Colón, Panama a Sleeping Giant?
Colón, Panama a Sleeping Giant?
The Province of Colón, Panama-
Colón, Panama is an area of Panama beginning a journey of resurgence. Is Colón, Panama a sleeping giant? This once jewel of Central America is showing signs of renewal. Colón could rival Cartagena, Colombia or Casco Viejo in Panama City for its beautiful architecture and scenic ocean views. Cartagena and Casco Viejo are both UNESCO World Heritage sites. We would love to see Colón achieve this designation. The Province of Colón already has two locations designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites Portobelo, Panama and Fort San Lorenzo at the entrance to the Panama Canal.
Companies like ours are stacking their chips in favor of the Province of Colón being a top investment and tourism destination in the near future.
Business in Colón, Panama-
Colón, Panama is well known for the Colón Free Zone. This economic juggernaut which brings in $21 Billion per year worth of imports and exports continues to grow. The upcoming completion of the Panama Canal expansion will bring in even more goods and opportunities.
Colón has the Colón 2000 port and Pier 6 port in Cristobal that cater to cruise ships. The project we are looking forward to is Puerto Verde which will begin construction later this year. The Puerto Verde port will be able to accept the largest cruise vessels in the world as well as shipping! Panama needed a port that could accept the PostPanamax vessels and Puerto Verde is the answer. If you have an eye for the future you can see that Colón, Panama will be a hot spot for business investments.
The other opportunity we see in Colón, Panama is real estate. Projects like Playa Escondida Resort for the 5 Star crowd, Bala Beach and Prime Caribbean Villas for condo living. All of these projects are located on the stunning Costa Arriba region of the Province of Colón, Panama. This area is well known for Portobelo, Isla Grande, Palenque, Maria Chiquita and many beaches along the way.
If you choose to visit make sure to see Safarick’s Zoo and Animal Rescue located in the tiny town of Maria Chiquita, Panama. The owners Antonio and Rita are a wealth of knowledge concerning the Costa Arriba region of Colón, they have been living there for years.
Take the Panama Canal Railway to Colón.
One of the absolute treats when visiting Colón, Panama is taking the Panama Canal Railway. You will see the Panama Canal along the route to Colón as well as the beauty of Gatun lake and the surrounding rainforest. The rainforest is a vital piece of the Panama Canal since it supplies the water to allow the ships to pass across the isthmus of Panama.
Of course VIP Panama Tours will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the train station. Then VIP Panama Tours will be waiting for you in Colón to continue your tour.
Sites to See in the Province of Colón
Gatun Lake Locks of the Panama Canal
Want to get up close to the ships passing through the Panama Canal the Gatun Lake Locks? Then this is the place to go. Unlike the visitor center at the Miraflores Locks on the Pacific side, the Gatun Lake Locks visitor center is right up next to the Panama Canal. You will also be able to drive across the Gatun lake locks and have an amazing view of the inside of the locks.
Fort San Lorenzo
This old Spanish fort at the entrance to the Panama Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage site. While at Fort San Lorenzo you will be able to see the ships entering the Panama Canal and have beautiful views of the Caribbean and Colón.
Portobelo was the Spanish city that was the departure point for Spanish galleons heading back to Spain loaded with Gold, Silver and goods. This city was sacked by the infamous Captain Morgan. While visiting you will be able to see the two Spanish forts as well as stop by the Church of the Black Christ.
This island located near La Guayra, Panama is about 20 minutes further than Portobelo. From Isla Grande, you can visit other islands and find secluded beaches. Stop by a local restaurant and experience the Caribbean flavors of Panama.
Safarick’s Zoo and Animal Rescue
Safarick’s Zoo is an outstanding destination to learn about the animals, birds and fauna of Panama. At the center you will be able to see animals that are regularly brought to Safarick’s Zoo by the government that have been injured or have lost their homes due to deforestation.
Panama Canal Expansion Visitors Center
The Panama Canal Expansion Visitor Center is amazing. You will be able to watch as hundreds of workers are building the new Panama Canal expansion. You will learn about the project and see the immense amount of effort needed to complete this monumental task. At the visitor center you will also be able to see the Gatun Lake and the ships waiting to transit the Panama Canal.
How to Travel to Colón, Panama.
Colón, Panama has a reputation so therefore we recommend you travel with another tour company or let VIP Panama Tours take you. We can drive you in one of our VIP Panama Tours Toyota Prado’s. We can also help you decide what tours you would like to do. In order to see both sides of the province of Colón we recommend two days of tours. The total travel time is about 90 minutes from Panama City to Colón.
Other options to travel to Colón, Panama are via helicopter which we also offer to our clients. You can also take the train as mentioned earlier in the article.
Next time you visit the Republic of Panama make sure to take a minimum of one day to experience Colón. We believe that you will agree that Colón, Panama is a sleeping giant.