Shore Excursion Details

San Lorenzo Fort & New Locks

Panama Canal/Gatun Lake, Panama

San Lorenzo Fort & New Locks

DETAILS

  • 41/2
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  • Snack

Explore the ruins of a massive fortress built centuries ago to protect transatlantic trade and view a modern set of locks that have greatly expanded the Panama Canal and increased shipping. San Lorenzo Fort is considered such an extraordinary example of Spanish military architecture that UNESCO deemed it a World Heritage site. While walking through the ruins, you will see old cannons aimed over the sea, earthwork battlements, underground tunnels and rooms that were prisons. All the while, the guide will describe the history of the fort, dating back to 1595 when King Phillip II ordered its construction to protect the mouth of the Chagres River. Visiting the Aqua Clara Visitor Center will be equally enlightening as you will learn how the newest locks there enable much larger ships to pass through the Panama Canal. The three-chambered Aqua Clara locks are marvels of engineering and look especially impressive when seen from the center’s observation deck.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk through the ruins of a Spanish-built colonial fort that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Admire the sweeping views of the Chagres River from the strategically located fort.
  • See the Panama Canal’s newest locks, which were built to accommodate much larger ships.
  • Learn about the cutting-edge engineering behind the Aqua Clara locks.


HELPFUL HINTS

  • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


Need to Know:

Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking on uneven ground. Participants should be in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or guests with mobility concerns. Minimum age to participate is 4 years of age. Itinerary may operate in reverse order. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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