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San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas) Tours

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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
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Cartagena City Tour Shared with visit to the fort of San FelipeHalf-day Tours

Cartagena City Tour Shared with visit to the fort of San Felipe

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We will make a magical tour of the representative places of the History of Cartagena, we will enjoy a panoramic tour, we will visit the Fort of San Felipe de Barájas to walk inside its mysterious tunnels, we will enter the San Pedro Claver Church to know the life and work of This Jesuit server, and see its remains still exhibited in the temple, we will walk through the beautiful streets and squares of the Historic Center and have 20 minutes of shopping in the Vaults (Handicraft shops, which in colonial times I serve the military to save their weapons).
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The Great Battle: Fort of San Felipe: Resistance and Glory

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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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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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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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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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Pick-up from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at hotel north zone. It includes: *bilingual guide * air-conditioned transportation * Tour San Felipe Castle (includes tickets) * visit to the monument of old boots * St. Peter Claver Church Does not include: * Stern monument, by restriction on the number of people. Start of city tours: 14:00 End time 18:00 Minimum Quantity for regular tours: 2 Pax Price indicated in this reservation is for 1 pax.
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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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The charm of Cartagena goes beyond the intriguing streets of the Walled City. On this tour, you will visit the most significant treasures of the city accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. The Grand City Tour of Cartagena will allow you to enjoy the magic of the streets, churches, architecture, and squares of the Old City of Cartagena. As you walk through the streets, be amazed by the contrast between the wealth and magnificence of the city and the warmth and discreet charm of its neighborhoods.
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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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