As cruise ships are not able to dock here you will be tendered ashore.
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Portobelo is located on the Caribbean coast of the province of Colon about halfway between the Panama Canal and the San Blas archipelago.
Available figures allow us to estimate that about 45 fleets of galleons sailed between 1574 and 1702 and each of them carried at least 30 million pesos. That's why the city was fortified with three defense levels to prevent any pirate attack, becoming what it is now: a Historical Monumental Complex with civilian and religious samples of colonial era architecture.
Portobelo is also famous for it's Black Christ - kept in the church just off the main square.
Cafes which offer free WiFi for customers are sparse.
Basic hours for most stores and businesses are from 9am to 6pm, with an extended lunch hour from around noon to 2pm.
Many museums are closed on monday.
Carnival - the five days leading up to Ash Wednesday
April 21 - Remembrance of Tiradentes
May 1 - Labour Day
September 7 - Independence Day
October 12 - Nossa Senhora Aparecida
November 2 - Dia dos Finados (the Day of the Dead)
November 15 - Proclamation of the Republic
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