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Fort San Lorenzo, Colon

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Find yourself amongst some of Panama’s most significant military ruins at Fort San Lorenzo, once part of a key defence system for transatlantic trade. Constructed by the Spanish Crown in the 17th and 18th centuries, the original fort dates back as far as 1595 and sits atop a cliff, overlooking a beautiful portion of the Caribbean Sea and the mouth of the Rio Chagres. Roam the UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy the national park’s surrounding scenery. The remaining fortifications are the best preserved in all of Panama and considered magnificent examples of the the period’s military architecture. There is little signage at the site, but guides are available. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Colon holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Fort San Lorenzo and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • San Lorenzo is a historical gem filled filled with a lot of great stories to be told .Mostly of the place now lies in ruins ,but with a little bit of imagination you could imagine how it looked like a...  more »
  • This structure is not rank but it is breath-taking to see the Chafres River emptying into the Caribbean from the fort. The original cannons are still in place although deteriorated. The interesting st...  more »
  • We drove ourselves- not a problem, just dodge the potholes. Ferry is free, but you may have to wait 30 mins or more, as they have a limited capacity. We drove down to beach that's just before fort, 1....  more »
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  • Amazing ruins in a breathtaking location. Read about the history ahead of your visit - there is no info on site. But it's very peaceful and feels relatively undisturbed. The view of the Chagres river meeting the Caribbean is so beautiful.
  • It's a wonderful place with a nice view of the sea.
  • Nicely kept and well worth the drive out there, always good to go. Make it extra special a d take a picnic with you or climb down to the beach
  • Most beautiful place in Panama (country), in my opinion. There's a solitary beach nearby (Tortuguilla) . Very pretty. Non-nationals are charged a $5 entrance fee. Totally worth it. To get to San Lorenzo you have to literally cross the Panama Canal via ferry or over the locks. They are building a gigantic bridge. Definitely best way to see the Panama Canal. Try going to San Lorenzo before paying $$$ to enter the "Panama Canal Miraflores Mirador" in Panama City to sometimes not even see a ship because its "in maintenance"
  • There are fort-like fortifications structures all the way up the eastern shore in the jungle south of the fort all the way to Fort Sherman. Be careful, it's dangerous out there.