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Castillo de San Felipe de Lara

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Address: Gran lago de Izabal, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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US$89.00*
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Shore Excursion: San Felipe Fortress and Banana Plantation
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The castle on the river dating back to 1790

We hired a van from the cruise port to the castle. The road to castle is two lane highway with a lot of pot holes limiting the speed of the vehicle. The road has very heavy... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We hired a van from the cruise port to the castle. The road to castle is two lane highway with a lot of pot holes limiting the speed of the vehicle. The road has very heavy traffic in and around the port area and half way to the castle. The castle sit on the entrance to Lake Izabal. The castle... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an interesting historical site. It has been rebuilt several times. Castillo is at the narrowest part of the Rio Dulce. It has some of the original cannons. Fort protected San Antonio.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Castillo San Felipe is located at the tip of a peninsula about 10-15 minutes outside of Rio Dulce. Plan to spend about an hour or so touring the fort, then there are some souvenir vendors on the way. The park opens at 8am everyday, there are restaurants outside of the park and lots of hotels in the neighborhood.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This castle is high up in the middle of the city with great views. It is a steep climb at first up the rampart but then is easier.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

You could easliy spend a relaxing day here. The Castillo is small but the way it is designed it is a bit of labyrinth walking around. There are alot of tight passageway, steep staircases and some parts are so dark you need a flash light. At the top you get wonderful views of the waterways. When you purchase your tickets... More 

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Seminole, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

Castillo de San Felipe Guatemala sits right where the Rio Dulce and Lake Izabal join. An interesting piece of Guatemala's history. Over the years, the small fortress has been improved, rebuilt and renovated due to many pirate attacks. The fortress was also damaged by an earthquake, I believe in 1999, leaving the walls cracked. It is located just a few... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

In close proximity to Fronteras, the castle's only a longish walk away, if you're up for that - and buses are available for the 4km ride if that's your thing - making for a great comfy daytrip. Castle and grounds are well tended, entrance is not free but very reasonable, there's amenities including places to eat and drink and clean... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

A very cool place to go and see a part of the local history. If you can read Spanish then even better as they hand out a sheet with the history of the place. It also has a swimming area and mango trees. We ate one that fell to the ground and it was very good.

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Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Ok for a half or so. It is very small and there is absolutely no signage to tell you anything about the different rooms or place as a whole. Very popular with locals but really not worth a detour to see, but if you are nearby it is a pleasant enough setting.

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Jericho, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

We just cruised by the fort in a tiny boat as we headed up the lake. It looked interesting and well-preserved, but not compelling enough to stop by. Enough Spanish conquest, I'm interested in the Maya, not the culture that attempted to obliterate them.

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