Although Cartagena is not the capital of Colombia, many consider it to be the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean. Merchants, pirates, explorers and missioners that came from all over the world left behind a rich heri tage that molded this 500-year-old city. Mix this with the native Colombian cultures and the vast diversity of ingredients found in the region, and you will have a bustling gastronomic scene, overflowing with exotic flavors, fruits that you have never seen before. All of this, complimented by preparations that challenge creativity and locals who are proud to share their gastronomic treasure with the world.
On this tour, we will dive into the local gastronomy while sampling lip-smacking treats, fresh fruits, and a delicious lunch. Our guide will take you to selected places on a route designed to give you a complete overview of the food, the culture and the history of the city. The tour starts at the Clock Tower where our guide will meet you. From he re we will walk to the Getseman neighborhood, where we will have our breakfast stop.
We will try Arepa de Huevo (deep-fried ground maize flat bread filled with an egg) with chilly sauce and suero costeo (similar to sour cream). Together with some tinto (our lighter version of Americano) makes the perfect breakfast for the day ahead. From here, we will take a taxi to Bazurto Local market.
We will walk the busy and narrow alleys of this market, bustling with vendors selling all kinds of fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and meet. Stopping to sample some fruits that you have never heard of, and interact with the friendly shop owners.
After that, we will head back to the old city, straight to one of the busiest bakeries, where hot pandebonos (manioc bread with salted cheese with guava paste) and pasteles de pollo (chicken stuffed pasties) are taken from the shelves at record speeds, and accompanied by a chilled nspero or guanabana juice.
Finally, we will walk the picturesque streets of the old town until we reach one of the few remaining restaurants where locals actually eat. Here we will finish our gastronomic adventure with a homemade sancocho de pescado (fish stew) and a coconut treat that will leave you ready for a well-deserved afternoon nap.