Discover Panama’s rich history by rail on a full-day tour to Portobelo and Agua Clara Locks Visitors Center from Panama City. Board the iconic Trans-Isthmian Railway that links Panama’s two coasts and explore the 17th-century fortifications at Portobelo. Hear stories of pirates and Spanish gold, learn the legend of Sir Francis Drake’s final battle, then light a candle beside the revered Christ figure in a nearby church. Finish your day with a trip to the canal’s most famous locks, where engineers held back the jungle with a towering earthen dam.
Day trip to Portobelo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, by train
Explore the Agua Clara Locks at the Panama Canal
Visit Santiago de la Gloria Fort and San Geronimo Fort
We liked this tour, however, we thought we were going to get to use the Observation train cab for our tour, but we were put into a regular train cab which was smelly and dirty and difficult to see outside of the windows. Additionally, we were taken by van from the train to Portobelo, but it was an extremely dangerous drive due to flooding in Colon and Portobelo. We were afraid that we would be swept away with the rising water. This was very trying and could not enjoy the tour. When we exited the train there was so much water it was over our shoes, so we had wet feet and bodies for the entire tour. Additionally, the towns of Colon and Portabelo were extremely dirty. At the end of our tour, the van we were in had some time of mechanical difficulties and we waited on the side of the road between Colon and Portabelo. Finally, the driver was told to go ahead and drive to Colon where we were met by another vehicle and transferred to that car. It was pouring rain, again and we got soaked. It was very uncomfortable. The guide was nice, but it was not worth the amount we paid, especially because of the dangerous trip it ended up being. As stated in the ad for this tour Your ride to Portobelo is scenic and comfortable as you travel through the Panamanian countryside. was not what occurred for us. For the amount we paid including tip, it just was not worth it or worth our lives.