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Combination Tour from Panama City: Rainforest, San Lorenzo Fort and Canal Expansion
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Combination Tour from Panama City: Rainforest, San Lorenzo Fort and Canal Expansion

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Discover the historic landmarks, natural wonders, and engineering marvels of the Panama Canal on this full-day tour from Panama City. Explore the rainforest of the San Lorenzo National Park and look out for wildlife including sloths, monkeys, and anteaters. Visit the colonial-era San Lorenzo Fort, admire views over Gatun Lake, and see the Agua Clara section of the Panama Canal extension.
$67.00 per adult
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Myo M wrote a review Sep 2020
Coquitlam, Canada18,512 contributions570 helpful votes
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From each of the "3 viewpoints" is a unique view (not overlapping among them): one to the north with the city's "quite impressive" skyline (which as I overheard the tour guide with some group describe as "Singapore of Central America" which I would say pretty accurate!); one to the east with the "old town" Casco Viejo (just a group of low-rise buildings but somewhat of an interesting view with a big "semicircular-shaped" road which is not on land but in the sea right around that part of the city); and one like a "diagonal view" both to the south & to the west with the stretch of the Panama Canal between the Bridge of the Americas & the Miraflores Locks (a fairly close view of the bridge but just a distant view of the locks). So yes, worthwhile coming up for these great views, kind of the "only drawback" here I would say is just that the all 3 viewpoints are openings through the woods with the views being "non-panoramic" for the most part (although that of the Canal a relatively wide view where there's actually also a small "viewing shelter"). And also apart from the views, to see on the hilltop itself are 2 big satellite towers or such, a big "national flag" & a statue of a lady poet who may be of some historical significance (with fences around the towers & the flag though to only see from a short distance away). If coming from the "old town" Casco Viejo (like I did), it's only a short ride on Uber for a few dollars to the bottom of this hill from which it's really an "easy walk" for about half an hour (along a "paved way" with a gentle slope all the way except at its two ends each with a stairway with some number of steps), and yes actually there's also a pretty good viewpoint right at about halfway (for both the city's skyline & the "old town").
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Date of experience: January 2020
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CharlieinTexas wrote a review Feb 2020
Austin, Texas3,443 contributions276 helpful votes
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Steady uphill climb, with a few steeper sections About 45 minutes to the top at a moderate pace, stopping to take in the views. Pretty flowers toward the bottom. Butterflies. Flag at top. Nice views from top of the Canal area.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Rita A wrote a review Feb 2020
St. Albert, Canada48 contributions23 helpful votes
If you like to hike, this is for you. It's not that difficult and there are a few benches along the way to rest if you need. The views are spectacular.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Cabo D wrote a review Dec 2019
Ormond Beach, Florida50 contributions1 helpful vote
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The hike gets really hard the closer you get to the top, not for anyone but worth the hike, 360 views
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Kevin S. wrote a review Dec 2019
Lomita, California191 contributions40 helpful votes
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This is one activity that is very easy to line up without a tour. Bring plenty of water and good shoes. We got an Uber from our inner-City hotel for about $6. He dropped us off at the base and we started walking. The roadway hike takes about 30min but since I walk with a cane it took longer. I was tired, hot, and out of breath but the journey was worth the destination. Along the way we saw endless jungle animals to include a wild sloth, woodpeckers, and several peccary. Once at top you will be treated with a humongous Panama flag and spectacular views of the city and surrounding ocean. There are clean bathrooms and some local friendly guards there too. Thank goodness the walk down was much easier, again local animals all around. Since we were tourists we decided to keep walking until we found a place with wi-fi to call another Uber. No need, at the bottom was a local taxi (which we were told to avoid). There will be a few waiting for potential hiker fares. Tired, we decided to ask; it was $5 back. Easy peasy!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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