A couple of Panama’s big hitters are paired together on this trip. You’ll start the day at the UNESCO-ticked Fort San Lorenzo – one of the oldest Spanish fortresses this side of the Atlantic. Tufty layers of grass cover the battlements like a blanket, but the walls and ramparts still stand tall. As you stroll around, you’ll see rusty cannons pointing towards the water, and eerie doorways that lead to long-empty chambers. Once you’ve had your fill of history, you’ll make a beeline for the famous Panama Canal. A ferry will drift you down to the new locks, which were finished in 2016 to open the route to bigger ships. Cast your eye towards Gatun Lake, and you’ll see green-tinted islands poking up from the water’s surface.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.