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Fort San Lorenzo

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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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Really interesting history

Be sure and take a guide that can explain all the history of the fort and why it was so important. Takes awhile to get there from Colon and the road is little bumpy but its worth... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Be sure and take a guide that can explain all the history of the fort and why it was so important. Takes awhile to get there from Colon and the road is little bumpy but its worth the ride. Along the way you will go through so natural forest land that has lots of wildlife and picture opportunities. The view... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive up is long with not the greatest roads. You can walk around the Fort and get great views of the ocean. Very isolated and unfortunately we did not see any animals along the way. The old American housing along the way is there,very dilapidated, but an erriereminder of the past.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 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

Thank Kittypretty
Fulton, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

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.

Thank JoeH65043
Florida Panhandle, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

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.

Thank Nholt769
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

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 5 February 2017

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 23 January 2017 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 10 January 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 29 November 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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