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About Colón

Colón is a beautiful, sea port city in Panama. With a population of more than 78,000 citizens, it is named in honour of Christopher Columbus. Colón is the grand opportunity for a fascinating vacation amongst contrasting buildings – beautiful yet run down – and lively people. Touristic attractions include Colon 2000, Gatun Lake and Fort San Lorenzo.

Cheap flights to Colón are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to enjoy this Caribbean destination. Colón is the home of Enrique Adolfo Jiménez Airport (ONX), which is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City is the hub airport of Panama and an hour's drive from Colón. Tourists can commute between the cities via taxi, railway or ferry. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Panama City is approximately 20 hours and 15 minutes.

Why visit Colón

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The Colón Free Trade Zone is a major attraction for many who intend to go on a shopping spree in the city. It is home to 1751 companies and receives more than 250,000 visitors a year.


Gatun Lake

Forming part of the Panama Canal, this large artificial lake is situated in the valley of the Chagres River. Blissful outdoor adventure awaits on this beautiful lake. Amongst lush rainforests, enjoy an eco-cruise, kayaking or fishing!

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Panamanian Cuisine

Upon your stay in Panama, you should definitely expose your palette to the diverse cuisine on display. Enjoy typical meals, including local fruits and vegetables such as squash, yuca and plantains, along with delicious seafood, coconuts and mangos.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Panama
Currency Panamanian Balboa (PAB)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 PAB
Language Spanish
Hub Airport Enrique Adolfo Jiménez Airport
Airline Copa Airlines
Time Zone GMT -5
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Colón

The city has a tropical monsoon climate, with two seasons (wet and dry season). Tourists should note that the dry season occurs from December to mid-March, and the wet, or “green”, season from mid-March to mid-December. The busy tourist season takes place in the dry months. Visiting in the month of November is best avoided as the weather conditions become monsoon-like. The Festival of the Devils and Africans takes place during March, it is a sensational encounter with profound dancing.

Weather & Climate in Colón

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 24°C 24°C 24°C 25°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 23°C 23°C 24°C
High °C 29°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 29°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 29°C 29°C
Rainfall (mm) 109 50 94 274 368 419 417 292 467 620 320

A trip to the city of Colón will bring forth the chance to embrace the Afro-Caribbean culture. A culture bearing a distinct vibrancy and sensational bold colours to match its charm! Colón is nestled on Panama’s Caribbean coast, and it is associated with the most amazing cruise ships. Take in exquisite views of the Panama Canal, it is an impressive engineering accomplishment.

Colón mesmerizes you with its natural scenery, traverse through the virgin rainforests, where you’ll find sloths, an impressive 900 species of birds and several plant species. A trip through Panama’s natural scenery will afford a fulfilling sense of endearment as you walk amongst the serenity which the Caribbean destination evokes.

Those who enjoy a good dose of shopping will enjoy Colón even more, as they wander upon the Duty Free Trading Zone. Visit Colon 2000, a gleaming and modern establishment where bucket loads of shopping take place.

Colón will surely reward you with a well spent time in the city. Be sure to delve into the delicious food in the city’s finest restaurants. Dishes including sancocho, tamales, empanadas and ceviche are all worth trying!

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South African citizens require a visa to enter the city of Colón and the rest of Panama. Visas are only obtainable through Panamanian consulates or embassies. You will need the following to obtain a visa:

• A completed application form.

• A valid passport.

• A copy of the passport.

• A copy of your ID or residence card from your home country.

• Two passport-size photos.

The closest South African representation can be found in Lima, Peru:

South African Embassy

Av. Victor Andres Belaunde 147 Edificio Real Tres "3" Office 801 San Isidro, L.27 Lima

Postal Address:

Embajada de Sudáfrica P O Box 27-013 L.27, Lima Peru

Tel: + 511 612 4848 Fax: + 511 422 3881

You should be up-to-date with all routine vaccinations before travelling to Colón. These vaccinations are essential as they will protect you from illnesses such as measles, mumps and rubella as well as polio, tetanus, chickenpox and influenza.

Tourists are advised to remain cautious throughout their travels in Colón. Avoid walking around alone. Do not flash your valuables in public. Keep all your belongings in sight at all times.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Colón
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R105 R129
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R23
Cappucino (regular) R23 R23 R39
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R16
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R39 R40 R56
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