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We were in Cartagena for an overnight stop aboard the March 13, 2017 of the Celebrity Equinox. After doing some research this is what we did and loved both of our days there;

Day 1. Since we had an afternoon tour scheduled we left the ship and walked to the port area where we did a little shopping and walked around the little "zoo" that they have there. Flamingos, peacocks, parrots, monkeys, etc. Took the free shuttle back to the ship for lunch.

Met our guide, Marelvy from tours in cartagena at 3:00. She is an absolute jewel of a person, she knows everything about everything. We took her air-conditioned tour bus to the top of the highest point in Cartagena (LaPopa) which is an old monastery, then drove around the newer part of the city, walked along the top of the wall that surrounds the old city. We took a leisurely walk thru the old town, went to the Emerald Museum, watched a folkloric dance in one of the plazas, then stopped in a small local restaurant for authentic Colombian snacks, Marelvy helped everyone figure out what they wanted to eat and drink. Loved her.


Day 2: Booked the market tour and cooking class with Duran Duran. Edwardo met us and took us to the local market where we samples many local fruits and he bought fresh food that we took back to his home where we and his wife, Maria cooked the meal. Everyone had a part in the preparation of the meal. It was delicious. We were treated very warmly and were welcomed into their home,. Wonderful couple, wonderful day.


Both of these tours were our favorites during our 11 night cruise. You will not be disappointed if you book either or both of them

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This March/April we took a the Panama Canal cruise on the Infinity and our day with Dan and Berit Wick ofFriends For Columbia, was the highlight of our trip. We had a group of 16 people and everyoneagreed that the tour far exceeded our expectations. Dan and Berit were waiting for us at the portand off we went for a day full of information, fun, and unforgettable heartwarming experiences with the people of Rafael Nunez Barrio. We were greeted at the foundation with livemusic and dancing performed by the senior citizens and children of thefoundation. Of course we got to joinin. We also had the opportunity to playgames with the children, learn a little about Colombia’s unique languageexpressed through hand movements, speak with young adults who grew up in thebarrio, visit the foundation’s school. We also visited a home of a woman participating in the “patio garden”program. The foundation has helpedpeople start gardens in their backyards, creating successful businesses thatsell produce and herbs to local restaurants.

We ended our day with a walk through Cartagena’s OldTown, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Danand Berit introduced us to some of the local candies and treats.

The work that Dan, Berit and the foundation has done istruly impressive. It was exciting,special and meaningful to be a part of it for the day. I highly recommend you take advantage of thisopportunity and book a tour with Friends For Colombia

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