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Bazurto Public Market + Local home

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 200 reviews.Cartagena, Colombia

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Experience hosted by Maria Isabel

4 hours
Includes food, drinks, transportation
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

"This experience got 3 stars of 3 by Frommer's Travel Guide"

Let's meet at Exito Sandiego supermarket at 10 am . We will go then to the public market by bus where I am sure you will be in love with this amazing community . I will introduce you to my wonderful friends in the marketplace who have become more of an extension of my family. This experience changed my life everyday by seeing all the hard work of people to support their families. My hope is that stories your will hear, could change your life too. We will also learn about local rhythm ( champeta) and dance so please don't be shy and let's have fun. We will eat some delicacies from the world renowned Cecilia's Restaurant. This restaurant was visited by Anthony Bourdain ate in 2008. We will try the local soda, beer and sample delicious fruits.

We will then come to visit my family's house just 5 minutes away. The table will be set with an amazing lunch cooked by my aunt. We will eat in an amazing local's home environment. You will be part of my family for 1 hour. I will introduce you to Mr. Birth, my uncle. We will talk about the local's life and you can take pics of the birds and Lola my pet.

This is not a tour, this is more than an experience, this is an adventure of how to discover to be a local in Cartagena. I am happy my job is my hobbie, It would be amazing if you can enjoy this hobbie with me.
"This experience got 3 stars of 3 by Frommer's Travel Guide"

Let's meet at Exito Sandiego supermarket at 10 am . We will go then to the public market by bus where I am sure you will be in love with this amazing community . I will introduce you to my wonderful friends in the marketplace who have become more of an extension of my family. This experience changed my life everyday by seeing all the hard work of people to support their…

What's included

  • Food
    Lunch at my family´s house.
  • Drinks
    Local soda, local beer and Juice
  • Transportation
    Transportation
From €54
/ person
Sat, Aug 1
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
€54 per person
€54 per person
Sun, Aug 2
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
€54 per person
€54 per person
Mon, Aug 3
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
€54 per person
€54 per person

Meet your host, Maria Isabel

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 200 Reviews
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Hola

I am María, a local who loves Cartagena. After visiting 10 countries and living in USA for 6 months I realized how wonderful is my culture so I quit my job ( Quality Consultant for healthcare) and I started my project of my life "Discover Cartagena by Locals", a travel agency that designs local cultural experiences of our city for you to enjoy. I have given literally all my heart, love and effort into this project to give the MOST unique experiences you can have here. With the Caribbean culture in my blood, I am a friendly, fun, and outgoing person, willing to share a piece of my culture with each traveler, while helping my community at the same time.
I will be happy to show you MY CARTAGENA, and share a laugh together. You will receive a FREE BIG HUG and by the end of our time together, you will become my new local friend.
Hola

I am María, a local who loves Cartagena. After visiting 10 countries and living in USA for 6 months I realized how wonderful is my culture so I quit my job ( Quality Consultant for healthcare) and I started my project of my life "Discover Cartagena by Locals", a travel agency that designs local cultural experiences of our city for you to enjoy. I have given literally all my heart, love and effort into this project to give the MOST unique experiences you can have here. With the…
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Where you'll be

Bazurto Public Market
Donde Cecilia Retaurant
Runner place
Donde Cesar Music Store
Bruselas neigborhood

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 200 reviews.

Miranda
March 2020
Maria’s tour was wonderful! Exploring the public market would not have been the same without her as a guide. She knew many of the locals and they helped make the experience wonderful. Lunch at her aunt’s house was authentic and delicious. Make sure not to eat before the trip because there will be lots of food along the way!
Maria’s tour was wonderful! Exploring the public market would not have been the same without her as a guide. She knew many of the locals and they helped make the experience wonderf…
Joscelyn
March 2020
We loved being able to experience the Bazurto market with Maria. She has a tremendous amount of energy and passion as a person. She was also clear about what to expect in the market which is not for everyone. Having lunch in the home where she grew up was special and the food was delicious!
We loved being able to experience the Bazurto market with Maria. She has a tremendous amount of energy and passion as a person. She was also clear about what to expect in the marke…
Meagan
March 2020
I arrived in Cartagena on a Friday and planned to visit Bazurto with Maria on Sunday. After meeting some locals, several encouraged me to cancel this experience, saying that the market too loud, too dirty, and that I wouldn’t enjoy it. I completely disagree!! What a fun experience. Maria is a fantastic guide, and even as a Spanish speaker I would not have been able to navigate it on my own — she gave us a little taste of everything the market had to offer, knew when to give us little breaks, and overall made this adventure fun, exciting and incredibly comfortable. Everything felt organic and natural, but the flow of activities was expertly planned and the length of the trip was perfect. Having lunch after the visit was a great way wind down the afternoon and discuss the market and Cartagena in general. Thanks Maria for giving us a peek into the life of a costaño real!
I arrived in Cartagena on a Friday and planned to visit Bazurto with Maria on Sunday. After meeting some locals, several encouraged me to cancel this experience, saying that the ma…
Alex
March 2020
Great tour! Maria is so sweet and friendly, and she really knows the market well. We got to experience all the different parts of the market, learn interesting things, and try several food and drink samples. The lunch at her childhood home was delicious! Definitely worth it to do this experience. Gracias Maria!
Great tour! Maria is so sweet and friendly, and she really knows the market well. We got to experience all the different parts of the market, learn interesting things, and try seve…
Rita
February 2020
Maria Isabel is an absolute hoot. She was an incredibly energetic tour guide that took us on a whirlwind tour of a market that we never would have visited otherwise. If you're thinking of going to Bazurtos, I would DEFINITELY take a guided tour -- it's an incredibly overwhelming experience even with a guide and I could not imagine it without. I would recommend Maria's tour if you want a varied mix of items to try in the market, a good retelling of the history of the market, and a personal experience even after the market tour with lunch being served in her family home. We also had a tropical fruit tasting there that was amazing, and my favorite part of the day! If you're shy, maybe shy away from this tour since there is some public dancing involved (Maria shows you the steps of some Colombian dances), though it was all really fun and a way to bond with the group. Maria reminded me a lot of my Latin aunts and cousins who put a ton of food on your plate and don't take no for an answer, haha. Overall, a fun morning that introduced us to an essential part of Cartagena that we couldn't have known otherwise.
Maria Isabel is an absolute hoot. She was an incredibly energetic tour guide that took us on a whirlwind tour of a market that we never would have visited otherwise. If you're thin…
Jordan
February 2020
If you are wanting to know and experience the culture and all they have to offer this tour is a great one to attend. Maria has great energy and the best part was going back to her aunt and uncles home for lunch!

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  • Sat, Aug 1
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    €54 per person
  • Sun, Aug 2
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    €54 per person
  • Mon, Aug 3
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    €54 per person
  • Tue, Aug 4
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    €54 per person
  • Wed, Aug 5
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    €54 per person
  • Thu, Aug 6
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    €54 per person
  • Fri, Aug 7
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    €54 per person
  • Sat, Aug 8
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    €54 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

More tips

The public market is a noisy place, where the smell can be strong sometimes, so if that its not something important for you, then join this experience.
I advice to wear comfortable and close shoes.

What to bring

Gorra

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