Citadelle Laferrière, Cap-Haitien

#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Nord Department
Visit a mountaintop fortress that brims with cultural and historical significance when you hike up to Citadelle Laferrière. Originally built after the nation's independence from the French, the fortress served as a defense against potential French incursions into Haiti. Prepare for a hike to reach the fortress, as it sits atop a mountain. Once inside, you can tour the massive structure big enough to garrison 5,000 soldiers and 365 cannons. From the top of the fortress, you are greeted with views of the mountains and forests surrounding you. Add Citadelle Laferrière and other attractions to your Cap-Haitien trip itinerary using our Cap-Haitien vacation planner.
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  • Up on the north side of the country in Cap Haitien lies the greatest architecture feat in the country- the immense Citadelle fortress built by the French to protect the area.. with no guard rails or f...  more »
  • Beautiful views, relatively new, in comparison to the world history of the fort. To the top of the mountain, where the fort is located it is better to climb on horseback, which is offered below. The cost is $15 per horse and $5 is a guide on the return down. Imposed on 2, 3 guides on 1 horse. You only need to pay one, as the rest are absolutely useless.
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  • A beautiful and historical place with a view that is unforgettable. Be prepared for the hike or you can choose to take a horse. Wear comfortable clothes and durable sneakers!
  • Historic place with great views. The air, though is real hair style killer. Word of advice: Just wear a hat!
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