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If you can find a cab to take you, go!
Do not take or show anything of value . The deeper you travel within the labyrinth of stalls selling all sorts of cheap goods- the closer you get to experience what seems to be an...More
My husband and I had the pleasure of having Paola for a guide. I don’t think we would have went here on our own as it looks intimidating. Paola was a wealth of information who gave us a great cultural look of the Cartagena people....More
If you came to Columbia to see true Columbian culture and experience the food, this is a must see. Leave your fancy sneakers and Birkenstock’s behind and wear closed toed shoes and socks (preferably ones that are easy to clean).
Your feet and legs will...More
As a Spanish-speaking Expat from Atlanta that has been living in Cartagena for 8 months now, I can say that this place is the Real Cartagena. If you don’t speak Spanish, I don’t recommend going alone. Also, if you are too “uppity” about every little...More
I brought my freshman in college daughter to Cartagena for spring break. We stayed in the walled city, but wanted to get out and see a bit more. We hired a private guide for $50US. DO NOT GO WITHOUT A GUIDE!! Honestly, we probably wouldn't...More
Of the many local markets we have visited in South and Central America, India and North Africa, this was the nastiest, messiest, smelliest, dirtiest, and most unkempt of all. It did not help that one of the stalls had a big fire and the place...More
First, we were told that we could not be picked up at our cruise ship and had to make our way to the heart of Cartagena old town, which we did (took about 40 minutes). Then we had to wait for another couple to arrive...More
Our family of six wandered the many stalls, and bargained for fruit. It was smelly and filled with all manner of folks and it was REAL. I would only say watch out for the crazy motorcyclists and cars on the edges of the market...I would...More
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My guide was my driver -- the driver was set up by the hotel Sofitel. we simply paid him extra to not only drive us to the Mercado but to escort us through the Mercado as well. It is a large space and I am glad i had a guide... More
My guide was my driver -- the driver was set up by the hotel Sofitel. we simply paid him extra to not only drive us to the Mercado but to escort us through the Mercado as well. It is a large space and I am glad i had a guide to go through the alleyways and paths in the Mercado. It would have been confusing without the guide.
We were very pleased with Duran Duran Tours. They took us to market where we shopped for items that we then used to prepare a meal in their home. Cooking class was good and made going to the market purposeful.