The Free Zone
|The treasure house|
Today, the town is a remind of the colonial period and an UNESCO world heritage site. Located in the town, you find the Customs Building. It used to be the old spanish headquaters of the custom offices, when they were bringing all the African slaves to America. Today it is a museum, dedicated to the thousands of Black immigrants that make up the main population of Portobelo and Colon. Many tourists come to see this place and some decide to make it a second home on their yachts!
Fort San Lorenzo
Curious about Colon? It is quite easy to get here, just take a bus from the Albrook terminal in Panama City to Colon, which is around 2 dollars, and then take one in Colon to Portobelo for 1,50 dollars. Another way is to take the train. It has special viewing platforms and costs 38 dollars the round-trip. If you have a car just take the highway and you will be there in about two hours, half an hour longer if you drive up until Isla Grande!