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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  • Had a great visit the views are fantastic must take own water and food/nibbles, go by horse back as the road is very steep. The Citadelle must be the place to visit in Haiti it has every thing one cou...  more »
  • Amazing history and architecture. Breathtaking photo spots. And a really cool trip up the hill. You will be bombarded by locals selling their goods at the base, but just a firm no and keep walking wil...  more »
  • This is the visit to do by going to cap-Haitian, and in more the view is beautiful. Tour operators organize trips.
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  • It's amazing to see how our ancestor build such building without having all the technology we have today. Everything is well preserved
  • I was born in Cap-haitian, haiti and i never visited this place before until today. So i enjoyed it very much with great friends and family (tour with Johny Remi) and a kid name Fritz very nice and cool people. And most importantly the STORY BEHIND IT.
  • My first experience was amazing. I'm so glad my uncle took me here a couple years back. It makes you want to learn more about your background.!
  • The best sightseen in Haiti. Amazing view. Very interesting historical place, plenty cannons and bullets still in very good condition. To reach the castle you can ride donkey, its quite good experience))
  • The largest fortification in the Americas.....and one of the Wonders of the Western World. Truly impressive

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