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Castillo de San Felipe de Lara

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Address: Gran lago de Izabal, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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Shore Excursion: San Felipe Fortress and Banana Plantation
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Great piece of History

This was a stop on our tour of the Rio Dulce on the way to Villa Caribe in Livingston that was plan for us by Anywhere Guatemala Agency. We spent about an hour here. Lovely... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Peggy N
Oxford, New Jersey
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Oxford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a stop on our tour of the Rio Dulce on the way to Villa Caribe in Livingston that was plan for us by Anywhere Guatemala Agency. We spent about an hour here. Lovely National Park. Built in 1600's . Good photo ops.

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Alexandria, VA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As part of a cruise excursion off the Oceania Mariner ship, we toured the San Felipe castle. We took a river boat to the "Castle" which is not the right word since it is smaller than the size of large house. It has dark basement areas that you must walk through carefully. Probably would not have gone on this excursion... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We hired a van from the cruise port to the castle. The road to castle is two lane highway with a lot of pot holes limiting the speed of the vehicle. The road has very heavy traffic in and around the port area and half way to the castle. The castle sit on the entrance to Lake Izabal. The castle... More 

Thank George700East
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

This was an interesting historical site. It has been rebuilt several times. Castillo is at the narrowest part of the Rio Dulce. It has some of the original cannons. Fort protected San Antonio.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

The Castillo San Felipe is located at the tip of a peninsula about 10-15 minutes outside of Rio Dulce. Plan to spend about an hour or so touring the fort, then there are some souvenir vendors on the way. The park opens at 8am everyday, there are restaurants outside of the park and lots of hotels in the neighborhood.

Thank Daryl F
Fort Lauderdale
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 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.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 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. At the top you get wonderful views of the waterways. When you purchase your tickets... More 

Seminole, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 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 earthquake, I believe in 1999, leaving the walls cracked. It is located just a few... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 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 not free but very reasonable, there's amenities including places to eat and drink and clean... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 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 one that fell to the ground and it was very good.

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