Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, Rio Dulce

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Castle Tourist Spot
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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TripAdvisor
  • 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/roofto...  more »
  • 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'...  more »
  • We were greeted by the most friendly man who spoke very good English to help us get the most out of our walking tour. Worth the visit!  more »
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  • A beautiful park and outstanding historical fort to take in. Must visit!
  • Beautiful small castle with a nice view of the weather is good! Strangers have to pay 20Q entry fee!
  • 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.
  • Historic, beautiful views, gorgeous island