This tour begins with hotel pickups starting at 7 am. I know it sounds crazy to get up so early on your vacation, but you will thank me for it later. Starting this early we can beat the crowds and see more wildlife in cooler temperatures. We will begin our wildlife viewing from a boat on the waters of the canal and Gatun Lake. We will ride along the canal and get an up close view of the ships passing through as well as the abundant wildlife on its shores. We will visit the famous Monkey Islands where we can see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins. Once we finish with our canal and lake ride (around 90 minutes), we will head 45 minutes north to the Caribbean side of Panama. We will visit the Agua Clara Visitor Center to see the new expansion locks working up close. Located on the west side of the brand new Agua Clara Locks, the Agua Clara Visitor Center allows you to observe transiting vessels from a scenic lookout point and learn first hand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its construction, its participation in the world markets, and the importance of its watershed. An observational deck lets you watch the ships pass through the Agua Clara Locks on their way to the Pacific or Atlantic oceans. Once we finish up at the locks we will travel to a scenic and quiet spot beneath the Gatun Dam and have a picnic lunch at the fork of the French West Diversion Channel and the Chagres River. The next stop will be a visit to San Lorenzo National Park where we can visit a remote rainforest full of flora and fauna, followed by a tour Fort San Lorenzo, a 400 year old Spanish fort on a scenic cliff overlooking the Caribbean. Here we will recount the many attacks by pirates and privateers that happened at one of the most historically important places in Panama. Once we finish our tour of the fort, we will return to Panama City for hotel drop off.
What is included:
Central Panama City hotel pickup
Entrance to the Soberania National Park
Travel from Pacific to the Caribbean
Boat ride for wildlife viewing on Lake Gatun and the Panama Canal