Cartagena by Land & Sea

  • Port

    Cartagena, Colombia

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 hours

  • Meals Included


Your tour begins with a short ride to the dock where a tour boat awaits you.

Enjoy a scenic harbor cruise through the Inner Bay for nearly an hour, as your local interpretive guide points out fortifications best seen from the water. During the 17th century, the Spanish Crown hired prominent European military engineers to carry out the construction of the defenses. This massive undertaking took more than 200 years to complete, and resulted in seven miles of walls surrounding the city, including Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas (San Felipe Fortress), fortifications on every point and narrows, and the Fort of San Sebastián de Pastelillo.

Some free time in the Old Town area allows you to shop, explore, or simply relax. 

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas  offers a contrasting view from land; take a guided tour of this formidable castle to see why Cartagena was the most impenetrable city of the Spanish Main. This 17th-century construction is the largest Spanish fort in the New World, representing the most important work of Spanish military engineering in South America.

The tour concludes with a walk back to your transportation, and a relaxing drive back to the pier.