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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  • Tipical Place in the heart of Cartagena. Very great and recomended.Very Nices shops whit beautiful souvenirs.  more »
  • that rich feel the breeze and watch the sunset above the vaults is also a place of crafts has every option to bring gift to our beings dear in this beautiful city
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  • Humidity unbearable heat, enters one and wants to go out that same site very enclosed, will be missing put more cold air
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  • If you like craft shopping, head here. I loved the ancient architecture of the old dungeons and the sea views
  • Lots of cool shops with a ton of cool cheap souvenirs. This is a must see in Cartagena
  • 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.
  • Nice and old place. Good to visit
  • 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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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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