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Las Bovedas
Las Bovedas

Las Bovedas

Free admission
Between the Santa Catalina bastion and the former Santa Clara convent, Cartagena, Bolivar

The Basics

Bargain for earrings, hats, hammocks, paintings, and more during an excursion to Las Bovedas, where the archways date back to the 1790s. When you need a break, join the locals for a refreshing drink at a bar (or two). Las Bovedas is a stop on most Cartagena city tours.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • With its cobbled streets and uneven surfaces, Cartagena’s Old Town isn’t easily accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • Bargaining is expected at the shops within Las Bovedas, so don’t feel compelled to pay the first price offered.

  • Shops often carry similar items—consider browsing the entire strip before purchasing anything.

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How to Get There

Most visitors arrive on foot while wandering Old Town, stopping along the way to see nearby landmarks such as Plaza de San Diego and Casa de Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Taxis are also available.

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When to Get There

Las Bovedas is usually open daily from early morning till early evening. Weather is typically warm-to-hot year-round; if you’re not a fan of rain, avoid going to Cartagena in April, May, or September to November.

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Dark History

Brightly painted and full of colorful souvenirs, Las Bovedas today is a lively marketplace. In the 1800s, though, the shops were used as dungeon cells. Local stories claim that during high tide, prisoners had to deal with water on a daily basis in their cells.

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