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Fuerte Amador, situated at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, is a man-made peninsula extending out into the Pacific Ocean.

The one-mile causeway was created by connecting four small islands with rocks excavated from the Panama Canal. There are several shops, restaurants, and other specialty stores centered around a large marina that serves as a tender dock. The causeway also affords a panoramic view of Panama City's impressive skyline and serves as the home for the Smithsonian Institute of Tropical Research.

Note: Depending on the voyage, Fuerte Amador may be an anchorage port, passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender. On complete transits of the Panama Canal, the ship typically arrives in Fuerte Amador in the morning, operates tours and spends the full day at anchor.

Points of Interest

  • Panama Viejo / Casco Viejo
  • Canal Locks
  • Panama Canal Railway
  • Panama Canal Transit
  • Cruise Gatun Lake
  • Embera Natives
  • Aerial Tram & Soberania National Park
  • Panama Canal Expansion

More about Fuerte Amador, Panama (for Panama City) Points of Interest

  • Panama Viejo / Casco Viejo -

    Central America's historic and cultural roots are celebrated and displayed in Panama's oldest settlements, where exceptional museums, archeological ruins, and Colonial streets, churches, and monuments tell the story of the city's tragic past.

  • Canal Locks -

    On the Atlantic side, the three chambers of the Gatun Locks raise ships 87 feet above sea level, while the Miraflores Locks transfer 26 million gallons of water in under seven minutes at its Pacific end.

  • Panama Canal Railway -

    Ride the world's first transcontinental railway. Experience Panama's rainforest setting along the historic route originally built in 1855 during the heyday of the California gold rush.

  • Panama Canal Transit -

    Experience the thrill of canal transit and the intricacy of the lock's system firsthand as your ferry is lifted over 85 feet above sea level, from one body of water to the next.

  • Cruise Gatun Lake -

    A jungle boat excursion through the dense rainforest highlights the abundance of exotic wildlife and breathtaking scenery found along this vital waterway, a key component of the Panama Canal's intricate system.

  • Embera Natives -

    Experience traditional Embera hospitality when you are invited into a world of ancient ritual, native culture, and timeless wonder. Watch a ceremonial dance routine, explore the unspoiled grounds, and marvel at the exquisite handmade crafts.

  • Aerial Tram & Soberania National Park -

    Nestled within the vast Soberania National Park, an aerial tram soars over the Gamboa Rainforest, a jungle paradise and complex ecological system that showcases some of the most spectacular vegetation and wildlife in the world.

  • Panama Canal Expansion -

    Get a close-up view of the engineering and construction behind the canal's expansion. The massive project includes widening Gatun Lake and creating two new sets of locks in 2016.

13 Excursions

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Scenic Drive & Walking Tour of "Colonial Panama"

3.75 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-100 P A 6 - 1 0 0

Moderate Activity

From $74.95

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Best of Fuerte Amador: Colonial Panama, Mirafloras Locks Observation Center & IMAX Theater

5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-105 P A 6 - 1 0 5

Moderate Activity

From $99.95

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New Locks & Former Panama Canal Zone

5.15 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-120 P A 6 - 1 2 0

Moderate Activity

From $69.95

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Panama Canal Railway & New Locks of the Canal Expansion (Dome Car)

5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-170 P A 6 - 1 7 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $229.95

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Panama Canal Railway & New Locks of the Canal Expansion

5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-175 P A 6 - 1 7 5

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $189.95

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Panama's History in Gold

5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-205 P A 6 - 2 0 5

Moderate Activity

From $89.95

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Frank Gehry's Biomuseo and Panama City Tour

2.5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-210 P A 6 - 2 1 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $94.95

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Panama Canal: From the Miraflores Locks to the New Expansion & IMAX Theater

6.5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-235 P A 6 - 2 3 5

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $119.95

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Panama's Rainforest Aerial Tram

4 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-350 P A 6 - 3 5 0

Moderate Activity

From $139.95

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Authentic Embera Native Village

6.5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-385 P A 6 - 3 8 5

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $99.95

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Gatun Lake Cruise & Locks

5.5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-600 P A 6 - 6 0 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $99.95

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Monkey & Wildlife Nature Cruise on Gatun Lake

4 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-610 P A 6 - 6 1 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $109.95

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Panama Canal & Locks Transit by Boat

6 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-615 P A 6 - 6 1 5

Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $149.95

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