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Fort San Lorenzo: Tours & Tickets

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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is in the process of being restored. It has a lot of history and much more to see than the other forts we visited in Panama. The road to get there is very bad, and the trip is pretty long, but it was...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good side trip on the way to the beach but I can’t recommend on its own. There are cannons discarded but not well kept.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 25 July 2019

When you are here, you will understand why the Spanish located the fort at this point. Strategic in location but also a great view of the beautiful coast line and river.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Michael B T
Reviewed 19 May 2019

After a pleasant drive through the rain forest with occasional monkey sightings the elevated position of these ruins comes a bit as a surprise. There are some information signs providing basic information and background to the various parts of the different structures. A visitor center...More

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank Ralf L
Reviewed 9 May 2019

Located on a promontory at the mouth of the Chagres River, Fort San Lorenzo traces its historical roots back to the 1500’s when a sea level structure evolved to protect Spanish interests (read: the gold route) on the Panamanian isthmus. After being destroyed and then...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank midway42
Reviewed 8 May 2019

My wife and I visited Fort San Lorenzo at the recommendations of the hotel concierge and I am glad we went with his recommendation. Setting of the fort was breath taking, (Caribbean sea). There was only one more couple there which was very surprising to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Asim A
Reviewed 11 April 2019

The fort of San Lorenzo sits on an elevated commanding position on the Caribbean coast of Panama at the mouth of Chagres river. This river was used as a way of transportation of both - supplies for Spanish invaders and the wealth they looted there....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 5 April 2019 via mobile

Our trip to Fort San Lorenzo beat all the eco tours we saw. We could drive here and the view is amazing! Road is really rough and there is opportunity to hike all over. Well worth the adventure to get here, however, Colon is not...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Reviewed 2 April 2019

In order to experience a “jungle walk” in this part of Panama, our bus dropped us off (and followed us in) on a short road through the jungle that would lead us to the San Lorenzo National Park. Inside the park are fourteen different eco...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank Kelleygirl2
Reviewed 24 March 2019 via mobile

A visit to Fort San Lorenzo in Colon is an absolute must for anyone interested in history and natural sightseeing. It is a little more than an hours drive from Panama City. It is good to have a tour guide who can explain to you...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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14 October 2019|
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Response from Asim A | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at Le Meridian hotel in Panama City and they arranged the private car with a driver who took us on a day long trip to Fort San Lorenzo and Leon. He was great, spoke excellent English and very courteous.
6 January 2019|
Response from tanikad2016 | Reviewed this property |
I ordered an Uber to take me to the location, to me that was the safest way to get around since I barely speak Spanish.
7 December 2017|
Response from Navigator770389 |
I use car rentals, all over Panama! No, problem.