Portobelo was founded in 1504 by Christopher Colombus while sailing the Atlantic coast of Panama on his fourth and final voyage to the Americas. It wasn't until 1571 that Portobelo replaced Nombre de Dios as the Caribbean terminal for Camino Las Cruces. Portobelo became the warehouse that stored the gold and silver the Spanish sacked from the Pacific coasts before finally being shipped over to Spain. As a result, we can see today the abandoned defense system designed to defend the customs building from the attacks of pirates.
Are you ready to go mountain biking through San Lorenzo and its off-road trails? We sure are! Our jungle expedition will take you to old US military bunkers, castles built during the Spanish colonizations, beautiful sandy beaches great for snorkeling and enjoying the sun, and many more places to explore!Posted by Gold Coast Panama on Monday, 8 June 2015
Eco-friendly bicycling tours through the jungles of Panama. Start your day on the west bank of the Gatun Locks, part of the engineering marvel of the world, the Panama Canal. After stretching your muscles and making sure all the gear is secure for lift off, we will make way towards our first checkpoint at Fort Sherman, a former US military base which was part of the defense system for protecting the Panama Canal, and from there finally taking our last stretch towards Fort San Lorenzo, originally occupied by the Spanish from the 1500s onto the 1800s as part of the defense system of the Chagres River and the gold route, Camino de Cruces.
Estimated tour time: 5 to 6 hours.
Embark on a voyage with Mother Nature. Experience a true Tropical Rainforest on a kayak at a leisurely pace that will allow us to quietly go with the current and perchance come upon unique birds, monkeys, sloths and maritime life. Then, after the kayak adventure, we get to join the Embera Indians! The Embera Indians are native to the Darien jungles, but they have migrated to this area in recent years. They still maintain their traditions and culture. The Indians are located on the Rio Gatun and you will embark upstream in a dug-out canoe. You will be shown the community, their houses, the medicinal gardens and their handicraft items. You might also see their traditional dance, you may join in the fun or just observe and listen the rhythms of their music.
Includes: Professional English speaking guide, boat, typical Embera lunch & village fees, cold bottled water & snack.
This tour takes you to Panama Viejo, the first established Spanish Colony on the pacific, dates back to the early 1500s, afterwards we continue over to Casco Antiguo for a walk around the historical city that replaced Panama Viejo in 1673. Of course no visit is complete with a stop the Miraflores Visitor Center, with a chance to watch a Panama Canal transit and time to go through the museum.
Includes guide, transportation, water, snacks, lunch.