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.
We will start by picking you up at your hotel to take you to Manga neighborhood, where you will be able to see the preparation and taste one of the most craved fried snacks by locals: the arepaehuevo. If you want, you can change arepaehuevo for something different to try. We will join the meal with a refreshing beverage you can choose; from traditional Kola Roman soda (created in 1865 in Cartagena), to a tasty rice chica (a fermented rice beverage), a Pony Malta (a sweet sparkling malt beverage), or a coffee.
After this first stop, we will visit Bazurto market. There you will have the opportunity to buy and taste recently harvested fruits and know the outside-the-wall Cartagena. From here, we will continue to the city center where we will walk to one of the most popular bakeries in town. Near Cartagena's University, the oldest university in the Colombian Caribbean, we will arrive to Pan de Bono's corner. Here you can try a delicious Pan de bono (a yucca flour bread) or a tasty pastry filled with chicken, meat, cheese, or cheese with bocadillo (a guava candy) joined with a local fruit juice.
After the snacks, we will continue walking to the clock's tower, to go to Getsemani neighborhood, going through Calle larga, Plaza del pozo, Plaza de la Trinidad, Calle del Guerrero, to arrive to the place where we will take our lunch. Here you will be served a delicious typical meal where you can choose fish sancocho (a type of soup), Three-fased sancocho, chicken, or posta meat. In this place, surrounded by locals, you will taste real home-made food from Cartagena.