On our 14th day we had to make our way to Panama City via the Panama Canal, to do this we had to catch the train from Colon.
Colon is described in the lonely planet guide to Central American as 'a sprawling slum of decaying colonial grandeur and desperate human existence' that coupled with the multiple stories of muggings and stabbings made us decide to take a taxi to the train station.
The Panama Canal connects the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific ocean and joins Panama City to Colon, we slightly overestimated how long it would take to get to the station from Portobelo so we spent about an hour sitting at the station. We felt this was a safe place to stay due to the guard with a combat shotgun at the gate..
- Panama Express
The train had a glass roof in one carriage and was extremely cold, which was a major relief from after the toasty station. The train made its way through swamp, jungle and man made canal (large man made lakes) to Panama City unfortunately we didnt get to see any boats pass though the locks but we got the idea.
- its mainly large boats passing through the canal and they have to pay some serious money up to $300,000, but it goes on size because apparently one man swam through and only paid 50 cent
- crane at a lock