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Convento de la Popa de la Galera Tours

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Convento de la Popa de la Galera
Sitting atop the highest point in Cartagena, Convento de la Popa is a 17th-century convent characterized by graceful stone arcades and an interior courtyard filled with flowers. History and architecture aside, the biggest draw of the convent is the scenery: from the 500-foot (152-meter) perch, travelers are rewarded with sweeping views of the Caribbean coast and colonial city.

The Basics
Convento de la Popa’s prime location means that it features on many Cartagena sightseeing tours. Explore the city by vintage trolley, or see Cartagena from a different perspective during a cruise along the Caribbean coastline. If you’re pressed for time and want to beat the heat, choose a tour that zips you around in an air-conditioned vehicle to popular attractions such as Plaza Bolivar and the Cathedral of San Pedro Claver.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Convento de la Popa is a must-do for history buffs, and one of the best viewpoints from which to see Cartagena.
  • Tourist crimes have been reported in the neighborhood at the bottom of the hill. If you’re visiting independently, ask your taxi driver to wait for you outside the convent.
  • The convent is active and inhabited by nuns. Remain quiet, and wear modest clothing.
  • Stairs make wheelchair and stroller access challenging.
  • There is a small admission fee to enter the convent.

How to Get There

Convento de la Popa is about a 10-minute drive from Cartagena’s old town. If visiting on your own, take a taxi to avoid walking through an unsafe neighborhood. Many travelers opt to visit Convento de la Popa as part of a guided city tour.

When to Get There
The convent is open daily, morning through late afternoon. Arrive early to enjoy the quiet and savor the scenery before the crowds descend.

The Convent
Once you’ve finished drinking in the views of the city, wander around the convent itself, which started as a small wooden chapel. Inside, you’ll find an arresting image of La Virgen de la Candelaria, the patron saint of Cartagena. Outside is a statue of a speared priest, Padre Alonso García de Paredes, who was killed along with five Spanish soldiers while trying to convert indigenous people to Christianity.
Address: Calle 37, Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
Admission: Varies
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Monasterio de la Popa, tickets de entrada

Monasterio de la Popa, tickets de entrada

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The Spaniards when it was discovered since last year as Cerro la Galera, and its top La Popa de la Galera. The Cerro de La Popa was in the sixteenth century a land covered in very wild jungle plagued by poisonous species in which the inhabitants of Cartagena of the time rarely ventured. The laws associated with the presence of the devil and the evil spirits in the shape of a goat were also united to the leafy weeds and poisonous animals. It has the legend that the Augustinian friar Fray Alonso de la Cruz. This allowed him to build a church on the hill of La Popa to end the tributes offered to the evil spirit that lived there. In 1610 the construction works begin.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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$109.00
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Private City Tour of Cartagena

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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.
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  • Free Cancellation
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Cartagena City Trolley Tour

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Night Trolley Sightseeing in Cartagena

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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bazurto Market + La Popa Convent Cartagena City Tour 4H

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Join a private guide for a personalized tour of Convento de la Popa and San Felipe de Barajas Castle. A flexible departure time and door-to-door transport means the tour is tailored to your schedule — not the other way around — and you'll enjoy the freedom to explore each destination at your own pace.
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  • 4 hours
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Cartagena de Indias is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in America. Its historic center (walled by fortifications built in the colonial period) still boasts original architecture and nowadays displays infinite colors that fill this city with the typically Caribbean life and joy.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$8.00
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Should I book Convento de la Popa de la Galera tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Convento de la Popa de la Galera can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 20 Convento de la Popa de la Galera tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Convento de la Popa de la Galera 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Convento de la Popa de la Galera costs USD 7.00. Guided Convento de la Popa de la Galera tours start around USD 7.00 per person. See all 20 Convento de la Popa de la Galera tickets and tours on Viator.
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