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Tiny Castle at the Mouth of a Huge Lake

Río Dulce, Izabal, Guatemala
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The Castle of San Felipe de Lara is a Spanish colonial fort at the entrance to Lake Izabal in eastern Guatemala. This strategic location at the mouth of Lake Izabal and the narrowest point on the river, is connected with the Caribbean Sea via the Dulce River and El Golfete lake. The Castillo de San Felipe was used by the Spanish for several centuries as part of the shipping trade, particularly sugar cane and timber. During its operational period it was destroyed and looted several times by pirates. Surrounded by a park and visited by locals and tourists alike it was a fascinating bite-sized piece of Central American history.
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Culture and experiences

Castillo de San Felipe
Castillo de San Felipe
A built in bunk in the prison beneath the castle.
Castillo de San Felipe
Castillo de San Felipe
The entrance to Castille de San Felipe takes you across a bridge and a bit of a "moat."

Points of interest

Castillo de San Felipe
Castillo de San Felipe
The approach to the castle from Rio Dulce is impressive.
Castillo de San Felipe
Castillo de San Felipe
The "Castle" really a fort is the centerpiece of a large park, camp ground, picnic park.

Special activities

Castillo de San Felipe
Castillo de San Felipe
A gun/watch tower at the top of the castle with commanding views.

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