Historic Train, Fort & Canal Tour

The Historic Train, Fort & Canal Tour is designed to give you a taste of Panama all in one day! Leave early in the morning by train to the province of Colón on the historic Panama Canal Railway. The first stop is at the new locks on the Atlantic side to witness history in the making from the newly constructed visitor center. Next, a stop at the Chagres National Park to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Fort San Lorenzo, which stands guard at the mouth of the Chagres river. On the way back, the tour will stop for lunch at a marina, the historic US Fort Sherman before heading back to Panama City.

Price: $160 per person, includes visit to historic Panama Canal Railway (available Mon-Fri, except holidays), Gatun Locks visitor center, Chagres National Park, Fort San Lorenzo, US Fort Sherman, train passage (if not available, tour will be discounted), entrance fees to visitor center and National Park, tax/toll fees, and transportation. Breakfast, lunch not included. Duration: nine hours. Minimum three people per tour, must book at least three days in advance of tour date. Tours available Monday and Friday.

For every tour you book, a portion of the proceeds goes to Jetset Times #FuelTheFuture campaign with Give & Surf, specifically to fuel the boats that take local indigenous children and volunteers in Panama to school each day. Read more about why we love this organization on Jetset Times

Tour Policy

If you are unable to attend the tour, contact Barefoot Panama as soon as possible to arrange and reschedule the tour. If you are not at the designated meeting point by the time of your tour, Barefoot Panama reserves the right to not provide a refund.

Canceled or Postponed Tours

Occasionally, tours are canceled or postponed due to weather, mechanical failure, or other unforeseen events. Should this occur, Barefoot Panama will contact you about the cancellations and inform you of refund or exchange procedures for that tour. For exact instructions on any canceled or postponed tour, please contact Barefoot Panama. In the case of a cancellation of your tour, Barefoot Panama will refund your tour or reschedule another tour for you, as detailed below.

Refunds

All sales are final. No refunds are allowed, though a partial refund of 50 percent will be granted if Barefoot Panama receives notice at least 48 hours in advance of tour start time. Barefoot Panama will offer refunds of the full face value of the tour(s) that are canceled or postponed (or, if a discounted tour, then instead the discounted tour price paid). No refunds are offered on any service or convenience fees.

To receive a refund for a canceled or postponed tour, contact Kevin at kevin@barefootpanama.com within three days of tour cancellation and write "refund" in the subject line. Instructions will be provided in order to obtain your refund.

Tour Exchanges

No tour exchanges are offered by Barefoot Panama, except in certain cases. Contact Barefoot Panama by phone at +011 (507) 6780-3010 or by email at kevin@barefootpanama.com to inquire about tour exchanges. Fees may apply.

Ranked #2 Tour Operator in Panama City by TripAdvisor

"I had the BEST experience with Barefoot Panama this week on their Historic Train, Fort and Canal Tour. Thanks to Kevin for a memorable day and experience! As my first day in Panama, I could not have asked for a better introduction to the country! Kevin was over the top friendly and so knowledgeable about everything we experienced throughout the day. It was an early morning (6:15am pick up), because he knows how the fine art of schedules (trains, locks etc.) and how this country works. We were fortunate enough to get to the train early for great seats, see ships go through the locks, drive across the locks at Gatun and get to Fort San Lorenzo before the cruise ship tour busses arrived. This is what I love about small, personalized tours. We literally had the place to ourselves all thanks to Kevin! I learned so much on this trip and I would recommend this trip to everyone visiting and looking for a different and unique experience, beyond the basic travel to the city and Miraflores. A MUST DO if you are visiting Panama!"

