La Popa Convent

La Popa Convent, Cartagena

La Popa Convent
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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rafael r
Lantana, FL54 contributions
Don’t miss it .
Sep 2021 • Couples
It’s a peaceful place with lots of historic paintings and statues… on top of a mountain. Close to the San Felipe fortress …. Beautifull view of the city .a must to see .
Written 19 September 2021
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Dirk M
87 contributions
Amazing views!!
Sep 2021 • Couples
The views from the convent are amazing! You can walk all around the grounds and see Cartagena from up high in every direction. The building is very beautiful and it is an easy cab ride up. Probably best to have your cab wait for you!
Written 7 September 2021
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Neil P
Houston, TX824 contributions
Nice view. Not a lot more. Worth it though
Jun 2021 • Family
Beat view in the city. Sort of ends there. The place has amazing views of Cartagena and the ocean. And the building itself is pretty. But there really isn’t much there It’s an easy but winding road up do NOT walk as the area around is not safe. But a short taxi or car or bus ride takes you to the parking lot. A few things for sale. No more pushy than other places. You have to pay to get in. But the view is special. You can hire a guide if you like.
Note this is NoT handicapped accessible.
Written 17 June 2021
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Dutch0ven
Kingsport, TN17 contributions
Read this before going... to stay safe and get the best pictures
Nov 2019
I use to live in Cartagena years ago and go back to visit often. This is why and how to do LA POPA.

La Papa is worth visiting for one reason.. the panoramas of Cartagena are second to none. There is no other place that will afford you this kind of view. The history of the Popa is quite fascinating and worth reading up on but let's face it, you can do that with wikipedia or google. You don't need to visit there to read up on how it was founded or it's cultural significance. So much of it is now shut down to visitors that it's about a 30-45 visit if you're just reading the signage and seeing the artifacts that have on site. Long time ago you could see the entire thing and it was much more of an attraction. Now it's only worth going up there if you want to see the breathtaking vistas of Cartagena.

You will not be able to capture the entire city in a single shot. I'll explain where and how to get the best pictures.

First how to get there. You can take a bus, taxi, private car or rental. I always get a driver or rent a car depending on what I'll be seeing in the country each visit. Bus is the cheapest route but you're packed in like sardines and on a time table plus you are dumped into the site with tons of others meaning you're constantly waiting for your turn to take pictures. I suggest taxi, private car or rental. DO NOT EVER HIKE to the Popa. The neighborhoods surrounding the entrance are NOT SAFE for hiking. Plus it's a winding road leading up and cars and busses do not take especial care driving up and down, you're likely to get hit.

Once you arrive, go through the main gate/pay the entrance fee ($7 USD last time I went in 2019). You'll come up several steps and see the main city view on the right. Continue down this path all the way on the right until you can't walk any further. This is the best place to get your first panorama of Boca Grande and Centro. This is the main part of Cartagena that is what you are wanting to see. This will give you half of the city in a single shot. The second picture of the rest of city will need to be taken from inside the Popa. Walk into the main building, find the steps that go upstairs, go to the far Southeastern corner of the building. You'll know you're there when you walk through the room with a bunch of money from different countries and find the old piano. In that room there is an open window with bars on it that you can hold your camera out and take your second panorama of the back half of the city. You'll be able to see the airport and where the rest of 1 million Cartageneros live.

Once you're done with your picture I typically spend about 30-40 mins seeing the rest of the site. There is some beautiful architecture and artifacts on site. All in all about an hour total.

Taxis have a published rate, they're not allowed to charge more than that. It was about $15-$20 USD. If you drive a rental up, there will be some dude who will try and "help" you park your car (there is no fee for parking) but he'll expect some kind of money from you. I gave him 3,500 peso ($1 USD) and he was fine with that.

Warning about driving yourself. The roads up there are terrible and the neighborhoods are not safe. If you're going to drive yourself, make sure to get up and down well before dusk. You DO NOT want to be driving in that neighborhood in the evening. Traffic is a complete mess there so budget about 30-40 mins to get up and another 30 mins to get down. Use any GPS app, google maps and waze was the only thing that worked in the country for me. Apple maps doesn't work anywhere down there (as of Nov 2019).
Written 7 September 2020
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Ysayus
Hialeah Gardens, FL519 contributions
Beautiful experience.
Mar 2020 • Friends
Great and beautiful place to go. A taxi charged us 50,000 for all 3 and he wait for us and take us down to the city. This place is good for great pictures and have a nice history behind. You must go in car not walking.
Written 3 April 2020
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linda w
28 contributions
good view
Feb 2020
A bus trip up to the convent and the views all around are lovely, the convent has a very nice courtyard
Written 18 March 2020
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Richard B
London, UK54 contributions
A must see in Cartagena
Mar 2020 • Couples
An interesting trip to the top of the highest hill in the district through Cartagena favellas. The convent is interesting but the views over the city are the highlight.
Written 16 March 2020
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pinn
ontario canada1,452 contributions
beautiful
Mar 2020
This convent is beautiful. The brick arches are lovely, great story boards to see the history. The view from outside of the whole city is amazing.
Written 13 March 2020
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pinn
ontario canada1,452 contributions
View of city
Mar 2020
We loved the view and our tour of La Popa during our city tour. This is the highest point and the view is stunning. The monastery courtyard is beautiful.
Written 13 March 2020
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Joey3rd
Washington DC, DC17 contributions
Beautiful Location, courtyard and View....Not enough English translation
Feb 2020
The view is great way to see Cartagena. The works are beautiful, but most of the translations were for "donations" I feel like I missed so much, but I guess if I knew more Spanish I could appreciate the Convento much more
Written 8 March 2020
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