Historic Train, Fort & Canal Tour
Duration: 9 hours | Price = $160
* Minimum of 2 people needed for this tour to run - Available on Mondays and Saturdays. For other dates please inquire.
Historic Train Tour
Important Notice: due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and ongoing health concerns, the daily passenger service between Panama City and the City of Colon has been suspended until further notice. Until this daily service is reinstated, we will on occasions offer special trains on select dates.
Although The Panama Canal Railway service has been 'compromised' and inconsistent since March 2020 (which is more of an excuse and evidence of not really understanding the importance of tourism and Panama's unique attractions we have to offer to the world) we can still offer an amazing historic day tour! There is no train schedule, but recently, it seems to run every other Saturday
IF the train is available, we will get an early start and board by 745am leaving Panama City behind heading for the province of Colon on the historic Panama Canal Railway, the longest continuously running "transcontinental" railroad in the world!
The Panama Canal Railway links the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in Central America. The route stretches 47.6 miles across the Isthmus of Panama from Balboa to Colón and it takes you on a scenic journey through lush rainforests as it cruises alongside the Canal for about 1 hour.
If you travel by train, you will be met by the guide in Colon. If not, the tour starts from your hotel and we will drive to Colon. From here, our first stop is the Panama Canal Expansion Visitor Center at Aguaclara Locks. See the new, bigger, set of locks recently completed in 2016 and the giant ships that they hold! There is also a nice short video and amazing views of Lake Gatun and on out to the Caribbean. This experience alone makes the tour worthwhile!
We then cross the newest bridge over the canal, known as the Atlantic Bridge, and head into the Chagres National Park to visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Fort San Lorenzo, first built during the late 16th century, which stands guard at the mouth of the Chagres river. Monkeys, sloths, and anteaters are often seen, as are several species of birds, lizards, and butterflies. Learn about the legacy of pirates, shipwrecks and Spanish Gold!
Before we head back to Panama City, we stop for lunch on the water at the historic US Fort Sherman which is now a nice little marina (lunch not included). Enjoy the food, scenery and embrace the experience that has been such an important part of Panama's history since the very beginning.
*The price w/o the train is $120pp. If the train is available we add $40pp
Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 3 people to be offered at this price. Contact us about other possible dates.
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