You are met at the hotel then taken to the train station for the 7:15 a.m. train ride. You will cross the Isthmus on the historic Panama Canal Railway, the world's first transcontinental railway, built in 1855 for California 49ers traveling west on their quest for fortune during the Gold Rush. The scenic route now travels along the Panama Canal and its historic Canal Zone towns, plus through miles of lush rain forest. The trip takes about 50 minutes as you comfortably ride in special, luxury observation cars. In Colon, your driver/guide will meet you then taken to San Lorenzo. The Fort, a colonial fortification set high on a cliff, was meant to discourage pirates from entering the Isthmus of Panama. Once you are there, you will enjoy stunning, panoramic views of the Caribbean, the mouth of the Chagres river and the rainforest, all from the strategic location on top of the hill. Lunch is not included, but we will stop at one of the restaurants of our suggestion in the area. From Colon, you will also get a chance to stop at the Gatun Locks, passing over the Panama Canal, before arriving in Fort San Lorenzo. Our driver will take you back to Panama City after the visit of Fort San Lorenzo. Note: The tour can be modified as follows: 1. For early risers you can catch the 7:15 am train ride in Panama City and we drive back again to your hotel at the end of the tour. 2. Or we can meet you at the hotel around 9:00 am and transport you direct to Gatun Locks-San Lorenzo then catch the 5:15 p.m. train ride back to Panama City station to meet our driver again who will bring you to the hotel.
El Valle is about 70 miles from Panama City and sits in the crater of one of the world's largest extinct volcanoes. This picturesque town is well known for its weekend market where the local Indigenous people sell their handcrafts, flowers and vegetables. Beautiful scenery and walking trails abound in town and throughout the valley. We will also visit a papaya farm, as well as the homes of local craftsmen, where you can see them working in preparation for the weekend market. You will also be able to purchase their work. The local people are friendly, plus a smile eases any language barrier. El Valle also has a small zoo, as well as a renowned thermal bath for those who want a skin treatment. It also boasts a canopy adventure which allows you to view the rainforest while descending from one tree to another.
The tour departs from Panamá city travelling to Fort Sherman in the province of Colón. Arriving at Fort Sherman, we will be visiting the Fort of San Lorenzo and the surrounding area. To finishthis part of the tour, we will visit different parts of the Coastal Defence system which the US Army built to defend the Panama Canal on the Atlantic side. The batteries we'll visit are: Howard & Baird, Mower & Stanley, Kilpatrick, Mackenzie. Upon finishing this interesting leg, we head to Fort Davis and Fort Gullick for a panoramic tour. From here we continued towards to the town of Margarita. From here we head towards the Marine Laboratory of Galeta Island, where we will be visiting the laboratory and its surroundings. Not far from the laboratory is an old US Navy radar station. From here we go to lunch. Leaving the city of Colón to Panamá using the Gamboa road, we will be visiting the Gamboa town and also stop at the French Cemetery, where we will make a sightseeing tour to the Corozal American Cemetery. The tour continues with a panoramic visit to Fort Clayton, former Southern Command Headquarters. The tour concludes with a panoramic visit to the area of Fort Amador and Fort Clayton.