We did a 3-hour walking tour with Ester, and had a wonderful time. We walked at a leisurely pace but covered a lot
Lesli M
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Private tour with Marelvy Pena-Hall
Marelvy greeted my family with hugs and open arms as we met this morning for our tour. Prior to our tour, she was
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Such a fun tour with a very lovely guide!
Was able to schedule a last minute private walking tour with Marelvy and I am so glad she was able to accommodate o
Normanzy
Normanzy
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excellent friendly tour guide
We booked Marelvy for two half day tours after our cruise arrived in Cartagena. She communicated efficiently by mai
Sisterlove123
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Awesome Tour
Our group of 8 were cruising with Princess to Panama Canal. A friend in Las Vegas highly recommended signing up fo
Nathan S
Nathan S
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Great way to see the city and learnt ghe!
My wife and I did the "Hidden Treasures" tour with Marelvy and loved it! Marelvy took us to several different parts
Vikimor
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Fabuloso!
The tour with Marelvy was perfect. In a few short hours we saw the old architecture, side streets with cafes & mus
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Great walking tours
You can see so much more of the area by walking rather than by bus. Go inside the buildings, see the local artists
ChocAHolic10
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Not Just a Wonderful Tour of Cartegena
We loved our tour of Cartegena with Marelvy, not only because of what we learned about the Old City, but because of
BarryLizUk
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The best tour on our trip
We took a tour with two other guests, the price worked out cheaper than the ship’s tour which had about 40 in each
Richard S
Richard S
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Frendly, personal, and professional!
Marelvy provided us a wonderful personal tour "Hidden treasures of Cartegana". Her driver Horsta (sorry - probably
GourmetGirlfriends
GourmetGirlfriends
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See hidden gems
We went on a 2-3 hour walking tour with Marelvy, and it was excellent. She took us to places we definitely would no
Andre K
Andre K
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Great Tour
MareIvy is a wonderful person who knows a lot about her city and its people. Contacting her was easy: she was very
AndyMaine
AndyMaine
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A wonderful day with Katty
While Marelvy was not available, her associate Katty exceeded our expectations during our tour of this beautiful ci
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