Welcome to Colón

On the city's edge, the Zona Libre de Colón (Colón Free Zone) was created in 1948. It generates some US$6.5 billion in annual commerce, but little benefit seems to trickle down to local inhabitants. From up close, it's an island of materialism floating in a sea of unemployment and poverty.

Recent improvements in city safety are attributed to tighter gang control. There is also a much ballyhooed – but barely visible – urban restoration plan, kicked off in 2014. One major improvement: the Autopista Panamá–Colón is now a four-lane highway.

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$67 Day Trips & Excursions

San Lorenzo Fort, Panama Canal, Rainforest: Full-Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Fort San Lorenzo, Colon, Colon ProvinceThe ruins of San Lorenzo Fort which is famous for repelling attacks by all the pirates of the Caribbean for almost 75 years. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Agua Clara Locks, Colon, Colon ProvinceYou will have the opportunity to see post-Panamax boat transiting the new Canal Locks.Duration: 1 hour

$180 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

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.

$175 Cultural & Theme Tours

Panama City to Colon, Gatun Locks and Portobello Fort Day Trip

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.

$200 Day Trips & Excursions

Isla Grande Tour from Panamá City

The experience starts by picking you up at 7:00am at the lobby of your hotel. From there we will take you to Isla Grande in Colón.Isla grande, means ´Big Island´, the island is not that big, but is the biggest island around, is really popular because of its beauty, people from all places come to visit Isla Grande to enjoy of the Caribbean water snorkeling, fishing or enjoying other activities.On our way to the island we will pass the historic town of Portobelo, founded 400 years ago where if you like we can make a stop. This is not part of the tour but we can make a 20 minutes stop in the place.When we arrive in La Guira we will take a boat that will take us to the island, it will take around 10 minutes to cross to the island.You can do more activities while you are in the island.Then when tour ends we will take you back to your hotel. This is an all-day tour.

$200 Day Trips & Excursions

Panama Canal Train, Agua Clara Canal Lock Center & Colon Fort

Panama Canal Train and Colon Tour | Agua Clara Lock Neo Panamax Visitor CenterDuration 8 HoursThis is a day tour that includes pick up from your hotel in Panama city at 6:15AM and a train ride of one hour to Colon Station from there our driver/guide will pick you up and start with a visit at the Agua Clara center which has replaced the Gatun lock visit, the center opened in 2016, it has a projection room, restaurant, gift shop and a a fantastic panoramic view of the canal then you will head to the historic sight of  Fort San Lorenzo Chagres National Park which is part of the UNESCO world heritage after this visit we will stop for a lunch at the Fort Sherman or the Melia school of the Americas. After lunch you will return to the city in a private vehicle and we will drop you off to your hotel. • PanCanal Railway train ride from Panama City to Colon early morning. • Visit to the Agua Clara Lock at the Panama Canal in Colon area. • National Parks visit:  Fort Sherman and San Lorenzo. • Lunch stop in the Colon Area (Not included in the price) • Return to Panama City in a private vehicle.This tour has an early start time and does not include breakfast but you will be served a snack box on board of the train. We recommend that you plan ahead by having something to eat at your hotel before the early morning pickup. Our guide will buy the ticket trains upon arrival to the station.There is a supplement surcharge of $55 for pickups at Westin Playa Bonita and Dreams Hotel Playa Bonita

$75 Shore Excursions

Cruiseline Excursion Colon: Panama City tour and Miraflores Locks

• The guide will meet you at Colon 2000 dock in front of Fantastic Casino, 40 minutes after the cruise docked. • Minibús ride to Panama City, Pacific ocean, your guide will give you general information about Colon city, Panama country and  the Canal. Duration: 1 hour approx.    • The minibús will ride the Centennial bridge to give you a wonderful panoramic view of Gaillard cut (the famous land divided), the minibús can not stop atthe bridge but during the ride you will be able to take a few pictures. Duration: 10 minutes approx. • Visit Miraflores exhibition center, your party will visit the museum, watch the 20 minutes film about the Canal plus observe from the balcony the process to elevate the boats from the level of the Pacific ocean to the level of Gatun lake (27m / 85ft) . Admission fee US$20 is not included in our Price. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes approx.  • Visit San Felipe (Casco Antiguo) see the historical town with Churches, monuments, souvenir shops and amazing Colonial and Neoclassical architectural styles throughout the city.  Duration: 1 hour approx. • Later, the tour will go to Balboa avenue and you will observe the new city with the highest and modern building in Latinamerica, Duration: 30 minutes approx. • Ride back to your cruise. Duration: 1 hour approx. Subject to your cruise itinerary is possible your guide switch order of the excursión and the minibús will go first to the City and later the Panama Canal.