Port and Shore Excursions
Picked up a local taxi outside the pier area - shared with 2 others so $10 each. Too far to walk in 90 degrees heat/humidity. Return trip was quoted as $15 for 2 but we offered $20 and he took the $5 as a tip and refused to give change. Went to the old town which was worth seeing as we weren't interested in shopping. A few beggars but generally well maintained. Interesting buildings and churches although some charge for entry.Also a fort - entry charge.
Colon itself was very industrial. Picked up a bus for the excursion. Town of Colon very tatty and run down. Picked up the boat at the middle of the Panama Canal and travelled through 2 sets of locks to the Pacific end. Trip was interesting - guide on board very knowledgeable. Lunch on board a bit disappointing as there were 300 people and it was a bit chaotic. Free water and soft drinks all trip, alcoholic drinks extra. Overall worth the cost.
Very disappointed. Nothing of interest unless you book and excursion.
Market full of the usual tourist souvenirs. Walked into town which was pleasant. Scooters available to hire but we didn't have our driving licences.
Easy to walk around as not far from pier. We looked around but not much to buy unless you are looking for diamonds, emeralds or watches. Went on Atlantis submarine which went down to 117' . Coral and varieties of fish interesting. Guide provided to help guests identify them. Also spotted a turtle. May have been worth hiring a local taxi to the next beach.
Puerto Limon was quite easy to look around and not far to walk from pier. Stopped in a local bar for a beer. Market had a much wider variety of purchases and some were of better quality than in either of the Mexican resorts. I bought a mahogany salad bowl with lid and server for $18. Bus trip before tractor ride - all the local people both children and adults waved at us. Tractor ride through rain forest was excellent. Our driver stopped several times to show us the flora and fauna - banana flowers, cocoa pods, poison arrow frog, spider, termite mound, bullet ants. He also stopped and we got out to walk around a raised walkway where he pointed out a sloth high up in the tree. Free fresh fruit and coffee at the end.