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“Worth an hour or two”

San Felipe de Barajas Castle
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City Tour of Cartagena Including Convento de la Popa
Ranked #2 of 199 things to do in Cartagena
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built by the Spaniards as a defense in colonial times, this is one of the oldest buildings in Colombia.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

The castle/fortress is impressive, the price of admission is far but the audio tour is a little over priced/rated. There is upwards of 3 hours of audio if you are willing to listens to it all, the main audio is a little cheesy and a lot redundant, yes we get it it was built very strategically. If your a history/war buff then get the audio and be prepared to fast forward if not, skip it and just enjoy the fort, tunnels views etc.

2  Thank nitsogar
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas is a true 16th century gem in Cartagena! Aside from the Aztec ruins in Teotihuacan, Mexico, this is one of the most well-preserved, most interesting archaeological sites that I have visited in Latin America.

The views of the city of Cartagena from the top of the castle are stunning. You can see the old Walled City and the newer resort areas. It is fascinating to view both new and old all at once, definitely a unique experience.

The architecture and engineering of the castle is truly ingenious. The castle is most famous for its complex network of underground tunnels invisible from the outside of the fortress. The tunnels connected the various strategic points of the castle so that supplies could be distributed easily. The tunnels also existed to serve as escape routes if necessary.

This was perhaps my favorite place we visited while in Cartagena, so if you ever get the chance to visit this city, San Felipe Castle is a must-see!

More on how to get to the castle / entrance fees: http://servewlove.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/a-16th-century-gem-in-cartagena/

5  Thank jmb011
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We were there in late june. The walk is very easy, the pathways pretty even. Bring a small flashlight, as the tunnels are quite dark, which is fun, but sometimes you may want to see where you are going. We did encounter a couple of bats down one tunnel, but only one tunnel. They were harmless. We went past lots of touts and sellers, but none of them was pushy. You don't need water, even in 90 degree weather, and if you speak spanish, you should not miss the movie in the "hospital" up top to get a clearer picture of the fort and its reason for being. We don't speak spanish, but the movie was good and it is air conditioned. (about 15 minutes long) There is a very clean restroom at the top with a sink, water, and soap!!!!!!

6  Thank 40countrytraveler
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

In the heat, the castle walls magnify the temperature. It was interesting to see but a guide made it much more than a pile of stones. Definitely a place to visit but the heat was oppressive so make sure you take lots of water. Or take an umbrella to keep off the sun and fend off the hawkers on the way in and out of the attraction

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

The audio tour is very good and you can make it longer because it has the option to listen to more information. The map is good but sadly the numbers are not placed at the spots (!) You can buy fresh lemonade inside the castle (The vendors outside will tell you no beverages can be purchased inside...not true!)

2  Thank Diana G
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