The highest point in Cartagena is the location of Convento de la Popa, a monastery founded in 1607 by Augustinian monks. Admission is COP$9,000 per person (as of October 2014), and it can be visited with a taxi or on a chiva tour.
Legend has it that a monk was fasting in the desert and had a dream that the Virgin Mary commissioned him to build a monastery on the highest point in Cartagena.
Before entering the monastery, it’s possible to get great views of all of Cartagena. A sunny day would’ve been nicer during our visit, but it was still quite a sight.
Inside the monastery there’s a beautiful courtyard and chapel. The chapel has a statue of La Virgen de la Candelaria and a haunting one of Padre Alonso García Paredes with a spear piercing through is body. The priest and five Spanish soldiers were brutally murdered by natives.
A small museum contains some ecclesiastical art and a paper money collection from several countries around the world.