Panama Canal Railway & New Locks of the Canal Expansion

6 hours | Panama Canal Partial Transit | P C 1 - 1 7 5
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  • Panama Canal Railway
Includes snack, Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Imagine traveling around the Panama Canal in a deluxe 1938 vintage executive railway car. During this six-hour tour you'll not only take in the sights of the canal but transfer to the Gatun New Locks for an up close look at this engineering marvel.

After boarding your air-conditioned transportation you'll make the short drive to the train station at Colon. Here, you'll board your unique train. Reminiscent of the golden age of railway travel, the passenger cars feature luxurious wood paneling, tables, carpeted floors, soft lamp lighting, wooden blinds, air conditioning, bathrooms, large windows to appreciate the picturesque journey and open-air viewing decks that allow passengers to step outside and "smell" the tropical rainforest.

Then, you'll leave the Colon station on an approximately one hour train trip to the Pacific terminus of the Panama Canal, passing Gatun Lake and the isthmus' dense rainforest. During your railroad journey, you guide will provide commentary on the railroad, Panamanian history, and the canal.

The rainforests of the Panama Canal are some of the most accessible green zones in the world. With over 50,000 acres of pristine rainforest, this natural gem hosts an incredible 105 species of mammals, 525 species of birds and 124 species of reptiles and amphibians. Enjoy a light snack and beverage during this part of you tour.

The Panama Canal requires a vast rainforest watershed to feed water to its lock system, which uses millions of gallons each day. Since the rainforests are so important to the national economy, the Canal Zone has had to actively preserve its natural resources, providing pristine green areas and excellent photo opportunities.

When your train arrives at a Panama City's train station, you'll transfer to the Aqua Clara Visitor Center where you will have the opportunity for a close up view of the passing ships and functioning of the locks from the top floor of the center.

At the end of this fascinating adventure, you'll return to the pier.

Special Notes:

There are no preassigned seats. The train may operate one way or round trip depending upon prior train schedule. If one way, the return is by air-conditioned transportation on the new 4 lane highway. The drive back to the ship is approximately one hour and thirty minutes. Train may operate ONE way or Round trip, depending on prior train schedule.

The Panama Canal Authority assigns specific time slots for the transit of a vessel through the locks. The ship will anchor in a designated area and will wait for instructions. Once clearance is transmitted to the ship, procedures begin to bring ship's tour passengers ashore. Therefore, tour departure times may vary and will be announced onboard. The return time of the ship to Colon or Cristobal may also be delayed due to transit through the locks. We recommend that you are prepared for any potential of delay in the ship's arrival to Colon or Cristobal and plan accordingly by bringing any needed medication or essential items on tour.

Depending on the voyage and itinerary guests will be dropped off in either Colon or Cristobal.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart pier and transfer to New Locks

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30

Visit the New Locks

Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes

Transfer to train station and boarding

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:45
Air conditioned:
Yes

Train ride to Panama City

Transport type:
Train
Travel time:
01:00

Transfer to Fort Amador

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
50
Travel time:
00:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Restroom available:
No

Time Spent at Fuerte Amador

Time at site:
00:45

Return to pier

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
50
Travel time:
01:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Restroom available:
No