This now sleepy town sited on a beautiful deep water bay 40 minutes from the city of Colon was once a busy Spanish trade center. Fortified by a strong fort and garrisons of soldiers in its heyday, Portobelo was well known worldwide and frequented by pirates thirsting to capture ships leaving the gold laden port. Today Portobelo offers travelers a look into the past and guides will tell you the history and significance of places such as fort San Lorenzo, the ruins of Portobelo and the church of the Black Christ. Tours also take you to the Gatun locks allowing for panoramic views of the city of Colon before your return trip to Panama City.
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