Unlike most posts here, I am coming from Panama City and will be spending 3 nights at the Melia Panama Canal hotel on Lake Gatun from the 25th to the 28th of January. I have been trying to get information via email from the Hotel but they never respond. I assume that this is pretty typical. Other hotels in Panama I have contacted for information respond about the same ... lol.
This is a vacation I put together from several Sweepstakes wins for hotel and airfare. I'm not weathy (far from it) so I will be traveling on a real tight budget and I need to find the cheapest ways of doing things while there.
So I thought I would see if anybody would have information for me here. I am planning in coming to Colon by bus on Tuesday. Yet, I have no idea how to get to the hotel! Does the bus do "flag stops"? Where is the Bus Terminal? How often do the buses run from Panama City? If I have to take a taxi from the terminal, about how much should I 'really' pay?
As I return to Panama City I plan to take the Railway. But for the life of me I can't figure out where the train terminal is. They don't give an address on their website. From what I can deduce it is off to the left of Avenue Bolivar just before it enters the city? Maybe somebody knows so I can pin it to my map.
As far as playing tourist goes, I don't plan to do much of that. Yet it would be pretty silly to go all the way to Panama without taking the time to go see the locks! How can a person get to the locks? If forced to take a taxi: what are the lowest "real" costs? I'm not interested in paying for any "Tourist Tours" nor can I afford to hire a taxi at $15/hour for a day! :) What are the options here?
Any other information would be appreciated! (I have questions about Panama City, but I will post them in that forum,) Thanks in advance!Edited: 5:11 pm, December 14, 2010