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Castillo de San Felipe de Lara

Gran lago de Izabal, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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Shore Excursion: San Felipe Fortress and Banana Plantation
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Gran lago de Izabal, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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Reviewed January 22, 2017 via mobile

This castle is high up in the middle of the city with great views. It is a steep climb at first up the rampart but then is easier.

Thank Jared F
Reviewed January 7, 2017

You could easliy spend a relaxing day here. The Castillo is small but the way it is designed it is a bit of labyrinth walking around. There are alot of tight passageway, steep staircases and some parts are so dark you need a flash light....More

1  Thank IOGWFH
Reviewed June 10, 2016

Castillo de San Felipe Guatemala sits right where the Rio Dulce and Lake Izabal join. An interesting piece of Guatemala's history. Over the years, the small fortress has been improved, rebuilt and renovated due to many pirate attacks. The fortress was also damaged by an...More

2  Thank PamGo
Reviewed June 10, 2016

In close proximity to Fronteras, the castle's only a longish walk away, if you're up for that - and buses are available for the 4km ride if that's your thing - making for a great comfy daytrip. Castle and grounds are well tended, entrance is...More

3  Thank ddanyi
Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

A very cool place to go and see a part of the local history. If you can read Spanish then even better as they hand out a sheet with the history of the place. It also has a swimming area and mango trees. We ate...More

Thank Coffeebj
Reviewed April 27, 2016

Ok for a half or so. It is very small and there is absolutely no signage to tell you anything about the different rooms or place as a whole. Very popular with locals but really not worth a detour to see, but if you are...More

Thank jamiehay51260
Reviewed April 4, 2016

We just cruised by the fort in a tiny boat as we headed up the lake. It looked interesting and well-preserved, but not compelling enough to stop by. Enough Spanish conquest, I'm interested in the Maya, not the culture that attempted to obliterate them.

1  Thank NatureMyth
Reviewed April 3, 2016

The Castillo is in good condition..we visited here because36 years ago my husband and his mate slept there the night in their hammocks..a trip down memory lane..but a very worthwhile place to visit

1  Thank Julie H
Reviewed March 16, 2016

Loved the area The boat trip and the tour Inside It is well preserved and has great view of the river and lake

Thank 281rose
Reviewed February 10, 2016

A fairly well maintained small Spanish fort with nice grounds around. The local seems to enjoy having a picnic on the grass, good idea. The fort itself is interesting enough to make the visit worth it. We walked from Rio Dulce, close to an hour...More

1  Thank agsj
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