San Andrés Island is famous for its beautiful beaches, friendly people and turquoise seas, but to see the complete picture means getting first-hand insight to the history and culture with a local taxi driver guide.
Discover San Andrés Island with a local driver guided
Visit local people and experience their way of life
Stop at church atop a high hill and enjoy the view
Tour the botanical gardens and House Museum
Level 3: Active - good mobility needed
Comfortable shoes and clothes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunblock are recommended
Your tour first goes to the ‘Native Farm’, where you learn about the way of life of the local inhabitants through the crops they grow and the animals they keep. Next we visit the ‘Island Eco Park’, which exhibits the traditions of the island through architecture, agriculture and music. Enjoy a traditional cultural presentation and refreshment here.
We then continue to the First Baptist Church, perched atop one of the highest hills on the island. The white clapboard church is one of the oldest buildings on the island at more than 150 years old. In addition to the church’s social and cultural value, its location offers some the best panoramic views of the island.
Next, we take a guided walk through the botanical gardens. Discover the many different species of plants and flowers that are endemic to San Andrés before heading to the 'Casa Museo’ or House Museum. The museum is in a traditional wooden house constructed to imitate British colonial houses on the other neighbouring islands such as Jamaica and has been preserved as an example of how the wealthier islanders originally lived. The guides will explain the customs and traditions of the island families on this comprehensive introduction to San Andrés
Duration: 4 hours
Included: Soft drink or beer
Remarks/requirements: Comfortable shoes and clothes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunblock are recommended
Walking information: Paved surfaces with some steps. Total walking approx. 700 metres and 85 steps in the Botanical Garden