Start your journey, departing the port in a fast boat towards the forts of San José and San Fernando de Bocachica, located by the outermost bay of Cartagena. These two forts were built in the XVIII Century to prevent the passage of the enemy ships which would try to attack the city. Then head towards the second two forts guarding the innermost city, Santa Cruz de Castillogrande and San Juan de Manzanillo. After passing this second set of forts, you’ll find the bay of Cartagena.
You’ll disembark the vessel and take a bus to continue your journey to the largest Spanish fort in the New World — Fort of San Felipe de Barajas — and snap pictures of the famous towering walls and main entrance. Venture inside the ancient fort and explore the age-old grounds, which were built in the 17th century, and experience the magic of a different time, when the strength and prosperity of a city depended on its ability to defend itself. This magnificent work of military engineering began being built in 1656, with its fianl expansion taking place during the second half of the XVIII Century.
After this display of history, you will visit Santa Catalina´s bastion, one of the many bastions built in colonial days. You’ll climb up the ramp to admire the different elements conforming the bastion, such as the watching tower and the cannons. Then go inside the bastion to look at the water well and other elements inside the construction. A 20 min. stop at Las Bovedas Handycraft Center is included, bathroom facilities are available. After visiting the bastion, you’ll return to the bus to go to the modern part of the city, Bocagrande, to find Colombia’s famous native gem—the emerald— at Pierino Gallo Shopping Mall for 30 minutes of shopping time.
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