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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  • Already the journey from Colón out is beautiful and adventurous - first with a ferry across the Canal, then through the jungle on a small, less frequented road. We had to repeatedly stop and enjoy the nature, and of course photographing. The Fort is beautifully located on the Caribbean Sea with views of the Rio charges. We were there alone, and could explore the plant with their walls, gates, underground vaults... and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere there. Fort San Lorenzo is absolutely worth a side trip or excursion.
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  • My brother and I visited this fort located in the province of Colon. This is our second time here. We arrived an hour before sunset. You have to drive from the center of Colon, pass through the Gatun ...  more »
  • Takes a while (and a good car as the drive is quite bumpy) to get there. We were arriving from Colon crossing the channel by small bridges which was curious. check the times as it's only possible to d...  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.

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