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. Plan to see Castillo de San Felipe de Lara and other attractions that appeal to you using our Izabal trip planning tool .
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  • 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 t...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • Beautiful experience to enter the Castle, is very beautiful and antique. Guide to the entry but also can explore it on your own. It is good to carry suitable clothing as there is to climb stairs without railings and small and there are very dark parts and low tunnels
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  • Great family place, for a pic-nic ou just a day out. Lost of water activities to do ou just for chill out. Certainly a fabulous place to visit whilst in Rio Dolce or surroundings.
  • Beautiful place, nice views. Swimming next to the fort is pleasing when its hot there.
  • Wonderful place the view you have there is amazing.
  • Nice place, can swim and have a excellent relaxing time
  • 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.

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You're unlikely to find any accommodations in the village of Izabal itself. Your best bet is to stay just northeast, in nearby Mariscos, and visit Izabal on a day trip. If you want to enjoy the nature of Lake Izabal, stay north in the town of Rio Dulce.
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