Three Must-See Stops on Panama Canal Cruises

by Natasha Jervis

One of the most significant waterways in the world, the man-made Panama Canal provides passage for almost 14,000 ocean vessels per year. The canal stretches approximately 48 miles between Colón on the Atlantic coast and Panama City on the Pacific Coast, and it can take between nine and 10 hours to traverse.

On Panama Canal cruises, you can explore this historic waterway, taking in sights and trying new things that will make your journey meaningful. Here are just three of the many places you can visit on your next cruise to Panama:

1. See Ruins in Old Panama

Still in ruins to this day, Panama Viejo (Old Panama), is a great place to visit if you'd like to take in some genuine Panama history, sight-see, or shop — all of which you can do on a Scenic Drive & Walking Tour excursion.

The former capital of Panama, this old city is a popular archaeological site that is visited by many tourists every year. As you walk among the broken walls, you will come across the well-preserved Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Cathedral of Our Lady of Asunción), the ancient city hall, and the massive ruins of one of the largest private residences in the area, Casa Alarcón. Make sure you pack a camera to capture the memories you make at this historic locale.

2. Witness History at the Panama Canal Railway

The world's first transcontinental railroad, the Panama Canal Railway is a testament to the many hands that worked so hard to built it.

Completed in 1855, this historic route became very popular during the famous California gold rush. On a Panama Canal Railway excursion, you can ride this railway as you journey through the rain forest and past Gatun lake. While you enjoy the view from the train's full-length windows, or maybe grab a drink at the bar, you'll learn more about the railway, the canal, and Panama's history as a whole.

3. Ride an Aerial Tram through Soberania National Park

Don't miss out on an excursion to this beautiful jungle paradise! Ride Panama's Rainforest Aerial Tram through Soberania National Park, and enjoy a bird's-eye view of the various wildlife and vegetation to which it is home.

Soberania National Park is located approximately 17 miles from Panama City, and it runs along the east side of the Panama Canal. At an impressive 50,000 acres, this amazing attraction is home to 525 species of birds, 105 mammal species, and 124 species of reptiles and amphibians.

Panama Canal cruises are meaningful experiences that can't be beat. After experiencing the many things that make Panama travel unique, you're guaranteed to come back enriched.

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Explore Old Ruins on a Panama cruise
Old Ruins, Panama