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Private tours in Cartegena

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Sorry to see your tour was canceled. It was probably because there are three ships in port that day and Mr Miles had to use all his resources to provide ship tours, which he does as well as private tours.

 

Excursions are not set yet for the Caribbean this fall. Will be in the next few weeks. The ships tours pretty much duplicate what Lee miles offers. We are using him in December and the only difference is that we wanted an additional hour for lunch, making it a four hour tour. Check out the recent port profile on the CC home page and you will see that it would be easy to take a taxi, etc, to see what you wanted.

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We also have Mr. Miles tour booked and can hardly wait. He has helped us work around our physical disabilities and put together a tour just for us, and needless to say, we are VERY Excited. We'll be there in December also. Nancie:cool:

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I have never read anything bad about the tours Lee Miles has arranged. I just wish we would have known earlier that he could not accommodate us, and we wouldn't have spent so much effort in trying to get a large group together. I am still excited about visiting Cartagena anyway. I'm sure we'll do fine on our own (we have a small, but adventurous group planning a self guided tour) and save some money...hopefully, we'll meet some friendly and informative locals who speak English as we visit the various attractions.

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I have been working with him for months on our tour and he sent me an e-mail today saying he had to cancel our tour for our group since there will be 3 ships in port that day, all his tour guides will be working for the cruise ships.

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I did ask Lee to recommend someone, and he wrote back saying he was unable to. A poster on our roll call got some information about another tour guide, Jacinto AKA J.J. I have emailed him and am awaiting a reply.

 

I emailed JJ about two weeks ago wanting info on booking a tour with him in Oct, here's the reply...........

 

"Dear carol i will send you the info in a minute, I know you will enjoy this. Take care J.J"

 

Never heard from him again:rolleyes:

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I emailed J.J., too, at the beginning of August. A couple weeks ago, I got a call from a guy named Wilfrid who said he is J.J.'s brother and was calling from Columbia. He said he'd email info to me in the middle of September, once he checked on pricing for our group. I figure if I haven't heard anything by then, I'll email a reminder to him, and see where it goes.

 

You might want to try emailing again, if he said he'd send you info right away.

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I'll be interested in what you come up with as far as tour guides. Please come back and let us know. I'll be there next March.

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I'll post on here as soon as I hear anything. We won't be in Cartagena until early November, so I would like to hear what your impressions are, Pacurn.

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I'll post on here as soon as I hear anything. We won't be in Cartagena until early November, so I would like to hear what your impressions are, Pacurn.

I will be there March on 2009 so you will there before me. I will be the one interested in your discoveries. Keep me posted.

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We are going to be there first part of December and Mr. Emerald has arranged for our tour! We are the only ship in port that day so I"m sure he will take care of us like royalty! Nancie:D

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Will do. I misread your earlier post as "next month", rather than "next March":o.

I'll be anxiously awaiting your report and anyone else who cares to share with us.

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May I ask who Lee Miles is and how to contact him? We will be in Cartagena next April and would like to plan a tour.

Thanks!

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Lee Miles is an emerald merchant and tour operator in Cartagena. He has a great reputation for providing interesting and informative customized tours of the city and surrounding area, however, on days where there are more than two cruise ships in port, he will not book any tours as he claims that the best guides will then work for the ships rather than for him. He speaks English very well (I think he is actually an American living in Columbia). He has a website and his email address is leland@misteremerald.com. He has been recommended by other posters in threads in the Columbia forum.

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We just had Lee cancel on us too (we're on the Jewle OTS - sailing on 29 Dec). Thinking about just hiring a taxi for the day...

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I'd be interested in what you find to do. I plan on using Mr Emerald but am feeling a little leary. Be sure to post what you do and who you use.

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