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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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  • Our guide took us to view the San Lorenzo Fort ruins which was very interesting, with spectacular views over the Chagres river and Caribbean Sea, and lots of black headed turkey vultures. It was a hot...  more »
  • The Fort is located in a protected area, surrounded by lush vegetation and with a stunning view to the mouth of the Chagres River. Within the National Park San Lorenzo, also you can see some trails, go to beach Tortuguilla and pass by the Navy of the former Fort Sherman. Unfortunately, it is true that when I visited there were no guides or much information in place. Make the trip certainly worthwhile. As we crossed the ferry we saw many ships passing the Gatun locks and then in the rest of the way we saw mangroves, lots of vegetation, and even some animals. The road does signage and is paved but with some holes, nothing extreme but it is advisable to go slow. The Fort is open every day from 8 am to 4 pm and you have to pay a fee at the port of the ANAM ($2.00 domestic and $5.00 foreigners).
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  • The Fort and its construction are impressive, the view from that height is beautiful, open space is a window into a beautiful nature better view they have for the summer months of January to may, its location by the Spaniards was a challenge and a prodigious work.
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  • Beautiful and magical place! I love that because is really ancient, you can feel and historical energy there. Really interesting place to visit and take some great pictures.
  • Old ruins, carribean sea, nice weekend getaway
  • Great fort. British canon (not Spanish?). Howler monkey easy to see and hear. Beach road be careful. Alot of rubbish dumped at beach creek entrance. Place well worth visit.
  • Beautiful beach and port, but forgotten for maintaining it clean and provide basics. But the beach down to the right fort is a must and best part of trip is that you must drive through Gatun Locks to make it to this port. Take plenty of water, and munchies and enjoy.
  • Very nice and remote place. You have to pay a small fee to get there because it's in a National Park of Panama. But its very nice here. you get a good view of the ocean and the old ruins. Even the drive there is worth it....