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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cartagena using our trip planner.
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  • These are dungeons that have been transformed into little boutiques and is a tourist destination to pick up souvenirs etc. to celebrate your time in this city. You can also find horse drawn carriages ...  more »
  • If you like the trinket and shopping is your place. I didn't like it and it's very hot. You can ignore it.
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  • Here I found quite a lot of crafts that were not in the locals of the walled city, but when comparing the prices of the other items the prices are way above. Buying in vaults should not be the first option.
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  • This place is pretty cool. You've gotta wander through some kitschy merchandise but a few of the shops had some really cool items. One shop in particular, about the 3rd or 4th from the end, had a very helpful young lady with some great handmade and very authentic looking souvenirs. The deeper into the stalls, the better the items. Go exploring.
  • Quaint local style market, set in old cave style jail cells. Very safe and friendly area and some excellent art shops. Cons: tourist prices so don't expect any good bargains.
  • The market is really neat, with the storefronts built into the old armory. Unfortunately, many of the restaurants sell the same cheap mass-produced trinkets. I wish there was more diversity, and more local hand-made fair.
  • Got some really nice souvenirs for my nieces. Way better prices than any of the shops in town our at the airport. You can haggle the shops against each other and get the prices reduced.
  • Great place to see more of the historic architecture while shopping for your typical souvenirs. Variety of t shirts, glasses, magnets, etc. mixed in with some more unique and handmade items. A few shops will take credit cards with minimum purchases or foreign currency with an exchange fee (you won't get full exchange), but you are best off with cash pesos and either a currency converter or understanding of cost. Also a little hesitancy or reluctance, light bartering, or mention of where else you have seen something (many of the souvenir items repeat throughout the shops) may get you a better deal.
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