From Portobelo, our vehicle will take us across the Panama Canal, over
Gatun Locks, to the Castle of San Lorenzo, another UNESCO World Heritage
Site. Built at the mouth of the Chagres River, this Spanish bastion
served to fortify and protect the river entrance to Las Cruces Trail
that led to Panama City on the Pacific Ocean and was later also used as
the port of entry for the gold diggers on their way to California during
the second half of the 19th century. We will be traveling along lush
rainforest within San Lorenzo National Park, where we might have the
opportunity to see monkeys, Two and Three-toed sloths, Coatimundi,
toucans and other wildlife.
Panama Canal Railroad
At the Panama Canal Railway station in the Caribbean port city of Colon
we board the train for the one hour ride across the isthmus to Corozal.
The train follows a similar route as the original train built to
transport 49ers coming from the east coast of the United States across
the Isthmus to continue their journey by boat to California.
The route was diverted when Gatun Lake was formed to give way to the
Panama Canal. The train ride will take us along the magnificent waterway
to the west and flanked by the lush rainforests of Soberania
National Park to the east.