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“Excellent Cartagena experience”
Review of Mercado Bazurto

Mercado Bazurto
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Cartagena Local Markets and Gastronomic Tour
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The Real Cartagena Half-Day Tour
Ranked #67 of 196 things to do in Cartagena
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
73 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Excellent Cartagena experience”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

I took a taxi to Mercado Bazurto and spent an hour or two wandering around solo. It was a wonderful experience and different from other markets i have been to. You can buy anything and watch people cutting up fish and creatures, selling produce and serving up lunches cooked over wood fires. The place smells horrible and is loud with voices, horns, and music. The people were mostly very friendly. I felt a bit too conspicuous to take photos, but i didn't feel unsafe at all - even as a solo, female visitor. I would recommend it, as it is a welcome change from the old city.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank drnorth
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Corbeil, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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“A real taste of Cartagena”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

We toured the market with our guide Henry Castrillion. Take a guide to the market. It is huge and you could easily get lost in the maze of vendors. the vendors were cheerful and the experience is rich. There is absolutely everything you can think of available for sale and lots of things you would never imagine. The festive atmosphere is catchy and we ended up buying lots of fresh produce to prepare our dinner that night. Henry was a gem of information and knew a lot of the vendors and the interesting parts of the market. If you are looking for a "real" experience I would definitely recommend a visit!

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Rod B
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“All Five Senses Taking Hits At Once”
Reviewed September 22, 2011

What a blast! Mercado Bazurto is a slice of local Cartagena life. Everything you could possibly need is for sale here - cheap. Hundreds of repair shops, stalls, stores, you name it, it's all here jammed into a few acres of dusty dirty land. Fun to visit even if you're not looking to buy anything. It's a little dicey, so don't wear gold jewelry, don't flash anything of value (expensive cameras, laptops, IPads, etc.) and travel with a partner or even better in a group.

Visited August 2011
10 Thank raymagee
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