Fort San Lorenzo

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Fort San Lorenzo
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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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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,766 contributions
Interesting Place
Sep 2019 • Solo
This Spanish fort which fell to a pirate called Henry Morgan was used to guard the Caribbean end of the Las Cruces Trail, the overland route for Spanish treasures and gold from Central and South America. It is views of both the Caribbean sea and some of the Tunnels have bat's in them.

Great for a visit.
Written June 5, 2020
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pinn
ontario canada1,452 contributions
Great part of our day tour.
Mar 2020
We book via viator and really enjoyed this part of day tour. Our guide gave us a very good over view of the history of the fort. Really nice picture ops.
Written March 13, 2020
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O9772BOrobertc
Los Angeles, CA7 contributions
Pirate Legends
Jan 2020
Cynthia at Panama Day Trips set up this fun, varied trip for us. Our friendly guide Earnesto took us to the north bound train which runs along the canal. We rode it to Colon where he met us again and drove us to Fort San Lorenzo historical monument. The fort was overrun by the English Buccaneer Henry Morgan in 1670 and he used it as a base to attack and sack Panama City a year later. Earnesto then drove us back to Panama City to see the old city. It was a full and varied day.
Written February 5, 2020
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Sandra W
Stalybridge, UK19 contributions
Amazing views
Dec 2019 • Couples
You need a 4x4 to manage the approach road but it's well worth the amazing views when you arrive. Exceptionally clean toilet facilities and lovely staff
Written December 28, 2019
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Reginald G
10 contributions
Beautiful Site
Nov 2019
This is a beautiful site. It's a bit of a drive to get there as the road is rather isolated but when you get there, it is really beautiful. the ruins are gorgeous and some really great photo's can be taken there. Also, there are some unique animals to see there as well. It's worth the trip if you like history and beauty.
Written December 9, 2019
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Cynthia A
Miami, FL28 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2019 • Couples
This place is in the process of being restored. It has a lot of history and much more to see than the other forts we visited in Panama. The road to get there is very bad, and the trip is pretty long, but it was worth it.
Written October 27, 2019
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Kieran S
Danville, CA54 contributions
Small forth worth a side trip
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is a good side trip on the way to the beach but I can’t recommend on its own. There are cannons discarded but not well kept.
Written October 21, 2019
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Michael B T
Waikiki, HI39 contributions
Beautiful Location
Jul 2019 • Solo
When you are here, you will understand why the Spanish located the fort at this point. Strategic in location but also a great view of the beautiful coast line and river.
Written July 24, 2019
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Kladower
Holetown, Barbados132 contributions
Historic significance
May 2019 • Couples
After a pleasant drive through the rain forest with occasional monkey sightings the elevated position of these ruins comes a bit as a surprise. There are some information signs providing basic information and background to the various parts of the different structures. A visitor center appeared to be under constructions.
Written May 18, 2019
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midway42
Minnesota2,784 contributions
Historical tranquility.
Apr 2019 • Solo
Located on a promontory at the mouth of the Chagres River, Fort San Lorenzo traces its historical roots back to the 1500’s when a sea level structure evolved to protect Spanish interests (read: the gold route) on the Panamanian isthmus. After being destroyed and then commandeered by the English buccaneer Henry Morgan, Spain built the current structure which has obviously gone through several permutations over the centuries. The fort is protected by cliffs on the seaward sides and by a moat and drawbridge over land. Present access is difficult to say the least, as it took my tour guide about an hour drive from the main road to get here. There were more potholes than monkeys.

The main benefit of the difficult access, obviously, is the fact that there were less than ten tourists here at any given time. There is a small parking lot with minimal facilities (no staff, a small bathroom) at the end of the road and before entrance to the fort. I visited with my guide and spent maybe on hour on the premises. Storyboards with English signage abound here and explain the timeline of events from the Columbian exchange through WW2. We started on the ground level, passed through the moat and defense structures, and ended up by the barracks overlooking the ocean. After circling above on the upper walls of the fort we departed through the main entrance. Individual descriptions of each location are available and taken as a whole provide an excellent overview of the historical importance of the structure.

This was one of the highlights of my week in Panama for several reasons. First, the location itself is similar to the Oracle of Delphi in Greece in that it was the one site in the country that had a “sense of place.” Just arriving here and walking out over the cliffs would have been worth it regardless of any fort on the premises. Second, while the focus is on the Spanish history there are multiple layers to be found here and the area functions as a kaleidoscope of pertinent history. Third, I found the lack of souvenir shops and on site guides refreshing; along with the fort’s remote location it gave the experience an aura of authenticity that I rarely find. Last, as an extra bonus you pass through a protected forest and we got to see howler monkeys, toucans, and multiple other creatures on our way in and out.

This was a hugely beneficial experience and is highly recommended for those with the means to get here. Two opposable thumbs up.
Written May 9, 2019
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