Cartagena City Tour: History, Culture and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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4 hours
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Calling all history buffs! Take part in a historical tour of Cartagena for a brief overview of the city's most famous historical landmarks. Visit the Castle of San Felipe and the San Pedro Claver Church and learn about Cartagena's fascinating history from your expert local guide.

Cartagena is an important historical city, as its port marks the former entry point for Spanish conquerors into South America. The city’s fortifications, built for protection against invasion, still stand strong in the walled city today. The colonial architecture seen in houses, government buildings and churches aided in the city’s 1984 designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On your guided tour, learn all about the important figures in politics, the arts and music who inhabited the area, as well as the city's fascinating culture and history.Your tour includes a guided visit to three of Cartagena's most notable historical landmarks. First, visit the Castle of San Felipe, a site where many battles between the Spanish, English and French took place. Today, its impressive structure is considered just one of Cartagena's many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Travel on to the San Pedro Claver Church, one of Catagena's most-visited landmarks. Home to a priest who aided the hungry and sick slaves arriving in the port of Cartagena, this monastery holds a special sentimental value to Colombia's African-American descendants. Learn about the estimated 300,000 slaves who were saved by San Pedro Claver.Your third stop is a visit to the Inquisition Museum (time permitting), where you'll become more familiar with Cartagena's bloody past. Learn about the inquisition that took place in Cartagena in the 17th century and listen as your expert guide explains all about its trials and victims.You'll also tour Cartagena's Gold Musuem (Museo de Oro), which boasts a large gold collection from around the country.

What's included

  • Cartagena history tour
  • Bilingual english- and spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fee to inquisition palace