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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  • We would highly recommend a guide the first time you visit. We had a local guide, Maurice. He was very knowledgable about the local history and the buildings and people involved in the Citadelle. He a...  more »
  • Whatever you do, don't leave Haiti without having been up to Cap Haitien and the Citadel. Its absolutely magnificent.  more »
  • Be prepared for a serious hike to the top especially if you do not ride a horse up and take the shortcut! It's well worth the views from above but it's definitely a hike! Take plenty of water and full...  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 ...

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