Cristóbal is a port in the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. It is located on the western edge of Manzanillo Island and is part of the Panamanian city and province of Colón. It is situated at the entrance of Limon Bay that leads to the entrance to the eastern side of the Panama Canal. Many ships cruising to the Panama Canal simply enter the locks and then are raised up to Gatun Lake.
There is not much to see or do in Cristobal, however visitors can visit the Panama Canal or take the Gamboa Aerial Tram, which is a 60 minute tram ride through the top of the rain forest canopy. Other activities include hiking the rainforest, kayaking in Gatun Lake and visiting various Indian settlements and markets.
Things to See and Do
* Gamboa Aerial Tram
* Kayaking Gatun Lake
* Panama Canal
* Gatun Locks
* Flea Market in the Cristobal Cruise Terminal
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency - Balboa, U.S. dollar (PAB, USD)
Language – Spanish
Population – 210,000 approx (Colon)
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – +507
Port Location – The ship docks at Cristobal Pier in Cristobal.
Travel Links – International flights to Panama arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY), which lies about 20 miles east of Panama City (from all countries) or David Airport (from Costa Rica in AirPanama).