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San Juan de Ulua

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Address: Veracruz, Mexico
Phone Number: 2-938-5151
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Visitors can tour this impressive fort, which Hernán Cortés built to deter...

Visitors can tour this impressive fort, which Hernán Cortés built to deter pirate attacks.

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Use a guide if you go there. The place has a fascinating history.

Very worthy of a visit and the entry fee is cheap. We hired a guide for 50 pesos (less than $3). The history of the fort is so interesting and was explained to us by the guide who... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very worthy of a visit and the entry fee is cheap. We hired a guide for 50 pesos (less than $3). The history of the fort is so interesting and was explained to us by the guide who spoke english.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To be honest this Fort is best viewd from a distance. There is very little to actually see on the inside..

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Thank robeertsgeof
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This place is rich with over 400 years of existence. From the early days as the East Coast gate to Nueva España (México) as a fortress as well as the storage space place for all of the silver and gold and spices being sent to Spain. Later it became after the fall of Spain into a prison for ove 150... More 

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Queretaro, Mexico
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Excelente actividad en la ciudad, para conocer un poco de historia y maravillarse con la arquitectura y la vista // Excellent activity in the city, you will learn some history and enjoy a remarkable building with nice views of the city.

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Thank VicGGtz
Mexico City, Mexico
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

I strongly recommend to visit this place, a lot a history, you will spend 1 1/2 hour of you time very well.

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Thank adrianponce
Saltillo, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Long walk from the parking lot to the fort. Be sure to have a guide since once you enter there are no signs to tell you what you are looking at or where to go next. Interesting place for the whole family to visit. Not wheelchair accessible.

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Thank beatrizcordov47
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This place looks really cool and seems very interesting. I was so curious about the fort and the history about it but sadly they have no information in english... unfortunately completly unaccessible for me since I don't speak spanish. A tip would be to have an audio tour in english!

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

As a historian of the Caribbean visiting this fort (later turned into an infamous prison that housed equally infamous criminals as well as some respectable prisoners) was a most! The visit was worth every minute and every peso! I recommend the use of a tour guide (30 pesos per person) as they are engaging and will give you, separately, historic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

I've been several times and it is always a great experience. It was built in the 16th Century, it was originally built as a Fortress and later on it served as a prison. Make sure you hire a tour guide, this will definitely make your visit 10 times better. If you don't hire a guide you'll still enjoy your visit... More 

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Dubai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Historic monument of the New Spanish era located near the container port of Veracruz. The visit can take anything between 45mins to max 2hrs, I would say. I have seen guided tours in Spanish for a school group however not sure if English ones are available too. Maybe good to do some prior reading for a better understanding.

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