Mercado Bazurto, Cartagena

(2.8/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
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  • If you go to Cartagena and do not visit Bazurto market then you are missing a once in a lifetime experience. If you want to truly understand and experience the unique culture of Cartagena - Bazurto is...  more »
  • Escorted to the market by Insider Tours (Fem) specifically by Marcy and Elena. This tour into the working every day market for the local peoples of Cartagena was really special. We were dropped off at...  more »
  • Vibrant, authentic, sprawling market which is worth a wander. Visitors who complain about it being dirty have either not spent much time in developing countries or they have delicate sensibilities.  more »
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  • Here's the truth: This is poorly advertised as a cool spot. It's irresponsible for people to be giving this market a 3-5 star rating. This is a potentially dangerous activity. This is still Colombia we're talking about. Be smart. It's not a cute, hip bazaar. Tourists be advised. (I'm Colombian, by the way.)
  • Amazing food. This place has some very mixed reviews and while I can understand where some are coming from I don't necessarily agree. Safety: One should be cognizant of their safety anywhere they go in the world, and yes, Colombia too. Markets in general can be great target points. Narrow alleys, dim lighting, and ignorant tourists holding expensive items, showing off lots of COP isn't advised. The Food & Goods: Most non-locals won't be buying anything here as its more industrial in its realm (non-food that is). The cooked food is amazing in quality and even ingredients (although you might not suspect that from the visual setting). Try things, order and sample, be sure to pay appropriately. I had some great fried yucca, fried fish, crab stews, and more. While the visual setting is one that some tourists might not be used to don't judge a book by its cover; at the same time be smart & savvy. Recognize that some here are working very hard and not quite making a living wage. Consider how you appear in the market.
  • Adventure Time: When you search for Cartagena's Mercado de Bazurto market, you get comments like "dangerous, dirty and not useful," "watch out for pickpockets," "deafening music," "muddy paths stinking with fish juice—do NOT wear flip flops," and "es feo y malo! (it's ugly and bad)". So obviously, I went there this morning. I figured I've been in Chinatown and an Époisse cheese factory; I'm a veteran at olfactory assault. The market was indeed a maze of dark, pungent alleys, filled with wagons full of cow hooves, hubcaps, baggies of sauces, Spiderman outfits, mills grinding fresh corn into masa, glistening fish, ragged puppies, and every tropical fruit you could want in Colombia. I made it out having learned some new Spanish vocab and with my pockets intact, and only two people hollered "Mi amor!" at me.
  • Not touristy at at all, off the beaten path but really great place.
  • The Bazurto market is a place in Cartagena where they sell products of various types, located in kiosks, hives, chasas or tables of hawkers and shops within a radius of one kilometer approximately on an informal basis. You can get products at a great price thanks imitation and original.
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