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Fort San Lorenzo

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Address: Colon, Panama
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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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Interesting but the road to get there is horrible

The place is really interesting, has a nice view to the bay and if you will be with a good guide I guess you will enjoy it way more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is really interesting, has a nice view to the bay and if you will be with a good guide I guess you will enjoy it way more

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Fulton, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Panama National Treasure and they protect it. Old Spanish style fort at mouth of Chagres River, with views of ocean, river and jungle. See some animinals--monkeys, etc on the road to it.

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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to take the ferry and then drive 30 minutes on very rough roads, but you won't be disappointed. The views at the hotel are amazing. It was restored by UNESCO in the mid 1980s and just looks fabulous. Probably my favorite site in Panama.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited this fort several times. Currently, they are restoring it to preserve the amazing ruins. There are fantastic opportunities to take beautiful photos. Enjoy! You might also get lucky and see monkeys or sloths while you are there. Cheers, JoAnne & Bill S/V ULTRA

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stand at various spots of the ruins and imagine the historic armada of Pirate ships under the command of the the legendary Captain Morgan in 1671. Rumor has it that due to the strategic location overlooking the mouth of the Chagres River, the fort had to fall before he could travel overland to take Panama City. He had a force... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were with our Panamanian friend and guide for a half day trip near Colon and then along the coast to Fort San Lorenzo. It commands a full view of the mouth of the Chagres River. It is a very pleasant walk thru the grassed areas and old fort remains. Historical interest is the best reason to visit . The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

Excellent views from the top of the fort, really nice to listen to the history of what it was built for and how everything ended.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Our guide took us to view the San Lorenzo Fort ruins which was very interesting, with spectacular views over the Chagres river and Caribbean Sea, and lots of black headed turkey vultures. It was a hot day, so glad I had my hat with me. The only thing that spoiled our visit was the local kids with Rasta blasters who... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

It's a great historical site of Panama. Beautiful location and last time I went (January 2016) was being very well kept by the keepers. The road from Colon to it feels a little far but it is part of the attraction so drive slow. If you do, you can very easily spot packs of monkeys (yes, packs: as in 10... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Spanish fort, can imagine how active it could have been on battle days, now a peaceful site with a magnificent view of the entrance of the Chagres river.

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