Early in the morning transfer to the railroad station where you will take train of ancient railway cars to Colón. Panama’s railroad was built during the time of The California Gold Rush for the purpose of shortening the course from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The railroad borders the canal and passes along the historic Culebra Cut and the magnificent Gatún Lake –whose waters-, traverses the area’s lush vegetation.
From the Visitor Center, you will be able to see closely the mastodontic vessels that pass through the canal, while watching and touching the ingenious system of locks that lift ships as that they pass from one basin to another.
Afterwards, visit to the San Lorenzo Reserve, which is a protected nature reserve providing shelter to 12 ecosystems and occupies approximately 9,653 hectares of forest, mangroves, rain forests and semi-deciduous forests where 430 bird species and 81 mammals have been identified. The jewel of the park is undoubtedly Fort San Lorenzo, UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, which dominates Chagres River’s mouth and was built by Spaniards in order to protect the transcontinental route to the New World from pirate assaults. Lunch will be provided during the tour.
DURATION: Approximately 7 to 8 hours.
TIME: To be agreed.
GUIDE: Private bilingual speaker guide.
INCLUSIVE: Transfer service from/to the hotel, train ticket from Panama City to Colón, entrances to the Visitor Center and lunch. The train leaves very early, takeaway breakfast upon prior request.
NOTES: The train does not work on weekends. If you wish, the rail journey can be replaced with a private shuttle service. Visits order may be modified, even during the tour. You should bring your passport.