Cruising to Cristóbal will give you access from this seaport on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus of Panama to Colón and Panama City.
It has much to offer, including the world’s first transcontinental railway, where the trains cross Central America from the Atlantic to the Pacific in one afternoon. Panama also has a virgin rainforest that is home to 10,000 species of plants and 900 species of birds.
The two-main cruise ship docking areas are at Colón 2000 and Cristóbal Pier. Colón 2000 is the more modern and is a fabulous showcase for the goods of Colón’s 50-year-old free trade zone, which is the second largest in the world next to Hong Kong.
Cristóbal Pier, on the other hand, has a lively craft market and folklore shows.