Monthly Archives: September 2014

La Popa, Part 2 – The Convent In The Sky of Cartagena

As interesting as La Popa is on the inside of the convent with all of its beauty and rich history, the view you get of the entire city of Cartagena just by walking around the perimeter is truly breathtaking. La Popa sits at the apex of a hill that juts out into the middle of this tropical city. It literally splits the city almost in two. Thus, you can walk from one side to the other and see… everything!

Rarely are you able to get such a spectacular, close up view of an entire city from one naturally formed vantage point such as this. You can see where the tourist areas are situated, as the tallest buildings are almost exclusively hotels to the northwest, west and particularly southwest of the convent.

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As you look closer in front of you to the west, you see El Castillo San Felipe De Barajas, the other landmark that dominated the landscape and history of this city coveted by numerous foreign invaders for more than four centuries. Although it is not so imposing from the 500 foot high view of La Popa, all you have to do is go down to the ocean and look back toward the hill to understand how intimidating this fort was, particularly before the skyscrapers were erected.

Heading further south from the hotels and skyscrapers that populate the view to the west and southwest you see the massive Port De Cartagena to the south. It is the fifth largest city in Colombia. It is massive, as 2.4 million Tons of cargo moved through the port in 2011 alone.

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As we continue to swing around the hill from right to left you see the residential areas of Cartegena to the southeast, east and northeast.

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And to the north you can see the edge of the runway of the international airport, the Salt Lake and then the strip of resorts between the lake and the Gulf of Mexico.

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When you combine this impressive panoramic view with the beauty and history that drips off of the walls of the convent itself, La Popa is a destination that is certainly worth your time to visit when you are in Cartagena. Admission is 4,500 pesos for adults (less than $3.00 US) and 2,500 pesos for children (less than $2.00 US). The convent is open to tourists on a daily basis from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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