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Citadelle Laferrière, Cap-Haitien
Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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This is was a great tour. Since its a very long walk as a group of twelve, we decided we wanted everyone at the same pace. So we go motorcycle taxis ride up to where the horses are. Once we got to the... read more »
better than i expected, more could have been made of this by the government, cultural tourism has a long way to go,,,
Visiting the Citadelle was something my entire family has wanted to do. Hearing about this UNESCO world site and reading about and seeing it in pictures, and to now finally see it in person was sheer ... read more »
[ A ] Last week I hiked 7 km on an empty stomach and no water to visit one of the largest fortress in the Western Hemisphere - “The Citadelle”. There were alternative to reaching the Citadelle but I wanted to experience climbing the mountain and it was worth it. The Citadelle was built by Henri Christophe after Haiti gained its independence from France. It was built to defend against a potential return of the French army to re-enslave the newly freed Haitian people. The fortress is very impressive as it sit on top of the mountains with massive walls that are impenetrable and invincible. As you walk around you can see all the canons acquired from different nations around the globe. I was very overwhelmed as I explore the beauty of this monstrous structure but deep down my heart was very heavy as I thought about the lives lost while constructing this masterpiece. The Citadelle is truly an icon of Haiti.
Was there in early April 2016 had a lot of fun, best part is the journey. Amazing view also would recommend anyone going to Haiti to make this a to do list. locals there could be a bit aggressive when trying to sell or ask for money but for most part it's harmless and I felt safe around them, very nice people too
"The Largest Fortress in the Western Hemisphere". It's such an amazing destination, and the view from the top is just splendid. Goodness, I Love Haiti!
Very beautiful.If hiking isn't your thing they have horses available for you to rent. Definitely one of the places you have to go when you visit Haiti
It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Hike it if you are able... And once you reach the top, stay a while, take it all in. I was shocked that such a treasure was so unguarded. Be kind to those on the mountain side, this is their home!
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