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Drumming and Dancing in Cartagena/La Boquilla

5 (265)
La Boquilla, Cartagena Province, CO

Drumming and Dancing in Cartagena/La Boquilla

5 (265)
La Boquilla, Cartagena Province, CO
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Immerse yourselves in the vibrant culture of the Caribbean Coast of Colombia with a drumming and dancing experience in La Boquilla. This tour takes you to a charming fishing village where you can witness and actively participate in the rich music and dance traditions of the community. Join a starter's class in drumming and dancing, featuring the lively champeta and other dances. Feel the rhythm pulse through your veins as you learn the steps and beats, guided by talented young artists dedicated to creating lasting change in their community. After the workshop, take a refreshing dip in the sea, surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of the area. This joyful experience supports local talent and provides a unique opportunity to engage with the soulful culture of the region. Optional lunch is available for those who want to extend the adventure. Don't miss out on this unforgettable journey into the heart of Colombian traditions.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Immerse in the rich music and dance tradition
  • Learn drumming and dancing in a starter's class
  • Get a chance to be an active participant
  • Support talented young people creating lasting change
  • Enjoy a joyful experience for all ages
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch

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Join an immersive cultural experience in the vibrant city of Cartagena and explore the rich tradition of drumming and dancing in the enchanting fishing village of La Boquilla. This captivating tour allows you to not only witness but actively participate in the powerful music and dance traditions of the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. By booking this experience, you not only get to learn and enjoy the rhythms and movements of champeta and other dances but also support a talented group of young artists who are striving to make a positive impact on their community.

What to expect?

During this 180-minute tour, you will delve into the heart of La Boquilla, where locals live harmoniously with the sea. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and let the rhythmic beats and infectious melodies guide your steps. Join a beginner's class in drumming and dancing, as experienced instructors share their passion and skills with you. Feel the energy coursing through your veins as you learn traditional moves and indulge in a cultural exchange of music and dance. After the workshop, take a refreshing dip in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Who is this for?

This experience is designed for individuals of all ages who seek an authentic cultural encounter and a deeper understanding of the vibrant traditions of the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, this tour offers a unique opportunity to connect with local culture and support the talented young artists of La Boquilla. Everyone can participate, regardless of skill level or previous experience, making it an inclusive experience for all who wish to dive into the infectious rhythms of Colombia.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of La Boquilla and uncover the powerful music and dance traditions of the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. By booking this experience, you not only get to enjoy an immersive workshop but also contribute to the aspirations of a talented group of young artists who are actively working to bring about positive change in their community. This is an opportunity to engage with local culture, learn new skills, and support a worthy cause, all while having an unforgettable and joyous experience that will leave you with lasting memories.

Good to know

Please keep in mind that this tour includes an optional lunch, giving you the chance to savor the flavors of the region after your drumming and dancing adventure. The tour duration is approximately 180 minutes, providing ample time for you to fully immerse yourself in the rhythm and charm of La Boquilla. Don't forget to bring comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for dancing, as well as swimwear if you wish to take a refreshing dip in the sea after the workshop.


Previous participants rave about this unique experience, praising the talented instructors who made them feel welcome and guided them through the vibrant world of Colombian music and dance. Many highlight the joyful and inclusive atmosphere, expressing how the workshop allowed them to become active participants in the cultural traditions of La Boquilla. Overall, visitors have left with a deep appreciation for the passion and talent of the young artists and the positive impact they are making in their community. Prepare to be enchanted and leave with a renewed love for Colombian culture.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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5 (265)


We thoroughly enjoyed our private historical walking tour with Marelvy. She’s wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable, and we had great conversation the entire time. Definitely take a tour with Marelvy if you’re interested in pirates because she’s written a history book on piracy in the Cartagena area. Conversation also covered architecture, history, food, the various convents and monasteries, battles and more. She also took us through some really neat neighborhoods outside of the old city walls that we would have never known about without her. There are other group tours available, but hanging out with Marelvy was a great experience.


Cruising with 10 friends, we like to organise our own tours with independent local agents. How pleased were we to come across Tour in Cartagena with Marelvy! From the outset communications were timely and professional, and Marelvy's rep was there to meet us at the quayside, despite some confusion over our arrival time. We had a really nice bus to ourselves, and made our way to the fishing village on the outskirts of Cartagena. Our trip started with a tour of the mangrove swamp in a dugout canoe, propelled by a local fishermen with a pole. We were taught how to cast nets to amass some bait, which our boatman then prepared and put into crab traps, which were then dropped into the river. 15 minutes later, lo and behold, we had 11 crabs. We then proceeded to a very local restaurant where we were served a delicious lunch of local fish with plantain and rice, all cooked over an open fire in the kitchen corner of the restaurant. The icing on the cake at the end of the meal was a plateful of the crabs we had caught, beautifully cooked and dressed. After a walk round the rest of the village, we had time to spend an hour in the old part of Cartagena before being returned to the port in plenty of time for the departure of our ship. Marelvy's 2 sons joined us on the trip, and made a video montage of our day, which she kindly sent us today, so we have a wonderful record of our time there. I cannot recommend this company highly enough! Marelvy herself was charming, friendly, funny and very knowledgeable. She made sure that we followed our own agenda rather than have one imposed on us. All in all, we had a fantastic day!


