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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  • We absolutely loved this visit. It's not a grand fort but it's steep in history! We went there as part of a joint tour of the locks. Fabulous day! Saw many monkeys and sloths along the way that we cou...  more »
  • Definitely don’t miss this if you are making a trip to Colón much better then the locks. The history and ability to walk the fort are unreal. Keep your kids on a leash the area isn’t idiot proof and k...  more »
  • We were on a Panama Day Trips Tour (separate review) and stopped here for a lunch picnic. We were fortunate in that John, our tour guide, was encyclopedic in his knowledge of this place. He gave us a ...  more »
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  • Must see Attraction in Colon. You have to take a ferry to cross the canal. Entrance fee.
  • Visit if you'll have a chance! Amazing views
  • Nice views of Chagres River entrance. Nice antique Spanish Fort.
  • Wonderful day trip. Beautiful ocean views, old cannons, fort ruins. Plus we spotted monkeys on our trip. Highly recommend.
  • Amazing view of the Carribean and mouth of the Chagres.
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