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San Lorenzo and Portabelo Panama

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San Lorenzo and Portabelo Panama

If one takes the morning Panama Railway train from Panama City to Colon, is there enough time to get to and see both San Lorenzo and Portabelo and still make the return train to Panama City in the afternoon? Or would that be too rushed? Thank you.

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1. Re: San Lorenzo and Portabelo Panama

It will be a little rushed, but it's certainly possible. The drive from the train station to San Lorenzo will take about 30 - 45 minutes. (You'll also see Gatun lock on the way, but you don't really have time to stop. Have your taxi driver let you off so you can walk across the bridge at the mouth of the locks. He can pick you up on the other side.)

Not sure how long you plan to stay at San Lorenzo, but let's say it's an hour. By the time you leave, it will be around 10 am. You'll get to Portobelo around 11:30, in time for lunch. Stop at La Torre, which will be on the right, about 2 km before you get to the town. You'll have from 1 pm until about 3:30 pm to see Portobelo. Not enough time to take a water taxi over to the forts across the bay, but enough time to explore the two forts on this side of the bay, the customs house and the church of the Black Christ.

Be sure to be on the road back to Colón by 3:45pm. The trip back to the train station is only an hour, but this is Panama -- where there's only one road from point A to point B -- and if you run into any traffic problems, you'll need the extra time.

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2. Re: San Lorenzo and Portabelo Panama

Thank you so much for your response. I appreciate your feedback and insight.

CDY
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3. Re: San Lorenzo and Portabelo Panama

You could also get hung up at the locks if the gates are open and a ship is passing through,possibly both ways.

I would do Portobello first and then see if you have enough time for FSL,

I have always enjoyed FSL, very wild feel to it, but Portobelo is a little more interesting and historic.

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4. Re: San Lorenzo and Portabelo Panama

Another great thought. Much appreciated CDY!

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