Escape Cartagena for the day and take a trip to the Rosario Islands! Enjoy a 1-hour cruise from Cartagena to the Rosario Islands, a magnificent archipelago and a must-see while in Colombia. The Rosario Islands are a group of private islands off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia. Due to its beautifully intact ecosystem, the archipelago was declared a national park in 1977. The beautiful array of natural flora and fauna is sure to impress you! On this day trip from Cartagena, take a sightseeing cruise to the various islands and spend time relaxing on their beautiful beaches. Take in astonishing Caribbean views and go for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters. Stop for lunch on the islands (own expense) and enjoy an authentic Colombian meal. Stop at the local aquarium, an impressive open-water display of aquatic wonders. Relax as you watch a dolphin show, play with sea rays, laugh at the seals' playful performance, and admire the majestic sharks! Cruising back to Cartagena in the evening.
Cartagena is an important historical city, as its port marks the former entry point for Spanish conquerors into South America. The city's fortifications, built for protection against invasion, still stand strong in the walled city today. The colonial architecture seen in houses, government buildings and churches aided in the city's 1984 designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On your guided tour, learn all about the city's fascinating culture and history. First, visit the Castle of San Felipe, a site where many battles between the Spanish, English and French took place. Today, its impressive structure is considered just one of Cartagena's many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Travel on to the San Pedro Claver Church, one of Cartagena's most-visited landmarks. Home to a priest who aided the hungry and sick slaves arriving in the port of Cartagena, this monastery holds a special sentimental value to Colombia's African-American descendants. Your third stop is a visit to the Inquisition Museum, where you'll become more familiar with Cartagena's bloody past. Learn about the inquisition that took place in Cartagena in the 17th century and listen as your expert guide explains all about its trials and victims.