I would not recommend Claudia Vidal Tours at all. I booked for a large group from Cruise Critic well in advance and at the last minute she said she was tied up and gave us a guide whose English was very poor. He just kept telling us how expensive Cartagena was. We enjoyed the stops on the tour but felt cheated by not having a good guide. Not only was his English poor but his accent was very thick. If I were you, I'd exit the port and hire a cab for a fraction of the price we paid.
Be careful to negotiate heavily on any emeralds you purchase. Try to get 40-50 percent of asking price if you can or walk away.
After exiting the ship we purchased a zip lining tour from a tour company right inside the port gates. We found out that a family of six paid only paid $150 for the tour that my and my son paid $120 for! This family bought their tickets outside the port (they weren't on the ship) and they were Mexicans. That is the way it works right? Cruise passengers frequently pay more for tours!
I didn't care for the transportation up to El Eden. We rode on bench seats in the back of a truck! It wasn't safe at all!! But, thankfully we survived and most of all we survived 70 mile an hour zips over a river. I will not do this again!!! I did it for my 10 year old and can say we checked that box. They try to sell you very expensive photos at the end. It was quite a beautiful place but I wonder how many people have been hurt. It is very difficult to slow yourself down.
We went on a crocodile river safari on the Tarcoles River.
The best thing about this tour was seeing many exotic birds. The fruit at the end of the tour was excellent. There was shopping at the site too. You could save money and join a guide right at the port.
We enjoyed the tour very much but if you want to save money this is an option.
I took my son to the San Diego Zoo which I have visited at least six other times. This was his first. We paid a cab driver $17 to get us there. The zoo charged almost $100 for one adult and one child! The food was extremely over priced and the weather was unseasonably hot at almost 90 degrees on May 2. Many of the animals couldn't be seen because they were hiding from the heat. After seeing many other smaller zoos I can say that I prefer a zoo that is not so large and not so expensive! I know many people consider it to be the best zoo in the world but I don't.
It is clean and they have many animals and plants but it is difficult to get around to all of them in one day so you must very carefully plan your visit.
The city is magnificently clean and upscale! The people were very friendly and sail away was absolutely gorgeous!