This is a tour that is a delight to review. Email communication with her was wonderful as we planned this. The cost is dependent on how many are with you in the group and as it turned out it was just my husband and me. No problem. At the last minute, the NCL cruise line changed the day we would be in Cartagena and our time there. All was fine though as we were blessed that Marelvy herself could still do our tour. You know when your guide hugs you in greeting that it will be a great day. Our driver, Jose, was like a ninja. Whenever we were done with our walking portions, he was waiting for us and I was glad it was him and not me driving on those crazy roads! We began driving outside the city to La Popa, the highest point. Just gorgeous. She is a wealth of information and shared personal stories of herself as well. As we walk, she runs into so many people who know her. You can tell she loves her country. We went to Fort San Felipe, and then into the Old Walled City. We visited churches, clock tower etc. while learning so much. I said I wanted some coffee and we stopped at a store and she asked what the best coffee they had was. She asked if we wanted to shop more and got the sense she would have done what we asked of her. We were back in plenty of time to shop a bit. Tour lasted about 4.5 hours. Don't hesitate to book with her. You will love your day.


Wow, what a great tour we had of Cartagena with Marelvy! She is a very special tour operator, with a great love of her city that she wants to share with her guests. We had searched for an option to the cruise ship’s excursions, and found such good reviews for Marelvy’s tours, that we contacted her by email. We had an almost immediate response, with full information, pricing etc. We also had great information provided before the tour as to what to wear, where to meet, etc. She is very organized, thorough and proactive. The tour we did was a variation of her Hidden Treasures of Cartagena Tour, with visits included to sites not included on the ship’s itinerary, with a group size of under 20. Her driver was excellent as well, and we traveled in a small comfortable air conditioned van, allowing for easy access to the sites and a more personalized tour. Her English was perfect (she is also fluent in Spanish and French), her knowledge of history in general and of Cartagena specifically was excellent. More details about her very interesting background can be found on her website. At the end of the tour (6 hours vs. the ship’s abbreviated 4 hour tour), we all felt as if we had spent the day with a good friend and visited a fascinating city. We highly recommend her tour!


As my (adult) son and I prepared for our four country visit to South America, we carefully researched various activities/options, seeking to maximize our time in each city. While we are generally not fond of tours (e.g. prefer time for spontaneous interaction/experiences), the outstanding reviews of Marelvy convinced us to hire her to provide a private six-hour tour of Cartagena, which genuinely ended up being one of the highlights of our trip! In addition to being completely fluent in Spanish/English (and French), Marelvy's background as a teacher, combined with her lifelong familiarity with the city, afforded us unique insight of the people, culture, history and nature of Cartagena, all presented in a fascinating manner, while also keeping us on track to see everything as planned. Marelvy had a wonderful colleague assist as driver, which enabled her to fully engage throughout the tour, without distraction or delay (e.g. dropped off in crowded area, without concern about parking) and made it easy to stop for a quick photo, bathroom break or purchase. In addition, Marelvy's enthusiastic intelligence, along with her passion for the history/culture and people (many of whom have clear affection for her, as demonstrated throughout the tour) ensured a wonderful experience at a very reasonable price; indeed, Cartagena is very fortunate to have Marelvy as an institution in their community!

Karen R

Highly recommend Marelvy when touring Cartagena. A great tour guide who took us to see so many highlights of the city. She was also quick to respond back on emails.


We couldn't have asked for a better tour guide than Marelvy to show us around Cartagena - La Popa, Castillo of San Felipe, Getsemani, Spanish Cooperation building, the Old City Wall, the clock tower, Iglesia de Santo Domingo, etc. etc. It was our first time there and Marelvy took us not only to the usual tourist spots but also to hidden gems to show us how the local people live. All 4 couples in our tour group were so impressed with her knowledge, command of English, genuine warmth and friendliness. No wonder she gets only RAVE REVIEWS!


THANK YOU SO MUCH for the absolutely fabulous tour of Cartagena and your wonderful commentary throughout our tour. All 14 of the people who went on your tour stopped me from time to time on the ship and thanked me for arranging this tour. Your tour was the highest HIGHLIGHT of our cruise!!!! You gave us so much information about your city’s history as well as the current situation in Cartagena. I will be sure to pass your information along to anyone who is heading to Cartagena!! This is a great tour for couples, families, friends, and business.

Nancy R

our tour with Julio. All 9 of us had a great time. I just wish we had more time off the ship. It was easy to meet Berina. We visited La Popa first and then the fortress. Being the only cruise ship in port and one of the first groups to get to La Popa was an added benefit. Julio was an engaging fellow and shared so much information with us about the sights, history, customs, religion, home life, vegetation, famous people, neighborhoods. He made me yearn to come back for the procession of the Virgin. We then went to Las Bovedas ( which I personally could have done without as all of the merchandise could have been bought in the walled city which was our next stop). The walled city was beautiful and so many people knew Julio and he them as we walked through. Made a stop at the chocolate museum shop, saw many sights, art and sculptures, local craft vendors,churches, learned local history of men and the church. It was nice being able to tie in historic things Julio told us at La Popa with the city as well. After the city we stopped at the Emerald museum which for me was another highlight as I wanted to purchase a Columbian emerald for my daughter who has a May birthday. Seeing the jewelers working and the large sample emeralds was another plus. Julio's knowledge and enthusiasm made for a really good day. I would recommend this tour to anyone I know going to Cartagena


I found Marelvy through Tripadvisor, and, if you've found a bad review, IGNORE IT!!! She is everything the five star reviews say and more. Arived on time; took us everywhere we could think of going in our limited amount of time on shore; made us feel like "homies"; and got us back to the ship on time. If you're in Cartagena for ANY length of time, you owe it to yourself to book a tour with Marelvy.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-12 20:44