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Fort San Lorenzo

Colon, Panama
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Ranked #4 of 14 Attractions in Colon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: King Phillip II ordered the fortress to be built in 1595, which is located on the Chagres River...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: 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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quebec
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We went there on an organized tour with Travel unlimited! I usually never do tours! But it seemed very complicated to go there by our own. The book saying there are no buses and that you have to take 50$ taxis... I'm glad we did! The view was terrific! The fort is amazing! They are doing some work currently to... More 

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Breda
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Standing on the top of the fort overlooking the stunning surroundings, one can only imagine what it must have been like way back then. 17th century pirate Henry Morgan raided the place before heading to Panama City. Looking down from the fortress walls you think, how? Stunning views of the Chagres river entrance. Good same day combination with Gatun Locks... More 

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Just reminiscing about Ft. San Lorenzo. My Father was in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Clayton on the Pacific side. I was in a Boy Scout troop and we had a 3 day camping event there. As a kid, this place was awesome. We traveled to the Fort in several cars on Friday, setup camp by early afternoon and... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Do you like old style (more than 100 yrs) scenic? This is the place to go! They have few cannons like the movies. Great area to shot pictures.

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Panama City, Panama
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Hidden gem!. Complete your sightseeing with the history of how Pirate Morgan seized the fort. Incredible view

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Forts aren't always my first choice for tour stops, but this one has some cool backdrops and frames for pictures. Go late afternoon to catch some cool shadows and lighting effects in the tunnels. Not much explanation or history markers, but you get the basic idea that it was at one time very functional and necessary to protect this area... More 

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Medellin, Colombia
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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

If you take the famous train from Panama City to Colon you should visit Fort San Lorenzo. Not beceause of the the pile of old bricks that are there, but for the trip towards the Fort. The trip takes you through a forest with all kinds of animals. Howler monkeys, tities , small capybaras (agouti) and if you are very... More 

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Caracas, Venezuela
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15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

To get to Fuerte San Lorenzo you have to go through a paved road in the middle of the Panama jungle. You have to pay about 10 $ I think to enter. You can take one of the unpaved roads and get to hidden beaches with a great view. Once you get to the fort, first thing you notice is... More 

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Cayce, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Fort Lorenzo is a cool landmark. It is in a remote location at the mouth of the Chagres River and has a long history. It was originally built at sea level and subsequently destroyed by pirates, then another was built at 80 feet on a bluff. It has a lot more history and the area is really beautiful. You can... More 

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Top Contributor
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21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Had a good visit to the fort. Its rather impressive to see the old fort and canons, to think that they in old time used this to guard the river so the pirates couldnt enter! Amazing story.

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