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Panama Canal Train, Agua Clara Canal Lock Center & Colon Fort 7 hours

  • Covid-19 Safe
  • Private tour
  • Family friendly

Agua Clara Lock

The great construction of the Expanded Panama Canal continues to marvel local residents and visitors. Some interesting facts are related to the amount of material utilized. For example, the 192 thousand tons of steel required for the construction of Third Set of Locks could be used to build 19 Eiffel Tower.

Fort San Lorenzo

Castillo de San Lorenzo was first authorized in 1564. But like many other works of the Spanish crown in the Indies it took forty years before any construction began. The site selected was high on a cliff, where canons could effectively protect the entrance to the Charges River and offered an unencumbered view of the ocean for miles. The first fort, like all those of early Panama, used ancient double palisade techniques, where two opposing wooded walls would be in filled with earth and then roofed with woven reed and palm thatch. This type of construction had to be constantly repaired due to the many months of rain and numerous pirate assaults.

This is a day tour that includes pick up from your hotel in Panama city at 8:00AM. Our driver/guide will start with a visit at the Agua Clara center which has replaced the Gatun lock visit, the center opened in 2016. It has a projection room, restaurant, gift shop and a a fantastic panoramic view of the canal. Then you will head to the historic sight of Fort San Lorenzo Chagres National Park which is part of the UNESCO world heritage. After this visit we will stop for a lunch at the Fort Sherman or the Melia school of the Americas. After lunch you will return to the city in a private vehicle and we will drop you off to your hotel.

  • Visit to the Agua Clara Lock at the Panama Canal in Colon area (Included in the price)
  • National Parks visit: Fort Sherman and San Lorenzo.
  • Lunch stop in the Colon Area (Included in the price)
  • Return to Panama City in a private vehicle.

What's included

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


  • Round trip transfer to/from the city of Panama
  • Taxes
  • English speaking driver/ guide
  • Visit to San Lorenzo Fort
  • Private transportation
  • Visit to Agua Clara center
  • All entrances included


  • Lunch


Available in

English, Spanish

Available for

Children, Students, Adults, Seniors

Departure & Return

Start city: Panama City , Panama

Pick up times available: 8:00

Pick up location: Your hotel in Panama city

Ends at: Your hotel in Panama city

Nearest airport: Tocumen International Airport (PTY)

Covid-19 measures

  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation policy

0% cancellation fee - 7 days or more before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 3-6 days before the travel date
100% cancellation fee - between 0-2 days before the travel date

"Is the Panama Canal Train actually running some trips in December? I see they ran a couple of special ones in October and November, but your website makes it appear that you'll do the Panama Canal Train/Agua Clara Canal Lock/Colon Fort regularly. We're interested in the trip if it's going to run."

Response from organiser:

We were told that in December this tour will start running again after the train has been idle for two years. It has been frustrating for us but there is no set date in December. It could go until next year in January. We will contact you when the train is running to Colon.

Asked on 23 Nov 2022 by Louise