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San Felipe de Barajas Castle

Avenida Antonio Arevalo, Cartagena, Colombia
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Built by the Spaniards as a defense in colonial times, this is one of the oldest buildings in Colombia.
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Avenida Antonio Arevalo, Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What can you say about a fort which is a couple of hundred years old? Nice to visit. 45k pesos for my girlfriend who is Columbian and myself. About 15$USD for the 2 of us.

Thank gustafo
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wealth of history lies in this castle. Walter at Guianza Express Tours provided detailed information on castle's visit. He accompanied us at all times.

Thank Mary P
Reviewed yesterday

There's a whole lot of history at this place. It is a must see. Use a guide who will give you the best tour and history of the place. The old city and Boca Grande views from the top are incredible.

Thank Sara R
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An impressive fort on a grand scale. Very reasonable entry cost. Spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding area can Be seen from the fort. Definitely needs to be visited while in Cartagena. A historical part of Cartagena steeped in hundreds of years of conflicts....More

Thank Bennettbrian
Reviewed 2 days ago

San Felipe is an impressive fortress with great history and views. It is one of the main attractions in Cartagena and well worth the steep walk up. Be prepared as you will be mobbed by street sellers with hats, water, sunglasses, etc. They get quite...More

Thank ZenaRd
Reviewed 2 days ago

Good English speaking guides are available to take you around. Will take a couple of hours of walking..may be strenuous for very senior citizens.

Thank zeaguru
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited on August 12 and it was a very hot day. Had an infant in a stroller, which was challenging, but could be managed as the stairs are not that bad and you are mostly walking on ramps or sloped walkways. We hired an...More

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It is not just another colonial fort. It is the fort that helped keep the region independent. It is large, wide and very beautiful. Do not go after 10am or before 3pm. Cartagena is extremely hot year around.

Thank Luiz Sergio Fer... S
Reviewed 6 days ago

The castle is being restored. It is not too exciting itself but it is a beautiful view and if you get a bit of the history a bit more interesting.

Thank Ted S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Castle is very nice to visit, lots of hiatory and information provided by our guide. Noticed lots of local school kids at the fort this ia good ao they can learn to protect hiatorical sites.

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Lorie O
23 October 2016|
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Response from travelerOrangeCounty | Reviewed this property |
Since your only there a day, I would not bother with changing money, but know your exchange rate and all is good with US $. Make sure you bring plenty of smaller change, 1, 5, 10, 20. No big bills. ATM and credit cards... More
6 April 2016|
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Response from Luis_Andre_Sampaio | Reviewed this property |
It will depend on the kind of disability. If you can walk up hill slowly, you will get to the most interesting site, with good views of the city. You will probably miss the tunnels, which are not so great anyway. The view... More
Anne F
15 January 2016|
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Response from Steven H | Reviewed this property |
We had hired a guide for a half day tour , We used a man who calls himself Duran Duran , He was excellent . He was a wealth of knowledge and made this fortress much more interesting . There were guides at the venue but I... More