Welcome to Colón
With its colonial grandeur crumbling and its neighborhoods marginalized, Colón is the city that Panama forgot, in spite of vigorous development meant to court Caribbean cruise ships. Prior to 1869, the railroad connecting Panama City and Colón was the only rapid transit across the continental Western Hemisphere. A last whiff of prosperity was seen during the construction of the Panama Canal.On the city's edge, the... Read More
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Combination Tour from Panama City: Rainforest, San Lorenzo Fort and Canal Expansion
The tour starts with hotel pick from Panama City followed by a 1.5-hour mini bus ride to Colon. There, you will take a 20-minute ferry ride across the rainforest followed by a minibus ride around the rainforest. There will be many stops for your to observe and take photos of the multiple wildlife you will see. Afterwards, you will head to the San Lorenzo fort and then to see the Panama Canal extension where you will spend about 45 minutes learning about the project. You will be taken back to your hotel afterwards.
Panama Canal Full Transit Tour
The trip departs from the Flamenco Marina and you will travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean on the same day. Once in the Pacific Ocean, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City’s splendorous skyline before passing under the Bridge of the Americas.The vessel will then transit through the first set of locks, the Miraflores Locks, where it will ascend 18 meters in two distinct steps. Next, the Pacific Queen will enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel Locks from Miraflores Locks. The vessel will transit through Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel ascends 9 meters in one step.After exiting Pedro Miguel locks, the Pacific Queen will travel through the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project.During your Panama Canal full transit tour you will enjoy a trip through Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. As you transit through Gatun Lake you will pass the Smithsonian Research Station at Barro Colorado. You will also experience the Gatun Locks, which are the only set of locks in the Atlantic sector. In Gatun Locks, the vessel will be lowered a total of 26 meters in three distinct chambers. Upon arriving at Colon, you will disembark at Colon 2000, where transportation back to Panama City will be provided.
Day Trip from Panama City: Colon, Gatun Locks and the Portobello Fort
Enjoy an unforgettable experience traveling to the city of Colon on board a train. You will spend about an hour crossing through the rain forest. Once in Colon, you will visit the Agua Clara Locks and learn all about the operations of the Panama Canal and about the new Atlantic Locks of the Panama Canal. There will be a stop for lunch (not included), and then you will head to the historic site of the fortifications of Portobello before making your way back to Panama City.
Private Tour: Panama City in 1 day
The experience stars in the morning once you are picked up from your hotel.You will be arriving at the train station around 6:30am to take the train which leaves at 7:15am. It will be a journey of 1.5 hours from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean, where the train will stop in Colon.From the train station in colon you will drive to the Panama Canal, arriving at around 9:15am, where you will see the boats going through the Canal Locks and learn how they wok.Then you will go to the Causeway of Amador, where you can see the boats doing the line to go through the Panama Canal. You will also make a stop at the duty free, where you can buy everything you like tax free.From there you will go to the old town where you will enjoy a small walk through the streets for about an hour. You are welcome to have lunch at one of the restaurants in the area.After that you will be taken back to your hotel at around 2:30pm. You will be picked up again at 7:30pm and will be taken to a restaurant where you can have dinner and and enjoy folkloric dances and the national costumes. You will be taken back to your hotel by 10pm.
Safarick's Zoo Admission Ticke
From the port of Colon, your adventures starts. You will be greeted by one of our drivers holding a "Safarick's Zoologico" sign. From there you will be driven to our rescue center.Upon arrival at Safarick Zoologico, you will be greeted by an English or Spanish-speaking guide, depending on your request. Our tour is a duration of one hour and fifteen minutes and is wheelchair and carriage friendly. The guide will explain every animal that we have, from which part in Panama they live, what the animal eats as well as the animals history.Safarick's Zoologico is a rescue and rehabilitation zoo and therefore we work closely with the government of Panama (Ministerio del Ambiente) in order to rehabilitate the animals. Some of the animals come to us due to illegal contraband, or malnutrition issues. We offer the animal medicine and care. If the animal is able to be released into the wild, it is done, but there have been cases in which the animal is not able to be released and therefore stays at Safarick's Zoologico.We are currently doing enrichment with all of the animals. Enrichment is basically giving the animals a better quality of life allowing the animals to behave as they would in the wild. Searching for their food, etc.Safarick's Zoologico has the biggest walk through aviary in Panama, being able to walk beside macaws, pheasants, great currasows, and most of all being able to feed a toucan.Finally, after your tour, we have a small souvenir shop where t-shirts, mugs, arts and crafts or stuffed animals can be purchased .
One-Way Private Transfer from Panama Cruise Ports to Panama City
This is a private transportation service is in a new or late model SUV or luxury van. It is not a shared bus or another shared vehicle with other travelers. This service is a private pickup from your selected cruise ship port terminal or marina, to transit in complete comfort, relaxation and safety to your Panama City destination per your designated schedule. The distance from the cruise ports to Panama City varies depending on the Cruise port. Ports in Colon are approximately 90 kilometers from Panama City and the ride will take 1 to 1.5 hours depending on traffic and time of day. The Flamingo Marina on the Amador causeway will take about 45 minutes. Your professional and experienced driver speaks both English and Spanish and will assist you every step of your trip, as well as assist with your luggage and other check in tasks you may require upon request. All vehicles are fully insured and carry passenger personal injury and extended coverage's for your peace of mind.