Join us today on a visual tour of the ruins of Portobelo, to discover stories of Spanish conquerors, pirate attacks and times long past, and then return to the Pacific coast on the transcontinental railway. Click on the pictures to get a full-screen slideshow view.
The three forts of Portobelo Bay form part of the defence system built by the Spanish Crown to protect transatlantic trade.
These fortifications protected what was once the most important Spanish port in the Americas from pirates and privateers
The fort of San Geronimo is located inside the town of Portobelo, right acroos from the old customs house
The fortifications are now protected UNESCO World Heritage
Exploring the ruins of the old Spanish fort at Portobello
Strong as these cannon were, they could not stop the feared pirates of the 16th and 17th century
The town of Portobelo, on the hill above the remains of another fortress can be seen
The old customs house now contains a museum about the town and its history
A few years back part of the ruins was damaged when the town was hit by severe landslides
The Panama Railway was the first transcontinental railway line in the world when it was inaugurated in 1955
Panama Canal Railway Company, Panorama car
In 45 minutes from Ocean to Ocean
The train ride offers magnificent and unique views of lake Gatun and the Canal
Lake Gatun guarantees a steady water supply for the Panama Canal
Another day at the Panama Canal
If you want to see more of Portobello and the train, join us on a day tour there! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.