Quebec to Panama 2017-2019

(North and Central America)
16 months - solo travel - Suzuki DR650

Colón Province

May 7, 2019  —  Panama
Panama Canal - Panama

The Panama Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Panama and ends in the Atlantic Ocean in the Colón Province. Unlike the capital, the city of Colón is not very attractive and has the reputation of being dangerous. However, along the coast, a few interesting sites are worth a visit.

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Fuerte de San Lorenzo

Fuerte San Lorenzo - Área Protegida San Lorenzo - Panama

The fort of San Lorenzo, built at the end of the 16th century, protected the mouth of the Río Chagres. After the Spanish Conquest, the river was an important transportation route for the merchandise stolen from Ecuador and Peru. The goods transited from their origin to Portobelo via the river, before being carried to Cartagena (in Colombia) and finally to Spain.

In 1671, despite its elevated location on a cliff and looking impenetrable, the fort was attacked and occupied by pirate Joseph Bradley. Bradley was the right-hand man of famous pirate Henry Morgan who destroyed Panama Viejo a few weeks later.

Área Protegida San Lorenzo - Panama
Chagres River.
Fuerte San Lorenzo - Área Protegida San Lorenzo - Panama
Fuerte San Lorenzo - Área Protegida San Lorenzo - Panama
Fuerte San Lorenzo - Área Protegida San Lorenzo - Panama
Fuerte San Lorenzo - Área Protegida San Lorenzo - Panama
Fuerte San Lorenzo - Área Protegida San Lorenzo - Panama
Fuerte San Lorenzo - Área Protegida San Lorenzo - Panama
Fuerte San Lorenzo - Área Protegida San Lorenzo - Panama
Área Protegida San Lorenzo - Panama
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Portobelo

Portobelo - Panama

Nowadays, Portobelo is a sleepy village, but it once was one of the greatest Spanish ports of Central America.

The impressive ruins in the village and on the other side of the bay give a good idea of the importance and power of the place where gold and goods from Peru and Ecuador transited.

Portobelo - Panama
Portobelo - Panama
Portobelo - Panama
Iglesia San Felipe.
Portobelo - Panama
Iglesia San Felipe.
Portobelo - Panama
Iglesia San Felipe, the famous Black Christ.
Portobelo - Panama
Iglesia San Felipe.
Portobelo - Panama
Portobelo - Panama
Portobelo - Panama
Portobelo - Panama
Iglesia San Juan de Dios.
Portobelo - Panama
Portobelo - Panama

Castillo Santiago de la Gloria

Portobelo - Panama

The fort was built between 1753 and 1760.

Portobelo - Panama
Portobelo - Panama
Portobelo - Panama
Portobelo - Panama
Portobelo - Panama

Casa de la Aduana (Contaduría)

Portobelo - Panama
This once was the office in charge of collecting royal taxes.

Fuerte Batería San Jerónimo

Portobelo - Panama

This fort was built in 1659 and numerous modifications were done between 1753 and 1758.

Portobelo - Panama
Portobelo - Panama
Portobelo - Panama
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Costa Abajo

The coast west of the Panama Canal.

Costa Abajo - Panama
Costa Abajo - Panama
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Costa Arriba

The coast east of Portobelo.

Costa Arriba - Panama
Costa Arriba - Panama
Costa Arriba - Panama
Costa Arriba - Panama
Costa Arriba - Panama
Costa Arriba - Panama
Costa Arriba - Panama
Costa Arriba - Panama
Costa Arriba - Panama
Costa Arriba - Panama