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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Avenida Antonio Arevalo, Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed 5 days 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing Castle so much to see. The views from here were fantastic . There are a couple of gift shops up the top. You need to be able to walk up steep paths and a few stairs to get to the top.

Thank ElaineJJ49
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit - tickets cost $25,000 Colombian pesos (USD 8.25) for adults and you can see the whole Fort in around an hour. You also get a small map at the entrance in English which explains the main history of the Fort -...More

Thank Mike T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a visit, not just to have the great view over Cartagena. You probably should do it on a day that's not extremely hot or take care of your sun proctection because up there it feels like you're melting. I would still definitely recommend...More

Thank lewizima
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Lorie O
22 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
14 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