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About Colon

Situated at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal is the port of Cristobal (Spanish for Christopher), your stopping off point for Colon (Spanish for Columbus). The city, founded in 1850 by the Americans working on the Panama railroad, is today Panama's second largest. Colon underwent a massive redevelopment programme for the new millennium and is now a fantastic place to shop, as well as a great base for exploring the rest of Panama.

Take an enchanting journey into the lush rainforest to San Lorenzo Fort and walk in the footsteps of the adventurous buccaneer - Captain Morgan. Experience the ecology and get a closer look at the wildlife on and around the amazing Gatun Lake. Then go further into the dense jungle and meet the Choco Indians. Living as they have done for centuries, in houses built on stilts along the banks of the Chagres River, you will get a glimpse of their mystical rituals and their amazing knowledge of medicinal plants and natural remedies.

You can learn more about the rich diversity of flora and fauna at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and don't miss the impressive Gatun locks in action on the wondrous Panama Canal.

 

Shore excursions in Colon

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Panama City and New Locks

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

Discover the fascinating historical past and the present importance of the diverse city of Panama.

Take a drive from coast to coast along the roadway which links the Atlantic to the Pacific. The city of Old Panama was founded on 5 August, 1519, by Pedro Arias Davila. Since then, Panama has played a crucial role in expeditions and has established its vocation as a commercial maritime city. Panama also became a terminal for the only route between the two oceans and a vital communication link between Spain and its colonies in the Pacific.

The ‘Casco Antiguo’ or Colonial City was founded in 1673 as a replacement for the previous capital, which was destroyed two years earlier during Captain Henry Morgan's attack. Since that time the ‘Casco Antiguo’ has been regarded as the second city of Panama.

You’ll have a quick stop to refuel and enjoy a typical Panamanian lunch at a local café-restaurant.

Before returning to the Caribbean coast of Panama, you’ll have the chance to see the fascinating Agua Clara Locks (new Panama Canal Expansion Center). Learn more about the construction of this truly amazing canal at the Visitor Centre and perhaps see a ship passing through.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers are advised that there will be approximately 45 minutes’ walking over paved and uneven surfaces during this tour. Transfer time from Colon to Panama will be approximately 1 hour.

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