Founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena de Indias was built on the site of an abandoned
Amerindian village, known as Calamarí, located on a small island of the same name. Born into
a noble family in Madrid, Heredia left Spain suddenly because of a personal conflict that led to a
challenge by duel. Arriving first in Santo Domingo (capital of the present-day Dominican Republic),
he later embarked to New Grenada, settling in Santa Marta, where he took up trading with
the native inhabitants.
After becoming governor, he established himself in the village of Calamarí and founded Cartagena. The little village quickly prospered, with the discovery of numerous treasures in the region, including those in the tombs of the Sinús, an Amerindian people who customarily buried the dead with all their possessions. However, in 1552, a fire reduced the village (whose buildings were made of wood at the time) to ashes, and Pedro de Heredia ordered that all structures be made of stone from that point onward. In a way, this directive enabled the city to preserve its lovely architectural heritage to this present day,as the Spanish continued colonizing South America.
“Since 2003, I have represented cruise lines and their shore-side partners throughout the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Central and South America. My primary responsibility is to ensure passenger safety, knowledge and enjoyment of over 75 ports of call. Most passengers will enjoy some sort of a tour in most ports of call, either by the recommended cruise-line guaranteed tours, or by hiring a private guide at their own risk. Over the years I have come to know many of these private guides and taxi drivers and in Cartagena, I only have one recommendation: Andres Eduardo LLerena Paez”
“The purpose of my letter is affirm Andres Llerena consistently impressed me with his work ethic, loyalty, reliability and bi-lingual capabilities. Andres, who is a Colombian national, resided in the United States for many years and is well versed in its customs and language. Andres would be a tremendous asset to any organization."
“I hired Andres as a tour guide for a group of 12 students from Harvard University. We were on vacation in Colombia and were in need of a guide with local knowledge as well as bilingual language skills. Andres came highly recommended by a colleague of mine, so we hired him to be our guide. He picked us up at the airport on time and brought us safely to our rental home. For one week, he did everything we asked, including driving us around, arranging for extra taxis”
“I was engaged to act as Construction Co-ordinator: Paddle Steamers, on the film Love In The Time of Cholera, shot in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. I was fortunate to be able to accept the offer of the services of Andres Llerena Paez. He acted as my driver, translator and assistant. Andres has excellent English, and was indispensable in the role of translator. As a Cartagena local, he has a good knowledge of the city and surrounds. Having lived and worked in the US for several years, he undersatnd better than most, the needs and expectations of foreigners working in Colombia”
We offer a very nice city tour, is perfect for visitors who don't have much time in Cartagena but want to see as much of the city as possible. Escape the heat into an air-conditioned car, with a bi-lingual certified guide to take you to the city's most beautiful and extraordinary sites, four-hour tour of the city in your own private car vistas of Cartagena's picturesque beaches Amazing views of the city from atop the convent Cerro de La Popa, which it is the highest emblematic point of the city for its Catholic history. Explore the historic tunnels of the San Felipe Castle, each person pays his entrance to the monument price about USD $ 6 to $ 10 USD max, is harmonious.
Soak up the sun with the ultimate day trip to the Rosario Islands. Let Cartagena's brilliant Caribbean archipelago be your world class oyster with a day trip to a laid-back, family-orientated beach resort that will more than live up to your Caribbean fantasies of platinum sands and crystalline waters. Families and couples looking to get away from the crowds of Playa Blanca and the beaches in Cartagena and connect with the platinum white sands and crystal clear Caribbean water of the Rosario Islands.
The tour is recommended shopping sites leather, handmade, crafts, souvenirs, and gold, silver everything our customer requests, we help you get, our customers purchases green stones ,those certificate places that guarantees y our responsibility is that you make the best buy and get better prices, for this reason we site to recommend these purchases safe.
The Tayrona National Natural Park is a protected area in the Colombian northern Caribbean region and within the jurisdiction of the Department of Magdalena and 34 kilometers (21 mi) from the city of Santa Marta. The park presents a biodiversity endemic to the area of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range presenting a variety of climates and geography that ranges from arid sea level to 900 meters above sea level. The park covers approximately 30 square kilometers (12 sq mi) of maritime area in the Caribbean sea and approximately 150 square kilometers (58 sq. mi) of land. round trip. We can also go to the state's oldest town, Mompox much history and jazz festival.
El Totumo Mud Volcano (or Volcán de Lodo El Totumo in Spanish) lies about one-and-a-half hour's drive from Cartagena. Technically it's not a real lava-spewing, ash-throwing volcano, but rather a 15-metre-high mound full of mud which makes for a unique Colombian spa experience and endless fun, is a great experience the mud bath.
Founded by escaped slaves during the 17th Century, this tiny village was heritage listed by UNESCO in 2005 due to its strong African linguistic, musical and cultural traditions. It is considered the first free town in the Americas and is definitely worth a visit in order to gain a fuller picture of Cartagena, the history of slavery in Colombia and Latin America and to observe a community where Afro-roots and traditions have been preserved and maintained including a distinct creole language (Palenquero), folkloric dance, cuisine, dress, hairstyles, political organization and social structure.
Taxis are easy enough and cheap enough (15,000 -20.000 pesos USD $5 or USD $7). But if you really want to remove all the stress order a private transfer with a new vehicle with air conditioning and a bilingual driver, to pick it up at the cruise port or airport you will need to tell us your name, flight number and arrival time, and where you will be staying, for cruise ships group we need a full list of passengers, for allowing us entry to the port, otherwise we will wait for outside.
Our team offers travel services to Barranquilla to ride the largest river in Colombia Magdalena: we want to show as the largest river in Colombia enters the Atlantic Ocean, if your visit is on February could see the second largest carnival of south America, famous salsa places la Troja,and all the sights of the city with stops at specifics sites on the way. round trip.
Especially for Singles, Weddings, Group of Young This tour It is recommended to come to the independence in November 9th to 14th to appreciate the Miss Colombia carnival, or in low season. Is 6 hours at night from 11:00 pm to 4:00 a.m, rumba where everywhere enjoy your Single stay in Cartagena, Colombia, It includes private car with driver, Bilingual assistance, Help to get the best price on rental private boats, yachts, catamarans with music system that you can go your own way, private pilot, own time you depart (between 8.30-11am), and where you go. We help you get very comfortable apartment unit prices conventional hotels, this is a perfect tour, who want to explore the Caribbean rumba nightlife and day. Free airport pickup
Is a private tour with a Bilingual Driver in a new car with good air conditioning, is three hours day or night in the popular bazurto neighborhood regular market, we explain the routine and the common people, normal cartagena neighborhoods, fully integrated with the community, very funny, we teach you on the way of street dialect Costeñol,the Colombian Caribbean, we talk to native foods, arepas, tostones, fried, chichacharon, nearby villages 4 hours tour.
This is a special tour in the Schools, and Community, 7 days of tourism to help in Colombia 4 Social working days in the poorest neighborhoods and communities and 3 days of turism in our city Cartagena. The Foundation Surgir Por Colombia. Nonprofit ONG. Entity and built by people who want to promote social development through strategic actions to guide quality education, training and implementation of social projects in order to rescue the community values, create opportunities and improve the quality of life of the Caribbean region and the rest of Colombia.