CARTAGENA INSIDER is one of FEM's fundraising strategies. By working closely with the communities we team up with, we developed a series of experiences that enhance the obvious "city tour" plan, by taking tourists safely and knowingly to areas of the city and region that they would otherwise miss. You can take Champeta and Salsa Tours, visit splendid unknown beaches, meet the most interesting people and experience the most unique visits.
EVERY TICKET sold includes donations for the hosting community's projects.
We are proud to offer tours in French, German, Spanish, & English! Just let us know in advance! Keep on scrolling for pictures and descriptions!
Cartagena has an incredible pop culture, based on the local adapatation of African music. CHampeta is the name of a local lusty rhythm that people in Cartagena adore. Theres is a huge concert almost every weekday! Featuring EL REY DE ROCHA, the most important MEGA SOUND SYSTEM in CArtagena, taking our tour iwll really show you the move. It includes transportation, drinks, a snack, expert guides and dancers and a gift so you can remember the champeta culture.
Cartagena has a history of cuban musical and cultural influence. Specialized salsa collectors opened clubs and bars to share with their friends more than 30 years ago. With us you get to visit real living patrimony: El Koreano has been there for more than 40 years; El Safari, for 30; and Joseph Black´s Charanga, at least 15. Travel around Vueltabajero, a living salsa museum and meet expert salsa hosts, dancers, and specialists. We include full transportation provided by TRANS ARRIEROS from and to your hotel, at least 4 hours of nightlife and fun, 3 drinks (nonalcoholic or beers), a salsa speaker, two dancers for you to learn from and enjoy with, and a delicious snack stop.
Featuring Leonor and Istvan Dely (El Rey de los Tamboleros and Wife), world known percussion experts and musicians, our #DrumSafari will take you to the magical nearby afro town of La Boquilla, where the local culture bubbles everywhere. Enjoy a day trip that includes transportation to and from La Boquilla, a drum class in the culture house of La Boquilla, a session of hands on drum therapy, and typical fresh fish lunch at Restaurante Donde Angel. There you can spend a couple of hours at the beach or choose to go on a beautiful tour (optional, not included in DrumSafari price) through the mangrove.
Food, food, food. And so many more other things! BAzurto is a an oddly unique market place where you can get champeta records, urban artists, dancers, the most incredible fruits, and a variety of herbs an medicines. Have lunch at Antony Bourdain's favorite in Colombia, Donde Ceci.
Lively and beautiful, Getsemaní is still more about its people than about its buildings. Visit Getsemaní craftsmen: carpenter, "carretero", builder, blacksmith, cook. All of them have a story to tell. Fight gentrification by taking this walking route and supporting local, hardworking families.
Take a 2 hour walking tour. Learn great historical information about one of the best neighborhoods in the world, and enjoy the people. Our tour includes 5 stops, 2 hydration points and a wonderful snack prepared by one of the most important cooks in town. If you get lucky, she might be preparing a sophisticated plate named "pastel", you´ll get to see her MAKE it and indulge!