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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  • My husband and I visited the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas while we were on a 4 hour layover. The quick ride from the airport was affordable (we just grabbed one from the taxi stand outside of the airport), the admission to tour the grounds was cheap, and you got to see a beautiful view of Cartagena! After exploring the scary narrow tunnels (I'm slightly claustrophobic), checking out the views and posing by some cannons, we checked out the gift shop and walked to a nearby mall before heading back to the airport. Make sure you bring water; there is a lot of walking up steep inclines and it can get super hot!!! It was the perfect plan for a short layover!
  • Lovely Spanish fort incompetent staff. The place is gorgeous, it's even better than what I remembered from my childhood, however, staff makes the experience annoying. Phone apps are only in Spanish which is not explained ahead of time. Our FRIENDS who speak no Spanish got it and wasted their money, then they got the audio machine, thankfully we brought ID which you have to leave in order to be able to get the machine rented. The castle is in great shape and walking around is great.
  • A great place to visit Colombian history. A lot of walking in the heat. Don't forget to bring water as there is none sold in the fort. If you buy from the street vendor offer only 2000 pesos since you can get bigger bottles at grocery stores for a cheaper price.
  • This is a really fascinating historical site. Is a fort that was instrumental in the Spanish colonization of South America. All of the information available to the tourists is in English and Spanish. To get the most from your visit. I rarely I highly recommend that you watch the video. Not only is it extremely informative and well done but it is shown in an air-conditioned building and is very refreshing after the heat of the sweltering Cartagena weather. The tunnels are really fun to explore but I would recommend you do it on your own and not with a tour. I imagine the tour group stuffed into the small tunnels would be rather stifling and claustrophobic.
  • Vestiges of the Spanish Empire. A walk through the old fortification was wonderful, searing sun and stifling humidity notwithstanding. Turisty? Yes. Cliche? Perhaps. Essential for anyone wishing to contextualize Colombia's present with the past--no doubt. Was there during the presidential power transfer and exodus of Venezuelans into colombia. Wish Colombians the best. Great people. Good food.
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