Walled City of Cartagena
Walled City of Cartagena
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Nancy B
    San Francisco, California11 contributions
    This company gives the best tours
    I have done this tour several times. This is an excellent tour. If you book it ahead of time, when you get there, tell them you want a tour guide that really gives you interesting history of Cartagena or you will give it a bad review. Then, they will give you a good tour guide. All the tour guides might be good but I think if they see the people are not listening, they shut down a little because they think the people did not want to hear. Someone in your group needs to politely but assertively say when you are ready to move on. In other words, if they are standing you somewhere to try to get you to buy things and you want to move on, TELL THEM. You are paying for a tour, you are not paying to satisfy the vendors and buy stuff. I think there is a lot of beauty and history in this walled city and the tour is worth it. We also tried "the hustle" for the much cheaper tours with a group I was with in Cartagena and the guy hardly knew any of the history and it was not good. It was worth a try but this is a case of you get what you pay for. If you pay US$30 a person, you get a crappy tour. They are asking me with this review for attraction phone number and website and I do not remember other than when it is booked thru travel advisor it's good. I go in Jan. 2023 next and I will write down the website and local phone number.
    Written December 11, 2022
  • Ben F
    Bloomington, Indiana1,325 contributions
    Why Else Would You Visit Cartagena??
    The walled city of Cartagena is a nonnegotiable place to explore and spend quality time when visiting the city as a whole. It’s iconic, colorful, rich, and full of the most fascinating history you could imagine. See my pictures to understand how truly beautiful this quarter of the city is. Note: you’ll find plenty of salespeople in the area, especially by the clock tower entrance into the walled city, who will strongly urge and beg you to let them give you tours and sell you souvenirs. I must say two things here: as far as tours go, there are actually free tour options in the walled city. Hear me out: some tours require no payment. So basically anyone who offers you a guided tour for any price, even for 100 pesos or whatever, is ripping you off. Try the free tours and at least see how you like them! Secondly, as far as the souvenirs, feel free to firmly decline their sale offers. I am still very inexperienced with price negotiating, so I decided to just refuse all the offers without arguing any lower prices. Your choice either way, depending on your comfort levels. I hope this review encourages you further to visit the walled city! It is, again, a MUST in Cartagena. Enjoy your time!!!
    Traveled solo
    Written February 14, 2021
  • Moffedillen
    Oslo, Norway218 contributions
    Gorgeous old town - but please ban the cars!
    The historical quarter of Cartagena is one of the most pittoresque and beautiful old towns I have ever visited, and it is a pure joy to walk around there and absorb the atmosphere. However, how I would wish that cars were not allowed inside the walls. The streets are narrow, there are horses and wagons, and there is a constant honking of car horns and roaring engines, to the annoyance of everyone - drivers included. Also the rappers who keeps hounding tourists, following them on the street while rapping aggressively about them, are a constant pain in the ass. We found a balcony on the first floor of a plaza restaurant to watch the steet life from above without the hassle. Some complain about sellers and hawkers, but most of them are not aggressively insistent, a simple «No Gracias» will do the trick 95% of the time.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 28, 2022
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Mary Grace
Manteo, NC118 contributions
Jan 2023
We went on a cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Curcaco, with a stop in Catagena on RCCL on Jan 16, 2023. We did an excursion booked thru RCCL called, "Amazing Cartagena" which included a boat ride then a tour of the Old Town. "Roy" the excursion guy provided an overview of the city while we rode a bus to the boat. The boat ride was great, with local dancers in costume providing entertainment of traditional dancing. We were then to be taken to the "Old Town" of the city were we were to review local churches/monuments then....as advertised in the cruise "write up".... shop and have lunch for an hour. Roy took us to a local jewelry store that sold emeralds. If you weren't interested in emerald shopping - you were stuck in front of the store where you were horribly harrassed by local street people selling magnets and other items and very loud rappers with microphones that would get right up in your face screaming at you. Many of our group ran inside stores. An absolutely miserable experience that could of been easily resolved if ROY would have said to the group, go shop and be back at this exact location in 1 hour. But no.... we were held hostage, I'm sure at a store were he was receiving a kick-back. If you weren't interested in shopping for jewelry you were stuck in a hot dangerous environment. And we considered taking a cab back to the boat, but thank God we didn't - friends of ours almost missed the boat when it took them more than 2 hours to return because of the traffic and protest outside the cruise port.
Written January 30, 2023
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Dmitri K
Birmingham, AL20 contributions
Aug 2022
Worth a visit for sure! I have taken a walking tour and was delightfully impressed with all the stories about the city. The easy walking tour lasted about 2 hours. Will recommend it to anyone, especially if the weather is good, but if it starts raining there are plenty of places to wait until the rain is gone. Walking tours are available during the daylight hours. During the night the Clock plaza becomes something else entirely with a bunch of partying people and lots of the ladies of the night. Not exactly children friendly atmosphere.
