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  • Address: Calle 37, Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
  • Hours: Daily, 9am-5pm
  • Admission: Adults 4,500 pesos (<$3 USD), Children 2,500 pesos (<$2 USD)

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Convento de la Popa

Gleaming white in its vantage point, high above Cartagena’s protected bay, the Convento de la Popa is visible from almost anywhere in the city. Though it’s a bit of a chore to get here—you’ll need to hire a taxi (to avoid walking through poor, rather unsafe neighborhoods) or book a city tour—it’s worth the effort.

The convent itself is quite pretty, particularly the flower-filled interior courtyard of graceful stone arcades. It was founded by an Augustian order in 1607, after Father Alonso de La Cruz Peredes received a divine message to build the chapel in honor of Cartagena’s Patron, Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria. Her lovely gold altar also worth a look.

But you’re really here for the grand views over the city, from atop a 150m (500ft) hill above the bay. You can see almost everything, from the the delicate strand of skyscrapers rising from slender Boca Grande, to the dusty reds of tejas tiles topping the old walled city. Outside the gates, hucksters wait with decorated ponies, domesticated sloths, and other photo-op props, should you have any space left on your camera card.

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Cartagena City Tour, Cartagena, null

Cartagena City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Enjoy a guided city tour of Cartagena and explore Colombia's most-visited city! Cartagena is known for its laid-back Caribbean vibe mixed with astonishing ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Small-Group City Sightseeing and Walking Tour in Cartagena, Cartagena, Full-day Tours

Small-Group City Sightseeing and Walking Tour in Cartagena

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 9 Reviews

Embark on a small-group sightseeing tour of Cartagena and experience the magnificence of its colonial architecture. Your guide will take you by minivan to this ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.00
Private Cartagena Heroic Sightseeing, Cartagena, City Tours

Private Cartagena Heroic Sightseeing

You will have an overview of all the most spectacular monuments and ancient neighborhoods of the city in your private car with a professional guide.

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00

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