Free tour

⭐ Free Gabo and San Diego Magical Realism Tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on March 21, 2019

We are a group of local guides who believe in the positive impact of tourism by offering you a complete cultural experience by foot through the streets of the historic centers of Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena. Join us and discover what Colombia and our people have for you!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

The magical Cartagena from Gabo's perspective!

We are the largest group of expert local Free Tours guides in Colombia with 12 original tours created by ourselves and also the most awarded in the country! 7 international recognitions, 5 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice and Top 3 in Bogotá, Cartagena, Medellín and Cali.

We are authentic guides connecting Colombia since 2013, 10 years sharing passion in every step!

Get to know the Cartagena neighborhood that inspired Gabriel García Márquez: San Diego. Get to know the streets that tell the lives of the characters in “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “Of Love and Other Demons.”

Cartagena will never be the same after you take this Free Tour. Be part of an exceptional and magical experience thanks to the stories that give life to the streets, follow the steps taken by our Nobel Prize winner in Literature “Gabo” between squares and bastions, between houses and balconies. If you have not yet read any of Gabo's novels, or are a regular fan of his literary works, this tour will enliven your senses and alter your reality.

From the Plaza de Santo Domingo to the house of Gabriel García Márquez in San Diego Cartagena , experience the art, music and literature of the bohemian neighborhood in which our writer lived absurd, magical and imaginary realities that influenced his life and later on. the lives of its characters that give complete meaning to the magical realism that we love and fall in love with so much.

Learn more about the life of this great artist, explore a different area of ​​the historic center of Cartagena and be inspired by the fantastic stories that only Gabo knew how to write as if it were a chronicle of a death foretold!

What will we talk about on our Free San Diego and Gabo Tour?

  • Fantastic stories inspirations from Gabo
  • Fernandez Park in Madrid and Santo Toribio
  • La Merced Monastery and Adolfo Mejía Theater
  • Plaza and Cloister of San Diego
  • Life, novels and “Marquetian” cinema
  • Fortification and bastion of Santa Catalina
  • House of Gabriel García Márquez
  • Society, classes and local cultural dynamics
  • And much more!

We include:

  • Certified guide in Spanish.
  • Precise and objective knowledge of Gabo's literature and life.
  • Tour of essential places in the San Diego neighborhood
  • Benefits and discounts with our recommended friends if you show the handle that we give you at the end of the tour, exclusive for our participants.
  • Local store recommendations for lunch, coffee, souvenirs and more.

Finally, come with an open mind to understand Gabo's story, water or your preferred form of hydration, and comfortable shoes (we will walk about 7 km).


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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Cl. 35, Centro, Cartagena de Indias, ...
    Cl. 35, Centro, Cartagena de Indias, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
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    In Plaza Santo Domingo with the red umbrellas from Beyond Colombia next to the Botero sculpture "Gertrudis"

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    Outside visit
    Santo Domingo Square
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    Outside visit
    University of Cartagena Cloister of Mercy
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    Outside visit
    Church of Santo Toribio
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    Outside visit
    Fernandez Park in Madrid
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    Outside visit
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    Outside visit
    Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena
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    Outside visit
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    Outside visit
    House of Gabriel García Márquez

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Emmanuel 22 Jul 2024

Guided by Beyond Colombia Cartagena
Travelled alone - Jul 2024
Gabriel Garcia is one of the most important authors in Colombian literature, I enjoyed learning about his history, his challenges and his joys, nice tour.
Camille 22 Jul 2024

Guided by Beyond Colombia Cartagena
Travelled alone - Jul 2024
Gabriel Garcia is my favorite Colombian author. I was really happy on this tour.
Sarah 20 Jul 2024

Guided by Beyond Colombia Cartagena
Travelled alone - Jul 2024
Honeslty I had no plans on thursday and ended up going to this tour and It was so much fun and got learn a lot about Colombia and off course, Gabriel Garcia. Loved it
Charlotte 20 Jul 2024

Guided by Beyond Colombia Cartagena
Travelled alone - Jul 2024
I had already been recommended this tour, but it exceeded my expectations. The tour was great, the whole story behind the literature novel was unreal.
Sarah 20 Jul 2024

Guided by Beyond Colombia Cartagena
Travelled alone - Jul 2024
The guide was very friendly and willing to answer all our questions. She showed us super interesting places that surprised me. I recommend this tour 100%.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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