ItineraryTagesausflug 1Totumo VolcanoTagesausflug 2Islas Del RosarioTagesausflug 3City tour on SegwaysTagesausflug 4Fisher village ”La Boquilla” - Bird Watching in the Mangroves during Sunset or SunriseTagesausflug 5Fisher village “La Boquilla” – Walking Ethno Tour at the Fishing VillageTagesausflug 6Fisher village “La Boquilla” – Mangroves ForestTagesausflug 7Fisher village “La Boquilla” – Fishing and Native Cooking at the Afro- Cartagena VillageTagesausflug 8“La Boquilla” – Traditional Dance among native people at the Afro- Cartagena VillageTagesausflug 9“La Boquilla” – Mangrove Ecosystem and Punta Icacos BeachTagesausflug 10“La Boquilla” – Volcano TotumoDay Trip 11City Tour by BicycleDay Trip 12Visit the Mercado BazurtoDay Trip 13Coconut WorkshopDay Trip 14Salsa class in a Beach Restaurant or in the CenterDay Trip 15Horseback Riding along the Coasts Hinterland
- Tagesausflug 1Totumo Volcano
Today you will visit the Totumo Volcano. In the morning you will be taken in private transfer from your hotel to the volcano which is located about one hour outside of Cartagena. Once arrived, you will take a mud-bath in the crater of the volcano. Afterwards you can clean up the mud in a hot spring nearby. Later you will be taken to the coast close to the sea where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside. Here you will also be served a typical lunchTagesausflug 2Islas Del Rosario
The Rosario Islands are located approximately 40km (approx. 1 hour by boat) south-west of Cartagena. They consist of 27 islands and 20 hectares of coral islands and reefs. Some are swampy and consist mainly of mangrove and coconut trees. Explore the impressive, beautiful landscapes of Islas Del Rosario with its clear waters and gentle breezes. Get enchanted by dolphins and other mammals, which enrich the natural beauty of the islands. Today, the entire marine area, including the Islas de Barú and the Islas de San Bernardo are protected areas. In the afternoon you will return to Cartagena.Tagesausflug 3City tour on Segways
If walking is too boring try something more adventurous! Segways give you the perfect opportunity to do sightseeing and activities at the same time. In case you haven´t tried using these motorized vehicles yet, it is about time to test and learn it. A bilingual guide will show you the mechanics and also be your guide through Cartagena. Visit places you normally wouldn´t see because of the limited accessibility of a car. Cruise through historical center of Cartagena and take a ride along the beach while learning more about Colombia´s history. Culture and Activity at the same time! What more could you ask for?Tagesausflug 4Fisher village ”La Boquilla” - Bird Watching in the Mangroves during Sunset or Sunrise
In “La Boquilla”, the village of fishermen, you can spot, value and learn about different native and migratory bird species. You will be welcomed with typical coconut water before you start your tour in a wooden boat together with a native, who will tell you more about the birds in this region. During your tour you will learn more about the ecosystem of Mangroves (flora and wildlife). You will also have the opportunity to visit the La Virgen’s Lagoon, Juan Polo´s Lagoon, go through the natural Mangrove tunnels (El Chago and the Love Tunnel) and the Fishermen Island.Tagesausflug 5Fisher village “La Boquilla” – Walking Ethno Tour at the Fishing VillageIn “La Boquilla”, an Afro- Cartagena village of fisherman, is where you will go through an ethno- touristic walk, which will allow you to learn more about the history of this fishing village, dating from more than 250 years, with market cultural traditions, with the joy that characterizes the people of the Colombian Caribbean coast. This ethnotouristic tour is a walk through the streets, cobbled and sandy alleys, where important stops will be made, which mark the life of this afro village of fishermen.1) First stop: Cemetery and center of life of La Boquilla, where a local guide will explain more about the composition of the communities, how they lived and what were the main activities of the locals.2) Second Stop: The Medical center of the community. Here the local guide will explain more about the medical situation and the importance of this building to the natives.3) Third Stop: Outdoor workshop of woodcarving. Here visitors will get the chance to learn more about woodcraft and this will also be the first interaction with the locals.4) Fourth stop: The main square- La Placita. This is the most important square of the community where the fandangos (traditional dance originally from African rhythms) were performed by older women and man.5) Fifth stop: Visit of the Cultural house. The house is the emblem of the community, where all the cultural activities are performed.6) Sixth stop: Traditional fishing family. The visitors will take a sit and talk with the “patron de pesca”, or “boss of fishing”, who will tell them more about the fishing activities, what tools he is using and some interesting stories from the sea. After the visitors have learned more about the life of a traditional fishing family, the tour continues into the community´s city, through the main and narrow streets; the guide will explain more about their religion and education. During this walking visitors are going to see the main Catholic Church, the high school, traditional discotheques, “champetas” music; this way leads directly to the dock where the canoes are. From here we will take a canoe tour through the mangroves, between natural tunnels, feeling the magic of the ecosystem and then back along the shore of the beach to the last stop.7) Seventh stop: Lunch at a typical restaurant Here the guests will have their lunch break at a typical restaurant, where they will try the most famous dishes of this region- portion of fish, fish soup, coconut rice, patacones and a drink. Visitors will return at the hotel around 3.30 pm.Tagesausflug 6Fisher village “La Boquilla” – Mangroves Forest
