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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

Visiting this castle never gets old. This was my second visit and I can't believe that on my first visit I only got to see about 30% of the castle. This time around, I took the risk and actually walked in every tunnel and hidden...More

Thank Claudia M
Reviewed 2 days ago

The fort is located about 15 minutes walking from the Historical city centre. It's walkable. Due to the heat I recommend bringing some water (and water is drinkable from tap in Cartagena, no need to waste money on bottled water). The cost when I went...More

Thank theawesometraveller
Reviewed 3 days ago

San Felipe de Barajas Castle is a beautiful castle constructed by the Spaniards in the colonial period. Its a must do when visiting Cartagena. It is quite the hike to the top but it is totally worth it. The views of Cartagena from the top...More

Thank Ryan B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hired Duran Duran tours and he did a great job. Made the history come alive. Gave a professional perspective of the history of the area. Very interesting, answered our questions. Very fun tour. Not very much information provided at the fort. Glad we had...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Entrance fee (July 2017) is 21.000 COP for foreigners (for students it's 10.500 COP). My visit was without audio guide or guide. Nonetheless it was interesting, more because of the views and the accessible tunnels, than the given information, since there are none. You can...More

Thank M-M-X-X-W-T-F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Francis Drake and Pirate Morgan tried in vain to penetrate Cartagena at the San Felipe Castle Fort, but one can take in the spectacular view, learn about defence strategies used in the 18th century and before, and let your imagination recreate Hollywoodesque scenes where pirates...More

Thank wschutmaat
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a heads-up that you will be swarmed by vendors selling hats, sun glasses, jewelry, ice cream, water and just about everything else that you can image before you buy your ticket to walk up into the fort. Once you get through the gates the...More

Thank billyspecht
Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is ugly from the outside, but the views from up there are worth the trip. The tunnels were flooded when we went, and the lack of any signs made it frustrating to get in there.

Thank SantaClaraPeteAbroad
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The fort was really impressive, we booked a tour & it's worth it. The views are nice & the history very interesting. Currently some parts are undergoing construction, so we weren't able to visit part of the tunnel system. Bring water, hat & sunscreen, avoid...More

Thank Marlinesk
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting tour; guide spoke English well, so I could understand it all. Interesting to learn the history of the castle and the city.

Thank Delisa W
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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