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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 1 week ago

We booked this shore excursion through Holland America when our ship stopped in Puerto Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala for the day. I thought the price of the excursion was over priced but wanted the security of being with a a group from the ship,...More

Thank GilB867
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pleasant stop on a boat trip along the Rio Dulce. Very small but has the right feel. Wish I wasn't too old to play pirates! Set in a well kept park.

Thank WinstonSophie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easiest is to get a boat from Rio Dulce either private boat or public boat from the public boat dock. Spend some time there. it is very nice and quite. Later afternoon recommended

Thank Andreas M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We toured the castle in drizzling rain, and it was worth it! Most of it is still standing, and visitors are free to roam the entire castle, climb various stairs to get views of Rio Dulce, as well as explore the ground level. The only...More

Thank Marianne_joy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is one of famous atraction on Rio Dulce (tour from Rio Dulce village to Livinstone). But I was surprised, that it is so small but cute :-) The castle surroundings is clean and well-groomed. If you wish to visit this castle and its undergroud...More

Thank Petr Vecera
Reviewed 6 November 2017

A Spanish colonial fort at the entrance of Lake Izabal. Lake Izabal is connected with the Caribbean Sea via the Dulce River and El Golfete lake. The Castillo de San Felipe was used by the Spanish for several centuries. The fort is listed on the...More

Thank DavidSCG
Reviewed 6 September 2017

I only saw the castle from the outside. The location is great and the whole surrounding area is very manicured.

1  Thank vmimartins
Reviewed 28 June 2017

This was described to us as a castle - it is a fort. It is nice to view and photograph from the river but not really much here to see.

Thank MareeandPeter
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed a visit to San Felipe Fort, a beautiful colonial Spanish building with lovely views of the lake. It is remarkably well preserved and we really enjoyed the walk along the ramparts/rooftop. If you have the choice, go early in the morning as It...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

We walked to San Felipe from El Tortugal River Lodge - a round-trip walk of about 6 miles. San Felipe is a well-preserved and restored Spanish fort on the Rio Dulce at the entrance to Lago Izabal. It's strategic location on the Rio was an...More

Thank On-A-Caper
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