Monumento Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena

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At the heart of a colorful and historical city plaza proudly stands Monumento Pedro de Heredia. The statue commemorates Pedro de Heredia, a Spanish conquistador and explorer of Colombia. He is credited with founding the walled city of Cartagena, and many walking tours of the old town start here (appropriately). Local vendors surround the statue, selling everything from coffee to cheap, cold beer. Close proximity to other historical sites, including the former slave market, means you can combine your visit. Arrange to visit Monumento Pedro de Heredia and other attractions in Cartagena using our Cartagena itinerary planner.
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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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  • A simple statue to commemorate the founder of Cartagena, a Spanish Conquistador and explorer, who founded the city in 1533.  more »
  • Pedro de Heredia foundered Cartagena in 1505 and his statue now sits in the main square known as Plaza de la Conches. It is a good statue although there is very little signage explaining who he was.  more »
  • Not much to see here except the monument but it is an important piece of history so sit down in the curb and soak it in  more »