See the Panama Canal up close and personal as we ride along its waters and see its wonders, like a complex lock system, traveling vessels, and wildlife.
- Children Ages 3-11
See Abundant Wildlife by the Canal and Gatun Lake, Panama
To start this tour, you will be picked up at central Panama City Hotels and taken to the old Panama Canal Zone. We will make a quick stop at the Pedro Miguel Locks to see the Panama Canal Locks from a distance. Due to Covid-19 prevention measures in place by the government we cannot enter the locks or visitor’s centers.
After our stop at the locks, we will follow the Panama Canal north to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the canal. We will ride along the waters of the Panama Canalright next to the ships passing through on their way to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Our destination is Gatun Lake, where we will cruise around islands created during the canal construction and see the abundant wildlife on its shores. We will visit the famous Monkey Islands where we can see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins up close in their natural habitat.
Once we finish with our canal and lake boat ride (around 90 minutes), 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. We will drive over the Centennial Bridge and you can enjoy some views of the Gaillard cut and the New and Old Locks.
We will finish the tour with a drive through Casco Viejo, the historic district of Panama City. We will point out some important landmarks from the car. Guests will be able to choose to be dropped off in Casco Viejo or be driven back to the hotel.
Flexible Departure for Private groups 7:30am, 9:30am or 11am
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.
No matter what time you opt to take your Panama Canal ride and Gatun Lake tour, you’re sure to have an incredible time with Panama Day Trips!
What is Included
- Central Panama City Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Boat ride on Panama Canal (90 minutes)
- Pedro Miguel Locks distance viewing
- Travel next to transiting ships
- Gatun Lake wildlife viewing
- Visit Monkey Islands
- Rainforest Walk
- Drive around Panama City Landmarks
7% government service tax (ITBMS).
- Bottled water included
What to Bring
- Insect repellant
- Short pants
- Breathable shirt
- Shoes that might get muddy