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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

12,842 Reviews
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Explore Cartagena beyond its historic center with a jet ski rental. Zip around Cartagena Bay and take in the views of Laguito, Tierra Bomba Island, and the Castillo Grande beaches. Get tips on where to go from an instructor and about other watersports including windsurfing and paddleboarding. After your ride, relax with a drink at the beach bar.
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Dutch0ven wrote a review Sep 2020
Kingsport, Tennessee17 contributions16 helpful votes
I use to live in Cartagena and have visited el Castillo many times. The first time was 24+ years ago where they use to let you see a whole lot more of the castle. What you will find now is worth the visit but is not as open as it used to be. There are two main reasons to see it. Learn the history of the city and get great pictures. Nothing beats the modern Cartagena city backdrop with colonial architecture in the forefront. There's a few iconic places you'll have to stand in line to get pictures of but it's worth the wait. Walking through the underground tunnels is pretty fun but a word of caution if you're claustrophobic. They are tight and muggy, poor airflow, so take caution. Wear sunscreen, there is not a lot of shade and the light colored stone reflects quite a bit of heat. Buy the water bottles they sell at the entrance. You'll be glad you have them in about 40 mins of being there. About 2 hours tops and you've seen it. If you want to pay for the tour guide it's up to you, most of what they say is not historically accurate but it's giving back to the local economy. I've found they charge anywhere between $10-$80 USD. Everything is negotiable. When you're done, head down to Jumbo supermarket across the street, cool off and grab a maracuya at the smoothie shop in the food court.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Myo M wrote a review Aug 2020
Coquitlam, Canada18,014 contributions538 helpful votes
A hilltop fortress (but just a 5-minute-or-so walk up from the bottom) with a "quite sprawling" area above the ramparts, this is really a site for a "high-ground walk" in I would categorize as generally 3 parts: the Central Part with the "national flag" (a good-sized one for a nice photo-op) where there's also a tunnel to go down below which connects with the North Part (a straight walk for just about 5 minutes to the other side but where inside are also some "diverging paths" to wander around a bit); the North Part which is the "most spacious" of the three where there's also like a higher promenade along its one side for some direct views to outside through the openings among the battlements alongside; and the South Part which is actually a 2-level one with its upper level being the "highest part" of the entire fortress (and likely due to that physical position being the "most number" of cannons of the Fortress to be found at that specific location). And yes, to enjoy above apart from spacious grounds are also great views all around especially to the south with just a "pretty phenomenal" view of the city's skyline (generally around the Bocagrande Beach area with really quite a number of modern high-rises spread along an impressive length!) and also to the east with La Popa Hill (a distant-but-clear view of its convent on top with actually also interestingly some of the cannons of this fortress pointed in that direction for some "unique scene" I would say). Just somewhat on the downside though (not personally for me) is that this is a site pretty much "all outdoor" except for some rest shelters, but be sure not to miss the small souvenir shop on the upper level of the South Part (which despite its size has a pretty good collection of a variety of souvenirs). If coming from the "Walled City", after coming out of its east side is just about a half-hour walk pretty much just a straight way (until arriving at the north end of the Fortress which is where to turn right for a further short walk to the ticket entrance), and also to pass by "at about halfway" along the way is the India Catalina statue right beside a big lake (one commemorating the tribal woman who accompanied Conquistador Pedro de Heredia in his quest to establish Cartagena). And actually as for statues, there's also one right at the bottom of this fortress (just to the left after coming back out of the ticket entrance) which is just somewhat of an interesting one featuring a "sword-weilding" commander or such (with my initial impression being one for the Spanish defenders in the 1740's War, but the inscription below mentioning actually being one for the British attackers!).
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Date of experience: January 2020
juelz89 wrote a review Aug 2020
Seeheim-Jugenheim, Germany76 contributions50 helpful votes
We spent a few hours exploring the castillo and it was totally worth it although it was unbelievably hot. watch out for the amusing trumpet guy ;)
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Date of experience: February 2020
Robert S wrote a review May 2020
Lawrence, Kansas2,672 contributions480 helpful votes
The Castillo is a well preserved colonial era fortress that was first built in the 1500s and the latest rebuild was in 1739. It was the involved in the famour Battle of Cartegena de Indies when the Spanish repelled a huge attack by the British led by Admiral Vernon. The fortress is easily toured. It is all walkable, depending on the heat. There are concessions at the top, along with great reviews.
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Date of experience: June 2019
coldy wrote a review May 2020
Lake Country, Canada662 contributions144 helpful votes
This is well worth the small entrance fee. Spending as much time as you want exploring the paths once trod by soldiers hundreds of years ago. This is one of the best sites to see in Cartagena. Some of the walkways are steep and there are no railings on some of the walls so be careful.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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