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We had her sister Mercedes, she was also very knowledgeable and seemed to know everyone in the town.

 

 

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Many people have used Dora De Zubiria in Cartagena and have not been disappointed - her tour company is top notch.

 

Just off the Coral Princess yesterday and booked a tour with Dora.

 

She led the tour herself and did an excellent job. We were also able to to go La Popa monastery (a real highlight)

that was not open to the larger buses, the day we were in port.

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Just back from visiting Cartagena on the Reflection. Took a tour through Dora Tours - Will was our guide. We enjoyed the tour - and were really surprised how beautiful it was there. I had been there in the 70's - what a change!

If you like to shop go to the dungeons in the old city - all kinds of beautiful cotton embroidered shirts and dresses. Also got molas. Be sure to bargain.

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Go through the terminal building and out the walkway to the taxi and van area. Take a list of the things you want to see and negotiate a deal with one of the tour sellers in that area.

 

Price should be around 20 to 30 dollars pp if you have enough people to fill a vehicle.

 

I might have to pick your brain about Cartagena 'Swedish'. We're doing a Panama Canal cruise in November

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Claudia Vidal is also very good. We toured with her through an excursion set up with "Mr. Emerald" (Lee Miles) 8 yrs or so ago. We have a private tour set up with her again for Jan. 2019. Her e-mail is claudia@toursclaudiavidal.com

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I emailed her twice and still haven't got a response. We will be stopping there in Oct.

 

We have a part of 6 in October. The price she gave me for private tour for our group was $75. It was $65 if we wanted to join a group of other people.

 

KS

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Just off Celebrity Panama Canal Cruise - so glad that we booked with Dora. She was fantastic, her assistant tour guide, Josie, was a gem and her driver was great! We were a group of 7 - learned so much and enjoyed Cartegena because of the pride and informed way in which Dora conducts her tour. It was the perfect way to spend our time in Columbia ;)

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Just attempted to book Dora on our trip for October 15tg. She is booked. Does anyone have a suggestion as to who else is a good tour operator?

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Just attempted to book Dora on our trip for October 15tg. She is booked. Does anyone have a suggestion as to who else is a good tour operator?

 

Not sure if you are interested in doing it on your own. They do give a map with information. We made a friend who lives in Cartegena and this is what he had sent me about doing the trip on our own since we are not in port very long. We also wanted to have time to explore the animals at the port before getting back on the ship.

 

 

The port is only about 10 - 15 minutes from the port so it is easy to get to the Old Town and back without worry of missing the ship. The Old Town is a must see in Cartagena. You can do your own tour and take in the majority of what you want to see and do and be able to do it at your own pace and more cheaply. There are taxis at the port which are authorized and safe. Here are some ideas:

• As you enter the port terminal, there will be someone giving out maps of the city and answering questions. They will give you free maps that are great for getting around the Old Town.

• Walk through the store (the big yellow old house) (visit it in more detail when you return)

• When you get outside the front of the store follow the signs to the taxi area.

• There will be guides that hound you to go on a tour. Even when you say that you want a taxi they will try to take you on a tour.

• Tell the taxi you want to be taken to the Old Town with a stop on the way to take pictures of the fort. To visit the Fort takes a fair amount of time and can be quite hot to climb. Most everyone stops in front to be able to take pictures. Ask the taxi driver how much and there should be a sign saying $20 to the Old Town. Agree before you go and tell him it is a one way fare. Don’t’ let them try to sell you some tour or that they’ll drive you around and also bring you back. The normal fare downtown is about $3 but since they’re inside the port they charge a lot more.

• You can have him drop you off at the clock tower which is one of the main entrances to the Old Town. From there you can do your own walking tour using the map. It has descriptions of the sights on the map. You can do a big loop and see the majority of the sights.

• Along the way you can get a snack, or something to drink as there are many places. There are also several shops if you want to shop any.

• You can come back. Either get any yellow taxi inside the Old Town or by going out the clock tower where you came in and going across the street to in front of the Convention Center. Just tell them that you're going back to the port and that you'll pay $5. They'll want more but if they don't accept it, look for another taxi. It will take on 10 - 15 minutes to get back to the port. As you return, you will go through Manga and there are many beautiful old colonial houses to see.

• When you get back, they will drop you off in front of the port store and it's nice to look around the park and see the birds and other animals. The people in the store are very nice and the prices are fixed (except for the jewelry) and they take credit cards. There is a simulated emerald museum that also has a nice display of emeralds (not for sale.)

• In the Old Town there will be many tourists and, like any place with tourists, watch your belongings. There are tourist police all around and it is very safe. Also lots of people want to sell you things and can be very pushy. Just say no and ignore them. The taxis will also try to take you to shopping places and show you other things but there’s always a charge or they have some connection to make money.

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On ‎10‎/‎3‎/‎2018 at 6:13 PM, HopeO said:

Just attempted to book Dora on our trip for October 15tg. She is booked. Does anyone have a suggestion as to who else is a good tour operator?

Claudia Vidal was absolutely perfect - we just got off Sept. 24th Infinity Panama Canal and used Claudia for a group of 11. Claudia's English was perfect and very helpful. Got to see great sites and had a great day in Cartagena with Claudia. http://toursclaudiavidal.com/index.htm

 

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I'm copying and pasting my post from another thread about Dora....

 

Just a quick note about Dora, we used her company this past Dec 11 for a driving/walking tour.
While in the walled city, at the last stop of the walking tour, my party of 3 got left behind. We were behind our group and I could see them. As we were trying to exit the church we were in, a group of people were trying to come in the exit only doors, therefore blocking us from getting out. By the time we were able to get by the blockage and outside (not a lot of time by the way - maybe a couple minuets) Tour guide and our group were no where in sight. 
We decided to wait 30 minuets before getting a taxi back to the ship, in case someone came back to the church where we were left. We stayed exactly by the exit doors where we were left. Right at the 30 minuet mark, the driver did come back.
I'm sure many of you have been on walking tours around the world, just as I have. I have never had a tour guide that didn't make sure she had everyone before proceeding to the next stop. The tour guide had no good reason why we were left. I told her we had never had a guide not keep count of her her party, she had nothing to say.
The tour could be good, and was until we were left, lol. I just advise you to make sure you stay right on the heels of your guide constantly.

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