- 3 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
This is a three hour walk tour through the central market of Cartagena. Meet for pictures and interview the most original stands and vendors of the market. Get to taste and see the local fruits, juices, drinks and music. Free gifts and food are all included. Walk through all the market and get to see all types of businesses and people. Leave with a unique experience and authentic image of Cartagena and its local people. We have a private and a group option!
- Snacks and Beverages included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Family friendly
- Get inside tips from a local
- Lunch included
- Local guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off in the City Center (extra fees apply if not within the Walled City)
- Personal expenses
Pickup from your hotel. Additional fee if pickup is out of the City Center and Getsemani.
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Returns to original departure point
You will be picked up at your hotel, and then travel to the central market of Cartagena. With more than 40 years of age in the same space, its an exotic place filled with all types of products, smells, music and types of people. Then start to enter the market by first getting to know the neighborhood, the locals, and then go into the market to meet original stands and their owners.
Visit local mechanics, trained from generation to generation, juice vendors for the most exotic foods, sound system builders and an incredible local handmade poster maker. Plus, grasp all the multiculturalism present in the traditional medicines and the very bizarre situations you will be sure to see.
Finally, go to Ceci's restaurant, famous for appearing in Anthony Bourdain's show. Here you will have the option to have lunch or to have a small tasting. After this you'll exit the market and a private van will pick you up to take you back to your hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements for group tours. The minimum number of travelers is four (4). In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for people with walking disabilities or difficulties or for people using a wheelchair
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We really loved our tour guide Orlando. He was extremely knowledgable about the market, the vendors and the people. He took us to a champeta DJ where we tasted refreshing beer that goes well with the culture of champeta. We visited a juice bar and had fresh Colombian juice mixed for us. We were able to view how the posters for champeta parties were made by the famous Runner and the tour ended with a delicious lunch at Sylvias. If you enjoy seeing how Colombians live outside of the tourists areas and learning more about the culture, I high recommend this excursion.
Our group of four found our tour of the Bazurto Market with Insider Tours to be fascinating. Paola was a wonderful and engaging guide, and Richard was a most hospitable driver for our group. This tour is not for those seeking a typical tourist experience--lovely shops, fine dining establishments, tidy streets...not even close! This sprawling market is the heartbeat of NON-tourist Cartegena. Paola explained a great deal about the city's culture as she took us to many different sorts of commercial stalls in the market. Besides one other group from Insider Tours who were there at the same time as we were and whom we saw occasionally, we were the only non-natives to be seen in the entire market. This is NOT where you will buy souvenirs, but it IS where you will observe the local populace taking part in market culture. If you like to learn about life in the "real" Cartagena, far from the shined-up tourist areas, the members of our group (two couples) all recommend this tour to you. We also liked that 20% of the revenue from this tour supports the charitable work on the group FEM.
If you are expecting a regular old market like you see in Mexico, London or the United States, youve got another thing coming. This market is extremely dirty and makes you wonder why would anyone go here. Well, once inside all the rows and booths you quickly figure it out. All of the food they prepare and items sold are prepared with love. It was great seeing how our tour guide communicated with everyone, as to say we were with her and just visiting. I cant say enough about Lorena who took us to special booths so we could see the gentleman preparing the herbal remedies for customers, then the street artist who made posters for all of the musical events, not to mention the DJ who prepared two CDs for us to take to remember or visit. We finalized our three hour tours with a meal at Cecelias, supposedly one of the oldest and restaurants in the market .
Very interesting market and a very good tour. Lots of variety, juice tasting, poster making, herbalist, dance lesson, lunch, and a ride on the local bus. Lots of interesting stuff to see. Excellent guides. Recommended.
It was a great venture to a different side of Cartagena. You need to be prepared for seeing the grittier side. The market is filled with all types of handmade wares - not crafts but, items used in everyday living. Cooking utensils, foods, etc. The guide gave us an interesting perspective of the class system that exists. Learning about some of the dances and music was a lot of fun. Meeting a local market artist and market chef was also cool. I was cautious about the foods I sampled but, would definitely do again!
Fantastic tour! Lorena and Marcy were unbelievable guides-friendly and knowledgeable. They expertly navigated through this local market-hit all the hilights along the way (food and music). We felt we were dropped into a place that captured the essence of the local and native inhabitants of Cartagena.
This trip was truly amazing and a great way to see the REAL Cartagena . Marcy and Diego were wonderful Hosts and very knowledgeable . Everything from the music, to the food, to the handicrafts of the locals was perfect. It was really interesting to see how the local Colombians live and work
Wow! The best!!! We had a awesome time with the tour guides, Elena and Marcia!! Very informative and fun! A cultural experience!! A must in Cartagena!!!!
This tour is truly amazing if you want to see the other side of Cartagena, instead of the colonial part of town. The guides are really good and you get a good insight in food, street art, music and life in this neighborhood. The tour is completely safe and the food delicious. For me it was the best part of the trip to Cartagena and a true unforgettable experience.