Las Bovedas, Cartagena

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Originally built as storerooms for ammunition, Las Bovedas now house bars, galleries, and souvenir shops. Built between 1792 and 1796, the 23 former dungeons attached to the protective city walls represent the last major construction effort of colonial times. Browse through well-stocked shops selling traditional Colombian merchandise, such as emerald jewelry, hammocks, and Indian textiles. To visit Las Bovedas and get the most from your holiday in Cartagena, create itinerary details personal to you using our Cartagena trip generator.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We found some souvenirs to take to good price. Linda also architecture. Open from 9 - 9: 30
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  • August 14, 2017
    The place is super cool and nice to take pictures, has a lot of variety in crafts, but prices tend to be higher for being a tourist spot. However, things in Cartagena are highly negotiable, it is possible to shop around for bargains, but it's not the best location when the order is economics.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Place where goods can be found in various positions organized prices regularess
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  • July 24, 2017
    If you like craft shopping, head here. I loved the ancient architecture of the old dungeons and the sea views
  • July 5, 2017
    Lots of cool shops with a ton of cool cheap souvenirs. This is a must see in Cartagena
  • June 13, 2017
    Minus 1 star because one of the bobedas, at least, should be a restaurant. Food and coffee is only available during Chivas visiting times (around 4 or 5pm) a coffee shop woumd be ideal here.
  • July 26, 2017
    Nice and old place. Good to visit
  • March 20, 2017
    You have to haggle on prices, and dig through a bit of touristic knick-knack, but the shops here offer some truly artisanal goods.

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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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