Begin your tour with a view of the impressive military fort of San Felipe de Barajas, the greatest and strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in their colonies. This is an exceptional accomplishment of Spanish military engineering where construction began in 1656 and lasted for 121 years. At the Rafael Nuñez House, a horse carriage ride will take you through the narrow streets of the walled city where you'll find Colonial houses and squares such as La Merced, Santo Domingo, Custom Square, San Pedro Claver, and the beautiful Baroque door of the Inquisition Palace at Bolivar Square. Visit the dungeons within the walled city ramparts which were built to store provisions for the troops and are now home to a high quality handicrafts market. This market offers a variety of brightly decorated cloths, woodwork and woven bags made by some of the indigenous people of Colombia.
Note: Bring comfortable attire, hat and sun block.
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3 of 4(75%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for City Views With Carriage Ride
I took this tour in October of 2011 and I thought it was great. Riding a horse and buggy through Old Town Cartegena was soooooooo much fun and so beautiful. It has the same feel as the New Orleans French Quarter. Overall service was great and very friendly! This port was the last stop on the NCL Pearl. LAX-MIA via The Panama Canal. (which btw was totally awesome). I look forward to returning here in April on the NCL Sun and I may just book this again ;)
Beat the heat and do first thing in the morning. That is what we did and while it was hot, I'm sure it would have been less enjoyable if we waited until later in the morning to go. This is a good trip for those who can't do a lot of walking. I loved going through the narrow streets in the old city and seeing the pretty colors. Many photo opportunities. The carriages hold 4 people. Our guide did not speak good English but we had someone on our carraige who could translate for us. I would give better reviews of this had our tour guide been more informative and there were less peddlers in your face everywhere you turn. But if you want to buy something, offer less! It's amazing to see how much they will come down.
First we were taken to the fortress but only spent a few minutes there to take pictures. Many vendros at this location. Next was the carriage ride through the walled city which was very nice. The carriage driver spoke very little English so it was great that my husband speaks Spanish. The guide did spend time going to each carriage to explain the sites. After the carriage ride there was about 15 minutes of shopping. Water was available once we finish the carriage ride. The day was great and it was not to hot or humid.
Every thing here seemed rushed! For the old fort we were able to stop for 5 minutes to get out and take a picture. The we went to the old town for the carriage ride. It was a great carriage ride through town but you could not get off to take pictures or investage any of the really interesting places and shops. At the end you are dropped off at a row of very touristy shops each one selling the same as the other. You are given 30 minutes to shop. Very pushy sales people. it is good if you do not want to do any walking or picture taking. If you want to get out to see all the famous squares I would suggest a different type of tour. Or taking a cab here and go exploring with a few friends. Felt very safe in the old town.