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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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  • La verdad que tenía años sin ir y está muy bien conservado. Al parecer se le realizaron restauraciones. Las ruinas te llevan a los tiempos de los piratas y los cañones te hacen visualizar esas luchas ...  more »
  • El sitio es acogedor, pero llegar es parte aventura, parte preocupación. Igual cuando se está allí, los paisajes son muy lindos y es un sitio ideal para la fotografía. 
  • fui lectora de Salgari y este lugar se parece mucho, muchísimo, al escenario donde se desarrollaba La reina de los caribes, del escritor italiano. El mar y el fuerte son tal como los imaginé de chica,...  more »
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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....