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Bazurto Market Adventure Tour in Cartagena

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Cartagena, Colombia
Bazurto Market Adventure Tour in Cartagena

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Bazurto Market is Cartagena’s largest and busiest market, and it’s a maze of colorful stalls, exotic foods and local artisans. This guided visit will take you to the heart of the market, where you’ll get the chance to meet the vendors, watch craftsmen at work, sample local delicacies and enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch.
  • Guided tour of Bazurto Market in Cartagena
  • Immerse yourself in local life at the buzzing Bazurto Market
  • Explore the stalls, take photos and meet the vendors
  • Sample herbal medicine; listen to local music and watch crafts demonstrations
  • Enjoy a typical Colombian lunch at Ceci's restaurant, featured on Anthony Bourdain's TV show
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup and lunch
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Lunch
Snacks
Driver/guide
Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off in the City Center (extra fees apply if not within the Walled City)
Personal expenses

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Begin your tour with pickup from your central Cartagena hotel and a short ride to Bazurto Market. First, pass through Cartagena’s colorful Getsemani neighborhood, famous for its graffiti street art and hip nightlife, and pay a visit to a local shopping mall, before venturing into the buzzing marketplace.

Follow your guide around the labyrinth of stalls, stopping to take a peek at a metal mechanic workshop, and watch the local craftsmen at work. Next, visit a music store, where you can sip a cold beer as you listen to ‘Champeta’, the urban folklore music that remains hugely popular throughout the region. You’ll even get to take away a CD of some of your favorite music.

Learn more about the fascinating history of the market and the Getsemani neighborhood as you stop to browse the stalls and chat with the vendors. Pause for refreshments (included) at a fresh juice stall, then meet one of the market’s most legendary poster artists. You’ll even have the chance to have a handmade poster created with your own personal message. Continue to the herbsman stand, where you’ll get to sample a traditional Colombian healing potion, then marvel at the butcher’s stalls, laden with different cuts of meat.

After working up an appetite walking around the market, stop to enjoy lunch at the legendary Ceci's restaurant, which was famously featured on American chef Anthony Bourdain's TV show. After tucking into an array of Colombian specialties, enjoy a short walk through the fish market before exiting the market, where a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
Itinerary
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Cartagena Insider Tours
You will be picked up at your hotel, and then travel to the central market of Cartagena. With more than 40 years of age in the same space, its an exotic place filled with all types of products, smells, music and types of people. Then start to enter the market by first getting to know the neighborhood, the locals, and then go into the market to meet original stands and their owners. Visit local mechanics, trained from generation to generation, juice vendors for the most exotic foods, sound system builders and an incredible local handmade poster maker. Plus, grasp all the multiculturalism present in the traditional medicines and the very bizarre situations you will be sure to see. Finally, go to Ceci's restaurant, famous for appearing in Anthony Bourdain's show. Here you will have the option to have lunch or to have a small tasting. After this you'll exit the market and a private van will pick you up to take you back to your hotel.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements for group tours. The minimum number of travelers is four (4). In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for people with walking disabilities or difficulties or for people using a wheelchair
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Insider Tours by FEM
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Keep in mind the meat and fish are NOT refrigerated so the smell can be overwhelming." See review
  • "Take this tour and request Kate for your guide, seriously!" See review
  • "This is NOT where you will buy souvenirs, but it IS where you will observe the local populace taking part in market culture." See review

