I notice that there is a road that goes from Gamboa along the lake and across the lake islands to Gatun locks. I like the look of that for a short road trip. Has anyone driven it?
Where in the world have you found this road? You must be looking at the railroad. Yes, I've been on the train. Never saw a single car on the tracks. Take another look at your map.
Ha! Thanks. Maybe I should look at the map with my glasses on??! The train sounds interesting though......
The train runs from Panama City (Corozal) to Colón at 7:15 AM Monday through Friday. The 60 minute ride is a nice way to see the Canal zone. The return trip is at 5:15 PM. In between, you can hire an SET (Servicio Especial de Turismo) taxi and see Fort San Lorenzo, the visitors' center at the new, expansion locks Agua Clara and/or Portobelo -- Panama's most historically significant town and port.
I'd love to drive on the train's tracks. It goes through some beautiful areas surrounded by the lake.