The Canal and Central Panama

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  • 1. Colón 2000


    Two blocks from the Zona Libre is the city's cruise-ship port, Colón 2000, which is basically a two-story strip mall next to the dock where...Read More

  • 2. Esclusas de Gatún


    Twelve kilometers (7 miles) south of Colón are the Esclusas de Gatún, a triple-lock complex that's nearly a mile long and raises and lowers...Read More

  • 3. Fuerte San Lorenzo


    Perched on a cliff overlooking the mouth of the Chagres River are the ruins of the ancient Spanish Fuerte San Lorenzo, destroyed by pirate Henry...Read More

  • 4. Iglesia de San Felipe

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One block east of Real Aduana is the Iglesia de San Felipe, a large white church dating from 1814 that's home to the country's most venerated...Read More

  • 5. Lago Gatún (Gatún Lake)

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Gatún Lake was created when the U.S. government dammed the Chagres River, between 1907 and 1910, so that boats could cross the isthmus at 85...Read More

  • 6. Parque Nacional Chagres

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Covering more than 320,000 acres, Parque Nacional Chagres is one of Panama's largest parks. It holds an array of ecosystems and expanses of...Read More

  • 7. Parque Nacional Portobelo

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Parque Nacional Portobelo is a vast marine and rain-forest reserve contiguous with Chagres National Park that protects both natural and cultural...Read More

  • 8. Parque Nacional Soberanía

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Trails into the Parque Nacional Soberanía wilderness can be reached by public bus, taxi, or by driving the mere 25 km (15 miles) from downtown...Read More

  • 9. Real Aduana

    Notable Building

    Near the entrance to Fuerte San Jerónimo is Real Aduana, where servants of the Spanish crown made sure that the king and queen got their cut...Read More

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