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Fort San Lorenzo

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Address: Colon, Panama
Description: King Phillip II ordered the fortress to be built in 1595, which is located...
King Phillip II ordered the fortress to be built in 1595, which is located on the Chagres River commanding a view of the mouth of the river and miles out to sea.
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Fort San Lorenzo

Beautiful view of the mouth of the Chagres River. Enjoyed seeing the monkeys swinging in the trees and hearing and seeing the howler monkeys on the road in to the Fort.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful view of the mouth of the Chagres River. Enjoyed seeing the monkeys swinging in the trees and hearing and seeing the howler monkeys on the road in to the Fort.

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North Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Awesome trip! Lots of history here but you have to like learning the history dates back to the 1500's. We combined this trip with the trip to the locks and lunch.

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Pa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Don't let the long drive scare you off. The fort is very cool once you get there. It would have been nice to have some interpretation...I know the fort went through various "owners" and rebuilds. But there is nothing to explain what it is you are seeing. Very cool spot, tho, with a beautiful view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I take the public bus from colon bus terminal to Portobello cost $2.65 each way. One hour and 45 minutes away from Panama city .before going to visit the forts do some research online about the history because there is no tour guide and the fort is in ruins

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Went here on our arrival day as we couldn't dive yet, Spent about an hour touring the grounds and ruins, as well as the cannons still all lined around the ramparts. Interested experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I'll do my review from different perspectives: ride to site, cost of visit, site condition and history accessibility. Ride to site: I just loved the road in the Panama rain forest. In big part of the ride you'll be parallel to the Canal and the River so you'll enjoy in some parts seeing the ships navigating through the river. While... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Drove up to this fort that the Spanish built to stop Pirates from entering the Chagres River into Panama. Great spot, although much of the fort has succumbed to the elements. It is still a pristine area that one considers still looks like it did in the early 1600s. No development here. Took tons of pictures.

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Langley City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We spent a day at the Gatun Locks and then headed across the bridge to Fort San Lorenzo. The fort is relatively well preserved and the views are incredible. You can see the ocean on one side and the Chagres river on the other. Our driver pointed out howler monkeys to us on several occasions.

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Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

A bit of a drive past the Gatun lock with wait for passing ships but worth the time. Shaded parking under huge trees and a well manicured area. The bridge across to the fort is a bit worn and old but held my 300 lbs. no problem. Inside the fort area are many old cannons and the fort structure is... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This fort has a really beautiful setting. Views over the sea, river and rainforest. An interesting place to take a stroll around, soaking up the history and views.

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Address: Address: Colon, Panama
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Colon Province  >  Colon

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