Things to See in Colon, Panama

Things to See in Colon, Panama
Colon is commonly referred to as Panama's second city (after Panama City, of course) and is home to over 200,000 people. Colon grew from a small village when it was founded in 1850 to one of Panama's most important seaports. The city and its surrounding area offers travelers many exciting things to do. A visit to Colon is sure to be as memorable as one to Panama's first city.

Panama Canal

Colon sits at the eastern entrance to Panama's most famous attraction, the Panama Canal. Visitors can watch as ships pass through the Gatun Locks and continue on their way to the Pacific Ocean. Many tour companies stop at the canal where visitors can kayak, swim, hike and view wildlife in the tropical rain forests surrounding the canal.

Chagres National Park

Just a short drive from Colon, Chagres National Park protects 300,000 acres of tropical rain forest as well as source rivers for the Panama Canal. The park has more than 1,000 species of plants, and more than 500 bird species can be found within its boundaries. Visitors can camp, hike, bike and river raft, as well as boat, jet ski and fish on the park's Alajuela Lake.

Portobelo National Park

Approximately one and a half hours from Colon, Portobelo National Park covers over 80,000 acres of land where the ocean and tropical rain forest meet. Portobelo protects 43 miles of beach and coastline where visitors can sunbathe, swim, snorkel, scuba dive and take boat tours. Within the park itself, visitors can hike, view wildlife and visit the historical monuments of the Monumental Complex, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monument.


Article Written By Patrick M. Lind

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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