Wild Side of Panama Canal Tour

Quick Details

Explore Panama’s Breathtaking Natural Environment

This tour begins with hotel pickups starting at 6 a.m. We like to head out this early (even though you might prefer to sleep in on your vacation) so that we can beat the crowds and see more wildlife in cooler temperatures. To start this tour, we will follow the Panama Canal north to the town of Gamboa, where the canal meets the Chagres River. We will ride along the waters of the Panama Canal right next to the ships sailing 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 head to the famous Pipeline Road in Soberania National Park.

One of the premier birding spots in the world, the Pipeline Road will give us an opportunity to travel through a mature rainforest that is full of an incredible mix of wildlife. A bird count here organized by the Audubon Society set a record when 385 species were observed in only 24 hours. Here we will visit the Rainforest Discovery Center, an environmental education project administered by the Fundación Avifauna. We will visit the canopy of the rainforest on a 100-foot (32 m) observation tower and see an amazing abundance of birds from the different viewing levels.

A walk along the trails on the rainforest floor will take us to a panoramic view of a lake where we can see different species of waterfowl and aquatic animals. You will surround yourself with hundreds of hummingbirds at the hummingbird feeders where we will enjoy a freshly made picnic lunch. Once we finish up at the Rainforest Discovery Center we will return to Panama City for hotel drop-off, usually around 1:30 p.m.

What is included

  • Central Panama City Hotel Pick-up
  • Entrance to the Soberania National Park
  • Boat ride for wildlife viewing on Lake Gatun and the Panama Canal
  • Nature walk down Pipeline Road
  • Entrance to Panama Rainforest Discovery Center
  • Freshly made picnic-style lunch
  • Bottled drinking water
  • 7% government service tax (ITBMS)
  • Wildlife viewing at Pipeline Road
  • 100-foot Canopy Observation Tower

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Long pants
  • Breathable shirt
  • Shoes that might get muddy
  • Camera