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Fort San Lorenzo

Colon, Panama
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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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  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

San Lorenzo is a historical gem filled filled with a lot of great stories to be told .Mostly of the place now lies in ruins ,but with a little bit of imagination you could imagine how it looked like after 60 years of struggle to...More

Thank Mattias H
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This structure is not rank but it is breath-taking to see the Chafres River emptying into the Caribbean from the fort. The original cannons are still in place although deteriorated. The interesting stone is missing in spots,revealing the interesting brickwork beneath.

Thank tweety817
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We drove ourselves- not a problem, just dodge the potholes. Ferry is free, but you may have to wait 30 mins or more, as they have a limited capacity. We drove down to beach that's just before fort, 1.5 km down a gravel road, better...More

Thank happyhoward
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Be sure and take a guide that can explain all the history of the fort and why it was so important. Takes awhile to get there from Colon and the road is little bumpy but its worth the ride. Along the way you will go...More

Thank RC30319
Reviewed 9 March 2017

The drive up is long with not the greatest roads. You can walk around the Fort and get great views of the ocean. Very isolated and unfortunately we did not see any animals along the way. The old American housing along the way is there,very...More

Thank Sue T
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The place is really interesting, has a nice view to the bay and if you will be with a good guide I guess you will enjoy it way more

Thank Kittypretty
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Panama National Treasure and they protect it. Old Spanish style fort at mouth of Chagres River, with views of ocean, river and jungle. See some animinals--monkeys, etc on the road to it.

Thank JoeH65043
Reviewed 10 February 2017

You have to take the ferry and then drive 30 minutes on very rough roads, but you won't be disappointed. The views at the hotel are amazing. It was restored by UNESCO in the mid 1980s and just looks fabulous. Probably my favorite site in...More

1  Thank Nholt769
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We have visited this fort several times. Currently, they are restoring it to preserve the amazing ruins. There are fantastic opportunities to take beautiful photos. Enjoy! You might also get lucky and see monkeys or sloths while you are there. Cheers, JoAnne & Bill S/V...More

Thank William H
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Stand at various spots of the ruins and imagine the historic armada of Pirate ships under the command of the the legendary Captain Morgan in 1671. Rumor has it that due to the strategic location overlooking the mouth of the Chagres River, the fort had...More

Thank devnprt1
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Response from Kittypretty | Reviewed this property |
There is no scheduled bus for it. You can only visit San Lorenzo with excursion buses
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14 January 2017|
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Response from Michael D | Reviewed this property |
A taxi ride from Colon to San Lorenzo is possible, but it is a long ride and if on the meter could get a bit pricey. By far the most reasonable means of getting there and seeing it is with a private driver. This is... More
2 January 2017|
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Response from YOUGOPANAMA | Reviewed this property |
Hello, Parking lot is just in front of the ruins, the farthest is 200 meters away, however ruins start 25 meters away. Hope this is helpful! Regards @yougopanama