Chiva Tour Cartagena

Shared tour in a classic chiva

See Cartagena, and meet some new friends!

Spanish-only half-day tour

Hop on a chiva, and allow Cartagena to be revealed before your eyes

A chiva is a colorful, open bus that used to serve as a main form of public transportation in Cartagena, and on this tour, you get to ride in one, just like a local. Meet a new friend, and feel the tropical breeze graze your skin as you cruise through the streets of Cartagena from one must-see to the next.

What you'll see

Zapatos Viejos (“old shoes”) monument

The Castle of San Felipe

India Catalina

Bocagrande & Manga neighborhoods

Las Bóvedas (“the vaults”) and its artisanal market

Click the tabs to find out more

Tour details

Tour details


$39 USD per person

Departure times:

Between 1:45 & 2:30PM

Meeting point:

Hotel Dorado Plaza in Bocagrande, Cra. 2 #441, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia


Year-round, every day (unless otherwise indicated)


4 hours

Group size:

1 – 20 (depending on how many people have already booked)


• Spanish speaking guide
• Shared transport in a chiva
• Medical insurance

Not included:

Personal expenses, tips, entrances to the Castle of San Felipe and La Popa Monastery

What to bring:

Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
Note: we recommend bringing a raincoat or poncho if rain is in the forecast (though this is quite unlikely).

Overview of your tour

Your journey around Cartagena in the traditional chiva with other tourists begins in Bocagrande, where you will meet your team for the afternoon. You’ll stop at the essential monuments, like the Castle of San Felipe and the Bocagrande and Manga neighborhoods, all the while your local guide tells you about them. This wild ride is the best way to get into the Caribbean spirit — the colors of the bus perfectly complement the colorful city and culture.

Good to know

This tour is shared, but it is also safe so that you feel comfortable roaming around the area. Enjoying the company of others is how we like it here in the Caribbean!

The guides on this tour are local and know their way around the city quite well.

Medical insurance is included in the price of all of our tours, so we have you covered in the unlikely event of an accident.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, this tour and the Shared Party in Cartagena Tour as well as the Rosario Islands Tour are exceptions to the rest of our tours and are not private. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends in Cartagena!

The guide leading this tour is not a member of our team, so this tour is only available in Spanish. If this isn’t right for you, feel free to check out our other private tours in Cartagena, all of which are available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, and Russian (languages other than English and Spanish come at an additional cost).

Since this tour is not “ours” so to speak, the cancellation policy differs from that of our own. In the case of needing to cancel or reschedule, please get in touch with us at

Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page!

See what previous tour-goers have said

Don't stop there, keep your Colombian adventure going!

cartagena walking tour
cartagena shared rosario islands
bocagrande cartagena