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Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise

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    What to Expect
    Meet a guide and group at a central location in Panama City, then travel to the Canal-side town of Gamboa in an air-conditioned minivan. Built to house Panama Canal workers in 1911, Gamboa has preserved early 20th-century homes and landmarks and marks the point where the Chagres River flows into the Panama Canal.

    Board a covered boat on the Panama Canal, and cruise alongside commercial and private boat traffic making the trip between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Emerge into Gatun Lake, and continue to the islands created by the construction of the Panama Canal: Gatun Lake formed when engineers blocked the Chagres River with Gatun Dam, once the largest earth dam in the world. Watch for wildlife along the shoreline of the Monkey Islands, and try to spot capuchin, howler, and tamarin monkeys in the foliage. Gatun Lake is also home to a diverse range of tropical birds, while coati, agouti, capybara, and iguanas forage in the understory. 

    At the end of the boat trip, make the return trip to Panama City by minivan, where this tour concludes with drop-off at a central location.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Panama Day Trips- Canal Eco Tours, Calle Hercilia Lamela, Panamá, Panama
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Boat ride on the Panama Canal (90 minutes)
    • Visit Monkey Island
    • Driver/professional guide
    • Bottled water
    • Professional guide
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Entry/Admission - Panama Canal
    • Entry/Admission - Monkey Island
    • Food and drinks that are not water
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • This is an eco-tour on the Panama Canal, not a transit tour. You will not visit or transit any locks.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • The tour starts in a very remote area and there will be no access to public restrooms for up to 3 hours. There is a sheltered latrine available for women at the dock but it is very rustic.
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. If it rains you might get wet.
    • Minimum age is 3 years
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    This trip was really fun. We saw a part of the canal and the ships traversing. Really quite a few ships. They took the boat to the shoreline and looked for wildlife. We saw A number of different birds and several groups of capuchin monkeys....More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Dan M
    Reviewed 26 July 2019

    Jerin is an amazing guide , he is very knowledgeable and was on top of everything. The tour was so nice especially we did it early morning. Thanks Jerin for the great time we spend with you and your crew.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Boulos M
    Reviewed 22 July 2019

    Jerin, the owner, was a fantastic guide. He was very knowledgeable and kind. He picked up a married couple, my friend and me at the Coffee Max meeting point, and took us to the dock. The ride in the van was enjoyable, but nothing compared...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Ali S
    Reviewed 14 July 2019

    Hey Jerin, Next time don't make a "back of the bus" comment when people of color are present. I had just got on the boat and was seated toward the back. Another couple was getting on the boat and started to walk toward the back....More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Terry8609
    Reviewed 19 June 2019

    This trip was the highlight of my Panama trip! Our guide Leo and driver Gorge did everything they could to encounter wildlife (we saw monkey's, sloths, coati's, crabs). They really went above and beyond to accommodate everyone on the tour. I originally paid for the...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank Diadser
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    13 May 2018|
    Response from wilkinc2018 | Reviewed this property |
    I’m so sorry, I did not see this until now. No, that was not part of this tour
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