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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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Emerald Tour in Cartagena de Indias
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City Tour of Cartagena Including Convento de la Popa

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What A Fortress!

It's hard to grasp that this huge fortress was built so long ago. It's absolutely massive and must have seemed invincible to anyone attacking it...yet attack it they did. Our... read more

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Decatur, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's hard to grasp that this huge fortress was built so long ago. It's absolutely massive and must have seemed invincible to anyone attacking it...yet attack it they did. Our tour took us up to the top with great views of the city. (Note: Only one unisex restroom on top.) These days the fortress is surrounded by land, but only... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An amazing place when looking from street level up. We could not climb to tour the grounds. There are so many vendors there they try to show there goods before you leave your transport.

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Benton City, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Fort of San Felipe is a wonderful attraction that you should experience when in Cartagena. It requires a lot of walking, some areas with a substantial incline, so be prepared for hot weather and dress in light clothes for the journey through the fort. There are no bathrooms within the fort, so take care of business before you go.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you like watching cities from above this one will probably be for you. I wouldn't say it was amazing but it's definitely worth it for the view you get of the city... Nothing more nothing less. Get some water and a hat with you it can get very hot up there ;)

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The walled city was very interesting and we enjoyed the views from the top. Make sure and visit the hospital which is about 1/2 way up and a small out of the way building. The movie inside, although in Spanish, gives the tour. Don't buy the English tour outside, we had offers from guides inside for much less money.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Worth the taxi ride. Reasonable cost. Very crowded with tourist. Recommend getting the city tour by taxi for $20.00. Well worth it about 2-3 hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a private tour guide who took us through, we had a great experience. Definitely worth the trip, bring water and be prepared to walk up some steep inclines.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the coolest attraction in the city, we enjoyed a full day visiting the Castillo San Felipe with my family. The access are not easy with a stroller, we had two babies and was a challenge to walk around with them. At the top you have the best views of the city and bay. On the bad side there's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent several hours here one morning. Must-see location! Great view of the city and helpful to orient yourself in Cartagena, both in terms of location and history. Go early! Before 10am when it starts to get hot and when large tour groups begin to arrive. The 10,000 COP audio guide is worth it if you want to understand the history... More 

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You have to pay 25000 pp for the entrance. After an hour you have seen the place. Its fun to go in the walls and the view is quit nice

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