Cartagena (Colombia) Horse Carriage Tour Excursion Reviews
there was no way to book the carriage ride independently; the cruise ship booked everything until one hour before leaving; we had to pay the price on the ship; the carriage ride was 1/2 hour and was enjoyable; the next two hours were the new city, which we could have missed and shopping, which we don't like at all;
You ride in a large bus (with interesting sights and commentary) to a street where many horse-drawn carriages await. Each carriage, which has 2 benches, holds 4 comfortably or 6 uncomfortably. Try to sit facing forward, as I did. The guide rides in one carriage, so you are given an earphone to hear what he or she says. Herewith the major problem -- cutoff of sound occurred frequently; I heard about every 3rd or 4th word the guide said -- very frustrating! The sights in Old Town are splendid; you appreciate how the narrow, frequently angled streets would frustrate an invading army (why the Old Town was built so). I really enjoyed the quaint buildings, many with balconies aflame with colorful flowers. You move slowly enough to get a good view but just fast enough that the 800,801 street vendors can't hassle you much. The carriages have canopies, but they were not raised. Still, since the streets are so narrow, we weren't in direct sun much. On return, you visit the former city dungeons, now souvenir shops. Our guide recommended two, which did have good values. One contained a unisex bathroom accommodating ONE person at a time -- STAMPEDE! Then the bus goes back to the pier, stopping at the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas for photographs (but we did not enter the fort. I would rate this tour a 5, not a 3, if only the earphones worked.
The tour was fun and the guide very knowledgable, but the tour was shorter than originally planned and the shops he took us to, we later learned were pretty much over priced.
Relaxing and enjoyable. We loved the old city and may well return to Cartegena for a several day stay.