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Fort of 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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Must for Veracruz

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Used Turibus to visit Fort of San Juan de Ulua. We bought the RETURN TICKETS and boarded the coach, there was only us and another young couple on it, coach was nice enough and they dropped us off at the fort - told us they would return at 1.15pm and then 2.15pm. It was a blistering hot day and after... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting place. A must for anyone visiting Veracruz. Not much signage so get a guide or read up on it before.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

When you are in Veracruz a visit to its "Fuerte de San Juan de Ulua" is really a must. It is recomendable to hire a guide who will tell you about the important historical moments which this place has seen: From the role it played during the Mexican War of Independence as the last stronghold of the Spaniards to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

The fortress is in good shape, you can see that government is interested in keeping national historical sites in good condition. On the entrance you will need to pay the entrance fee of 55 pesos. And it is highly advisable to get the guide with you - there are not too much of the information boards with descriptions. Also there... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Easy to get to but lots of sunlight so make sure you wear sunscreen. This old Fort and jail houses history and great views of the port. Easy to see modern and old veracruz and some history. There are very few story tellers but you can tag along each group and try to listen in.

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

This fort played an important role in the establishment of Veracruz as a critical place for the Spanish colonization of Mexico and in the success of the galleon trade between the Spanish colonies in Asia, the New World and Spain. Our guide was very knowledgeable and one of the few who can do the tour in English. A must see... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful fort, amazing views. We were lucky enough to have a great guide who told us many stories of the building and people who resided there. If you go without a guide, you probably won't get as much out of it, but there is a book for sale at one of the little kiosks in front that gives a good... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

An interesting stop, it was a good place to wander around and learn about the history of the port. There were plenty of signs and features to support a self-guided tour.

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Stonington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

Bring a good camera, lots of batteries or charge, as you will easily shoot hundreds of photos here. I've never seen anything like this. Our guide (Guillermo at Arenas) was soooo knowledgeable and that just added to the experience. Costs next to nothing to get in, but go early as they close early. And don't forget the camera!

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