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Tour in Cartagena with Marelvy Pena-Hall
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Reviewed December 10, 2016

02 DEC 16. Ship arrived at 7a.m. Departed at 2 p.m. It is difficult to believe we saw so much and was told so much of Cartagena by someone who made it seem that we were just visiting about interesting things and taking in the high-lights while on leisurely walks and van rides.
We were greeted promptly at the appointed place and time. There were 4 of us. Somehow always we were ahead of the 50 passenger tour busses or arriving right after the busses cleared the parking lots. We never felt hurried. There was always time for another question. Never a rush to beat the next mob of 50 chasing an umbrella.
We said we were not shoppers, so we got no shopping stops and more time and details of statutes, churches, gardens, plazas, food, etc.
The amount of time for touring and cost depends on how long your ship is in port, how much time you want to tour and the number of people in the tour. I think Marelvy said she limits the group size to 16 or fewer. She had no problem with us being a group of 4.
What makes this tour 5 stars is Marelvy.

The ship had a shuttle from the gangway to the end of the pier. For the less mobile, the shuttle is valuable. However, some of the tours not associated with the ship's excursion offerings may have greeters on the pier close to the ship. Look for your greeter before using the shuttle.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank MnineM
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Reviewed December 4, 2016

We were a small, self-formed group from a cruise ship in town for one day, and we were delighted with Marelvy Pena Hall's tour. From being greeted with a big hug, to riding in a comfortable mini-bus, to the variety of stops and activities, everything was perfect. We spent just the right amount of time at the fort and the monastery, before heading to the old town for a nice walk through the city. We stopped at three museums, though one is really an emerald store posing as a museum, and each was interesting and informative. Upon our departure, Marelvy gave us each a commemorative poster of the city, which had been designed by her husband. We loved Cartagena, and hope to return one day soon.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed December 2, 2016

In November, 2016 our tour ship was going to be in Cartagena for only 6 hours. We didn't like any of the ship's excursions and got Marelvy's name from Trip Advisor and the high ratings. We were looking for a customized tour of Cartagena that maximized our short time in the city. We also wanted more control over our itinerary than a structured tour. This was for 4 people. Marelvy arranged us to meet her associate, Ester and her driver after we got off the ship. Ester was perfect, getting us to all the attractions, listening to what we wanted to do and making it happen. We finished up the day being brought to the roof of a boutique hotel in the middle of the Old City. Drinks, appetizer and a killer view was a great way to finish up the day. This company is highly recommended and Marelvy is very responsive to email inquiries.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed December 2, 2016

Marelvy is beyond a tour guide - she is a historian, educator, and ethnographer. We highly recommend that you use Marelvy for your Cartagena experience.

Char and Hope

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed November 25, 2016

Can't say enough about Marelvy. Excellent communications before the tour and what a wonderful person. She is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of Cartagena. She tailored the tour to what the group wanted to see and even gave us all a gift when we left. Highly recommend!!!

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Mary Z
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