Fort San Lorenzo, Colon

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World heritage site · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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. Plan to visit Fort San Lorenzo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Colon attractions using our Colon trip tool.
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  • Our tour took us to San Lorenzo National Park for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we were taken on a walk through the Fort, which is currently undergoing some restoration. It does take away some of the.....  more
    Our tour took us to San Lorenzo National Park for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we were taken on a walk through the Fort, which is currently undergoing some restoration. It does take away some of the.....  more »
  • We stopped at Fort San Lorenzo while on the Colon side after our Agua Clara locks visit. There is a lot of restoration work ongoing but this was still a lovely place to visit with so much history... 
    We stopped at Fort San Lorenzo while on the Colon side after our Agua Clara locks visit. There is a lot of restoration work ongoing but this was still a lovely place to visit with so much history...  more »
  • $5 entry, which is expensive for what it is. A pleasant introductory video and self guide yourselves around the site with its many information boards in Spanish and English. But it is not a large... 
    $5 entry, which is expensive for what it is. A pleasant introductory video and self guide yourselves around the site with its many information boards in Spanish and English. But it is not a large...  more »
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  • I'm not sure how I feel about the restoration.... the original stone and ancient history that is so clearly visible is important. But so is protecting it. Just such a stack contrast seeing the new work compared to the old. It's worth seeing it in its original wonder for sure. And no doubt will be awesome to see when it's complete as well.
  • One of my husband favorites places to visit. Love what they have been doing with the fort (they have bathrooms now, parking, you have to pay to go to the fort wich is good if they used the money to keep it up and they are working on restoration). Amazing views 😍
  • We were staying at shelter bay & thought it was a good idea to walk. It’s almost 2 hours & although on tarmac, it’s a bit much in the heat. When we got there it’s $5 cash only! Antonio the tour guide was very friendly & spoke great English. They only sell bottled water FYI. There wasn’t much else to see in the area so this was a good day out, we spent maybe an hour at the fortress. I wish there was more information about sir Francis drake etc but it’s all mostly presumptions.
  • A great place to spend a day. Beautiful views of a very historic place! Pack a lunch!
  • IT was amazing. Had not been there in more than 40+ years. Did a photoshoot for my daugther. There is a fee of$5.00 for visitors and $1.50 for nationals there is also a fee to take pictures.

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