Convento de la Popa Tours

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

Get an intimate look at the historic streets and monuments of Cartagena during this 4-hour private tour. Discover this Caribbean city’s wealth of beautiful architecture, starting with the elegant mansions of the Manga neighborhood and continuing to monuments like San Felipe Castle and the Monastery of La Popa. You’ll also wander the UNESCO World Heritage-listed walled city and its atmospheric public squares before finishing in Cartagena’s more modern districts like Bocagrande. A private guide and vehicle, all entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are also included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Cartagena City Sightseeing and Walking Tour

Discover the beauty of Cartagena on a four-hour guided sightseeing tour of this Carribean port city. Set out with your group for a sightseeing half-day adventure, enjoying scenic vistas and popular landmarks such as plazas and cathedrals en route. Traveling by minivan you'll visit the colorful craft market of Las Bóvedas and explore Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, an exquisite castle fortress. The tour also includes a walk through Cartagena's UNESCO-listed Old Town, known for its stunning colonial architecture.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$37.00 USD
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Half-Day City Tour of Cartagena

Discover the wealth of history and beautiful scenery in Cartagena during this 4-hour adventure to some of the city’s top landmarks. Admire the unique ‘republican-style’ architecture found on Manga Island. You’ll also take a guided tour inside historic San Felipe Fort and have time to shop for handicraft souvenirs at Bovedas shopping mall. Your Cartagena exploration also includes entry fees, professional guide, bottled water and transport by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$45.50 USD
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Night Trolley Sightseeing in Cartagena

See Cartagena light up at night from the deck of a trolley on this evening tour of the city. Join a group of 20 people or fewer to visit the city's must-see sites, including the Clock Tower and the home of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This tour also includes live commentary from a professional guide and non-alcoholic drinks for a relaxing and informative experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$18.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Cartagena City Trolley Tour

Only a trolley tour lets you explore the city of Cartagena's major attractions in open-air historical style. Ride through the city's historical core and around the bay, stopping to visit museums, plazas, and more on your own schedule. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people per booking and includes live onboard commentary.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$25.50 USD
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Shore Grand City Tour

This tour is specially designed for those who are on a wonderful cruise through the Caribbean and will make a stop at Cartagena. You will be able to make the most of the short time you have on this magical and enchanting city.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$57.35 USD
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Half-Day City Tour of Cartagena

3 to 4 hours tour. Totally customizable. Visit highlight places of Cartagena de Indias, meet the history and magic of this enchantment city, If you come in a cruiseship do not have to worry about departure times, we are on charge.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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$125.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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