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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  • 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...  more »
  • A nice Fort which offers lovely views of the Lake on one side and the "golf car" on the other. Before crossing key to the lake or the ocean, is today a place that you can visit quickly and with which Nice appointed lawns allow you to put you away for a break and a pleasant picnic. It is also nice to see water via a lancha.
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  • Discover, by boat, or tuc tuc. Lovely and beautiful wooded park. Apparently, only visited by the locals. Tees nice view on the Lake.
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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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