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Cerro de la Popa

  • Barrio Pie de la Popa Cra. 29 Map It
  • Cartagena
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 03/16/2017

Fodor's Review

Make this one of your first stops on any visit to get the best possible grasp of the city's geography and its role as a fortified protector of a crucial headland, as well as a more modern context for the historic center that is now surrounded by a sprawling city. Because of its strategic location, the white-walled 17th-century monastery here intermittently served as a fortress during the colonial era. It now houses a museum and a chapel dedicated to the Virgen de la Candelaria, Cartagena's patron saint, with a stunning gilded altar and religious relics up to 500 years old. Taxis charge around 10,000 pesos one way to bring you here—with the wait and return expect to pay between 40,000 and 50,000 pesos—and the sight can be included on one of Cartagena's popular chiva (horsedrawn carriage) tours. Under no circumstances should you walk between the city center and the hill; occasional muggings of tourists have been reported along the route. For spectacular views of Cartagena, ascend the hill around sunset.

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Barrio Pie de la Popa Cra. 29, Cartagena, Bolívar, 130001, Colombia

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  • 8000 pesos

Published 03/16/2017


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