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Old Cartagena Tour (5 days)
5 days duration
Old Cartagena should not be missed! Besides being a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, it is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in Latin America. The Colonial heart of Cartagena is a mixture of colourful squares, churches, mansions of former nobles and pastel house along narrow cobbled streets.
After breakfast you are collected from your hotel and taken on a comprehensive half day tour of Old Cartagena.
You travel through the older residential areas along beautiful Cartagena Bay before reaching the historic Lac Pop Monastery, dating from 1608. As well as the monastery, you visit the nearby Chapel of the Virgin of Lac Canderlaria, reputedly a deliverer from plague and a protector against pirates! A panoramic view of the city and Cartagena Harbour will be gained from this point.
You then continue on to visit the imposing Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, the largest Spanish fort built in the Americas and considered to be the greatest military engineering work of the New World. (B)
Today you will be taken to visit a number of significant historical attractions of Old Cartagena including the Gold Museum, Rafael Nuñez House and the Santa Catalina Bastion.
The Cartagena Gold Museum is housed in a beautiful Colonial residence directly in front of the historic Bolivar Plaza. Many valuable pieces from the El Dorado period are on display here, as well as the most complete collection of archaeological pieces from the pre-Hispanic cultures that originally populated the areas that is now Colombia.
Rafael Nuñez House, a spectacular West Indian style mansion, is where one of the most illustrious Cartagenians of all times lived and died. You visit this impressive residence in the El Cabrero neighbourhood. Four times President of Colombia, author of the National Anthem and responsible for the 1886 Constitution, Rafael Nuñez was a most admired citizen of the old city. (B)
Today is completely at leisure to further explore colourful Old Cartagena. (B)
This morning after breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport, where your tour ends. (B)
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