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. Plan to visit Fort San Lorenzo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Colon attractions using our Colon trip tool .
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  • We absolutely loved this visit. It's not a grand fort but it's steep in history! We went there as part of a joint tour of the locks. Fabulous day! Saw many monkeys and sloths along the way that we cou...  more »
  • Definitely don’t miss this if you are making a trip to Colón much better then the locks. The history and ability to walk the fort are unreal. Keep your kids on a leash the area isn’t idiot proof and k...  more »
  • We were on a Panama Day Trips Tour (separate review) and stopped here for a lunch picnic. We were fortunate in that John, our tour guide, was encyclopedic in his knowledge of this place. He gave us a ...  more »
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  • Wonderful day trip. Beautiful ocean views, old cannons, fort ruins. Plus we spotted monkeys on our trip. Highly recommend.
  • Lovely day out with the kids, Fort San Lorenzo is set is a beautiful environment, with amazing views. My kids love discovering the ruins that are very accessible. There is a small artisanal market at the entrance of the Fort. If driving there from the city, you have to cross the Panama Canal at the Gatun locks which in itself is an experience all together. Unlike the Miraflores locks where you have bridges crossing the canal, at the Gatun locks you actually drive over the doors of the locks when they are closed and so you get a close up view.
  • I love the great connection with nature.. there are noise monkeys and unforgettable views!
  • 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.
  • Great day trip from Panama well worth going.

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