Panama City: Gatun Locks & Fort San Lorenzo Full Day Tour
- 6 Hours
- 6 Hours
- On request
Early in the morning your guide will meet you at the hotel for a drive across the Isthmus of Panama to the Caribbean province of Colon. Along the way you will stop at a site where remnants of Las Cruces Trail, the 400 year old colonial trail used by the Spaniards to transport gold across the isthmus, are still found. Once in Colon province you drive over the Panama Canal at Gatun Locks and reach the Castle of San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built at the mouth of the Chagres River, this Spanish bastion served to fortify and protect the river entrance to Las Cruces Trail that led to Panama City on the Pacific Ocean and was later also used as the port of entry for gold diggers on their way to California during the second half of the 19th century. You will be traveling through lush rainforest within San Lorenzo National Park, where you might have the opportunity to see monkeys, Two and Three toed sloths, Coatimundi, toucans and other wildlife. Picnic lunch included at the San Lorenzo Castle or lunch at the Marina in the Atlantic side.
There is the option to return to Panama City on the Trans-Isthmian train, at additional cost - approximately 30 dollars. The railway follows a similar route as the original train built to transport 49ers coming from the east coast of the United States across the Isthmus to continue their journey by boat to California. The route was diverted when Gatun Lake was formed to give away to the Panama Canal. The train will take you along the magnificent waterway, flanked by the exuberant rainforests of Soberania National Park. After an approximately one hour train ride you arrive at the Corozal Station in Panama City and will then be transferred to your hotel.
Duration: 6 Hours
Departs: 8 a.m. - Returns: 2 p.m.
From: Panama City