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San Juan de Ulua, Veracruz
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Admire an impressive military structure that stood for centuries at San Juan de Ulua. Construction began on the fort in 1565, although it was expanded numerous occasions thereafter. In 1568, the Spanish in the area succeeded in trapping and humiliating an English fleet, commanded by Sir John Hawkins, and including his cousin, a young Francis Drake. The fort even held strong during the Mexican War of Independence, with the Spanish finally handing it over four years after Mexico achieved independence. Take a tour of the structure to learn its history, and the features that made it so durable for so long. To visit San Juan de Ulua and get the most from your holiday in Veracruz, create itinerary details personal to you using our Veracruz trip itinerary maker.
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  • Fascination I walls floors, story that contains this fantastic place, rich in history is completely, I need time to navigate it, the view is incredible clear it return and I recommend it completely. Ve with time carries a camera and carries water it will need
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  • It is a good experience, facilities has taken care to ensure that they remain in good condition. There are pleasant views. What does not seem right is that the Guide charges each person for the explanation, I understand long ago was a voluntary contribution but now apart from pay the entrance fee you must pay to the Guide. They should make that clear since one enters
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  • The Fort of San Juan de Ulúa is the best that has the port of Veracruz. While the structure was restored with brick and cement (a great blunder which is made around the world), you can still appreciate the original materials (stone muca or coral reef). It is a great historical, impressive structure and guides are very well trained to give the tour, as they are clear, specific and dynamic.
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  • Hermoso lugar lleno de historia y de vistas alucinantes
  • Old fortress protecting the harbour. Panoramatic view of Veracruz.
  • Lugar lleno de historia
  • Muy buen lugar turístico para visitar en Veracruz
  • Nice view and contrasting sights between the misterious and creepy jails and the majestous and modern cranes.