Visit a Spanish Fortress and the new locks of the Panama Canal.
|PICK UP||At your hotel in Panama City|
|WHAT TO WEAR||
Comfortable athletic shoes, light leisure clothing and sunscreen. Hat and sunglasses are recommended.
Early in the morning your guide will meet you at your hotel for a drive to Portobelo Fortress. During the 17th and 19th centuries the Port of Portobelo was used as a Spanish Fortress and as a Caribbean terminal. Products such as spices, gold and silver that came from Peru and other Spanish Colonies passed through the country, along a trail called the Royal Path, and then were boarded on ships to be transported to Spain. Portobelo was attacked by pirates several times; the best-known attack was organized by Henry Morgan.
We will visit the ruins of the colonial port, the custom house where the treasure and gold were stored and the Portobelo church, where the famous Black Christ statue is located. A ceremony to commemorate the Black Christ, which is worshipped throughout the country, is held on the 21st of October of each year.
After lunch you will have the opportunity to visit the Agua Clara Visitors Center and be amazed by the panoramic view of same concept of the Gatun Locks was reinvented to handle bigger cargo by re-using water and locking the chambers with rolling gates. After enjoying the panoramic view, continue onto the screening room where you will learn more about the construction and effort of several Panamanians of this modern engineering masterpiece. If you’re up for a short walk through the ecological loop trail and identify the different species the Panama Canal Rescue Team has relocated within the trail.
Note: This tour can be tailor-made to your interests and needs.