Old Shoes Monument (Los Zapatos Viejos) Tours

At the base of the imposing San Felipe Castle, Cartagena’s Old Shoes Monument (Los Zapatos Viejos) is, you guessed it, a giant sculpture of a pair of old boots. A popular spot for a selfie or ten, the monument was created by the sculptor Hector Lombana as a reference to the popular poem, “Mi Ciudad Nativa,” by local poet, and one of South America’s most respected writers, Luis Carlos López.

In the final line, López compares the love and sense of comfort he feels for his hometown of Cartagena to that which he feels for a pair of worn-in, but familiar and comfortable shoes. And on a plaque in front of the famous sculpture, you can read the whole poem in full. 

Practical Info

To see the Old Shoes Monument, head to San Felipe Castle on the hill of San Lázaro along Avenida Arevalo. The castle itself is open from 8am to 6pm every day, and entry for adults costs COP $8,000.
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Address: Calle 31, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia, Colombia
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Hours: Daily 8am-6pm
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Admission: Adults: COP$8000
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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.
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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.
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