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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  • The Fort is in the town of Portobelo, in the province of colon, a little more than 1 hour drive from Panama City. The Fort is considered a world heritage site, but unfortunately are in true abandonment. Worth the ride, despite the distance.
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  • It is a tourist and historic place. A bit far from the city oero simply had to do that across the csnal the locks from the Atlantic made it worthwhile. The ruins of Fort San Lorenzo have spectacular sea views.
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  • It has an interesting history. There's not a ton to see but it has beautiful views. The ride in is tough... the roads are full of potholes so our driver was dodging them left and right. If you're up f...  more »
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  • Beautiful historic site that offers amazing views of the Caribbean side of Panama. We were the only group there because it is fairly remote. The guide we had gave us the whole history of the fort which made it that more interesting.
  • Interesting place. Nice view! The roads you travel to arrive are not the smoothest! There are monkeys in the trees if you look for them.
  • Love visiting this place but panamas administration fore conservation of historical locations sucks ass.
  • By far one of my favorite places to visit in Panama. They only issue was that a tour bus of people showed up not long after we arrived and ruined our silence and listening to the howler monkeys in the surrounding jungle.
  • An intriguing place to visit; well worth the time if you're exploring the Panama Canal zone.
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