Panama: Fort San Lorenzo
The other Spanish fort that has been inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list is Fort San Lorenzo, protecting the Atlantic port of Chargres. It wa Christopher Columbus himself who discovered the Chargres River in 1502, and Spain later used it as the key port for taking gold and silver out of South America. As such, it was a constant magnet for pirate attacks. The fort looked spectacular at sunset – in fact, it’s one of the few spots in Panama where you can see a sunset on the Caribbean Sea on the east coast of this Latin American country.