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Panama City: Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

1. Panama City: Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

Begin your tour with hotel pickup at 7:00 AM. Travel west of Panama City to start your exploration of the Panama Canal. Embark on a 90-minute boat tour on the Canal and Gatun Lake. Ride along the canal and get an up-close view of the ships passing through as well as the abundant wildlife along the shores. Visit the famous Monkey Islands, where you can see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins. Then, head 45 minutes north to the Caribbean side of Panama to visit the Agua Clara Visitor Center to see the new expansion locks operating up-close. Observe transiting vessels passing through the Agua Clara Locks on the way to the Pacific or the Atlantic Ocean from a scenic lookout point. Learn first-hand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its construction, its participation in world markets, and the importance of its watershed. Make your way to a scenic and quiet spot beneath the Gatun Dam and have a picnic lunch at the fork of the French West Diversion Channel and the Chagres River. Next, travel to San Lorenzo National Park, where you can visit a remote rainforest full of flora and fauna, followed by a tour of Fort San Lorenzo. Discover a 400-year-old Spanish fort on a scenic cliff overlooking the Caribbean. Hear about the many attacks by pirates and privateers at one of the most historically important places in Panama. Finally, be returned to your hotel in Panama City.

Panama: Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort

2. Panama: Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort

Explore the Panamanian rainforest and walk in the footsteps of the Spanish settlers of the early 19th century. Learn the history of the pirates, visit the new lock system for tankers and cargo ships, and see various forest wildlife. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Panama City, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle for approximately 1 hour as you make your way to Colón. First visit the Agua Clara Canal expansion to spend about 1 hour learning about the new canal system, built to support the passage of supertankers and large cargo ships as they pass along the Panama Canal. After the Canal visit, cross the new Atlantic bridge heading to the rainforest, and then get back to nature as you explore the ecological paradise by minibus. Discover the home of different species of mammals, reptiles and amphibious species. Observe the amazing wildlife in their natural habitat, and enjoy plenty of stops to take souvenir photos.  Next, go to the historic monument of San Lorenzo Fort, renowned for preventing attacks by the real pirates of the Caribbean for almost 75 years. Learn the history of the fort, now in ruins after the Spanish largely abandoned it in the mid 19th century. Later, continue the ride into the rainforest to find more animals, and as an option, you can take a 20-minute walk with a machete along a jungle trail to experience the rainforest like the Spaniards 500 years ago.

From Panamá City: Panama Canal and Fort San Lorenzo Tour

3. From Panamá City: Panama Canal and Fort San Lorenzo Tour

After picking you up at your hotel, you will go to the Panama Canal Visitor Center located in Agua Clara. Watch the large vessels in the new locks of the Panama Canal, one of the most important engineering works worldwide. After you arrive at your destination, head to Fort San Lorenzo fortress, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Fort Portobelo. Explore the military fortress dating from the 1750s with your guide. An exemplar specimen of the defence system built by the Spanish Crown to protect its transatlantic trade, take yourself back in time with stories about the famous pirates and sea captains, such as Henry Morgan and Francis Drake. After your guided tour finished, relax on your return transfer back to Panamá City by vehicle, arriving back at your hotel in time for lunch.

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What people are saying about Colón

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 40 reviews

Enrique is a great tour guide, highly recommended and quite knowledgeable for this tour. He would stop and yell Everybody Out! If you’re not paying attention to what his been talking the whole trip you’ll be like What? He does this when he spotted an animals around,, he took us for a picnic lunch on his “secret spot which is an amazing spot to sit down and chill. We saw lots of animals and I learned a lot about the history of Panama and the quick driving around town/city is a bonus. Thanks again Enrique!

This was a very enjoyable tour, much of it attributable to our guide, John Acosta. John has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Panama Canal and Panama's geography, history and natural assets. My wife and I learned a lot. Be aware: there is a lot of time spent in the bus driving; this is necessary because of the distances travelled. The roads are not always great so there cane be a lot of bumps and jolts. Nonetheless, we highly recommend the tour.

Very good excursion, see the Caribbean end of the canal complete the circuit, the expansion of the canal. The animals of the tropical forest and the fort completed the trip

John, our tour guide, was awesome! We enjoyed our tour and would definitely recommend it to anyone!

We had a great day with MARIO - he is funny and knowledgable - we saw lots of sloths ❤️