Your tour through “La Boquilla”, the village of fisherman, will start with a welcoming coconut water after which you will have the chance to enjoy an amazing trip in a wooden canoe with a local captain, through the mangrove natural tunnels (The Love, The Happiness and Remember tunnels) in the Cienaga de Juan Polo Swamp. During this tour the local guide will explain more about the ecosystem of the Mangroves (flora and wildlife).Tagesausflug 7Fisher village “La Boquilla” – Fishing and Native Cooking at the Afro- Cartagena Village
This tour is perfect for people who would like to get into a direct contact with the native population of this Afro- Cartagena village of fisherman and learn from the locals how to make a fishing net, how to catch crabs and how to throw the nets and catch fishc in the Juan Polo’s Lagoon. Later on, visitors will head to the kitchen of a local fisherman family and here they will learn how to cook the caught fish and crabs and they will prepare some typical dishes like coconut rice. When lunch is ready, the guest will share it with the local family. After this “cooking workshop”, guests can head to the beach and relax in a hammock, enjoying the weather and nice views.Tagesausflug 8“La Boquilla” – Traditional Dance among native people at the Afro- Cartagena Village
The perfect tour for travelers who would like to be in a direct contact with the native population of this Afro- Cartagena village of fisherman and get to know more about their culture and learn the rhythms and steps of champeta (local dance), together with a local guide, walk by the sandy and narrow streets and have a conversation with the neighbors, visit the homes of the fisherman, go to a typical restaurant to try the delicious local dishes- fish soup, coconut rice, fish dishes, fried plantain and salad, then go to the dock with your guide and ride in a canoe through the mangroves, where you can watch the sunset, surrounded by endemic and migratory birds.Tagesausflug 9“La Boquilla” – Mangrove Ecosystem and Punta Icacos Beach
At the beginning of you tour you will be welcomed with coconut water after which you will start your journey in a typical wooden canoe with a local guide, through the natural Mangrove tunnels (The Love, The Happiness and Remember tunnels) and visit “Juan Polo’s Lagoon”, where the guide will explain to you more about the ecosystems of the Mangroves (flora and wildlife). After this amazing tour you will taste the local cuisine (patacones, coconut rice, sweet salad, fish soup, portion of fish and a soda). Later on this day you can just relax in the “Punta de Icacos”, at an idyllic, calm beach, where you can read a book, go for a swim, play beach volleyball or football, or simply lay on the beach and sunbath.Tagesausflug 10“La Boquilla” – Volcano Totumo
After taking a medical bath (30 minutes) in the mud volcano Totumo in Galerazamba, where you will also receive a complimentary coconut water, you will continue your trip to “La Boquilla”, the village of fishermen, where a local guide will take you on the board of a wooden canoe through the Mangrove forest and its natural tunnels (The Love, and The Happiness tunnels) into the Juan Polo Swamp. During this ride the guide will tell you more about the ecosystem of the Mangrove forest (flora and wildlife). At the end of your trip you can enjoy a typical fish dish with plantains and later you can go to the beach to play some volleyball or football, or just to relax and sunbath.Day Trip 11City Tour by Bicycle
We offer a guided bicycle tour through the historical center (the walled city), Getsemaní, Manga and Bocagrande.
The Tour starts in the historical center, you will ride past all main attractions, like the Clock tower (Torre del Reloj), the Customs Square, the Cathedral Santa Catalina de Alejandría, the Bolivar-Park with the Palace of Inquisition, the Church and the Monastery of San Pedro Claver and the Church Santo Domingo. You will make enough photo-stops and the tour guide will explain the history of Cartagena and of the visited sights.
The tour goes on to Getsemaní, the part of the city where the protagonist Florentino Ariza of the famous book "Love in the time of Cholera" by the Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquéz lived. You pass the Plaza de la Trinidad, where Pedro Romero led the first revolution. This made Cartagena the first independent province of Colombia from Spain.
Then you pass the bridge, Puente Roman, to Manga. You will pass the cemetery of Manga, the oldest one of Cartagena.
