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San Felipe de Barajas Castle

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Address: Avenida Antonio Arevalo, Cartagena, Colombia
Phone Number: 576566803
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Built by the Spaniards as a defense in colonial times, this is one of the...

Built by the Spaniards as a defense in colonial times, this is one of the oldest buildings in Colombia.

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City Tour of Cartagena Including Convento de la Popa

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A great fortress to explore on your own

We got a taxi from the port and explored this great fortress on our own - free guides are given out and they explain all the main details. The history here is very rich and if the... read more

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lisbellaw n.ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We got a taxi from the port and explored this great fortress on our own - free guides are given out and they explain all the main details. The history here is very rich and if the British had taken it then South America may have been English speaking instead of Spanish! There is plenty of walking to do here... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The audiotour is worth the few thousand pesos. You certainly learn a lot more than without. I highly recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The castle of San Felipe is a must see place. Wear comfortable shoes, as you would be doing a lot of walking. Don't be put off by vendors, just say no thanks and keep on walking. P.S if you are a student, show your valid student id and receive a discount on the entrance.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The fort is definitely worth a visit if you're in town. We went there on a tour which we'd recommend as you get to know a bit of the history as well as just see the sights. To walk around all the areas of the fort you're up for between an hour or two depending how quickly you want to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The castle of San Felipe de Barajas is a must see place in Cartagena, great to take pictures and awesome tunnels that connect one area to another.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got the audio guides and got a good history (mainly military) of the city. It is very hot in the sun and there are not enough benches and shades to cool down. There are no amenities. Having said that you get a really good view of the city and get to see the largest Spanish fort in Latin America.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't be put off by the many vendors (just say No Gracias - it really works !! ) or the prospect of a climb to the top. There are about three long ramps to climb, but it's not that steep or strenuous, really ! Don't miss the bugler at the top, he's very funny and entertaining. The views at the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an inexpensive admission fee. 2 adults were $50,000. It is a self guided walking tour. There is not much to read in english besides the brochure. We were there for sunset which is a nice place to see it. The fort itself is really a lot of coral and brick nothing fancy. There are some neat tunnels that... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle is impressive to see. And the tunnels are fun but I would have been happy with just a photo from the outside. The inside doesn't add much.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are staying several days in Cartagena, do visit this castle. It has great views, interesting architecture and history. Don't waste time with the audio tour- it is very hard to use and often does not work

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