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Cartagena Insider Tours

Cartagena, Colombia
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About Cartagena Insider Tours
Our tours will show you the city to its fullest! By working closely with the communities we team up with, we developed a series of experiences 100% OFF THE BEATEN PATH, by taking tourists safely and knowingly to areas of the city and region that they would otherwise miss. You can learn about the music by taking the Salsa Tour, visit splendid unknown beaches, meet the most interesting people and experience the most unique activities.EVERY TICKET sold includes donations for the hosting community’s projects and for FEM, the Colombian Non Profit that came up with this idea for fundraising. #EnTuSalsa: tour around the most incredible salsa lover bars in Cartagena, out of the Walled City, with pro dancers! #BazurtoMarketAdventure: Visit the weirdest market, eat where Antony Bourdain ate, and check out the local the soul of the city Find us in VIATOR!
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Bazurto Market Adventure Tour in Cartagena

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.
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3 hours
from $54.00

Experience Cartagena Salsa Nightlife and fund a non profit: funwithapurpose

Enjoy a night out at local nightclubs in Cartagena with dance teachers and a guide on this evening tour. Receive professional salsa lessons as you learn about the city’s history and culture, away from the heavily populated tourist areas of Cartagena. Plus, all of the tour’s profits benefit a local nonprofit that works with Afro and indigenous communities.
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3 to 4 hours
from $121.00

San Basilio de Palenque UNESCO World Heritage Site Daytrip: Africa in America

Visit San Basilio de Palenque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this day trip from downtown Cartagena. Tour the town, which is a settlement established by runaway slaves, and learn about its history and culture, enjoy traditional food and music, and get a language lesson on Palenquero, which is only spoken in the village of Palenque de San Basilio.
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7 to 8 hours
from $120.00

Learn traditional weaving technique with the Zenú women

When you visit Cartagena, you see many handcrafts being sold on the street by local vendors. Yet, you miss out on the most important thing: they are indigenous peoples, froma the Zenú culture. Their over 3.000 year old weaving techniques have given Colombians on of their identitary object, the Sombrero Vueltiao. Learn about the Zenús directly from them. Visit the Zenú museum with a unique indigenous guidance and then visit the neighborhood where a big Zenú family migrated to. There you will see their workshop and learn their weave from them. You will have a chance to purchase exclusive objects directly from those who make them, improving their incoming and promoting fair market values.
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4 hours
from $109.00
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Eliane s wrote a review Mar 2020
New York City, New York78 contributions19 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Silvya M wrote a review Mar 2020
Wyoming, Canada4 contributions
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
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Date of experience: March 2020
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NCC0830 wrote a review Feb 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands25 contributions2 helpful votes
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,
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Graham P wrote a review Feb 2020
23 contributions13 helpful votes
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,
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Date of experience: February 2020
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cmsslp wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada31 contributions3 helpful votes
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!
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