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. A visit to San Felipe de Barajas Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cartagena trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • I was with a tour guide who explained everything very well. The castle is a very nice place and worth a visit. Take a hat .... makes plenty of sunshine in Cartagena.
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  • Beautiful ride. You learn a lot about the history of the city and good views of the same are also obtained. Very recommended
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  • The views of Cartagena from the castle are stunning -- the city, old and new, is arrayed in front of you. However, I did not find the castle itself to be particularly interesting. 
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  • Fantastic fortress from the Spanish colonial era. Do the at your own pace audio tour to get a good understanding of the events that took place here. I find the audio tour to be a huge positive - there doesn't need to be a ton of signs everywhere which often detracts from the experience of being in a place where so much history has taken place. And the audio tour is available in multiple languages so its great for us foreign visitors.
  • Five stars with the audio tour. We paid COP25,000 entry and COP10,000 for audio guide each. Very interesting history and impressive structure with great views. Bring a hat, suncream and water!! It can take 1-3 hours so good walking shoes too.
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  • A large simple fortress in design with minimal information posted, necessitating use of audio guides. An excellent video in the hospital structure while visually impressive is Spanish only with no subtitles. Tunnels are interesting and definitely fun to explore, but are not extensive. Minimal shade, bring a hat and water. Do NOT wear heels. I have no idea how the Colombian women could navigate the steep irregular pathways. Good, but don't compare it to what you might see in Europe or Quito.
  • Beautiful and ancient. Also a ton of little winding passageways and tunnels to explore. Great place for kids and the kid at heart. Also a decent cardio workout climbing the steep walkway to the top. And a delightful trumpet player who played "New York, New York" when he found out where we were from.