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Train / bus tour across Panama

Panama Train Photo, Colon, Panama

We disembarked the QM2 at the dock in Colon, Panama. They loaded us all in air-conditioned buses for a short ride to the train depot. Onboard, the bench seats faced each other with a table in between. There was a bathroom in the car. The train ride was narrated and cute young cabin girls brought us boxed snacks and coffee. Other snacks and drinks were available for purchase.

The scenery was lovely during March, with tall yellow-flowered trees (Guayacans?) and some others that were purplish/blue. Then the girls sang us some native songs while other girls in white native costumes danced. We disembarked the train just outside of Panama City and boarded another bus. This bus took us to a government building and monument square surrounded by tall trees with funny seedpods. Then we crossed a bridge over the canal and back, with a short stop for picture taking and native craft shopping. Then it was on to a resort peninsula that had more shopping and a good view looking back at the city.

It was then time to drive back to the ship. The train ride takes about an hour and the ride back a little longer. This tour doesn't focus on the inner workings of the locks, it is mainly an overview with nice photo opportunities.

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