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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  • August 14, 2017
    This is a difficult climb, even if you choose to go by donkey. It's not cheap as you pay for a guide and a donkey to take you up. The guides work hard and are incredibly fit. Sadly, but understandably...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Go early in the morning so that you can enjoy the hike up to the fortress before it gets too hot. Remember to bring water and sunscreen. It can be quite hectic at the entrance and you may find it easi...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    The Citadel is truly one of the most magnificent forts in the Americas. The views are spectacular. My friends and I happened to come in the morning on a rather cloudy day. and when we reached the top ...  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    A long, hot walk uphill but absolutely worth it. Hire a guide, be generous to the street vendors if you can 👍
  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 13, 2017
    Great views. World Heritage Site. Too many vendors and overly persistent guides.
  • June 14, 2017
    One of the most amazing structures that I have ever visited.
  • May 22, 2017
    Itz a awesome historical place... Which has d history of Haiti ...

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