On a hill overlooking Santiago and much of the bay is a small but well-preserved watchtower called Mirador Perú, which was built at the...
Agrupaciones de Congo
This established local group preserves the longstanding tradition of Congo dancing. Aristela Blandon gives tailored dance classes and...
Real Aduana de Portobelo
The handsome, two-story Royal Customs House of Portobelo was originally built in 1630 to serve as the contaduría (counting house) for...
Fuerte Santiago information
Approaching from the west, the first fort is Fuerte Santiago. Built after Vernon’s attack, some walls were 3m thick, made entirely of cut coral. Known to the Spaniards as ‘reef rock,’ coral was a popular building material since it’s easily shaped, tough as granite yet light as pumice. Ruins include officers’ quarters, artillery sheds, a sentry box, barracks and watchtowers.
After a recent mudslide, some coral walls had to be replaced with cement reinforcements.