Sightseeing tour of Cartagena. We will pass through the residential areas of Bocagrande, Castillo Grande and Manga. Enjoy a panoramic view of Cartagena and its harbor from the 150-meter La Popa hill, where the 17th century monastery of Santa Cruz and the magnificent image of the Holy Virgin of Candelaria are located. You will also visit the castle of San Felipe de Barajas, the most important Spanish military engineering structure in the Americas, which protected the city from pirate attacks. At the end of the tour, return along Santander Avenue, where you can see the bastions and walls of the historic city center.
Colombia’s most popular city, Cartagena de Indias, has been declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO because of the walled city; and even if you just walk through the narrow streets of the city, you can understand why Cartagena has become a World Cultural Heritage Site. The city is divided into three zones:
Historic Center where you can see the Clock Gate, Carriage Square, San Peter Square, the Palace of the Inquisition, the 16th century Cathedral, Santo Domingo Square, the Heredia Theater and the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, which is the largest fortress ever built by the Spaniards. Its construction took place between 1639 and 1762. The San Diego Zone, with its charming Santa Clara Hotel, formerly the Convent of Saint Clare; Fortress of Santa Catalina, and Getsemanizone, which used to be a slave area, is now home to the Cartagena Convention Center and popular nightclubs.
Walking in a carriage or by feet through the narrow streets of the city, you will enjoy the flavors of the city and the warm breeze at sunset, making Cartagena a romantic destination for tourists and the Caribbean’s most exciting hidden gem.