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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed February 4, 2017

The Convento of Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) is a lovely little former monastery founded in 1607 by followers of St. Augustine that you'd probably dismiss if it were at street level. But it isn't; it sits at 492 feet above sea level, the highest point...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed February 18, 2015

It has been two months since I visited La Popa Monastery on an afternoon tour of Cartagena and the only thing that remains etched in my memory is the view. The 400-year-old monastery, restored in 1964, spreads across a 500-foot hill, the highest point in...More

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All reviews la popa highest point entire city winding road beautiful courtyard historical artifacts city and surrounding area amazing views of the city worth the trip city tour patron saint taxi driver lots of history small museum private tour old city worship
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The view of the city from this site is beautiful. I recommend taking a taxi to go up there. The entrance costs 11000 Colombian pesos/person. Worth the visit.

Thank Renata D
Reviewed September 2, 2018

I've been here several times just to take new comers up to see the view of the city. Beautiful vista of Cartagena. It's an old monastery so some interesting history as part of their museum, but it's a 20min visit tops. If you go up,...More

Thank jdreece
Reviewed August 25, 2018

The Monastery is built on top of a hill and commands a great view of the city and the sea. One thing to keep in mind is that apparently there's no taxi or Uber service from there, and you must contract the taxi to take...More

Thank traveller2Atlanta_GA
Reviewed August 16, 2018

Aside from the absolutely great view of Cartagena the Popa has wealth of religious history to be observed. The court yard garden is beautiful and is a great place to take pictures. The Chiva bus ride to the top is also a lot of fun.

Thank 815nowellc
Reviewed August 9, 2018

Go to visit the Monastery and take in the great views of Cartagena.Its a beautiful place and worth the visit.Don't walk up the road. My guide said it can be dangerous.

Thank davidm34746
Reviewed July 25, 2018

La Popa was well worth the trip!! 22 mil for 2 people is a very reasonable price. It costed us 30 mil for the taxi. Beautiful inside....great view of the cities down below!!!

Thank Stephanie G
Reviewed July 10, 2018

Don't miss this!! The view are full circle and you get to see the city from all directions, It so nice up there make sure you walk around the entire area, its really worth taking your time!

Thank Guisela789
Reviewed July 5, 2018

The taxi fee to get there is expensive. Then, you get there and immediately someone wants to be your "guide" - of course, that represents another fee. Then, you visit inside, but it is not very impressive... The view outside is beautiful. You can see...More

Thank mapisaba
Reviewed July 4, 2018 via mobile

Do not attempt to walk or hike because it is not safe. We took a taxi and the driver waited for us until we finished. One hour is plenty of time up there. There is a museum and a chapel. A very serene courtyard in...More

Thank BruinsFanNJ
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Beautiful historical colonial place, outstanding view of Cartagena, it is a must you want to know more about Cartagena History. I recommend to read the history before you get there.

Thank Sylvia B
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Alex L
November 16, 2018|
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Response from jdreece | Reviewed this property |
There are a set of stairs at the entrance. I'm sorry but I don't recall if there is a wheelchair ramp. I do know there are tour companies that will take you there that will provide wheelchair access for you.
Alex L
November 16, 2018|
Response from traveller2Atlanta_GA | Reviewed this property |
There might have been some accommodations for wheelchairs, but there are stairs to navigate, and the monastery was never constructed with wheelchair access in mind. I did not notice any handicap accessibility measures. As a... More
Luz L
October 10, 2017|
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Response from pablo v | Reviewed this property |
La popa monastery,is about, 10 minutes from historical center, take a taxi could be 5 to 7 dóllar