Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, Cartagena

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Wander the mighty fortifications of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, which played a crucial role in protecting gold shipped back to Spain by conquistadors in the New World. Originally completed in 1536 and expanded twice in the 17th and 18th centuries, the complex system of bunkers, batteries, and parapets represents one of the most formidable accomplishments in the history of Spanish military architecture. Walk the walls, explore the maze-like network of tunnels that links the different parts of the fort, and enjoy panoramic views from its highest point. You'll find little written information throughout the castle, so rent an audio guide if you want to learn about its history. Plan my day in Cartagena using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • This is literally the biggest attraction on the horizon. For a small fee, you can explore history, architecture, military strategy, and the cultural influences that created Cartagena. You could... 
    This is literally the biggest attraction on the horizon. For a small fee, you can explore history, architecture, military strategy, and the cultural influences that created Cartagena. You could...  more »
  • This is a breathtaking fort, the largest ever built by the Spanish anywhere. I couldn't believe the scale of it and the views if the city from the top are stunning. Loved every moment of it... 
    This is a breathtaking fort, the largest ever built by the Spanish anywhere. I couldn't believe the scale of it and the views if the city from the top are stunning. Loved every moment of it...  more »
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  • We went today and the weather was cloudy/overcast which made the visit so much nicer! The fortress is stunning and worth a quick trip (easily seen in 1-2 hrs). The entrance price is 25,000 pesos for non-Colombians and there are workers to help you along. We did not use a tour guide but rather watched the video that was very informational. The tunnels are dark and low but they are not too long so it’s fun. Gabriel at the top will play his instrument for you (wearing a costume) and he is hilarious so please tip him. There are vendors selling items and a cute gift shop at the top (very reasonable price). ** IF you are walking to the fortress from the walled city be AWARE of your belongings while walking across the main road/bridge. A man in a motorcycle grabbed my friend’s purse but she was quick to hold onto it! The police came by because they saw us trying to fix the broken strap and told us to be cautious since that road was dangerous. Overall we had a great time and recommend it!
  • A decent fort, and some interesting historymim the area. But there are very limited information boards or guides to the actual fort. Once you have stood in line (it is very hot)/and walked up, you likely will need only 40 or so minutes walking around all aspects. So a nice to be and have see. But easy ti move on.... It.may be worth hiring a guide, but this adds more cost

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