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Walled City of Cartagena, Cartagena

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Wander the historical streets of Walled City of Cartagena, an old district full of vibrant colonial architecture and heritage sites. Surrounded by 11 km (6.8 mi) of thick stone walls, the old city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. The vast fortifications, begun after an attack by Francis Drake, took two centuries in total to complete, as the city faced frequent damage from storms and pirate attacks. As well as the historical churches, mansions, plazas, and other buildings, the area boasts plentiful restaurants, cafes, and street vendors. Consider checking the cruise schedule before planning your visit: the old town clogs with tourists when several cruise ships unload on the same day. PutWalled City of Cartagena into our Cartagena trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The houses and the other buildings are all bright and look historic. If you like history and architecture this is an amazing place to visit. There are a lot of things to do and many restaurants... 
    The houses and the other buildings are all bright and look historic. If you like history and architecture this is an amazing place to visit. There are a lot of things to do and many restaurants...  more »
  • Interesting story about the city and its need for walled protection. Sir Francis Drake seems to have been brutal. Significant historical presence in Cartagena due to sea trade. 
    Interesting story about the city and its need for walled protection. Sir Francis Drake seems to have been brutal. Significant historical presence in Cartagena due to sea trade.  more »
  • The visit to the Naval Museum and the Inquisition museum were outstanding. We recommend spending a few nights in one of the historical buildings that have been converted to boutique hotels. We have....  more
    The visit to the Naval Museum and the Inquisition museum were outstanding. We recommend spending a few nights in one of the historical buildings that have been converted to boutique hotels. We have....  more »
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  • Amazing tour. I went to Cartagena last week with my boyfriend for my birthday. I contacted this tour agency and Fabio Gonzalez contacted me within minutes. He gave me tour options and we agreed on the bike tour with drone. His guidance was 10/10, we tour all of Cartagena and we had so much fun! A drone followed us everywhere we went and today I received the footage which is AMAZING! The whole experience was 10/10! Fabio was great, he even sent us restaurants recommendations after the tour. BOOK WITH WALLED CITY OF CARTAGENA!
  • Visiting Cartagena, you MUST book this company. They offered great service and were very knowledgeable of the area. They offer a host of tours and are able to book just about any experience you want. I booked them for a birthday photoshoot, including a drone, in the beautiful art district of Getsamani. It was such a fun experience, not only enjoyed the experience and photos but also the pleasant personality of Owner Fabio and his assistant Luis. My friends and I enjoyed our day with them and felt like they were longtime friends. Professional, prompt service, with a fun vibe. I look forward to booking them again when I return.
  • We took a biking tour with Fabio from Walled city of Cartagena and we absolutely loved it! He was very knowledgeable and gave us facts about the important locations of Cartagena without boring us. The prices are very reasonable and it even included professional pictures and a video of us during our tour. Definitely recommend!
  • Beautiful colonial Spanish architecture, tons of great food, interesting history and nice people. What more can I say? Visit!
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