Fuerte Amador, Panama (for Panama City)

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: Fuerte Amador is 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.

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Points of Interest

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

    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.

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New Locks & Former Panama Canal Zone

5.15 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-120
  • Panama Canal Expansion

Take in up-close views of the canal's largest-ever expansion project on a half-day adventure to the Panama Canal Expansion Project Observation Center. Watch an informative film, peruse a collection of photographic displays then shoot your own photos of the incredible views of Gatún Lake and the new waterway system from a variety of indoor and outdoor platforms

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Scenic Drive & Walking Tour of "Colonial Panama"

3.75 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-100
  • Panama Canal Expansion
  • Panama Viejo / Casco Viejo

Celebrate the cultural and historic significance of ancient Panama on a panoramic and guided tour that takes you behind the tall skyscrapers and modern façades to the ruins and remains of the country's glorious beginnings and tragic past. Tour both Old Panama and the Colonial City.

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$69.95

Panama Canal Interoceanic Museum & Old Canal Zone

4 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-115
  • Panama Canal Expansion
  • Panama Viejo / Casco Viejo

Enjoy an in-depth view of the Panama Canal and the United States military bases that once occupied the area. Explore the Panama Canal Interoceanic Museum a devoted museum to the history of the construction of the Panama Canal and its various stages. This includes the first French Canal construction attempt and the U.S. involvement after constructions. Then you will have a guided drive through the U.S Ex Military bases.

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Panama's History in Gold

5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-205
  • Panama Canal Expansion
  • Panama Viejo / Casco Viejo

Behold Panama's cultural treasures during this exciting tour that celebrates ancient past and artisan traditions. Witness the famed gold Orchids of Panama at the Reposa craft workshop. Stroll through the ruins of Old Panama, view treasured artifacts at the Old Panama Museum and see the sights of the historic quarter.

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Colonial Panama & Miraflores Locks Observation Center

4.25 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-105
  • Canal Locks
  • Panama Canal Expansion

Experience two outstanding highlights of Panama, when you enjoy a guided walk through Colonial Panama's most celebrated landmarks and rich architectural diversity. Then, the engineering marvel of the canal comes to life at the Miraflores Locks Observation Center, where you'll learn the history of the canal and view its intricate process.

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IMAX Theatre & Miraflores Locks

4 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-130

Through the magic of IMAX 3D technology, sit back and take an extraordinary visual journey through one of the seven wonders of the world when you watch the film "Panama Canal 3D: A Land Divided – A World United," narrated by Academy-Award actor Morgan Freeman, on one of the world's largest IMAX screens.

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$89.95

Frank Gehry's Biomuseo and Panama City Tour

2.5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-210
  • Panama Canal Expansion

Explore the architectural marvel known as the BioMuseo. While the exterior boasts a colorful origami-shaped design by master architect Frank Gehry, the interior highlights Panama's natural wonders with gigantic sculptures, ancient fossils and multimedia exhibits. A sightseeing tour along Cinta Costera 3 and Avenida Balboa completes your adventure.

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Gatun Lake Cruise & Locks

5.5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-600
  • Panama Canal Expansion
  • Canal Locks
  • Cruise Gatun Lake

Board your tour boat for a 90-minute eco-cruise on Gatun Lake. Glide past lush rainforest to a secluded region of the lake and witness first-hand the splendor and excitement of the jungle. Later, visit the New Locks of the Panama Canal. Your guide explains the engineering feat required to move ships over a continental divide that separates two oceans.

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Authentic Embera Indian Village

6.5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-385
  • Panama Canal Expansion
  • Embera Indians

Travel by dugout canoe deep into the heart of Chagres National Park, home of the Embera Indian Village. The Chief greets you and the tribe performs a traditional welcome ceremony and ceremonial dance. Stroll through the authentic surroundings, interact with the villagers, learn their customs, and browse their exceptional handicrafts.

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Monkey & Wildlife Nature Cruise on Gatun Lake

4 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-610
  • Panama Canal Expansion
  • Cruise Gatun Lake

Ideal for nature lovers, this enchanting cruise takes you through the waters of the Panama Canal and along the jungle covered islands of Gatun Lake. A naturalist guide escorts you, points out the abundant wildlife among the lush and fragrant foliage, and coaxes playful monkeys to come out and say hello!

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$109.95

Panama Canal: From the Miraflores Locks to the New Expansion

6 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-235
  • Panama Canal Expansion
  • Canal Locks

Watch powerful tankers and massive ships traverse the Panama Canal with a tour of the Miraflores Locks. Learn the history of the world's 8th wonder and see how the canal is being expanded with a visit to the Expansion Observatory Platform overlooking the waterway.

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$109.95

PANAMA CITY BAY AND LAND TOUR

4.75 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-620

Discover Panama City by land and sea on this exceptional adventure that begins with a catamaran sail in the bay for views of the Bridge of the Americas, Amador Causeway and more. Then, a scenic motorcoach drive takes in the skyline, and a pedestrian tour traverses the streets of colonial Panama.

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$129.95

Panama's Rainforest Aerial Tram

4 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-350
  • Panama Canal Expansion
  • Aerial Tram & Soberania National Park

The lush Gamboa Rainforest comes to life as you soar over the treetops in a unique aerial tram ride. A knowledgeable wilderness guide shares the history of the area and points out the indigenous flora and fauna. An observation tower and short hikes afford unparalleled views of Soberania National Park.

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Panama Canal & Locks Transit by Boat

6 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-615
  • Canal Locks
  • Panama Canal Expansion
  • Panama Canal Transit
  • Cruise Gatun Lake

Thrill to an intimate perspective of the Panama Canal on a small watercraft excursion. Visit Miraflores Locks for an in-depth view of canal operations and enjoy the jungle scenery along Gatun Lake. Then, marvel at the ingenuity of the Gaillard Cut, the most challenging section of the canal to build.

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Panama Canal Railway & New Locks of the Canal Expansion

5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-175
  • Panama Canal Expansion
  • Panama Canal Railway

This is the same tour as PA6-170 save that passengers travel in a restored executive rail car with booth seating on one side and rows of two seats with small tables on the other. Your car has a rest-room and shares a small open-air observation deck with the dome car described in PA6-170. The Executive Car does not have the glass dome viewing area.

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

5 hours | Fuerte Amador | PA6-170
  • Panama Canal Expansion
  • Panama Canal Railway

Hop aboard the hemisphere's first transcontinental railroad and see the Panama Canal from the seat of a 19th century railway dome car. During your journey you'll travel across the isthmus and see Gatun Lake. Then, learn the operation of the locks at the New Locks Observation Center.

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