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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.

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Why visit Cristobal ?

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The gateway to the Miraflores Locks

Watch the comings and goings along the magnificent Panama Canal

When planning your cruise to take in Cristóbal (or Colón), being warm will not be an issue. April is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 29°C, while October is the coldest month at 26°C. November is the wettest month, with 401mm of rain.  

Panama City is a central hub for tours going anywhere in the country, but it is also a great tourist destination. A combination of the historical legacy of colonial Spain and the ultra-modern, it is also one of the safest cities in the Americas.  

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Casco Viejo is the city’s old colonial district. Do not miss the Plaza de la Indpendencia, home to the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Asunción, Iglesia de San José (famous for its golden altar) and Plaza de Francia and its surrounding seawall.  

For more insight into the country’s past, you can trace the Spanish conquistadors to Panamá Viejo, the ruins of the original Spanish settlement. Sacked by pirate Henry Morgan in 1671, the residents relocated to Casco Viejo in the city. All that is left are stone ruins, including a cathedral tower. You can also see the ruins of Fuerte San Lorenzo on the Atlantic side at the mouth of the Chagres River.  

As well as exploring Panama’s rich history, you can experience the delights of its large tropical rainforest reserve on the outskirts of the city. Parque Natural Metropolitano has five trials where you will find tropical wildlife, including toucans, parakeets, orioles, sloth agoutis and titi monkeys.  

If you take a cruise that includes Cristóbal (or Colón) in its itinerary, you can also enjoy a walk on the Amador Causeway, which offers views of the Bridge of the Americas on one side and modern Panama on the other. Connecting four islands, it was built from dirt and rocks during the construction of the canal. There is a marina on Flamenco Island where some cruise ships tender passengers to port, and there are restaurants, bars and a duty-free shop.

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