Take an exciting boat ride down the Panama Canal as you see transiting ships up close and visit islands in Gatun Lake full of wildlife.
To start this tour, you will be picked up at Sabor Amor Coffee House in central Panama City and taken halfway up the Panama Canal to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the canal. A professional bilingual guide and boat captain will be waiting for you in a spacious covered boat. During your 90 minute boat 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. Your destination is Gatun Lake, where you will cruise around islands created during the canal construction and see the abundant wildlife on their shores. You will visit the famous Monkey Islands where you can see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins up close 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. The tour will finish with transportation to Sabor Amor Coffee House in central Panama City.
This tour offers 3 departure times:
7am Early Bird Deparature BEST CHOICE TO SEE WILDLIFE!
As they say, the early bird gets the worm. We know it sounds crazy to get up so early on your vacation, but if you really want to see the wildlife you need to do it when they are most active. Starting this early we can beat the crowds and see more wildlife in cooler temperatures. You will see fewer ships as they are just beginning their transits.
9am Mid-morning Departure
At this hour the temperatures are still comfortable and the wildlife is still somewhat active. The canal traffic is starting to pick up and you will see many transiting ships.
11am Midday Departure
At this hour the animals are starting to escape the oncoming afternoon heat but a few are still viewable. This is the best time to see transiting ships, as they are now traveling in both directions.
This tour requires a minimum of 2 adult passengers to start. There is not much strenuous activity on this tour, but it does require entering and exiting a boat and optional walking around the rain forest. Please let us know if anyone in your group has problems with mobility. Also, please keep in mind that we will be visiting remote areas and we may have to deal with nature. If it rains there is a chance you will get wet. We have umbrellas and ponchos for your use, but rain is a fact of life in Panama and must be prepared for no matter what time of year.