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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

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Cartagena was always a desirable conquest for pirates and enemies of the Spanish Crown; and for this reason, the defense of the city from these threats was a question of priority for its inhabitants from the first decades of the existence of the...more
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Carrera 17, Cartagena 130002, Colombia
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All reviews audio guide bring water wear a hat san felipe great view of the city interesting history entrance fee walled city old city walk around city tour visiting cartagena street vendors castle tunnel soldiers heat
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Reviewed yesterday

we enjoyed ourselves but if you get the audio help, it can take 3 hours. It's not worth 3 hours of time.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank gogoeire
Reviewed 2 days ago

For the price to get in this was poor. No real explanation as to what happened at the castle, no explanation to the rooms or passage ways inside, nothing.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank littlepinkalien
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place to visit and look over the city. Make sure that you bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. It gets very hot. There are a lot of vendors that will approach you as you go to buy your tickets.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank abnguero
Reviewed 2 days ago

Way larger tha anticipated and interesting. Many people visiting at all times. Allow time to see everything. Do go.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Frank S
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is really a must place to visit in Cartagena. Strategically located above the old town, protecting the city from both, mainland and sea, it was the biggest fort Spaniards built in Latin America. This massive structure dates back to 17 c and is very...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank B1714D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Old Spanish 17th century fort is very interesting. Great view of the city with minimal vendors trying to sell you things on the first level. A hard climb to the various levels and area. We had a guide that explained significant points. $25 fee but...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank jamesag2016
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a very nice place, my husband and I decided to get private guide in which they also provide group guide. The entrance is approximately $8 each, group guide was $10 for both and private $23 for both. I decided to take private guide...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jeanneth82
Reviewed 3 days ago

In addition to the walled city, this is also a must among Cartagena's attractions. After stepping up the ramps, amazing panoramic views of the city are enjoyed from the top of this huge XVII century fortress. Impressive ramparts and cannons make it a fantastic experience.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank ErnestoRS
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The castle is worth checking out if you have time. Obviously you will be walking uphill to get up to it for the views of the city. There are tunnels you can walk through once you get up there, although you may need to use...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank lemur_chica
Reviewed 6 days ago

Very nice place, full of history with beautiful views. It is well kept and still looks nice and interesting. I recommend you to take the audio tour, but be ready to walk a lot if you want explore the castle and the city.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Brittany D
April 19, 2019|
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Response from ErnestoRS | Reviewed this property |
In the guide map I read box office is open Mo thru Su, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. No reference as to holidays. Ask calling (5) 656 6803 or (5) 653 0509. Good luck and enjoy your visit.
November 19, 2017|
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Response from jeniferc2505 | Reviewed this property |
They take credit cards for the entrance and inside as well. But once inside they do have minimums so best would be to have some local currency available
October 22, 2016|
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Response from DRital | Reviewed this property |
You can use either. Price is cheaper with Pesos. But we charged it ourselves. Went to the fort from Celebrity cruise ship ourselves. A ride is required. You can't walk it. We took a taxi. Much cheaper than the... More