La Contaduría

Fortress in San Blas

Image by Clifton Wilkinson Lonely Planet

This hill is the site of San Blas' original colonial settlement. It's worth visiting for the views and to stroll around the ruins of the 18th-century Spanish fort, where colonial riches were once amassed and counted before being shipped off to Mexico City or the Philippines. The place is still guarded by a collection of corroded cannons. On the way up are the gorgeous ruins of the settlement's church, Templo de la Virgen del Rosario, built in 1769.

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