Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, Rio Dulce

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Witness Spanish colonial military defense at Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, which was built in 1644 to protect the port of San Antonia de las Bodegas from frequent pirate attacks. The 17th-century three-level fort, which is built of stone, sits on the narrowest point of the Dulce River. It consists of two outer walls, which envelope a semicircular bastion. Enter the fort via a small drawbridge over a moat. For Castillo de San Felipe de Lara and beyond, use our Izabal travel itinerary planner to get the most from your Izabal vacation.
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  • A nice small castle built to combat the pirates of the Caribbean (a dream) the tour is fast, around 1:00 but the setting is very nice. It would be a shame to miss it during your ride in a lancha to Livingston. It is located 10 minutes from Rio Dulce
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  • Well located on the edge of the Rio Dulce, it is interesting to do the boat tour. the walk in the well-maintained Park is also very pleasant
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  • A Fort of colonial times which makes you visualize as they were those times of pirates invasions and counter attacks by those who were located in the Fort.
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  • Had a wonderful time with my girlfriend and her family here. This place is beautiful. The guides were very friendly. But spoke spanish. So I do not know alot about what I saw. I will have to Google it.
  • The work that has been done to keep this castle alive is fantastic! I also admire the fact that it has been decided to create a protected and well maintained park with an area to swim in the river. I wish there were more places like this in Guatemala.
  • A fairly well maintained small Spanish fort with nice grounds around. The local seems to enjoy having a picnic on the grass, good idea. The fort itself is interesting enough to make the visit worth it. We walked from Rio Dulce, close to an hour each way but boats (lanchas ) are available too. Entry fee is 20Q, less than $3.
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