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Address: Colon, Panama

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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Good value excursion on our second visit to Colon

We took the Fort Lorenzo and Gatun Locks excursion from our cruise ship during our second visit to Colon. During the excursion we travelled deep into Panama’s dense tropical... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2016
Pete M
Merrickville, Canada
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Merrickville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

We took the Fort Lorenzo and Gatun Locks excursion from our cruise ship during our second visit to Colon. During the excursion we travelled deep into Panama’s dense tropical forest, and passed through the former U.S. Army Base of Fort Sherman (a great shame to see it so derelict) and hidden deep in the jungle we found the 400-year-old ruins... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

We drove out to Ft. San Lorenzo on our recent family trip to Panama. It was a great trip, we really enjoyed it. There are really 2 parts to this experience: the fort itself and the journey to get there. The fort is an important part of the country's history, and is located in a gorgeous setting, on a hill... More 

Thank VNS12
Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

The ruins of this landmark provide an interesting but out of the way site that many visitors miss. It guarded the river that was one route the Spnish treasure was brought on its way to Portobello's Customs House.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

The ruins of the fort itself are fascinating, the history of which dates from Spanish colonial times of Panama. It was constructed to defend against pirate attacks from various privateers. The forest and the beach are also very enjoyable and the eildlufe viewing is good too.While there I saw different species of Capuchin monkeys, Howler monkeys, A Keel Billed Toucan,... More 

Thank gzx5
Bokeelia, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

The place is a world heritage location and the reason is clear... it is a knock your socks off Spanish fort of centuries gone by. It was 2nd in importance with regard to the transfer of gold, only to Portobelo. The government of Panama really should place more effort in making this place a tourist destination as there is so... More 

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Carbonear, NL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

My husband and I are history buffs and love to visit various forts. We visited Fort San Lorenzo as part of a cruise excursion and were not disappointed. There is much walking and exploring to do, over rough terrain. It is not an easy experience for anyone with walking issues. It was nice to view all of the various areas... More 

Thank Kaacky
Cali, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Colon, Panama has quite a few interesting sites to offer travelers and tourists.The Fort San Lorenzo historical site is comfortably positioned in a stunning natural landscape, completed by tranquil Chagres River and the Atlantic Ocean What a spectacular views which make perfect 'nature; portraits for those who love photography. The ruins of the Spanish fort are the 'storytellers' narrating the... More 

Thank Winsome66
St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

If you have any interest in the history of Panama , but don't want the tourist hype! Go to Ft San Lorenzo. It is a small, yet very decisive fort from the 1700's it has been maintained fantastically an is a great visit. On your way out, take a right and head down to the dock. You may get o... More 

Thank Ed T
Marietta, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Remains of a Spanish fort on the Caribbean. Very peaceful and scenic. Saw interesting birds and other wildlife while there and on the way to and from. Nice way to spend some time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful old Spanish fort on the Caribbean, a trek but well worth it, no bars or restaurants, bring a picnic, it's well worth the trip. The view is amazing and so are the ruins.

Thank Nick V

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