In the Morning, visit of the caribbean fortifications: Fort San Lorenzo was built in the XVII, Its ruins are located at the mouth of the Chagres River on a promontory to the west of the Panama Canal. It was built in 1598 and consisting of blocks of coral which happen to be currently in a good state of
preservation (pillars and canons).
Then, we’ll continue to the north to visit the picturesque town of Portobelo and its fortifications.
To defend its galleons, the king Felipe II ordered the construction of a fort at Portobelo (1601). Portobelo is the end point of the Camino Real. The Spaniards (Spanish colonialist) borrowed this path in order to move goods between Panama la Vieja and Portobelo. From here, the old Spanish caravels loaded the treasures from Peru and other Latin American countries before passing them to the Old World. The Spaniards built their fortresses In order to protect themselves against pirates-
Lunch in a local restaurant (not included) and then discovery of the old customs and buildings of Portobelo such as the Church of the Black Christ (subject of devotion among Panamanians. Processions on 21th October).
You will come back to Panama City by the transisthic railroad: THE PANAMA CANAL RAILWAY was built long before the famous Panama Canal at the time of the gold rush. The track was officially opened and operative in 1855, after almost 30 years of the first’s studies of the perimeter by the American Charles Biddle. The works, the diking of torrents and the breakthrough of marshy forests in a hot and humid temperature, would cost many lives and millions of francs 500,000 per kilometre. This historical process was described by the French Edouard Charton, a member of the Universal Interoceanic Canal Company in 1860 in the famous Parisian journal "Le Tour du Monde"
Panama City - 2 nights