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Fort San Lorenzo

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Address: Colon, Panama
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King Phillip II ordered the fortress to be built in 1595, which is located...

King Phillip II ordered the fortress to be built in 1595, which is located on the Chagres River commanding a view of the mouth of the river and miles out to sea.

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Great viewpoint of Chagres river & estuary

Our guide took us to view the San Lorenzo Fort ruins which was very interesting, with spectacular views over the Chagres river and Caribbean Sea, and lots of black headed turkey... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our guide took us to view the San Lorenzo Fort ruins which was very interesting, with spectacular views over the Chagres river and Caribbean Sea, and lots of black headed turkey vultures. It was a hot day, so glad I had my hat with me. The only thing that spoiled our visit was the local kids with Rasta blasters who... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a great historical site of Panama. Beautiful location and last time I went (January 2016) was being very well kept by the keepers. The road from Colon to it feels a little far but it is part of the attraction so drive slow. If you do, you can very easily spot packs of monkeys (yes, packs: as in 10... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Spanish fort, can imagine how active it could have been on battle days, now a peaceful site with a magnificent view of the entrance of the Chagres river.

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Merrickville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

We took the Fort Lorenzo and Gatun Locks excursion from our cruise ship during our second visit to Colon. During the excursion we travelled deep into Panama’s dense tropical forest, and passed through the former U.S. Army Base of Fort Sherman (a great shame to see it so derelict) and hidden deep in the jungle we found the 400-year-old ruins... More 

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We drove out to Ft. San Lorenzo on our recent family trip to Panama. It was a great trip, we really enjoyed it. There are really 2 parts to this experience: the fort itself and the journey to get there. The fort is an important part of the country's history, and is located in a gorgeous setting, on a hill... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

The ruins of this landmark provide an interesting but out of the way site that many visitors miss. It guarded the river that was one route the Spnish treasure was brought on its way to Portobello's Customs House.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

The ruins of the fort itself are fascinating, the history of which dates from Spanish colonial times of Panama. It was constructed to defend against pirate attacks from various privateers. The forest and the beach are also very enjoyable and the eildlufe viewing is good too.While there I saw different species of Capuchin monkeys, Howler monkeys, A Keel Billed Toucan,... More 

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Bokeelia, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

The place is a world heritage location and the reason is clear... it is a knock your socks off Spanish fort of centuries gone by. It was 2nd in importance with regard to the transfer of gold, only to Portobelo. The government of Panama really should place more effort in making this place a tourist destination as there is so... More 

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Carbonear, NL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

My husband and I are history buffs and love to visit various forts. We visited Fort San Lorenzo as part of a cruise excursion and were not disappointed. There is much walking and exploring to do, over rough terrain. It is not an easy experience for anyone with walking issues. It was nice to view all of the various areas... More 

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Cali, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

Colon, Panama has quite a few interesting sites to offer travelers and tourists.The Fort San Lorenzo historical site is comfortably positioned in a stunning natural landscape, completed by tranquil Chagres River and the Atlantic Ocean What a spectacular views which make perfect 'nature; portraits for those who love photography. The ruins of the Spanish fort are the 'storytellers' narrating the... More 

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