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 long-standing tradition of Congo dancing. Aristela Blandon gives tailored dance classes and...
Las Delicias de Sole
Wonderful home cook Soledad prepares Afro-Caribbean cuisine like nobody's business. Join her at La Morada de la Bruja to learn some...
Located at the Casa Congo , the best feature of this restaurant is its location. There's ample open-air seating right on the beautiful...
Fuerte Santiago information
Approaching from the west, Portobelo's 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 mudslides, some coral walls had to be replaced with concrete reinforcements.