In the morning we head north to the Caribbean side of the country, which has a much more tropical feel. Our main stay is Portobelo, founded in 1597. The first thing one sees entering the tiny town is San Felipe de Porobelo Church, home to the Cristo Negro (Black Christ) statue. While there are several stories surrounding how the statue ended up in Portobelo, no one knows for sure.
Beyond this are the ruins of San Jeronimo Fort. Much of this fort was taken down by American engineers, who used its walls to create the breakwater protecting the northern end of the Panama Canal. Explorations of the fort completed, I wander about town some, then head to the remains of another fort, Fuerte Santiago. From here there is a trail leading to Mirador Peru, a lookout above the area.
Photos taken March 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).
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