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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
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Avenida Antonio Arevalo, Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed yesterday

Nice place but you have to visit in the morning, Cartagena is very hot and this tour in the afternoon is annoying, too much sun

Thank frankiefox37
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is amazing. We took a day time "Chiva" (a fun tour bus) that showed us everything at a great price. We got to go in the castle as our tour guide talked to us and eat local food. Definitely a must go to...More

Thank Eujuarez17
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Castle is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The castle is located on the Hill of San Lázaro and it was built by the Spanish during the colonial era. It is well preserved and since 1990, the castle has served as a...More

Thank KaterinaBouza
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not much to explore but the tunnels are pretty cool. The best part is the view of the city. Tip: Be sure to bring sunscreen & water as there is no shade.

Thank Shaquana F
Reviewed 6 days ago

Interesting to see, but not required. Not much information--might need a guide if you want details. There are supposed to be tunnels, but during our visit they were closed due to work; otherwise, you are out in the hot blazing sun and not much shade....More

Thank Oscar Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to visit without the use of an audio guide thinking there would be at least signs. There were none and so we have little information about the castle. We went on a hot day which I wouldn't recommend as it's quite open, however...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This fortress is a beautiful photo spot with sprawling views of the city. Although the views are great, the entry is expensive for Colombia. For this reason I would say it's not absolutely necessary, but an enjoyable spot nonetheless. We also got the audio tour...More

Thank Agr P
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to know history I recommend this beautiful place that has sad and beautiful history I recommend it

Thank camidani1120
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is amazing and rich in history. The strongest castle in all of South America. You cannot visit Cartagena without seeing this place. Go and see why the majority of South America speaks Spanish and not English or French. Take water and wear sunscreen...More

Thank JBclimber24
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Despite ongoing renovations, this is an interesting place to visit. Great views of the old and new cities. Too bad there aren't more signs and explanations available to tourists or a more logical touring layout. A guide is needed due to the lack of these,...More

Thank PinUpBoy
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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
7 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