Experience | BEST MARKET IN CARTAGENA | Authenticitys
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Neighbourhoods & Community, Food & Drink, Culture & Arts
Everyday with appointment
From 143
Cartagena, Colombia
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This experience is about food and people! Let us offer you the chance to get immersed in a lively local market, known as the soul of the city. You’ll be guided by local foodies who are keen in introducing you to the vendors and their favourite market stalls. This isn’t just about how to pick the best mangoes but also about meeting the people behind the stalls. Get to know everyday life in Cartagena’s markets!
Impact of this experience
This experience is all about intercultural connections and trying local food.
You’ll learn about the local economy, history and you’ll witness the ways things work in Cartagena’s local food markets.
If you like photography, this is the ideal experience for you!
This experience supports a local NGO serving afro and indigenous communities by advancing their rights to land and economic development.
Thanks to this experience it has been possible to achieve:
Connect people through this experience
Promote local economy initiatives
Invest in the local economy
Savour and support local cuisine
Support ideas that make the world better
Plant a seed of tolerance
• Time: 3h

• Guide: Local guide and bilingual host

• Languages: English, Spanish

• Frequency: Everyday with appointment. Best enjoyed at 9:30am, but if you prefer an afternoon tour that can also be arranged.

• Good for: Adults, families and professionals

• Participants: 2-20

• Private transfer

• Hotel pickup is included if you’re in the city center or Getsemaní. If not transport can be arranged for an additional fee.

• Fruit juice made with bottled water

• Bottled water

• Lunch and snacks, you can also decide to just taste various types of foods and fruits

• Donation supporting our partners who seek to make a difference in the lives of afro, indigenous communities and women in Colombia

• There is no AC along the walk and it's not a tour where you’ll get to sit down too much. We can arrange for seating if you request beforehand. There’s no climbing or physical exertion.

• We recommend you wear sunblock and a hat, comfortable shoes, preferably closed ones (there might be mud).
• Extra cash in Colombian Pesos in case you want to purchase something that's not included in the experience.

We pride ourselves in providing visitors with unique experiences and in this case with uncovering some of the best-kept secrets of one of Cartagena’s local markets with the insight of an insider. This three hour walking tour goes through the ‘Caribe Plaza’ mall to La ‘Ballena fishmongers’ through the Chinese neighborhood and the ‘Bazurto Market’. It’s an experience best enjoyed in the morning!

You’ll be able to talk with locals, we’ll guide you through the market to the best stalls and the nicest vendors so you can learn about how they work and what life is like in Cartagena.
This market experience is a combination of lovely food, chaotic Colombian market life, music and people. Get to know why the market we choose for you is known to be the soul of the city!

This experience supports a local NGO that supports afro and indigenous communities in Colombia helping with their rights to land and economic development. This means that just by joining this experience you’re already donating for the community’s projects.

You’ll have the chance to go where locals go, and have fun with a purpose.
3 reviews  
Cristina C.
January 2019
This is a fun tour - off the beaten track of tourists, and a way to see the real Cartagena. It was really wonderful hearing about history, about the people and to taste authentic Colombian food. Maurice and Paula (hopefully I spelled their names correctly) did a great job giving information about different vendors and their trades. I enjoyed walking through the markets and seeing all the people tending to their daily lives. I wish I could have spent more time talking with the people themselves - but, my Spanish is pretty basic, so probably not much of a possibility. But, walking around was lots of fun, and testing a variety of food and drinks was wonderful! I appreciate my guides taking the time. Extra benefit is that proceeds go to support the community. Jfoster.
Cristina C.
September 2018
We loved our tour! It was a great way to see a part of Cartagena that was away from the tourist beat, and see what life is like for locals. We also loved that the tour does a lot of social good, since the proceeds go to support the community. Would highly recommend! Caroline C
Cristina C.
June 2018
Great value for the money paid and an unforgettable experience. Registering and paying for the tour on-line was easy. We had a bit of mis-communication about our hotel pick-up the day of the tour, but it was quickly resolved. I would definitely recommend this tour if you are looking for a more authentic experience in Cartagena. You see neighborhoods, the public market and take a "real" bus ride with a tour guide who’s fluent in English. You get many samples from fresh fruit waters, to fruit smoothies, to beer to lunch all included in the price and then they send you home in a taxi. Very fun morning! l.Masood.
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