San Felipe of Barajas fort tour
This is an extraordinary military complex that gives you wonderful views of Cartagena and a window into the political and military history of the city. Tunnels connecting to blind paths, secret traps, hidden chambers, magnificent scenery from the top, your tour guide will explain how strategic the fort was built to ward off enemies. He will show you all the dead end tunnels to trap attackers. A must see! The greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies. San Felipe of Barajas Castle still dominates an entire section of Cartagena's cityscape today .
The original fort was quite small. Construction began in 1657 on top of the 40m-high San Lázaro hill. In 1762 an extensive enlargement was undertaken, which resulted in the entire hill being covered over with this powerful bastion, The tunnels were constructed in such a way that any noise reverberated all the way along them, making it possible to hear the slightest sound of the approaching enemy's feet, and also making it easy for internal communication.
Some of the tunnels are lit and are open to visitors – an eerie walk not to be missed.
In this placed ocurred the second biggest landind ever, surpassed only by the "D" day on the 2nd World War, how could only 3000 men defeat more tan 27000 british profesional soldiers ???. Sir Edward Vernon The pride of British army was faced by Don Blas de Lezo, a spanish sea Wolf feared even by Pirats... and epic battle! of all the caribbean performed between the two greatest admirals of the time.
Join us the experience of visiting a military wonder and get to know its secrets.
Recommend wearing sunnies, a hat or umbrella to cover from the warm sun in Cartagena, and bring a bottle of water.