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. Add Citadelle Laferrière and other attractions to your Cap-Haitien trip itinerary using our Cap-Haitien vacation planner.
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  • Spectacular location of massive fort, with views over northern Haiti. The trip up is interesting. After the second parking lot, you can walk or take a horse trip to the fort. Its steep and rough rocke...  more »
  • We visited the Citadelle as part of a 36 hour detour into Haiti from our holiday in the Dominican Republic. We stayed in Cap Haitien and our hotel (the Hotel Roi du Christophe) arranged a driver for u...  more »
  • The view and grounds are breathtaking. The history behind the Citadelle/Haiti is one you should know  more »
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  • 2nd visit to this place in 20 some years. Much improvement done to get there. Locals are friendly.. it's a true wonder, remains a mystery how this monument was built on that 7 + km top mountains. Spectacular vue and still rock solid built , but need some more renovations.. rode a horse to get to the top, but surely walked down the mountain ..great experience it's a must see
  • Great experience. If you have a chance to go take advantage of it. There's a guest house called "lakou lakay" in milot that is right at the of the way up the citadelle. It's a very nice place. Still under construction but they can still accommodate a small group and arrange your citadelle tour
  • It's amazing to see how our ancestor build such building without having all the technology we have today. Everything is well preserved
  • I love the master mind that built this fort surviving all type of weather for 200 + years.
  • There was rich history here! Our guide was Very good with explaining the history of the Citadelle to us.

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