Portobelo was founded in 1504 by Christopher Colombus while sailing the Atlantic coast of Panama on his fourth and final voyage to the Americas. It wasn't until 1571 that Portobelo replaced Nombre de Dios as the Caribbean terminal for Camino Las Cruces. Portobelo became the warehouse that stored the gold and silver the Spanish sacked from the Pacific coasts before finally being shipped over to Spain. As a result, we can see today the abandonded defense system designed to defend the customs building from the attacks of pirates.
Are you ready to go mountain biking through San Lorenzo and its off-road trails? We sure are! Our jungle expedition will take you to old US military bunkers, castles built during the Spanish colonizations, beautiful sandy beaches great for snorkeling and enjoying the sun, and many more places to explore!Posted by Gold Coast Panama on Monday, 8 June 2015
Eco-friendly bicycling tours through the jungles of Panama. Start your day on the west bank of the Gatun Locks, part of the engineering marvel of the world, the Panama Canal. After stretching your muscles and making sure all the gear is secure for lift off, we will make way towards our first checkpoint at Fort Sherman, a former US military base which was part of the defense system for protecting the Panama Canal, and from there finally taking our last stretch towards Fort San Lorenzo, originally occupied by the Spanish from the 1500s onto the 1800s as part of the defense system of the Chagres River and the gold route, Camino de Cruces.