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Convento La Popa de la Galera
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City Tour of Cartagena Including Convento de la Popa
Ranked #11 of 190 things to do in Cartagena
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“Great view”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Definitely worth the trip up the scary, curvy mountain. Beautiful view of all of Cartagena. Amazing history and 3 monks still live on site and serve mass at 6:30AM.

Visited July 2013
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“Convento La Popa”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

There is two ways to get there, by buying the tickets for a bus that go there or make an arrangement with a taxi driver to take you, wait you there and take back for your hotel. The taxi costs about $30 dollars but it worth because here is a great view from the city and the Catedral is very beautiful and peaceful.

Visited February 2013
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New York City, New York
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“interesting history, but amazing view.”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Little History: This was a convent ran by the local nuns and priest in order to have a sanctuary place in the city. (My mother was the tour guide since Cartagena was her born city).
There's a old tale that in the Native Indians use this as an Indian Temple for a 'GOLDEN baby goat' in which they praised and believed in this as an HIGHER POWER, but when the Spaniards' settled into Cartagena they wanted to prove that this was such non sense and threw the baby goat over a the hill which now locals call " El Salto del Cabro". Spaniards' came in and took over the place, converted this local into a Church ' La Candelaria".

One the way up to La Popa, be sure to see the guy with the sloth which they call 'el oso perezoso'. They allow you to take a picture with him, pretty cool since in NYC we don't see them. Entrance to la POPA has a fee of about 10 mil pesos I believe.
While inside the Convento it has a beautiful garden inside with lots of flowers and plants. (Also the colonial houses around Barrio Getsemani all have huge Patios inside of their homes, just how they built the houses back in the colonial era)
Your able to go all around the convent and see the structure, rooms, and the most important to the locals the church. If that's not to your liking theres a patio where you can take in the view of Cartagena de Indias.

This is the highest point in Cartagena, and has a good view on the city. Recommend it if your around and want to explore some tourist attraction for Cartagena.

Visited May 2013
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“Good view over the town”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Lovely courtyard; modest chapel; small museum; great lookout on the highest hill. If it's part of tour, you'll enjoy it. If you're going out of your way to get there, it's only worth if for the view.

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting relgious location”
Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

I'm not very relgious but the view from the top of the Popa is worth the 9.000 peso admission price. The artifacts are gorgeous and there is a gift shop with reasonably priced items. One of the rare places that takes Colombian pesos and US dollars (no credit cards though). The gifts are all religous themed, but outside there are a lot of vendors with touristy things to buy of all kinds. Find some people to share a taxi with to get there because you can't/ shouldn't walk because it's not safe and it's a very long steep hill, but the taxi ride is more expensive than the actual entrance to the convent. The taxi driver will probably offer to take you back when you're done at the site. MAKE SURE the price back down the hill is significantly less than whatever it cost to go up the hill, it's not hard at all to find a cheap taxi to go back down the hill, there are always taxis waiting at the top, so realize that you have options

Visited June 2013
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