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Located just east of the Getsemaní neighborhood, San Felipe de Barajas Castle finished construction in 1657. The castle sits on top of a 130-foot hill, and houses a complex system of tunnels through its mountain base. 

Past visitors praised the castle for its magnificent views of the city and historical significance. They also warned that getting to the castle is a bit of an uphill trek, and suggest bringing bottled water as well as wearing a hat and applying sunscreen. According to travelers, audio guides provide additional information about the San Felipe de Barajas Castle and are available for a small fee.

The San Felipe de Barajas Castle is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets costs COL$10,500 (about $3) for kids ages 6 to 13 and COL$25,000 (about $8) for adults. After paying the entrance fee, guests are free to explore the castle and snap photos from its ramparts. To buy tickets and learn more about planning your visit, check the castle's website.

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Cartagena's most famous attraction, the city's historic walls, began construction on the eastern edge of the city in 1586 and finished in 1796. Fast forward to 1984 and the iconic walls were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now, the Walled City of Cartagena draws travelers hoping to explore its colonial architecture and peruse the wares of its numerous street vendors.

Recent travelers appreciated the area's historic charm, complete with horse-drawn carriages. They recommend taking your time in the walled city, as you can easily spend a full day wandering its narrow streets. To make sure you don't miss any of the top sites, sign up for one of the area's many walking tours. The only downside? Recent visitors warn about the street vendors who persistently hawk their wares.

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