We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena, Colombia
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Cartagena Local Markets and Gastronomic Tour
More Info
and up
The Real Cartagena Half-Day Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 60 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 10
  • 13
    Very good
  • 6
  • 0
  • 5
Always good to meet the locals!

Whereever we go, we are visiting a local market. That is where we see the real thing. Colorful, smelly, happy smiles and from fish and meat, to plastic toys, colombian... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Anita J
Atlanta, Georgia
Add Photo Write a Review

60 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 34: English reviews
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's crowded and bustling but a thrill to get away from the tourists and see how real people in Cartagena live. The sheer amount of food blew us away. The music and rhythm are amazing. Wear closed shoes and just immerse yourself in the mayhem. Wish we had time do a trip with Cartagena Connections to meet locals and get... More 

Thank Pamela325
Nice, France
Level Contributor
53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a market serving local people in a developing country. Of course it's loud, dirty, chaotic and has things that you maybe have never seen before (a platter full of cows' eyes!). It's not scary. I didn't think it was dangerous. Go there and watch guys repair old fans and blenders -- two key appliances of life in Cartagena --... More 

Thank Carpetblogger
Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whereever we go, we are visiting a local market. That is where we see the real thing. Colorful, smelly, happy smiles and from fish and meat, to plastic toys, colombian footballshirts, fruits and vegetables. You can have your hair trimmed (men) , have a drink or two, sing and dance along the slippery ally's. What a joy!!

Thank Anita J
Miami, Florida
Level Contributor
50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I always have to include a visit to a street market whenever I am visiting a new city so we decided to visit Mercado Bazurto during our trip to Cartagena. The market is outside of the walled city and there was a lot of traffic when we got closer to the market. The taxi driver looked surprised when we told... More 

Thank Jlaranj
Jackson, Michigan
Level Contributor
211 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

If you go to Cartagena and do not visit Bazurto market then you are missing a once in a lifetime experience. If you want to truly understand and experience the unique culture of Cartagena - Bazurto is a must. I highly recommend taking a private tour (we used Cartagena Connections - excellent) -- otherwise you will miss the hidden gems.... More 

1 Thank andrew_branham
Buffalo, New York
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Escorted to the market by Insider Tours (Fem) specifically by Marcy and Elena. This tour into the working every day market for the local peoples of Cartagena was really special. We were dropped off at a mall and told that this was the last clean spot, the last chance to use a bathroom. And off we went, walking through a... More 

1 Thank TedChar
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Level Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Vibrant, authentic, sprawling market which is worth a wander. Visitors who complain about it being dirty have either not spent much time in developing countries or they have delicate sensibilities.

Thank Breukelen2013
Farmington, Michigan
Level Contributor
64 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

If you consider the Caribe Plaza Mall is about a kilometer from the Mercado Bazurto you will notice stunning contrasts. If a taxi drops you off you will most likely be on the outskirts of the mercado closer to the water. If that is the case the ground will be fairly covered in litter and it is advisable to wear... More 

Thank Jean P
Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
225 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We've been to local markets all over the world--we love 'em--and this ranks up there with the "best." It's a given that these places are earthy--most countries eat ALL of their animals, not just the choice parts as in the U.S. You are likely to see a lot of innards AND outtards (I just made up that word), such as... More 

Thank 1073BB
Ankara, Turkey
Level Contributor
20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

wherever I go , I always visit local markets. dont have and bad exprience so far. This is one of them. But I should admit not for everyone. I did not feel unsecure at all. but not many fruit selection, I guess this is mercado for low income people. but still beautiful.

Thank hoppala007

Travellers who viewed Mercado Bazurto also viewed

Cartagena, Cartagena District
Cartagena, Cartagena District
Cartagena, Cartagena District

Been to Mercado Bazurto? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Mercado Bazurto and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Mercado Bazurto staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?