Day Trip From Panama City: Colon, Gatun Locks And The Portobello Fort

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    6:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Hotels located within the city. If you are staying in the suburbs, a meeting place can be coordinate for pick-up and drop off
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Historical. The tour begins at 6:00 in the morning when we pick you up from your hotel and take you to the train station.You will pass along the Panama Canal River side, where our guides will meet you at the train Station (in the Atlantic side) to start your adventure in the Atlantic side. After lunch (at your own expense) We will visit the San Lorenzo Fort, the observation center of the Agua Clara Locks (Panama Canal locks located in the Atlantic) and The Gatun Locks, give you an overview of the most important duty free zone and continue to the Portobello city established during the Spanish colonial period. In Portobello you will see the San Fernando Fort, get to know the Cusrtoms, explore the Church and history of the Black Christ.


All entrance fees included

Fully narrated tour

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Comprehensive tour of the city

Know More about this tour

Enjoy an unforgettable experience traveling to the city of Colon on board a train. You will spend about an hour crossing through the rain forest. Once in Colon, you will visit the Agua Clara Locks and learn all about the operations of the Panama Canal and about the new Atlantic Locks of the Panama Canal. There will be a stop for lunch (not included), and then you will head to the historic site of the fortifications of Portobello before making your way back to Panama City.


Driver/ bilingual guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off


Food and drinks

Alcoholic drinks

Ticket Agua Clara Locks $15.00 dollars per person

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Traveler Reviews

  • 19-Nov-2018

    We booked the day trip to Colon by train. Due to heavy rain and flooding Eduardo offered an alternative at short notice which we appreciated which was no San Lorenzo or Portobello but to Gamboa instead. Eduardo is excellent, friendly, helpful, interesting and informative and arranged everything so it was all very easy. We liked the train and the rain forest at Gamboa very much.

  • 09-Feb-2017

    Well worth the cost. Great guide, Eduardo, he brought the history of Panama and its colorful history to life.

  • 12-Jan-2017

    It was very good trip overall and our tour guide was very nice and professional. We started with Panama Canal Railway train ride. Even though we have to get up really early, the train ride was pleasant with service of coffee and snack box. Our tour guide took us to the new lock, Agua Clara Locks, spent most time there. Then he brought us to Gatun Locks and the Dam. Portobello is a natural beauty. However, like Colon, these places need more love and care.

  • 31-Dec-2016

    Very informative guide, however the Portobello Fort has not been a part of this tour since cyclone Otto made it inaccesible in November

  • 01-Dec-2016

    This was the best one-day travel experience of my life. For anyone interested in the Panama canal and history in general plus wildlife and cultuture, I highly recommend this tour. Our guide, Eduardo was excellent. The train ride across Panama was very special with outstanding views of the canal. The whole day far exceeded our optimistic expectations.

  • 17-Nov-2016

    good tour

  • 14-Jul-2016

    Our tour guide,Edwardo is very knowledgeable and very nice.
    The tour is very Nice.