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Citadelle Laferrière, Cap-Haitien

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Visit a mountaintop fortress that brims with cultural and historical significance when you hike up to Citadelle Laferrière. Originally built after the nation's independence from the French, the fortress served as a defense against potential French incursions into Haiti. Prepare for a hike to reach the fortress, as it sits atop a mountain. Once inside, you can tour the massive structure big enough to garrison 5,000 soldiers and 365 cannons. From the top of the fortress, you are greeted with views of the mountains and forests surrounding you. To visit Citadelle Laferrière on your holiday in Cap-Haitien, and find out what else Cap-Haitien has to offer, use our Cap-Haitien vacation planner.
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  • Sadrac Guerrier is an excellent guide and can arrange your stay,travel. Sadrac picked me up at Port aux Prince Airport, we took the Soge Bus.. Nice air conditioning, stayed in Cap at Master Commander ...  more »
  • We rented horses to go up the mountain. It was unbelievably beautiful. The views were breath taking, the Citadel itself was fascinating. The down side was the mob of locals outside upon arrival. It wa...  more »
  • A remarkable fortress, reminiscent of the struggles of Haiti's past. When one sees the narrow path to the top, it raises questions about how the stone was quarried and transported, how many workers to...  more »
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  • A long, hot walk uphill but absolutely worth it. Hire a guide, be generous to the street vendors if you can 👍
  • A forty minute walk from the palace. Or a horseback ride. The temperature is 4 degrees cooler. Great views, French, Spanish and British cannons, beer from hawkers.
  • Great views. World Heritage Site. Too many vendors and overly persistent guides.
  • One of the most amazing structures that I have ever visited.
  • Itz a awesome historical place... Which has d history of Haiti ...