Much has been said (and debated) about tour guides in Cartagena, Colombia on this site. After an excellent trip this summer to Colombia, I thought I would put my thoughts into the mix. This was my first trip to Colombia and I was a little apprehensive about it at first. I shouldn't have been. Awesome trip, awesome people, awesome country. Felt more relaxed here than in places in Central America.
After this trip though, I am a true believer in the advice of "get a tour guide to orientate yourself to where you are staying". Never really thought it was worth while on other trips.....but there, it really helps.
Colombia is BIG. The cities are BIG. The hiring of a guide really helped get our heads around what to do and where to go (and where NOT to go!) Especially in Cartagena, which to me had a little bit more to be wary of than the other cities we visited. Not scary.....just want to watch yourself a little.
In Cartagena, our first choice of guide was the famous JJ. JJ was sick and we settled on another popular guide by the name of Henry. Couldn't have been friendlier. Polite, knowledgeable, very good English, helpful hints on just about everything. Couldn't recommend more. Knew all the spots to go for everything. Even made arrangements for us.
If you are going to Cartagena, Henry is a good choice. His email can be found on this site in numerous places.