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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  • August 2, 2017
    As all Portobello: a place with much history but abandoned. It would seem that interested in anyone to preserve these relics of the past not very common in other countries. a pity.
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  • July 24, 2017
    The place is pretty clean and you can tour the entire complex, it seems to me that there must be more information or a guide site that can tell the story of this Fort. Bathroom toilet tissue already is far from one. Its importance was very high at the time and we should give it more I enhance these sites.
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  • July 22, 2017
    Located in a geographically beautiful place, lots of vegetation, to the edge of the river and the ocean. Always interesting to be in this type of historic places, however there is much to be done in place. More information for tourists and better maintenance of the venue and catering.
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  • March 6, 2017
    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.
  • June 11, 2017
    It's a wonderful place with a nice view of the sea.
  • February 20, 2017
    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
  • February 18, 2017
    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"
  • March 20, 2017
    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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