Canoe Trip in the Mangroves - Nature and community Tourism in Cartagena

Cartagena

3 hours

Small Group

Discover the serene settings of the swamplands and the vast biodiversity in the Mangroves outside Cartagena. Enjoy the silence, the beauty of nature and the ocean on a canoe trip with a local community guide that looks after the preservation of this vital ecosystem for human and wild life!

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Mangroves are swamp ecosystems of incredible diversity that are key for the environmental balance of many tropical coastal areas. This is the place where a big part of the maritime life originates. They work as a natural barrier to protect the land from natural disasters and make a unique scenario for being in close contact with nature.

The beaches of La Boquilla located in the northernmost part of Cartagena are a popular place for most residents of the City, especially for families in the medium and low-income ranges. For decades this district was left behind the investment and growth seen in richer areas of the city like Bocagrande where skyscratching hotels and buildings started to rise thanks to the attraction of tourists thanks to Cartagena's charming Caribbean atmosphere and colonial heritage. But La Boquilla was kept outside these developments and struggled to guarantee basic necessities such as potable water, waste management, energy and food security. Everything seemed to be going wrong until a group of fishermen noticed a significant decline in their fishing activities, attributable to deteriorating natural conditions. This downturn affected not only their economic livelihood but also the well-being of their families and the entire community. So they organized themselves and took matters into their own hands, engaging with the local government to secure public services in their territory and training the community in waste management to stop the contamination of water flows, and consequently, the ocean. After many years of efforts, the mangrove ecosystem, which had been the community's landfill, began to recover. Fisherbirds such as herons, egrets, ibis, and pelicans started to thrive, and typical fish species like mojarra and snook, integral to the identity of La Boquilla and its fishers, returned. 

This canoe trip will take you through the channels and tunnels formed by dense mangrove swamp forests at Cienaga de la Virgen. Here, you will go deeply into the heart of this ecosystem, making stops at small hideaways where biodiversity reveals the treasures that surround this magnificent place.

This tour takes place in La Boquilla; here you’ll find mainly fishing communities of Afro-Colombian families. The contrast between this area and the heart of Cartagena couldn’t be any bigger, but that is exactly what makes this excursion so attractive and appealing to adventurous souls.

Included

  • Bilingual guide (if selected in your plan)
  • Cold coconut refreshment.
  • Canoe tour with the fishers.
  • Transfer Cartagena– La Boquilla – Cartagena

Not Included

  • Travel or accident insurance.
  • Additional Drinks.
  • Personal expenses or tips.

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How does this tour generate an impact?

A tour to La Boquilla in Cartagena generates significant impact by directly supporting a marginalized community. It provides sustainable income opportunities, preserves cultural heritage, and promotes environmental stewardship through activities like waste management and conservation efforts, enriching both visitors' experiences and the local economy.

See the official Canoe trip in the Mangroves Tour here!

This tour is also part of our unique HEART experiences designed in partnership with local changemakers, and they give travelers unique access to Colombia’s local culture and non-touristy places.
 

Additional information

Things to bring:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit and towel (you can jump into the water and refresh during the trip)
  • Drinkable water

Cancellation policies
(Free cancellation available)

This experience can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund

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Sightseer279394 | Cartagena | Mar 2024

For bird lovers
★★★★★

Spectacular encounter with nature. Close to the city, a very good option to share the tranquility of nature and the fishermen of the region. They teach the various fishing techniques. And a great option to observe the birds of the region. "The locals are very friendly."

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