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.
See Abundant Wildlife by the Canal and Gatun Lake, Panama
To start this Gatun Lake tour in Panama, we follow the Panama Canal north to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the canal. We ride along the waters of the Panama Canal right next to the ships passing through on their way to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Our destination is Gatun Lake, where we cruise around islands created during the canal construction and see the abundant wildlife on its shores. A Gatun Lake tour is a must-do! We also 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 Monkey Island boat tour (around 90 minutes), we return to Panama City.
7 a.m. Early Bird Departure – The 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 get going when they are most active. Starting this early, we can beat the crowds and see more wildlife in cooler temperatures. You also see fewer ships as they are just beginning their transits.
9 a.m. 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.
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)
- Travel next to transiting ships
- Gatun Lake wildlife viewing
- Visit Monkey Islands
- 7% government service tax (ITBMS).
- Bottled water included
What to Bring
- Insect repellant
- Long pants
- Breathable shirt
- Shoes that might get muddy