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5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast

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Panama City, Panama
5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast

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Safety measures
icon5 to 6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Cruise the Panama Canal to Gatun Lake on a nature tour from Panama City that includes round-trip transport from central Panama City and time to explore Gatun’s wildlife-rich shoreline by boat. Visit jungle islands that were cut off from mainland Panama by the construction of the canal, which protect a thriving population of monkeys, birds, crocodiles, and mammals.
  • Gatun Lake tour from Panama City
  • Learn about Panama Canal history
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
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Boat ride on the Panama Canal (90 minutes)
Visit Monkey Islands
Driver/professional guide
Bottled water
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Breakfast
Rainforest Walk
Gratuities
Not a transit tour, and Miraflores locks isn't included, terrible experience with covid restrictions

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We will start the pick ups 15 minutes before the starting time, we will send you a message with the exact time the day before the tour around 4:30pm, once we have the list completo of hotels.
Hotels near the Tocumen Airport and Veracruz beach have to pay an extra of $10 per person to arrange a separate transportation to meet the group starting at central Panama city.

Meet a guide and group at a central location in Panama City, then travel to the Canal-side town of Gamboa in an air-conditioned minivan. Built to house Panama Canal workers in 1911, Gamboa has preserved early 20th-century homes and landmarks and marks the point where the Chagres River flows into the Panama Canal.

Board a covered boat on the Panama Canal, and cruise alongside commercial and private boat traffic making the trip between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Emerge into Gatun Lake, and continue to the islands created by the construction of the Panama Canal: Gatun Lake formed when engineers blocked the Chagres River with Gatun Dam, once the largest earth dam in the world. Watch for wildlife along the shoreline of the Monkey Islands, and try to spot capuchin, howler, and tamarin monkeys in the foliage. Gatun Lake is also home to a diverse range of tropical birds, while coati, agouti, capybara, and iguanas forage in the understory. 

At the end of the boat trip, make the return trip to Panama City by minivan, where this tour concludes with drop-off at a central location.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Panama City
To start this tour, you will be picked up at central Panama City Hotels and taken to the old Panama Canal Zone. Pickup at hotels outside of central Panama City can be arranged at an additional cost.
Stop At:  
Pedro Miguel
We will make a quick stop at the Pedro Miguel Locks to see the Panama Canal Locks from a distance. Due to Covid prevention measures in place by the government we cannot enter the locks or visitor's centers.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Panama Canal
After our stop at the locks, we will drive halfway up the Panama Canal to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the canal. Here we will enter our covered boat to start our eco cruise. During your 75-minute eco-cruise you will ride along the waters of the Panama Canal right next to the ships passing through on their way to the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans.  The destination is Gatun Lake, where you will cruise around islands created during the canal construction and see the abundant wildlife on their shores. 
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Monkey Island
During the eco-cruise, you will visit the famous Monkey Islands where we can see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins in their natural habitat.  The islands are situated in a world renowned tropical birding area, and along the shores you might catch glimpses of crocodiles, capybara, coati, agouti, iguanas, and much more.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Soberania National Park
After the boat ride, we will have a coffee and restroom break in the town of Gamboa. After our break, we will enjoy a walk in Soberania National Park. Here we can experience nature in one of the most biodiverse rain forests in the world. The length of the walk and type of trail will be determined by the guide after consulting with our guests about their physical capabilities.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Centennial Bridge
We will drive over the Centennial Bridge and you can enjoy some views of the Gaillard cut and the New and Old Locks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required on Shared tours
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. If it rains you might get wet.
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Panama Day Trips
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.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast?
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 5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during 5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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star-5
Amazing
Frantz_J
, Sep 2021
Learn a lot on this tour i never knew before also was a fun experience at the same time recommend if you never experienced before
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour
Derold_T
, Sep 2021
We had a wonderful experience and learnt alot. our tour guide was entertaining and fun. He showed us a wonderful time. He took us to on a beautiful picnic by the river. I would definitely recommend you taking this tour you won't regret it very eventful.. go and enjoy yourself
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great day customized for the family
BrittanyToler
, Aug 2021
Jarron and John called the day before to advise leaving earlier may make wildlife spotting better so we did! The kids were amazed at the monkeys. When the guys learned my boys loved fishing, they found us live bait and poles and made sure the boys got a chance at that too. The hike was great as well as the sanctuary. The wildlife was good, but the guys knowledge, willingness to make the day great was what set it apart. Definitely recommend.
star-5
Far beyond our expectations
kdugas504
, Aug 2021
This trip exceeded all of our expectations. Jeron was knowledgeable and hilarious, and we were picked up right on time. Despite some rain at the beginning of our boat tour, the skies dried up and we were primed to see more wildlife because of the rain. John made the boat ride interesting by sharing info on the local wildlife we were viewing-and we had monkeys come into our boat! This day was more than we had hoped it would be and we are only sad it had to end.
star-5
Great combine tour
LeAnn_J
, Jul 2021
We loved being in the lochs and Gatlan Lake! Enrique was very informative about everything we saw. Feeding the monkeys was awesome and the jungle hike through the rainforest was cool too. Overall, one of the best tours we have been on.
star-5
AMAZING
Jacquelyn_S
, Jun 2021
Really a great tour. Kept asking what we would like to do and helped make it happen! Really great people, really great tour.
star-5
One of a kind monkey encounter
Charmei_S
, May 2021
This tour is a must when visiting Panama. Our tour guide, Jarren, was knowledgeable, accommodating, and personalized the tour to meet our needs. I wanted to see a sloth so I saw a sloth. I know that it isn't in his control of what wildlife we saw, but he tried very hard to make this an unforgettable experience. We saw an anteater up close, which was rare. The monkey encounter was my highlight and one of a kind experience. They are very friendly. The wildlife we saw was unreal. Learning about the Panama Canal was very interesting as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best tour and guide of Panama!
Heidi-Char-Britt
, May 2021
Enrique was the best guide! He was very knowledgeable about every part if the tour. Great to be right along side the huge ships in canal, feed the monkeys and take in the serene rainforest. We enjoyed every part of the trip. Thanks for the fruits and croissants as well! We appreciated it! Gracias x todo!!
star-5
Nice trip out of city
Krystal_C
, May 2021
Enrique and Cynthia were excellent and knowledgeable tour guides! Our group enjoyed getting out of the city to see what more Panama had to offer. We were pleasantly surprised with the tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wild side of beautiful Panama!
Tammy_S
, Mar 2021
What a fantastic experience! Jerin and John took my husband and I on an adventure we'll forever cherish. They shared their extensive knowledge of the rainforest with us and were absolute pros at finding wildlife. We actually enjoyed it so much we had to sign up for a second tour. We were able to see toucans, 3 types of monkey (Capuchin, Geoffreys tamarin and Mantled howler), alligators, a rufescent tiger heron and her chick, 3 -toed sloths (my favorite), too many bird species to mention, agouti's, coati's and multiple insect species. It was awesome! We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Panama Day Trips to anyone looking for a safe and up close encounter with the wild side of Panama!

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