La Popa Monastery, Cartagena

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On the highest hill in Cartagena, La Popa Monastery offers sweeping views of the walled downtown, the Caribbean, and the city in general. Legend has it that the Virgin Mary appeared to an Augustinian monk and instructed him to build a monastery at the tallest point in Cartagena. Visit the small chapel and see the wooden statue of the Virgin and the main altar coated with golden leaves. A flowered inner courtyard is a perfect spot for resting and contemplation. The monastery also features a display of robes made and worn by monks. Add La Popa Monastery and other attractions to your Cartagena trip itinerary using our Cartagena travel itinerary maker.
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  • First of all take a taxi to the monastery, you can negotiate a decent price with a return to your hotel. The entry price is very reasonable. Approximately £3 entry. The elevated location offers specta...  more »
  • The taxi driver asked us for 80,000 COP and we negociated to 60,000. Then you have to pay 11,000 more per person to get in. Interesting history and the gold altar is gorgeous, but the views are not th...  more »
  • It was one of the most beautiful places I've visited in Cartagena, with a totally different atmosphere the convent is a place to take a bath.. an architecture of losing hours watching. He is one of the highest points of Cartagena so from there you can see the whole city ... is a must!
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Where to stay in Cartagena

Despite its status as a major tourist hub, Cartagena offers a good choice of affordable places to stay. If you're looking to splurge, consider staying at one of the town's restored colonial-era buildings, which now house boutique hotels packed with modern amenities. Alternatively, several old monasteries in Cartagena's walled colonial district offer outstanding facilities at very high prices. Budget-conscious travelers can explore the many mid-range hotels and low-cost hostels clustered in Getsemani, an up-and-coming neighborhood and center of the backpacker scene.
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