The Caribbean side of the Panama Canal


  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Physical: Easy
  • Minimum 2 people


  • Pick up/drop off at hotel
  • A/C Transportation
  • Train ticket (one way)
  • Entrance fee to Aguas Claras locks
  • Entrance fee to National Park San Lorenzo

What to Expect

Enjoy a breathtaking train ride across the isthmus from the Pacific to the Caribbean, through the lush tropical rainforest of Panama Canal.  Upon arrival in the city of Colon, pay a visit to the new Panama Canal locks of Aguas Claras and be amazed by the 16th century Spanish Castle of San Lorenzo (UNESCO).


Tour Description

Start the day with an early morning train ride, crossing the isthmus of Panama, from the Pacific coast to the Caribbean Sea, along the Panama Canal.  While driving through our beautiful rainforest, you will be able to see areas of the Canal only visible by train and, if you are lucky, you might even spot a few monkeys or toucans on the surrounding trees as well as crocodiles slowly swimming on the emerald green waters of Gatun Lake.

Upon arrival in the city of Colón, we will take you on a short drive to the Visitors Center at the Panama Canal expansion site of Aguas Claras, where you  wil be able to take  a look at the impressive new locks of the Panama Canal and learn more about this massive project and its importance for the new trends in world trade. 

Continue your day with a drive through the amazing rainforest of the protected area of San Lorenzo, which will bring you to one of the most impressive UNESCO sites of Panama, the famous Castle of San Lorenzo.  Built in the 16th century, on a small peninsula at the mouth of the Chagres River, it played a crucial role as a defense site for the golden route of Panama, during Spanish colonization.

After this memorable stop, we will drive you back to your hotel in Panama City.


Tour Highlights

  • Train ride through lush rainforest
  • Observation of wildlife
  • Amazing views of the Panama Canal
  • The Canal expansion site at Aguas Claras
  • UNESCO site of San Lorenzo

What to bring:

  • Fresh clothes
  • Sun protection
  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Backpack
  • Rain gear
  • Water
  • Cash