Cartagena: San Felipe de Barajas Castle

Our third day in Cartagena, Colombia we toured the San Felipe de Barajas Castle, or Fort, as our tour guide stressed.

San Felipe de Barajas Castle

San Felipe de Barajas Castle

The fort

The fort

This castle was hard to imagine anyone living in, and surely was not meant for luxurious living; but it was a very strong, obvious fortress.  There were dozens of cannons stationed throughout the fort (or trains, as Cliff was convinced).

Cliff and the canon

Cliff and the cannon

Ready, aim, pose!

Ready, aim, pose!

The sun felt unbearably hot by just 10am and we did our best to stay shaded.

Cool in the shade

Cool in the shade

Little man

Little man

The heat just seemed to be reflected back at us from the stone under our feet.

Trying to stay cool in the hot sun

Trying to stay cool in the hot sun

Beneath the fort was a maze of tunnels (which added to Cliff’s belief that the cannons were trains).  They provided a nice respite from the heat.

Down into the tunnel

Down into the tunnel

Tunnels!

Tunnels!

The guide explained to us that when the fort was under attack, men with muskets would hide in the little alcoves, waiting for enemy attackers to walk by them.

In the tunnel alcoves

In the tunnel alcoves

In the tunnels

In the tunnels

There was a great view from the top of the fort and the Colombian flag was really beautiful against the backdrop of the city.

The top of the fort

The top of the fort

Colombian flag

Colombian flag

Near the end of the tour we spotted some large iguanas in the grassy square beneath the fort.

Iguanas

Iguanas

The kids did great for this tour, but if we had it to do over, we would definitely go in the early morning or the evening, as the sun was setting.  Cartagena was sure proving to be a warm place!

Touring the fort!

Touring the fort!

In case you missed our first two days in Cartagena, you can read them here and here.

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