San Felipe de Barajas Castle, Cartagena

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Wander the mighty fortifications of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, which played a crucial role in protecting gold shipped back to Spain by conquistadors in the New World. Originally completed in 1536 and expanded twice in the 17th and 18th centuries, the complex system of bunkers, batteries, and parapets represents one of the most formidable accomplishments in the history of Spanish military architecture. Walk the walls, explore the maze-like network of tunnels that links the different parts of the fort, and enjoy panoramic views from its highest point. You'll find little written information throughout the castle, so rent an audio guide if you want to learn about its history. Plan my day in Cartagena using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • Worth the visit. Panoramic view of Cartagena. Audacious tunnels. Difficult with lap child, baby carriage.
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  • The place is very nice, with spectacular views. It is suitable for visiting with children, do not have many steps, so it is easily accessible. Does plenty of sunshine, take a hat and water, as are those sold in more faces than usual.
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  • I liked it much. I did the tour guide and it gave me much understanding, why on every corner and some of the history that justify these iconic walls. The view, moreover, is ideal.
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  • A good way to add some history to a tropical vacation - plenty of families visiting while we were there. If you don’t hire a guide, of which there were Spanish and English ones available, definitely catch the short video inside of the “hospital” to give yourself some historical context. There are nice views of the city; a gift shop; but we could only find port-o-potties and no regular bathrooms. Don’t forget to wear a hat/sunglasses/sunscreen! It cost us $25,000 COP per person to get in, less for kids/seniors.
  • An engineering marvel. Need a good guide to take you through the castle to learn about all the details and defense strategies enabled by the engineers. Will need a map of the whole bay with all the fortresses and walls to understand how the city defense worked ... with some help from local mosquitoes
  • The views of the city are worth the climb. You can explore some of the tunnels too. There is a museum on site. The bathroom was the best thing about the museum. The entryway is packed with pushy street vendors. Just ignore them. 25,000 per adult and 10,500 for kids. Under 6 is free. You could get a tour but it did not seem necessary. Taxi will drop you off right in front and there are plenty for picking you up.
  • One of the best Colonial Spanish fortifications in the Caribbean. Well kept, clean, safe, a lot of guides around. It is a good idea to watch the information video before start the visit. Bring your hat, sunscreen and water. I wouldn't stay around after dark.
  • A must see place when in Caratagena. The old Castillo offers a great insight into history of Cartagena, while also giving you wonderful and sweeping views across the city. You can also enter the Castillo and walk the same passages the soldiers did as they pass from one part of the Castillo to another. A tip, bring water, sunscreen and a hat, as many of the areas are very open and exposed, and although there is shade and places to rest you will get the most of of your visit and exploring with those things.
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