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Panama: Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort

4.4 / 5

72 reviews

Panama: Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort

Activity provider: My friend Mario
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From US$ 100 per person

Get back to nature in a Caribbean rainforest and learn more about the historic San Lorenzo Fort on a day trip from Panama City. See the new Panama Canal locks built to support the passage of super tankers and large cargo ships.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pick-up possible from any hotel in the Panama City areas of Coastway Amador, San Felipe, Balboa Avenue, 50 Avenue and Via España. Pick-up from hotels outside these areas is subject to an additional fee.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • See the native wildlife of a Caribbean rainforest
  • Learn the history of San Lorenzo Fort
  • Visit the Panama Canal expansion at Agua Clara
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan or minibus
  • Professional driver
  • Soda, water or local beer
  • Fresh local fruit
  • Entrance fee to San Lorenzo National Park
  • Entrance fee to the Panama Canal expansion
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour may be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a towel, sunscreen, your sunglasses, insect repellent and a camera
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 72 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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Our guide Santiago did a wonderful job. You will need to bring cash for entry fees for the Canal Zone and Fort San Lorenzo $10.00 per person at each location. The tour moves fast so you eat in the van during transit. They provided snacks, fresh fruit and drinks. There is an opportunity to by lunch at one of the stops. We had brought a lunch. We had a great time during the rainforest tour. We saw lots of monkeys and even a few sloths. I recommend this tour.

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May 4, 2022

We really enjoyed our trip with a local guide Mario. Mario is very knowledgeable and kept us informed and entertained all day long. The trip was supposed to last for 6 hours but it took nearly 8 hours which is plus. The only downside was the lunchtime. There's a lunch included but we went for lunch at 6pm. Not a big deal if you know this upfront and bring some snack with you. Looking forward to another tour with Mario. Thanks

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August 2, 2021

My husband and I had a great day with our guide, Mario, and his spotter Julietta (she was on the lookout for monkeys, sloths, etc.) I learned a lot about the history & geography of Panama. Saw the Aqua Clara locks, watched the short movie there and watched a large ship move through the locks from Gatun Lake. We loved seeing Fort Lorenzo and reading about the history there. Mario was a fun and knowledgeable host and guide. We saw both a two & thee toed sloth and a family of howler monkeys in the tree tops, two types of hawks and an iguana. Our group was small, 6 guests, and were picked up at our hotel. Perfect day!

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February 22, 2020

Product ID: 90690