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Cartagena: Guided Tour, with La Popa Convent, and San Felipe

1. Cartagena: Guided Tour, with La Popa Convent, and San Felipe

Discover the magic of Cartagena – declared a World Heritage Site for its architectural distinction and its history – on this 4-hour, small-group tour. Visit the main sites around the city and learn the rich stories behind its culture. The Convent of La Popa in Cartagena is a historical jewel that offers a fascinating tourist experience. Perched on top of a hill, this former Franciscan convent offers stunning panoramic views of the city and the Caribbean Sea. Your guide will accompany you to tell the stories within the fort and explain more of its importance to Cartagena. Make a quick stop at an emblematic symbol of Cartagena – the Old Shoes Monument – and continue into the Walled City. Take a guided walk around the historic center and gain a deep understanding of its culture and architecture before returning to your hotel.

Cartagena: Walled City, San Felipe, La Popa Tour & Tastings

2. Cartagena: Walled City, San Felipe, La Popa Tour & Tastings

If you're wanting a complete Cartagena experience with no corners unturned, this private full-day tour is made so you can see the city in the most complete way possible. Taste local foods and visit sights such as San Felipe Castle and the city's main squares. Enjoy optional entry to La Popa Convent. Start the day by meeting your local guide, who will pick you directly up from your hotel or address. Then, head first to the historic San Felipe Castle, the city’s old fortress built by Spaniards (entry tickets included). Walk through the castle and let your guide bring back to life adventure stories of conquerors, treasures, and pirates. Learn more about how Colombia became so mixed due to African, Indigenous, and Spanish roots. Visit afterward the Walled City of Cartagena and stroll around the colonial and colorful houses as you get to know more about the main squares and bastions that traced the city’s path to independence. See Santo Domingo Square, the church, and the Cathedral of Santa Catalina de Alejandría. It wouldn’t be the perfect tour of Cartagena without tasting Colombia’s flavors, so you’ll get to try typical coconut sweets and, fried arepa with egg, a traditional snack famous on the Caribbean Coast. If choosing the longer tour option with entry tickets to the Convent of La Popa (Convent of the Stern), round off your tour by visiting the convent and a viewpoint located at the top of a hill where the city, its sea, and one of its islands can be seen and photographed. Cartagena is not only the touristic capital of Colombia but one of the most memorable cities that holds Colombia’s history, making it a place for culture, tradition, and diversity, with many historic places and unique corners to discover.

Cartagena Grand City Tour

3. Cartagena Grand City Tour

The charm of Cartagena goes beyond the intriguing streets of the walled city. On this 8 hours tour, visit the most significant treasures of the city accompanied by an expert guide. On the Grand City Tour of Cartagena you will enjoy the magic of the streets, churches, museums and squares of the old Cartagena. As you walk through the streets, be amazed by the contrast between the wealth and magnificence of Calamarí and the warmth and the colorful charm of Getsemaní. Visit the San Felipe fortress, the largest fortification of the Spanish colony, and La Popa Convent, the highest point of the city, to take in some impressive views. Stop in the famous Plaza de la Aduana, and walk further into the old city to the Plaza de Bolivar where you can enjoy one of Cartagena’s best examples of late colonial, local architecture.

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What people are saying about Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

Alvaro did a great job with this tour. He was able to keep control of the group so no one would get lost through the city and was able to give the tour both in Spanish and English. He was very charismatic and knowledgeable and inspired interest in Cartagena’s history. The tour was well paced, offering a reasonable amount of time to spend at each location. Although I would have liked to explore deeper into the San Felipe fort. Something to keep in mind: make sure you wear good walking shoes. Even though the tour transports you everywhere by bus, there are certain parts of the tour in which you will be walking.

We just had a great tour. Our guide John Carrascal is very informative, energetic, polite and flexible. We had a small group of 6, our driver going out and in are both very good. If you have 1 day to spend at Cartagena, I would strongly recommend this tour.

our tour guide was great, I highly recommend asking for Fernando if you need an English speaking tour guide.

Our tour guide was very well informed and the pace of the tour was very relaxing. We love the history!

Very good, good attention from Eduart the driver as well as Mr. Alvaro our guide 10/10