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Panama: Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort

4.4 / 5

83 reviews

Activity provider: My friend Mario

Panama: Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort

Activity provider: My friend Mario

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.

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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.

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

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Important information

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 83 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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The guide (Daniel) was very knowledgeable, and both he and the driver (Mizrael) made sure to take us to see extra sites in the area that we were interested in seeing/all the animals we wanted to see- even though I’m pretty sure that extended the trip past the expected time.

September 16, 2022

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

Great minibus tour with Mario. The guide gave a vivid account of the history of the country during the entire travel time. Punctual pick-up is also possible outside the area shown here. Contrary to what most reviews describe here, there were drinks from the cool box throughout the trip. Even a rum tasting was offered, which was actively used. Fresh fruit was cut up and distributed as a snack. Thus, the physical well-being was more than taken care of.

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April 25, 2022

Product ID: 90690