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Monkey Island Tour from Panama City

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Panama City, Panama
Monkey Island Tour from Panama City

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Observe the monkeys on Monkey Island during this tour from Panama City. Round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels included. Morning or afternoon tour times available.
  • Tour to Monkey Island from Panama City
  • Observe the different species on Monkey Island
  • Boat ride on the Chagres River from Gamboa Marina
  • Round-trip ground transport from Panama City hotel
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Transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
Professional local guide
Boat ride
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Only if your hotel is out of our hotel range, we will charge 20 to cover round trip transfer.

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Please arrive 35 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Please note we go to multiples hotels and the pick up time will be Morning tour: between 6:15am and 7am or Afternoon tour: between 1:20pm and 2pm For all clients outside the downtown area like Westin Playa Bonita or Dream Playa Bonita, they need to meet us in any hotel inside the downtowns like Hilton Balboa Avenue or we could go to your place for you; but, we charge extra fee US$20 to cover round trip transfer for your party (1-14 pax). Return point: Returns to original departure point.
Be ready for convenient pickup at your Panama City hotel; morning or afternoon departure times are available.

Travel to the Gamboa Marina in an air-conditioned tour vehicle with your guide and group. Transfer to a riverboat for a ride on the Chagres River, bound for Monkey Island. Observe the white-face monkeys, howler monkeys, and Geoffrey´s tamarinds when you arrived on the island. Snap photos and learn about the different species from your guide.

Return to the marina and to Panama City the way you came; your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Monkey Island
The tour starts with hotel pick up in Panama City followed by a transfer to the Gamboa Marina. Once there, you will go on a 35-minute boat ride on the Chagres River until you reach the Monkey Island, Together with a guide, you will spend about 80 minutes observing the different species of monkeys. After the visit, you will go on a 35-minute boat ride back to the Gamboa Marina followed by a transfer back to your hotel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Almiza tour by My friend Mario
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Monkey Island Tour from Panama City?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Monkey Island Tour from Panama City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Monkey Island Tour from Panama City.
What is the social distancing policy during Monkey Island Tour from Panama City?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Monkey Island Tour from Panama City.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Monkey Island Tour from Panama City?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Traveler Tips

  • "It's key to go in the morning before it has gotten very hot and the monkeys haven't yet been overfed." See review
  • "Spend some time wandering around the smaller islands on the lake." See review
  • "Mario prefers not to feed the monkeys, but it doesn't stop them from coming onto the boat!" See review


219 Reviews

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, Oct 2021
Mario was funny and informative. Lots of monkeys. Beautiful scenery. Not rushed at all. Lovely time.
Monkey Family visiting
, Sep 2021
It was a great experience. A family of monkeys visited the boat, even a monkey mom with her baby on top came. Furthermore, in another island there were some smaller and very cute monkeys too. This was a great experience, the tour is very very worth it, and the tour guide Mario was great. I would really recommend this to everyone who loves watching animals (we also saw several birds), I was surprised there were only 3 people, though it was a Tuesday and low season, but that was great for us.
a great time
, Sep 2021
this tour was a lot of fun. mario was a great tour guide. he was informative and made sure we had a good time
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you very much for your kind words, you are welcome anytime.
Highlight of our trip!
, Sep 2021
Unforgettable experience interacting with white face and titi monkeys. Got to see and listen to many howler monkeys right above us. Mario and his crew were super informative and did their best to make our experience memorable. We all had such a great time.
Amazing and personal
, Sep 2021
Mario and Juliet (the monkey whisperer) were amazing. We didn’t realize it was the low season and we pretty much had the boat to ourselves. Being on the water and getting to see the different types of monkeys was so humbling. We were able to also see crocodiles, turtles, and birds of prey. Good communication on pickup details, we would highly recommend. Thank you Mario and Juliet!!!
Excellent Tour
, Aug 2021
The tour was amazing and is definitely the highlight of my trip to Panama. The tour was very flexible and was very accommodating. In addition to seeing three different types of Monkeys we also saw Sloths. I did not feel rushed at all and was able to enjoy the tour.
great tour, short changed on time.
, Aug 2021
Pro: price for 4 hour tour was good! the tour guide was good, both him and the boat driver were eagle eyes finding nature for us to see and take pictures. we saw all 3 kinds of monkeys though the howlers only from a distance. The boat was good and clean and safe. the like everywhere are in disrepair so getting to the launch site was a bit bumpy but to be expected. the car was clean, safety measure were all taken, communication was good. Our guide went out of his way to accommodate us for meeting so we didn't have to drive down town Panama City. Cons we left our car at 2:15 and were back at our car at 4:08, they claim it's a 4 hour tour... That is the biggest draw to me, we had dinner reservations at 7:30 because we thought we'd be on a 4 hour tour+travel. We feel cheated out of our time. The tour guide knew about the monkeys but if asked about general questions about the rain forest etc. didn't know answers
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for your feedback. The ride from downtown hotels to the rainforest take more than 1 hour one way. If we never count the ride like part of the tour, then the tour will take 6+ hours instead of 4. If you rent a car and join us directely at the rainforest then the tour for you will be 2 hours approx. Depending how fast we find the 3 kinds of monkeys.
Monkey business
, Aug 2021
Great experience! The guides provided lots of information on the proper way to interact with and feed the monkeys
, Jul 2021
WORTH IT! WORTH IT! WORTH IT! Mario was perfect tour guide & his assistant “Monkey Whisperer” called the monkeys to the boat. On time pickup at hotel; drive to Gatun Lake was interesting & informative; saw 3 species of monkeys (ate from our hand!); sloths in trees; and on water passed right next to ship traffic of The Canal! WORTH IT!
, Jul 2021
Having the monkeys come on the boat and the boat trip on the lake was all great. Great trip and guides were excellent.
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