Atlantic Side Canal Locks and Fort San Lorenzo

This tour is one of the best in Panama, but often overlooked. Not only do we see the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, we also explore pirate history, a 16th Century Spanish fort, and the new Agua Clara locks of the Panama Canal.

Our certified guide will pick you up at your hotel in Panama City and begin the 2 hour beautiful drive to the Atlantic Side of Panama. You will be able to say you've seen the Pacific and Atlantic ocean in one day. 

Then it’s onward to the Panama Canal Agua Clara Locks Visitor Center to enjoy the panoramic view and learn about this modern marvel. With luck, we will see a ship pass through the locks.

Next, we head for Fort San Lorenzo by crossing the newest bridge over the Canal. As we walk around this fort that fended off pirate attacks during Spanish times, we also get a fantastic view of the mouth of the Chagres River.

We will lunch at Fort Sherman (a former U.S. Army base) with a view of the water.

Lunch is not included in price of the tour.

We then drive back to Panama City, with more gorgeous views of the rainforest and small towns along the way.

Please Note: This tour requires a minimum of 2 people. 

Your guide will pick you up and take you to the Agua Clara Visitor’s Center and to see the Canal’s newest locks, completed in 2016. A highlight is seeing the new water saving basins that contribute to the sustainability and operation of the Canal.

Once we have seen the new locks, we will travel through spectacular rainforest to Fort San Lorenzo, spotting wildlife along the way. This area was once used by the U.S. Military for Jungle Survival Training.

The Spanish built San Lorenzo in the 16th Century to guard the entrance to the Chagres River, which provided water-route access to Panama City. This area is rich with pirate history, as marauders were keen to intercept the gold and silver that the Spanish looted from Peru and Mexico. All those riches first landed in Panama City before crossing the isthmus and being shipped to Spain. The site also has a gorgeous view of the river and sparkling Caribbean waters. You will discover how the Spanish guarded and lived at the fort as well as some funny historical anecdotes.

Once we are done exploring the fort, we head to a restaurant with a waterfront view. This restaurant is in a historic building on the former Ft. Sherman.

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