- bns80, Seattle, WA

"Being single and trying to book a tour is a curse since 2-3 persons are needed. Kevin, the owner, was the only one from all the tour companies that I contacted who offered to accommodate having only myself on his Historic Train/Gatun Locks. Luckily a wonderful and fun couple from Florida ended up joining us that day. I also went on their City Tour, Drink and Eat, and Bayano Cave Tour, all great. Jeff, Ross, and Kevin are the best guides, never a dull moment, professional, on time, informative, and entertaining. Added bonus is a brand new van with strong AC!!"

zzzWaikiki, Honolulu, HI

High Praise for Barefoot Panama

“Best tourist guide in Americas. Beer, food and knowledge is super brilliant.”

 Ian Yeoman

“I traveled with Kevin on a small group, 3 month overland trip from San Diego to Panama through all of Central American countries… He was always on top of things and resolved the issues without us hardly knowing they were happening. He was flexible to our needs and requests, whilst ensuring that we saw the best that each country/area had to show. His local knowledge was amazing so that we got to see things and go places that none of the other trips did. Because of Kevin’s skills I think that we saw more of the real country than we would have done otherwise. And he made it FUN.”

– Mark Enfield

“I have had the pleasure of going on two of Kevin’s trips. I was blown away by his detailed knowledge of the area, he know everything from great hiking spots and secret swimming holes to the best hotels, bars and restaurants. Kevin’s easygoing personality was matched by his first-rate organization. I could really relax on my vacations with him because I knew everything would run smoothly. He handled everything, down to the smallest details, and really took a personal interest in making sure I had the best trip possible. He’s a great tour guide and his tours in Panama are incredible!”

 Tim Hughes

“Kevin has great interpersonal skills, and an extensive knowledge base from which he operates as a gifted owner and tour manager of Barefoot Panama. His clients are glowing when relating their travel experiences and the care Kevin has taken with them. I feel completely confident and comfortable recommending Kevin’s services to anyone traveling in North or Central America.”

 Cory Friend

“Kevin has always provided me with unforgettable travel experiences. Whether participating in one of Barefoot Panama’s tours or using his expert advice – he has NEVER steered me wrong. Some of the best experiences I have had while traveling are due to Kevin and his expertise. He is FUN to boot.”

– Cara Knauer Clark

“Kevin O’Brien was my tour leader/ driver/ guide on a two week tour at Barefoot Panama…Throughout he was approachable, informative, amiable, helpful and fun to be with. He made me feel very much at ease and he never showed signs of stress after long days on the road. His standard of driving was exceptionally high and he certainly knew his way around – traveling with Kevin made me feel very safe. If I visit Central America in the future, I wouldn’t hesitate to travel with Kevin O’Brien again.”

 Marilyn Willwohl

“Kevin is an expert in the adventure travel industry, and you’ll never find a more responsible and original guide. He has the unique ability to manage a well-organized trip while providing guests with the spontaneity, excitement and pure fun that make lifelong memories. Kevin carries his integrity to his own business at Barefoot Panama. He is astute, trustworthy and delivers on his promises. With more than 10 years experience, in-depth knowledge of hundreds of destinations, unlimited local contacts and finely-tuned leadership skills, Kevin is outstanding in his field.”

 Kim DeLashmit

“Kevin was our guide on a ten day whirlwind of Panama. We had a great time snorkeling, hiking, and just relaxing in a hammock with a cold beer. Thanks for all the fun, looking forward to visiting again!”

 Thomas Strubinger

“One of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides that a traveler can ever hope to meet. His laid back personality is complemented by a true thirst for the best adventures and experiences life has to offer…Most of all Kevin does superior job providing quality tours and does it with a smile on his face, enjoying every step of the way. If you want to tour Panama in style, Kevin and Barefoot Panama is the way to go!”

– Elizabeth Ihle, Real Estate Agent, Barefoot In Panama, S.A.

“Kevin certainly knows Panama and all the best places to go. A very knowledgeable tour guide.”

– Stacy Repetto

“I have never vacationed better. Kevin and Barefoot Panama organized an experience that was out of this world and much too difficult to sum up in a sound bit. But more importantly, through the Panama experience he has become a friend and someone I will always trust.”

– Sean Gallagher

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