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Monkey Island Tour from Panama City provided by Almiza Tours by My friend Mario

Monkey Island Tour from Panama City

Monkey Island Tour from Panama City
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Tour snapshot
Magnificent views of Gatun Lake from the water
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
14
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    14
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Monkey Island lies on Gatun Lake, along the Panama Canal, and is renowned for its large population of monkeys, along with other wildlife. On this tour, set sail on a scenic riverboat cruise around the lake and the Chagres River; look out for wildlife such as slothes, iguanas, and crocodiles; and spot four different types of monkey on the island—mantled howler, white-faced capuchin, Geoffroy’s tamarin, and lemurine owl monkeys.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Fantastic wildlife sightings such as monkeys, sloths, and toucans
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and transfers from Panama City
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tour departures
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Fantastic wildlife sightings such as monkeys, sloths, and toucans
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and transfers from Panama City
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tour departures
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 41127P8
Important information
Inclusions
  • Transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
  • Professional local guide
  • Boat ride
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Meals
  • Only if your hotel is out of our hotel range, we will charge 20 to cover round trip transfer.
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Please note we go to multiples hotels and the pick up time will be Morning tour: between 6:15am and 7am or Afternoon tour: between 1:20pm and 2pm For all clients outside the downtown area like Westin Playa Bonita or Dream Playa Bonita, they need to meet us in any hotel inside the downtowns like Hilton Balboa Avenue or we could go to your place for you; but, we charge extra fee US$20 to cover round trip transfer for your party (1-14 pax). Return point: Returns to original departure point.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Inclusions
  • Transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
  • Professional local guide
  • Boat ride
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Meals
  • Only if your hotel is out of our hotel range, we will charge 20 to cover round trip transfer.
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Please note we go to multiples hotels and the pick up time will be Morning tour: between 6:15am and 7am or Afternoon tour: between 1:20pm and 2pm For all clients outside the downtown area like Westin Playa Bonita or Dream Playa Bonita, they need to meet us in any hotel inside the downtowns like Hilton Balboa Avenue or we could go to your place for you; but, we charge extra fee US$20 to cover round trip transfer for your party (1-14 pax). Return point: Returns to original departure point.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Monkey Island
    Stop: 2 hours
    The tour starts with hotel pick up in Panama City followed by a transfer to the Gamboa Marina. Once there, you will go on a 35-minute boat ride on the Chagres River until you reach the Monkey Island, Together with a guide, you will spend about 80 minutes observing the different species of monkeys. After the visit, you will go on a 35-minute boat ride back to the Gamboa Marina followed by a transfer back to your hotel.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Sarah G
Brooklyn, NY58 contributions
I went on a morning tour of Monkey Island with Janelle and Juliette. They were amazing guides who really made sure that we had a great time! Janelle was very informative and gave us a lot of interesting information on our way there. Throughout the trip she was so polite, sweet and funny too! Juliette went out of her way to find the monkeys and made sure we saw all 3 types of monkeys. She made some really cool monkey sounds and brought peanuts and bananas. She was excellent at sighting many howler monkeys as well. The boat ride was beautiful and it was awesome to have the monkeys come on board our boat and feed them! Thank you for an amazing tour! Highly recommend this company!
Written 22 February 2022
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Robert W
3 contributions
Feb 2020
We used a private tour guide to take us around the islands.We had a large group of 14 people so it made sense and we saved over $100 off the cost of the resort. There are 3 different types of monkeys living there and we saw all 3, 2 of which hopped into our boat. The cutest was the white faced monkey. We had one that would roll out of the trees to our boat , then hop back into the bushes. He finally came right up to the boat a couple times before jumping into the boat with us. It was amazing to see! I highly recommend going out as early as possible to see them as it gets very hot and they won't come out as much. There is quite a bit of wildlife to see.
Written 29 February 2020
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KimberAlt
Saint Louis, MO25 contributions
Jan 2020
Mario was so knowledgeable. We learned he's done this for more than a decade and it all began as him giving fishing expeditions, but that he got so good at spotting the monkeys he would point them out. Mario then started this as a specific tour because no one really wanted his assistance to fish, but rather to find/see the monkeys.

Out of everything we did on this major adventure of ours, this was by far the best one. We are so happy to have found it.

The boat has a cover tarp, but still wear sunscreen since the sun can reflect off the water. Bring bug spray. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes is my recommendation. Bring a little watermelon, bananas, and/or nuts with you is another tip I'll share, and do so even if you don't plan on eating any of it yourself. And bring water, and/or a snack for yourself.

I would also recommend you record video with your camera (phone/otherwise) because then you can take screenshots within the video for the more candid and great pictures. Otherwise you could easily miss something, since they are wild animals and move quickly when they want/need.

Speaking of wild animals. DO NOT PET them, even a finger touch on the back. I had a moment ruined because as I was interacting with a Geoffroy's tamarin, a lady in the seating in front of me stroked their back and spooked them away. :( They did come back though (or a different one did) and this time I told her not to touch them.

We didn't see any lemurine owl monkeys to my knowledge. But we had several experiences with the Geoffroy's tamarin monkeys and the White-faced Capuchin (who were the boldest of the bunch). We saw mantled howler, or golden-mantled howling monkeys a number of times in the trees (they are far more cautious and the most reserved of them all), and if it weren't for Mario, we probably would never have noticed them, they blend in nicely.

