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Calle 37


Churches/Religious Sites Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

At the peak of a nearly 500-foot hill, Convento La Popa de la Galera towers over Cartagena. Because of its location at the highest point in the city, travelers can expect gorgeous panoramas that capture all of Cartagena, making the convent an excellent option for photos. The convent itself is surrounded by a courtyard with flowers, while the small chapel houses an ornate gold altar.

Recent visitors were impressed by the Convento La Popa de la Galera's incredible views. In fact, many said the main attraction is the convent's view, claiming that the convent is nothing special in and of itself.  While a visit to the convent is worth the trip, don't expect to spend a significant amount of time here.

Located just outside of the old city walls, the only way to access the convent is via an access road, and though walking is allowed, many past travelers recommend taking a cab. Since there are no cabs waiting outside the convent, you'll also need to ask your driver to wait for you while you explore, according to reviewers. The building is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The entrance fee is COL$4,500 (about $1) for adults and COL$2,500 (about $1) for children. The convent also has a website with some additional information.

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Cartagena's most famous attraction, the city's historic walls, began construction on the eastern edge of the city in 1586 and finished in 1796. Fast forward to 1984 and the iconic walls were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now, the Walled City of Cartagena draws travelers hoping to explore its colonial architecture and peruse the wares of its numerous street vendors.

Recent travelers appreciated the area's historic charm, complete with horse-drawn carriages. They recommend taking your time in the walled city, as you can easily spend a full day wandering its narrow streets. To make sure you don't miss any of the top sites, sign up for one of the area's many walking tours. The only downside? Recent visitors warn about the street vendors who persistently hawk their wares.

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