Cristobal is a major port city, arising along the Panama Canal in the District of Colón and its name is a homage to Christopher Columbus.    

The oldest part of the city today is in the area of the port of Cristóbal, built by the Panama railway company in 1850 when they dredged over 2.6 square kilometres of swamp to build the company head office and the station to receive railway passengers. 

Today, Cristóbal retains much of the architecture of what was once known as Steamship Row (the areas around Roosevelt Avenue, Terminal Street and Columbus Avenue). Other historical places to visit during the cruise are the Washington Hotel, Christ Church by the Sea and the Church of our Lady of the miraculous medal of the Accademia di Santa Maria, all well preserved and of great interest for visitors.

Not to be missed:

• The Hotel Washington

• Christ Church,

• Church of Nostra Signora della Medaglia Miracolosa