Written December 27, 2022
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Traveling With Bae
Columbus, oh 46 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
I’ll give wall city a 3 based off the amount of aggressive panhandling and selling of merchandise that goes on, on the streets. They’ll follow you for blocks. Majority of the time day or night it was uncomfortable. I’m not sure how aggressive they are with larger crowds but it was only 2 of us and it was a damper. The restaurant are plentiful the sites are beautiful our hotel was within walking distance. The average taxi ride should be no more than 10 ,000 pesos.
Written July 28, 2021
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excitedtotravelmore
New York City, NY22 contributions
May 2022
We took a walking tour of the Walled City that took us to the square, the bastions, the Getsemani neighborhood and learned about the history of the Walled City. Our tour guide was friendly so he took us to different vendors selling Colombian drinks, candies, trinkets etc. Cartagena is super hot!

The Walled City has a lot of delicious restaurants, such as Carmen Cartagena and clubs to dance in. The boutique hotel we stayed in was cute, I would recommend the Hotel Santo Toribo.

The only negatives I would say about staying in the Walled City is that the vendors are a bit pushy because they want you to buy their things and can tell that you are a tourist, so you might have to say no or no, gracias a lot. I also think you can see everything the Walled City in 3 days maximum, maybe even less.
Written June 14, 2022
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Jeff B
Greater Sydney, Australia14 contributions
Dec 2019
Must see destination. My son and I went to Cartagena in December. It was hot so during the day wear sunscreen, a hat and comfortable clothes. We did a free walking tour which is recommended as it is possible to see all of the walled city on foot if you have a reasonable level of fitness. Take lots of water, fluids because the sun is HOT. We also hired bikes and did a self guided cycling tour but I would not recommend Cartagena as a cycling destination. The footpaths on the waterfront are full of gaps and liable to have holes or objects whjch are cycling hazards. In other words, you have to stop often and haul your bike over gaps, h and hazards on the footpath. The road on the waterfront is very busy with traffic and not a safe place to be riding a bike (as opposed to inside the walled city where everyone walks around all day and night without problem) . That said, it is possible to ride a bike a few kilometers around inside the walled city because pedestrians have free reign. At night, try any of the many excellent restuarants and bars. Cuba 1940 is great if you like latin music but get there after 9 pm.
Written July 11, 2020
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,465 contributions
Sep 2022
If you are prepared for the street vendors and the heat, you will be fine. If you've spent your vacations on cruises or at all-inclusive resorts, you will be in for some culture shock. The area is very charming, with so many shops, bars, and restaurants, and we stayed in the quieter San Diego area near the Serrezuela Mall. The sidewalks are tiny, the traffic is crazy, and you will be approached constantly by vendors. This didn't really bother us, and the rappers left us alone immediately after we told them, in Spanish, that we weren't going to pay them. I think we probably enjoyed the vibe of Getsemani more, since the Walled City is very much geared toward tourists, but the architecture and charm of the Walled City can't be beat.
Written September 26, 2022
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Victor B
Tucson, AZ761 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a very old city and as such, built a really big stone wall. Super helpful, until they invented gunpowder. That said, the remaining wall and structure which is largely intact is really impressive and very interesting. Many local artisans have set up booths in this vast circumference of the city and there are deals to be had to the successful negotiator. Bid about 60% of the “asking price” and be happy to get the item for about 70-80% of that asking price. Note , it is expected that there will be a negotiated price so do not pay the initial price. This is also true of cabs!!! Do not start the trip until your payment price is locked, and again, it should be well below what they first offer. Walk away and you will see what they say!
Written February 7, 2020
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Susan N Bill S
Honolulu, HI226 contributions
Jan 2020
In spite of visiting Cartagena on a previous cruise we elected to take a carriage tour of the Walled City. There is something charming and fascinating when veiwing an old colonial spanish city from a horse drwan carriage. The old buildings combined with the colonial balconies and multicolored facade only added to the overall experience. We were fortunate in that we booked this tour through our travel agent at Vacations-to-go rather than the one offered by the cruise line - our tour was private. The guide met us at the port and transported us to our meeting point with the carriage. He stayed with us throughout the tour adding color commentary as we visited his city. The buildings with their balconies festooned with a colorful array of tropical flowers made our visit nearly perfect. His extensive knowledge of the city's history and his fluent english made well worth the ost.
Written January 14, 2020
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Kimberly M
20 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
This was my 2nd time going to the Walled City and I must say that it is much more lively in the later afternoon. The first time I went I toured as part of a cruise excursion which was done in the morning. The streets, houses, shops, etc. are beautiful. There are plenty of restaurants and food vendors, etc. You can take tour the area in a horse drawn carriage or walk. You will not be able to drive as the streets are extremely narrow and many are blocked off to cars. There is music, art and many sites to see. If you are able to take a walking tour, do so as the history of the area is very fascinating.
Written June 11, 2022
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Stephen D
Vancouver, Canada98 contributions
Dec 2021
Cartagena is a really fun city to visit it has beautiful building an amazing location to watch the sunset. Shopping is fun the only issue is all the people hassling you to buy something. It is very annoying when sitting outside patio.
Written January 3, 2022
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