Gatun Lake, Panama
Information Not Currently Available
Approximately 5 Hours
Meals not included
This tour combines a visit to a Spanish fort with the lush ambience of natural tropical forest and the mighty Panama Canal.
Set off in air-conditioned comfort to explore Panama, passing the former US Army Base of Fort Sherman. The jungle training areas here remained active until 1999. Your destination is the remote, 400-year-old ruins of Fort San Lorenzo -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will offer details of the immense and profound history related to this spot. The Spaniards built the fort in the 16th century to defend the gold trail of the Spanish Main, and were very successful until the fort was finally sacked by the infamous Welsh Captain Henry Morgan.
Next you will see the Path Between the Seas -- the Panama Canal -- and view the gargantuan ships that make their way through the Agua Clara Locks' chambers, where the ships seem to be a mere arm's length apart. The Agua Clara Locks (expansion) are the newest of the three sets of locks on the Panama Canal.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. This excursion will depart from Gatun Lake and will end in Colon, where you will re-join the ship. 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 the ship's tour passengers ashore. Therefore, tour departure times may vary and will be announced onboard. The return time of the ship to Colón may also be delayed due to transit through the locks. We recommend that you are prepared for any potential delay of the ship's arrival to Colón and plan accordingly by bringing any needed medication or essential items on tour. Facilities are available at the terminal in Colón while waiting for the ship's arrival in case of delay.