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star-5
BAZURTO MARKET MANIA!!!
Ej_J
, Oct 2021
Most memorable part of this experience would have to learning about Champeta culture at Edwards. There was education throughout and a strong sense of commerce pride regardless of the adversities endure for them to thrive!!! A1!
star-5
The real Cartagena (the best cartagena)
David_V
, Sep 2021
I had two guides for this trip who were both sweet and kind and caring. It was like having friends take you to the market. They met me at my hotel exactly on time and we were off on our adventure. Although I will admit the food was my favourite part, this is so much more than a market tour. I learned so much about day to day life of Cartagenans. This is something you could do by yourself but, I would have missed SO much if it had not been for my guides, they showed me things I never would have found on my own, and enriched the experience with information only a local can provide.
star-1
What a shame
Daryl_C
, Aug 2021
I was very much looking forward to this tour, however, I never received information on what time the tour guide was coming to pick us at the hotel. Because of that, I wrote to the agency the night before and nobody responded. I called early in the morning and was directed automatically to voicemail. I left a message there. I also wrote to the agency various times the morning of the tour to never receive a response. After waiting for an hour in the lobby, at about 9:35am the tour guide arrived. By that time we had already decided to return to the hotel room since the the ticket said the tour started at 9am. Since we had another tour the same afternoon, it was too late to attend the tour. Therefore, I asked for my money back. They are saying they will reimburse me for the two tickets (totaling $100+). Given the positive reviews of this tour, I assume the vast majority of people have had a great experience. As long as my money is reimbursed without any further difficulty I may give it another shot when I return to Colombia, however, I need to know that I will be contacted prior to the tour so I understand when I am going to be picked up at the hotel. I'm surprised nobody was in. touch with me prior to the tour, or even after I met briefly with the tour guide to let her know I wanted to be reimbursed.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
As you said what happened with you as unfortunate, the had a problem, first time that happens, she was there not at that time. Hope cartagena was great!!
star-5
interesting and different
Joel_M
, Mar 2020
This was a very interesting tour of a part and aspect of the city we would have not otherwise been able to experience. Our guide, Kate, was absolutely wonderful. She was enthusiastic informative and simply a joy to be around. Kate also began by asking us what some of our interests were, so our tour could be particularly highlighted. The Bazurto market itself is enormous, chaotic, and sprawling, but with an experienced guide by your side, you can glide seamlessly through it and get an authentic feel for the many varied things it has to offer. If you want something quite different from the sites of the old city or the beaches, I would definitely recommend.
star-4
Market Experience
David_P
, Mar 2020
Tour guide , Shayla (spelling - ?) was excellent. Received many extras during the market tour that was provided gratis. The downside was that it cost my wife and I another $40 for the round trip taxi cost to the tour meeting site. Plus, we had to cut our tour short due to the fairly early departure of our cruise ship (had to be back on board by 12:30 PM). Interesting look at the way of life of the other half of Cartagena people.
star-5
Must See!
Susan_O
, Feb 2020
Sheila and Delia were terrific ambassadors and tour guides of their city, country and the market! They gave it their all and we really appreciated the experiences and explanations. Highly recommended to really get a feel for everyday life in Cartagena!
star-5
An experience!
Tia_B
, Feb 2020
What an experience, not for the faint of heart! There were 8 of us, the perfect amount to keep everyone together. Our tour guide was fantastic guiding us thru the neighborhood and then thru the market. This market is gritty, lots of locals shop here. There are food vendors with large pots of cooked food. There are meat, fish and vegetable vendors. Keep in mind the meat and fish are NOT refrigerated so the smell can be overwhelming. There are also souvenir vendors. Go, but be aware!
star-5
Amazing.
DIZONFATIMA
, Feb 2020
Nothing short of amazing! Wonderful tour. Probably the best one I did in Cartagena. I don't want to spoil too much, but I would highly recommend this tour! They put a lot of thought into this. Makes you feel like a "local". Lunch was also delicious.
star-5
Wonderful :)
amandanamenek
, Feb 2020
The market tour was so great but our guide Kate was even better! Seriously, she made the entire tour, she gave us so much information and we learned a ton! We tried fruits I had never even seen before, learned a few dance styles and got to eat lunch at a restaurant that Anthony Bourdain ate at! Take this tour and request Kate for your guide...seriously!!
star-5
Educational and fun walk through Cartagena market and neighborhood
karyneliot
, Jan 2020
This tour was a great way to see the market and neighborhoods, and to learn about the history of the city and people. Andrea was a fabulous guide, combining important historical facts with entertaining examples of life in Cartagena. The tastes along the way, coupled with watching handcrafted metal work, and learning local dance was fun. Eating lunch in the market provided opportunity to learn more and enjoy great food. You don’t want to miss this!

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