Our third day in Cartagena, Colombia we toured the San Felipe de Barajas Castle, or Fort, as our tour guide stressed.
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).
The sun felt unbearably hot by just 10am and we did our best to stay shaded.
The heat just seemed to be reflected back at us from the stone under our feet.
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.
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.
There was a great view from the top of the fort and the Colombian flag was really beautiful against the backdrop of the city.
Near the end of the tour we spotted some large iguanas in the grassy square beneath the fort.
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!