This tour is a must in my opinion!
Written 19 January 2020
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Cathy M
Kansas City, MO7 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
It was all wonderful . Mario was a top notch guide, safe driver . The boat driver skillfully pulled us close enough for the monkeys to choose to interact. Mario described the monkey families enough that we knew how to interact joyfully with them . It was well worth the money and time. The lake and other wildlife were a bonus!
Written 20 January 2022
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Ashleigh R
Kennesaw, GA51 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We had a great afternoon with Mario and his crew (and the monkeys!). We were picked up from our Airbnb on time and were given a briefing of what to expect and how to feed the monkeys when we arrived, which was nice. We arrived at the boat ramp where we took a fun boat ride on Gatun Lake to Monkey Island. Side note: it doesn’t look like there is much of an opportunity for bathroom breaks, so I would recommend using the restroom before you leave for the tour.

We spent the next hour/hour and a half looking for and feeding the monkeys - it was SO much fun! We saw Geoffrey’s Tamarin, Capuchin, and Howler Monkeys, which are the three species native to the island. We got to feed the Geoffrey’s Tamarin and Capuchin monkeys. At the advice of the reviews, we brought grapes and bananas for the monkeys. The crew brought some mangoes and nuts, which they also loved! The foods the monkeys liked the most were unsalted peanuts and bananas, so I would recommend bringing those (the Capuchins seemed to go crazy over the peanuts and the Geoffrey’s Tamarins couldn’t get enough of our bananas!). We also saw alligators, green basilisk lizards, and an iguana. After the tour was over, we were brought safely back to our Airbnb. Mario and his crew were fantastic the whole way and we would definitely book this tour again!!
Written 9 April 2021
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Kkvietka
5 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
This was a phenomenal tour. Our tour guides were amazing and interacting with the monkeys was incredible. The only thing I could have asked for was more food from the guides to feed the monkeys and more time on the lake with the monkeys but overall, awesome experience and I highly recommend that anyone visiting Panamá take this tour.
Written 5 January 2020
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Tijmen
Bloomington, IN1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Friends
Mario was a fantastic tour guide. We called him up a few days before and he was very quick to respond with calls. When we went, Miraflores was closed and so we asked if he could tack on a trip to Agua Clara. He gave a very fair price (as it almost doubled the time of the trip).

During the car ride, Mario was engaging and had great stories and information. Seeing the monkeys from the boat (we did afternoon) was a typical tourist trap thing but actually very fun! Highly recommend.
Written 25 July 2021
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Almiza
Thank you very much for your review. Your father and you always be our friends, the best for you.
Written 26 July 2021
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Yehuda R
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
May 2022
If you have time for only one trip experience, this is the one to choose!
Mario the tour guide is informative and most enjoyable. Your boat ride, on one of the lakes of the Panama canal, brings you close to the huge vessels crossing the canal. You'll see the tropical rain forest from close and the different monkeys from even closer. Mario will give you a good understanding of the country and its monkey fauna and has answers for all your trivia questions.
Written 12 May 2022
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Torsten
1 contribution
Nov 2021
The perfect outing to combine beautiful nature, a trip on a lake (that forms part of the famous Panama canal) and a close encounter with the monkeys. And all of this in just 4 hours. Absolutely worth your time, in particular if you travel with kids!
And even the drive to the lake is pure entertainment as Mario could easily make a career as a stand up comedian :-)
Written 8 November 2021
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Katie Ten Eyck
14 contributions
Janelle and Juliette worked so hard to have the group see all three types of monkeys on monkey island. It was amazing to see the little tamarind come into the boat to eat a banana and be able to feed the white faced monkey a peanut from your hand. Great for little kids and big kids alike.
Written 27 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Olivia M
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Would recommend! Request Mario!
Mario was amazing!! Made the excursion a great experience. A beautiful hike, with an amazing view and story
mark m
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A fun Saturday
We loved seeing the mega ships going through the canal. We did a trek through part of the jungle, where we saw whit
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A nice day tour!
What an adventure! Mario was a great guide with a friendly and humorous approach to his storytelling. So much was p
KellyRClark
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Best tour option in Panama City
This is the tour you want in Panama City. Had a great day with Mario. I got to do so much in one day: watched ships
Road798550
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GREAT PRIVATE TOUR WITH MARIO
We came into Colon, Panama on our cruise ship. We had booked a private tour for 12 to go to the canal expansion the
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Excellent and informative
Excellent tour! Very informative and interesting. We learned all about Panama and it’s history. Went from Pacific t
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Horseback riding in El Valle with Alquiler de Caballos. The ride was amazing. Through streams and jungle. Victor ou
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Amazing experience!
Went on this tour with my family which is five of us and one child. Mario and Felix were the best. Very interesting
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Beautiful Anton Valley!
We had a wonderful time with our guide Santiago and driver Felix. This tour is for those who are in good physical
Dominique C
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Beautiful views & so informative!
Mario was the best tour guide!! He really knows his stuff! very informative about every place we visited. We we vis
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Full Day of Adventure!
Mario and Tomas were great! Mario was really informative about the Valley. Tomas took amazing pics for me on top of
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Not Worth It
We saw lots of monkeys and some sloths in the rainforest. I really enjoyed that part. However, it seemed like Mario
markballer
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This was a great tour
Mario and party where really nice the trip was on time and they really went the extra mile to make it memorable. We
KP C
KP C
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Great blend of history and adventure
We had a great experience on this tour. Mario picked us up exactly on the dot at our agreed upon and was a very kno
WeakKneeTraveler
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Excellent Tour/Wonderful Guide
The tour was well organised including the pick up and drop off. The guide was great. Enjoyed it so much especially
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