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A must see; The 19th century Marvel - Ocean to Ocean Path

A leisurely experience across the isthmus made originally to shorten the road for the gold rush seekers in the 19th century headed to California. A jungle, canal experience... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This was interesting particularly if you are a big fan of trains, but a little disappointing that it isn't right next to the canal very much. You spend the majority of the time going through the jungle and next to the flooded forests of Gatun Lake. I was expecting more time along the canal. If you have spent time in... More 

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North Miami Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Had the opportunity to see this as we past thru the Panama Canal on our ship. Ships usually give a historical lecture of the area as you pass thru the Locks. Very interesting.

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Traveled the railway through an option on a Carnival cruise. I got to see a lot of countryside and waterway from this ride. It was interesting to see the construction going on of widening the canals. This is something I recommend as a for sure thing to do if your in this area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

A leisurely experience across the isthmus made originally to shorten the road for the gold rush seekers in the 19th century headed to California. A jungle, canal experience unparalleled (short of a Canal Transit by ship) see the tropical cross section of Panama and the waterway joining the oceans. Just take care to arrange something in the way of return... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The train ride was the last portion of a day trip that included some other tours in the area. Once boarded and on the go, you had the option of sitting in the car, or the option of standing outside (which of course, I chose to do, and is the option I recommend, although very windy!) You passed through some... More 

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Merrickville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We took the Panama Canal railroad journey by rail and bus and had a most enjoyable day. At first the windows were all fogged up due to the light rain and humidity but the open air viewing areas on each carriage provided a great alternative - after a short time the windows were clear as well although some folks continued... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

A trip on the Panama Canal Railway train gives one a new insight into the jungle of Panama, the amazing Gatun Lake and wonderful views of the Canal and the locks. We loved the trip and would highly recommend it if you've already journeyed up the Canal.

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Mar del Plata, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We did the railway ride through a tour guide Luis, great guy (read my other reviews to see who or drop me a message, I can't post it here); we used him for another one of his tours later that week...EXCELLENT Tour Guide. Luis picked us up at the hotel, he took us out to this gourmet coffee shop early... More 

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Dubai
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We took the train ride from Colon to Panama City, and then a bus back. The train is clean, well preserved, and has a lot of interesting history. But, the 90 minute ride to Panama City was nothing special. Most of the trip was thru forest regions, with a few brief glimpses of the canal. The only good thing about... More 

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Cinnaminson, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We enjoyed a great ride on the Panama Canal Railway from the Gatun Locks to the west coast and Panama City. A great journey which took us along the canal and by the construction of the new canal being built parallel to the one in operation now. A great trip in an old 50's RR car used on the east... More 

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