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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  • A visit to Fort San Lorenzo in Colon is an absolute must for anyone interested in history and natural sightseeing. It is a little more than an hours drive from Panama City. It is good to have a tour g...  more »
  • This is one of the most fascinating historical places of Panama, on the Atlantic coast. It may be well combined with a visit to the Gatun Lake and to Portobello.  more »
  • We drove a small Rental car from Panama City to San Lorenzo. Mann can easily bypass the Toll Roads with Googlemaps! The App is definitely worth it for Rides around Panama City. We drove over the locks On the Way Out, because the Navi led us like this-whether we can't know, because we weren't allowed to get over it at the second Time-was only for Employees ... However, You can also drive over with the free Car ferry-with us it went off relatively quickly (drove 3 Times-Waiting Time about 2-5 Minutes). Watch out: After the Crossing there is no more Gas Station! Prefer To refuel again beforehand, otherwise it's like turning around with us and driving back. The Roads are a little bumpy, but you don't need a 4x4 unless you want to go straight to the Beaches at San Lorenzo. It is also only a few Minutes walk from the Road. Just before Fort San Lorenzo, you have to stop briefly in the Military and say that you want to go to Fort San Lorenzo because you drive through Fort Sherman. Looks very interesting, though. When we arrived At Rangerpoint, we had to tell the Ranger our Nationality and were allowed to drive into the Park on a Donation basis. He meant the Park to close at 6 P.m. .. But you should also keep the Ferrydescents in Mind. With us, the last one departed at 7 P.m.-but is weekday dependent. At Last, there were hardly any Tourists there. Possibly 5 others. You can move freely around the Village and explore a lot. The View is simply gigantic. I think it was the most beautiful Sea View in the whole Holiday. There was also a Dixiklo and small Stalls with Water, Fruit and Crimean Rams. Nearby there are some Hiking Trails that we didn't run for reasons of time (Turning Around because of the empty Tank was very time consuming!). We visited another Nearby beach, which was deserted-but was not the most beautiful ... Who can still drive to the Port, mange the "Beautiful and Rich" with Your Yachts waiting for the crossing of the Panama Canal. We felt a little out of Place as Backpackers. Who is in Panamacity I would recommend the Ride definitive:)
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  • The road to get there is terrible but the fort itself is fantastic. The place is well-maintained and easy to walk through and read up on the history. The views of the Chagres and ocean are amazing.
  • Great place to visit. You can feel the deep history while enjoy peace and beauty.
  • If you are ever in Panama this historic site offers a great view out to the Atlantic ocean and an explanation of the rich history of the country.
  • Very interesting historical site. Somewhat difficult to get to since the roads are not in good condition.
  • Magnificient place, really enjoyed it. There's a great history behind this old fortress, and a great View at the atlantic.
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