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Tour in Cartagena with Marelvy Pena-Hall
Ranked #3 of 111 Tours in Cartagena
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Marelvy Peña-Hall is completely fluent in English, French and Spanish. In her work as a tour guide she combines the intimate knowledge of a native of Cartagena who is steeped in the city’s centuries-old traditions with an easy familiarity with North American and European people, society and culture, having traveled and lived in both the U.S. and France.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed November 20, 2013

She was on time, very nice, has a large knowledgy of the history of Catagena de Indias. If you want a city guide i highly recomend.

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

We contacted MareIvy by email several months before our cruise and knew by her responsiveness we were in good hands. She was already booked for our day in port but kindly arranged for another tour guide, Silvia, to meet us. We were met at the harbor entrance by Silvia and driver Luis. They gave us a most wonderful tour of the Old Walled City and nearby sights by private car, which was important because my husband has some mobility issues. We also got to see a lot more than we would have on foot. We did make several stops to get out and move around, including at San Felipe de Barajas Castle, Las Bovedas for souvenir shopping, Plaza Santa Domingo (got a delicious fruit salad cut on the spot by vendor Angelica), and La Popa Monastery for panoramic views of the city.

Silvia is a Cartagena native. She spoke great English and was interesting, knowledgeable and a very nice person to spend time with. Luis did a marvelous job of navigating hectic traffic. We enjoyed our day with both of them. They also knew about the Independence Day parade later that day and reversed their normal pattern so that we could see the parade area early in the day before the crowds and traffic became more intense. We would contact either of them again if we were to revisit Colombia

Thank DoDeCo
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

I spent 3+ enjoyable hours with Marelvy on a GMM-themed walking tour in the walled old city of Cartagena. Her knowledge of GMM's books - which she read in both Spanish and English - is encyclopedic and the time we spent together literally flew by. Highly recommended!!

Thank RajaLaut
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Marelvy is an elegant, sophisticated, knowledgeable and well spoked (English and Spanish) woman. She gave my husband and I, and our two friends, a wonderful customized walking tour of the old city of Cartagena. She listens carefully to what her clients are interested in and then delivers perfectly. She was equally adept at covering the history of Cartagena and Columbia as she was reporting on the current state of affairs and new things to do in town. She even made herself available after our tour via email in case we had questions! Marelvy set us up for a great experience in Cartagena and followed up to make sure we were having a great time!

Thank Patricia L
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

MareIvy is the best in Cartegena! She loves her job and Cartegena, and it shows in her tours. We were on a cruise ship with very limited time in Cartegena, and she did a wonderful job in introducing us to the City in four hours.

Besides her great personality and knowledge, one of the things you will get from her tour that you will not get off of one of the cruise ship arranged tours is a visit to La Popa which is a an ancient Catholic religious site that is still active today. At the summit of La Popa one can take in a magnificent 360° panoramic view of the entire city and its environs. From this wonderful location MareIvy gives you an overview of her City and then takes you to various important sites.

One of the highlights was walking through old town with her and getting a feel of the culture and people.

You will come away from a MareIvy tour feeling blessed to have spent a few hours being educated and with a new understanding of Cartegena.

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