You continue to Bocagrande, riding on the Beach-Avenue till Castillogrande. Because of its hotel skyline and its taste of North American culture, also called "little Miami", Bocagrande is a famous destination for international. Castillogrande was a former fortress to defend Cartagena. After visiting the "new city of Cartagena" you finish the tour in the city center.Day Trip 12Visit the Mercado Bazurto
The Bazurto market is a traditional vegetable, fish, meat, fruit, clothing and art market and belongs to Cartagena like the convent La Popa and the Castle San Felipe. It has a lot of tradition and is barely visited by tourists.
Let this „underground” part of Cartagena enchant you; it is ideal for an adventure. You walk through the labyrinth like alleys, where the tour guide will explain all kinds of fruits, herbs, vegetables, fish, seafood and meat.
Between crawfish and mangos you start buying the things from the shopping list. You buy seafood and fish before continuing to the vegetable merchants, where you can also find exotic fruits.
Afterwards you visit the herb market with its delicious smell, the part where music is being sold and the arts and craft section of the market until you reach the Market cafeteria where lunch for the locals is being sold (typical: fried fish with yucca).
Combination with Cooking Class with Lunch (3 hours):
After shopping you have the opportunity to book a shuttle that takes you to La Boquilla (transfer 30 min). In a beach restaurant you will be welcomed with a cold coconut beverage by a local cook. After an introduction into the Caribbean-Colombian cuisine you begin the preparations for lunch: Ceviche as starter, a seafood stew with rice, fried plantain and salad as main dish and a Creole coconut dessert.
The restaurant is located right by the long beach of La Boquilla, ideal to take a walk or to take a bath. After lunch you can spend some time on the beach until the shuttle takes you back to Cartagena.Day Trip 13Coconut Workshop
The project Madres-Cabeza de Familia y sus Cocos (Women, family patriarch and their coconuts) is an association of 7 women that in 2008 completed a crafts class sponsored by the foundation ProBoquilla and produce nowadays jewelry, silverware, containers, vases, belts and other accessories. They founded a small company and work together in the backyard of the company’s president. In order to fabricate something out of a coconut several steps as well as a lot of time are required. All of those “Damartes” (Damas de Arte = Women of Art) are mothers shaped by their life story. The association is a working group of impressive women that manufacture great things out of simple means.
You drive to La Boquilla where the Coconut-Ladies invite you to the workshop, and accompany them for a few hours. They introduce their company and the several working steps and show you the results after the work is done since all the steps take up to 1-2 days. Every participant can make their own souvenir out of the prepared pieces of coconut. For refreshment you will be offered a cold coconut beverage and a fried plantain with tomato-onion-sauce (Patacon con Ahogado). You can choose between making a bracelet, a key chain or a necklace. The workshop takes place in a very nice rustic Restaurant (Botswana Beach Club) right on the beach of la Boquilla. After the work is done you can take a dip in the Caribbean ocean before going back to Cartagena. Those who chose to stay at the beach for more time can book a later transport (additional charge).Day Trip 14Salsa class in a Beach Restaurant or in the Center
Colombians live the music! In Cartagena you will hear Salsa, Merengue, Vallenato and Champeta in every corner of the city.
We invite you to learn a few steps of the traditional dances. A young team of dancers and dancing teachers awaits you in a beach restaurant in La Boquilla or in the city center. We will pick you up in your hotel and take you right to dance floor.
After a dance demonstration and a delicious welcome beverage you will start the dancing class. At first the most important genres of Colombian music will be explained. The dancing teachers speak Spanish and some of them English. If needed, a bilingual translator can be booked. You can choose between 1, 2 or 3 hours of dance lessons and select between one teacher or a teacher couple. After we “shook a leg” to the hot rhythms you get to spend some time on the beach of La Boquilla where you can take a walk or a bath in the Caribbean Sea.
Afterwards a driver will bring you back to the hotel.Day Trip 15Horseback Riding along the Coasts Hinterland
The hinterland offers an exuberant variety of plants that you can enjoy, accompanied by the chirp of birds on the back of a well-educated horse.
You drive approximately one hour from Cartagena, away from the coast to a Finca, the Hotel Paso Fino in the town Turbaco. Arriving in the hinterland you are received by your guide in the hotel Paso Fino. After an introduction into the security measures, the equipment and the handling of a Creole horse, you prepare the horses and ride for approximately 2 hours through the beautiful landscape of the hinterland of Cartagena, where you can observe the lush regional flora and fauna.
We offer translation of all instructions into German and/or English. Also, you will take short breaks so you can rest and take pictures.
The Hotel Paso Fino has a sun terrace that offers an impressive view over the bay of Cartagena as well as a pool both for the horses and for you.
After the tour you will have the chance to sunbathe or take a bath in the pool. Afterwards you head back to Cartagena.