Departing from the pier, pass through the famous “Republican” architecture of Manga residential area, home to some of the most ornate mansions and beautifully sculpted homes of the city.
Arrive at La Popa Convent, and marvel at the breathtaking views that surround you in every direction. Over 400 years old, La Popa Monastery was built where local Indians and fugitive black slaves used to meet, and is today one of Cartagena’s top tourist destinations. Wander through the tranquil grounds, explore the onsite museum, and see the majestic Virgin of Candelaria statue, celebrating Cartagena’s patron saint.
Continue your journey to the largest and most important work of Spanish Military engineering in South America — Fort of San Felipe de Barajas — Venture inside the fort and explore the age-old grounds, built in the 17th century, experience the magic of a different time, when the of a city depended on its ability to defent it self.
Make your way to Las Bovedas, built in the late 18th century as dungeons and as a means of storage. Sightsee the handcraft boutiques and stores for about 20 minutes of handicraft shopping. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets and city squares inside the walled city and visit the majestic San Pedro Claver Church, built in the 17th century, to honor the missionary Saint Peter Claver, the patron saint of slaves.
Continue to find Colombia’s famous native gem—the emerald— at Pierino Gallo Shopping Mall in Bocagrande for 30 min.