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San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas)
Some historians say that if it weren’t for San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas), South America would now speak English. The 14th-century fortress protected the coastal city of Cartagena from English invasion, allowing the Spanish to maintain their rule. Besides the role it plays in Colombia’s history, the castle attracts visitors with its panoramic harbor views.

The Basics
As one of Cartagena’s architectural icons, San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas) tops the itinerary of most half- and full-day sightseeing tours. Get acquainted with the city on a culture-rich tour that stops at multiple colonial sites (such as Plaza Bolivar and the Cathedral of San Pedro Claver), and provides social and historical context crucial to understanding Cartagena’s past. Alternatively, create your own itinerary and explore at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas) is a must-see for history buffs and those interested in military engineering.
  • Photographers can capture some of the best sunset views from the castle’s turrets.
  • To enter the fortress, you’ll need to pay an entrance fee that goes toward the maintenance of the structure.

How to Get There
Located on Av. Pedro de Heredia at Carrera 17, San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas) overlooks the Caribbean coastline. The easiest way to get there is by taxi or tour bus.

When to Get There
The castle is open daily, through the evening. Visit at night to escape the daytime crowds and wander around in much cooler temperatures.

A Bizarre Comparison
Just outside the fortress is the Old Shoes Monument, a popular photo op that commemorates a poem by Cartagena wordsmith Luis Carlos López, who famously compared the old city to a worn, but comfortable, pair of shoes.
Address: Carrera 17, Cartagena, Bolivar 130001, Colombia
Admission: Varies
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COLONIAL CARTAGENA CITY TOURPorts of Call Tours

COLONIAL CARTAGENA CITY TOUR

Visits to the main tourist sites of the city Like: San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Entrance included), stop at the Bay of Cartagena to take photographs, Visit to the Old Shoes, tour through the old city or stone corralito, (with walk through the historic center), then we will make a final tour of the new or modern city to appreciate the contrast.
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Soundwalkrs app: The Great Battle, Fort of San Felipe

Relive the incredible battle of Vernón, in this experiential tour of the San Felipe Castle, formerly called Fort of San Lázaro, by the hand of Carlos Desnaux, the military engineer who worked with the famous" Anka Motz ", Admiral Blas of Lezo.
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This tour is unique because you will have a tour guide in person native who explain the real history of cartagena and also you will see the hidden places where you will never see of you go without us this tour Make you live a great experience
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The City tour is a historical and cultural tour to get to know the city and its most important tourist sites, it is a tour of approximately 4 hours but very dynamic where we will arrive at:* Cartagena Bay*San Felipe castle* Monument the old Shoes* Walk inside the walled city* San Pedro church key.From the chiva you can see the Clock Tower, getsemani neighborhood, India Catalina etc.It includes :-Professional guide,-Entrance to the castle-Transport.NOTE: both are guaranteed services, the best in the middle and we do them in English and Spanish, we only need to conform nationality at the time of booking to schedule the service.
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It consists of a trip in chiva of approximately 3 and a half hours, it is done by the most traditional neighborhoods of the city.Monument to the Old Shoes, where we will make a small stop to take photographs, you can taste the typical fried Cartageneros (arepas with eggs and empanadas), included in our tours, disco, where they have the cover included (not consumable inside the disco).
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Get an intimate look at the historic streets and monuments of Cartagena during this 4-hour private tour. Discover this Caribbean city’s wealth of beautiful architecture, starting with the elegant mansions of the Manga neighborhood and continuing to monuments like San Felipe Castle and the Monastery of La Popa. You’ll also wander the UNESCO World Heritage-listed walled city and its atmospheric public squares before finishing in Cartagena’s more modern districts like Bocagrande. A private guide and vehicle, all entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are also included.
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Experience all of Cartagena’s historical highlights on a comprehensive tour of one of Colombia’s most vibrant cities. Immerse yourself in the Caribbean color and cultural flair of the city as you visit revered museums, iconic fortresses, and impressive monuments. Admire the astonishing colonial architecture of the area, and explore the glittering exhibitions of the Cartagena Naval Museum, the entrance fee to which is included.
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When your cruise ships drops anchor in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Cartagena, don’t waste a minute of sightseeing time on a shore excursion that’s ideal for visitors with limited time. Convenient port pickup and drop-off are included, and you’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort between top Cartagena attractions in Old Town Cartagena, without getting lost or having to navigate unfamiliar public transport systems.
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Discover Cartagena’s major sightseeing spots on this guided tour. Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle, stopping at the convent of La Candelaria, which is located on top of La Popa Hill, for panoramic views, plus the San Felipe Fortress, popular neighborhoods, parks, and public squares. Also, enjoy free time to shop.
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Absorb the color and charisma of Cartagena on a half-day tour of the UNESCO-listed Colombian city. In a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll admire the beautiful mansions of Manga and ascend to La Popa (temporarily unavailable) – the city’s highest point – for spectacular views. Enter the magnificent San Felipe de Bajaras Castle, absorb the Caribbean spirit of Santo Domingo Square and browse artisan market, Las Bovedas, for unique souvenirs. Refreshments and round-trip transport from your Cartagena hotel is included.
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Capture the color and charisma of Cartagena’s vibrant nightlife on a 4-hour city tour by bus. Climb aboard a vibrant ‘chiva’, a colorful wooden bus typical in rural Colombia, to begin your exciting excursion into the night. Listen to pulsing live music, sip complimentary drinks and admire spectacular sights as you cruise around the captivating colonial city. Carry on the revels at a popular local nightclub, or return to your hotel at the end of this energizing excursion.
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Experience the highlights of Columbia’s seaside colonial destination on this half-day excursion. After a convenient hotel or cruise port pickup, visit sites like San Felipe de Barajas Castle, the Caribbean’s second largest fortress, and the UNESCO-designated Walled City of Old Cartagena. Learn about Cartagena from an informative local guide and enjoy complimentary food tastings and drinks.
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For those that love to explore a city on a bicycle, this is the perfect tour for you. Join us as we check out this beautiful walled city, stones streets, famous monuments, ancient churches, hotels, and meet some of the warm and friendly people of this remarkable Caribbean port.Because Cartagena de Indias is one of those monumental places that hide beautiful secrets along the streets, great restaurants, discos, museums and exclusive stores and one of the best ways to go around is riding your bike among the beautiful city.Cartagena has impressive architecture and to that, you must see El Castillo de San Felipe, which you can come back to and walk through as long as you want.The guides are specialised in the history of Cartagena, so while you are visiting each location, you are going to hear the complete history as well.
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When your cruise ship docks at the picturesque port of Cartagena, explore the Caribbean color and cultural flair of the Colombian city during a half-day sightseeing shore excursion. Our guide will be waiting for you at the parking of the port. Visit the historical and architectural highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed site while delving deeper into the city’s history with a knowledgeable guide. Stroll around the ambient Plaza de la Aduana and discover the stolid structure of the Castillo San Felipe, the entrance fee to which is included in the tour.
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Legendary pirate Black Bart hasn’t looted or pillaged in over 200 years so he’s pretty anxious for an adventure. That’s good news for you. Join him on an unforgettable walk as he relives his glory days. Cartagena has as much, if not more pirate history, than any city on the planet. Bart Black knows it all. He won’t make you loot, but we know he’ll make you laugh.
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