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Google shows a 53 minute walk from the Cartagena cruise terminal to Old City and it looks like there are a few things to see and places to stop for a cold beverage along the way.    Has anyone actually done this walk or is familiar enough with the area to comment on how doable it is?

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We’ve been to Cartagena twice. Extremely hot, extremely humid, which I think would make a walk of that length pretty unpleasant. I can’t comment on the safety of the areas you’d walk through (there’s nothing of interest near the Cruise Terminal), but I wouldn’t waste that amount of time.  Imho it would be better to take a cab to the Old City and do your exploring there. 
 

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g297476-i4451-k12053187-Distance_from_cruise_port_to_old_walled_city-Cartagena_Cartagena_District_Bolivar_Departme.html

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2 hours ago, Turtles06 said:

We’ve been to Cartagena twice. Extremely hot, extremely humid, which I think would make a walk of that length pretty unpleasant. I can’t comment on the safety of the areas you’d walk through (there’s nothing of interest near the Cruise Terminal), but I wouldn’t waste that amount of time.  Imho it would be better to take a cab to the Old City and do your exploring there. 
 

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g297476-i4451-k12053187-Distance_from_cruise_port_to_old_walled_city-Cartagena_Cartagena_District_Bolivar_Departme.html

Thanks for the link to Trip Advisor.  Temps 30-34C sound a little high for walking  especially when humidity is added.  

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40 minutes ago, little britain said:

@Turtles06 can you comment on ease of getting cab at port gates to the city?  I have basic Spanish! 


This was several years ago — cabs were waiting right outside the port. We got off super early to head to the Fortress, had no issues getting a cab. 
 

Leave yourselves time on the way back to the ship to see the interesting and free little zoo and aviary inside the cruise terminal complex. Amazing birds. 

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31 minutes ago, Turtles06 said:


This was several years ago — cabs were waiting right outside the port. We got off super early to head to the Fortress, had no issues getting a cab. 
 

Leave yourselves time on the way back to the ship to see the interesting and free little zoo and aviary inside the cruise terminal complex. Amazing birds. 

Thanks: was there last year… my favourite port! 🦜 

 

Did you haggle - and pay in us$? 

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20 hours ago, little britain said:

Thanks: was there last year… my favourite port! 🦜 

 

Did you haggle - and pay in us$? 

 

Was there several years ago.  Do not commit to any drivers until you are outside the port gate.  There was a sign there with rates to different places.  You didn't have to haggle.  Paid in US dollars.

If you commit to a driver inside the gate, your price could be jacked up and they will steer you away from the sign.  It happened to us, we didn't see the sign until we returned.  🙄

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On 2/18/2023 at 7:02 AM, cluso said:

 

Was there several years ago.  Do not commit to any drivers until you are outside the port gate.  There was a sign there with rates to different places.  You didn't have to haggle.  Paid in US dollars.

If you commit to a driver inside the gate, your price could be jacked up and they will steer you away from the sign.  It happened to us, we didn't see the sign until we returned.  🙄

Thank you!   I will remember that. 

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On 2/18/2023 at 7:04 PM, bermuda_fm said:

What is the cost for taxi in USD$ outside gate to fortress?  Thinking $10?

My link ⬆️ gives the set fares. 
The cruise port is on Manga.  It says 7.800 to the centre which is $1.59.  I’m expecting to be ripped off at $5. 

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Cabs Old Town to the ship were $20 + tip.  It is a distance.  Fuel and car prices (I looked this up) in Columbia are the same as Miami.  So the $1.59 fare idea seems very low.  The walk is long, hot and uninteresting.  The cool stuff is over in Old Town.  

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