Shore Excursion Details

La Popa Monastery & Gold Museum

Cartagena, Colombia

La Popa Monastery & Gold Museum


  • 4
    hrs Estimate Duration


Delve into the intriguing history of Cartagena by visiting landmarks that greatly influenced the city, especially its UNESCO World Heritage site Old Town. The 17th-century La Popa monastery will afford you a panoramic view of the sprawling urban landscape as it sits atop the city’s highest point. Inside, you will find a surprisingly modest interior other than the gold-foil altar. San Felipe de Baraja fort is an even older architectural treasure where you will pause for photos. It was built to deter pirates from attacking Cartagena for its vast reserves of gold. While browsing the Gold Museum, you will see a collection of that precious metal, much of it pre-Columbian. A folkloric performance there will add more dimension to your understanding of Cartagena. The exhibits in the Naval Museum are equally fascinating. Don’t miss the 19th-century Peral Submarine, the world’s first such battery-powered vessel. Free time to explore Old Town will round out this enlightening experience.


• Visit historical treasures such as La Popa monastery and San Felipe de Baraja fort.
• Browse the pre-Colombian treasures in the Gold Museum and watch a folkloric show.
• View military ships and one-of-a-kind vessels in the Naval Museum.
• Enjoy free time in Cartagena’s UNESCO World Heritage site Old Town.


• Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
• Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. Cobblestone and uneven path must be expected. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. On Mondays the Gold Museum will be replaces with Inquisition Palace.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

Activity Level:

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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