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Castillo de San Felipe de Lara

Gran lago de Izabal, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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Gran lago de Izabal, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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"entrance fee"
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"caribbean sea"
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"cruise excursion"
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"the river"
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"san felipe"
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"small fort"
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"beautiful location"
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"colonial fort"
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"nice stroll"
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"cool place"
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"lake izabal"
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"boat ride"
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"small fee"
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"guatemala"
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"park"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Castillo is a beautiful place, situated where the Rio Dulce and Lago Izabal come together, so you have river views on one side and lake views on the other. The fort itself has been well-cared for and features original cannons. The grounds have been...More

Thank mrandmrsdavis2015
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

This is a beautiful little fortress at a well kept portion of the river. There are clean restrooms, shopping and a restaurant.

Thank DUKELOGAN
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

I thought the Castillo was really interesting. It is really well preserved and just a cool place. You can visit by land or water and I think seeing it from the lake was awesome.

Thank Ravenito
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely little fortress that offers great views and the possibility of getting there directly by the river. Either by boat or kayak. It has places great for a pick nick and offers awesome sunset views!

Thank fur312
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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Well maintained fort on banks of lake. We got here by coach from Santos Tomas de Castilla. Tour guide was very informative. Eye opener was the wide spread poverty all along the 80km journey. Boat ride from Rio Dulce to fort was great. Contrast to...More

Thank welshpeej
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

So the castle is great and very much worth visiting. Do not book it as a tour. You can show up by kayak and do not have to pay the agency way too much for the service of pointing you towards the castle.

Thank mrjerryjackson
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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

I liked the way they preserved the castle, love the view and the surroundings. You can spend whole afternoon there and godine back to Rio Dulce by boat. Just ask.

Thank Nestashna
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

If you are in the area, this is definitely a must see. It was a fun little hike to the castle and such a beautiful view. I would be cautious if taking small children. I would say that it is safe to take them, just...More

Thank Megalodean
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

It's reached mainly by tours from the cruise ships. The bus stops on the shores of Lake Izabal (aka Golfo Dulce) which is huge...227 sq. miles. You pile onto a small boat with a big engine and go for a 15 minute thrill ride to...More

Thank hwstein
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

The park is very well maintained, but the fort is tiny... the smallest I have ever seen. The boat ride to this island is nice, but nothing spectacular.

Thank Nancy C
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