Trans-isthmus train & tour package

March 15, 2011 Category: Travel guide

We many times get (future) guests asking us about the best way to see the Panama Canal.  Most think that a (partial) canal transit is the best way to do this.  Although we have had great reviews on this, here is another option.


Spanish canon at Fort Lorenzo

  • Pick-up at the Balboa Inn and transfer to Panama Railroad train station (minimum 2 people).
  • Take a comfortable one-hour trip across the Isthmus with great views of the Canal or surrounding jungle.
  • Have a bilingual guide wait for you in Colon.
  • Take a quick tour through Colon, then head for the Gatun locks while passing through the old installations of the Canal zone.
  • Watch huge ships going through the Gatun locks.
  • Cross the locks to go to Ft. Sherman, the former training base of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force and then on to Ft. Lorenzo.   Howler monkeys 90% of the time to been seen and certainly heard!
  • Check out historic Spanish fortress Ft. Lorenzo at its beautiful location at the mouth of the Chagres river.
  • Visit a nearby secluded beach only insiders know about.
  • Return to Panama City in your comfortable van.
  • Get dropped of at the Miraflores locks for a great late afternoon drink at the terrace of the Miraflores restaurant, visit the Albrook Mall or return to the Balboa Inn.

And all this for approx $ 90.00 per person (trip), $ 25 train ticket(one way)  food (not included)

We can also tailor a tour to suit whatever you prefer. Please contact me at

If you have a rental car, you can still do large part of this trip yourself (obviously without the train and no guide). We have detailed maps at the reception desk with instructions to make this a great (family) day.   It’s a very easy drive.

And last but not least, get a copy of the book ‘Path between the Seas‘ byDavid McCullough. A must-read for anybody visiting Panama.  Truly fascinating.


1 Comments to “Trans-isthmus train & tour package”

  1. Kristen Schnelle says:

    This is the best site I have seen about Panama. Thank you for listing out all the interesting things to do here! My parents are visiting in January, and we will definitely be using some of your tours.


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