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5 Hour Combo - Panama Canal Eco-Cruise with Monkey Island and Rainforest Walk provided by Panama Day Trips- Canal Eco Tours

5 Hour Combo - Panama Canal Eco-Cruise with Monkey Island and Rainforest Walk

5 Hour Combo - Panama Canal Eco-Cruise with Monkey Island and Rainforest Walk
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from €80.24 per adult (price varies by group size)
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from €80.24 per adult (price varies by group size)
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
The manmade lakes, islands, and tropical rainforest along the Panama Canal are renowned for their biodiversity. On this eco cruise, sail along a scenic stretch of the Panama Canal and Gatún Lake; visit Monkey Island; and look out for wildlife such as monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles, and exotic birds.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 45m
  • 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
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Magnificent views as you cruise Gatun Lake and the Panama Canal
Fantastic wildlife sightings such as tamarin monkeys and toucans
Escape the crowds: visit remote islands around the lake
Hassle-free return transfers by minivan to Panama City
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 13010P3
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Boat ride on the Panama Canal (90 minutes) • Visit Monkey Islands • Driver/professional guide • Bottled water • Transport by air-conditioned minivan • Tours is guided in English only • We will have a light snack of Coffee and Croissant before the Walk. • Rainforest Walk
Exclusions
Gratuities • This is an eco-tour on the Panama Canal, not a transit tour.
Duration
2h 45m
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We will start the pick ups 15 minutes before the starting time, we will send you a message with the exact time the day before the tour around 4:30pm, once we have the list completo of hotels.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Boat ride on the Panama Canal (90 minutes) • Visit Monkey Islands • Driver/professional guide • Bottled water • Transport by air-conditioned minivan • Tours is guided in English only • We will have a light snack of Coffee and Croissant before the Walk. • Rainforest Walk
Exclusions
Gratuities • This is an eco-tour on the Panama Canal, not a transit tour.
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We will start the pick ups 15 minutes before the starting time, we will send you a message with the exact time the day before the tour around 4:30pm, once we have the list completo of hotels.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
2h 45m
Additional information
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
May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required on Shared tours
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. If it rains you might get wet.
Minimum age is 3 years
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Panama City
  • 1
    Pedro Miguel
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Panama Canal
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Monkey Island
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Soberania National Park
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Centennial Bridge
    Casco Viejo
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Marlene M
11 contributions
Great experience provided by knowledgeable guide!
Feb 2020 • Couples
This tour was a great experience! From the time we were picked up from the hotel and dropped off at the end of the tour Jarin shared his knowledge of the area, the eco system, and compassion and respect for the wildlife. He pointed out a variety of birds, encounters with monkeys on Monkey Island, a crock, and a couple of slots. A great picnic breakfast and lunch was provided. We experienced so much on this tour, well worth our time and $. I would highly recommend this tour group and company.
Written 3 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JBG825
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada19 contributions
Best tour
Guide was great, American ex-pat, knowledge rivals David Attenborough. Comfortable and short ride there, both in the car and the boat. Highly recommend.
Written 19 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Toeme
Zurich, Switzerland21 contributions
Great day trip
Jerin is a very friendly and mindful guide. We got to see many interesting places, and he added to the experience by sharing just the right amount of insights.
The whole tour is rather long, so be ready for an early start and potentially coming back later than expected. But it is really worth it!
Written 3 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

April H
San Diego, CA40 contributions
A Great Morning on the Water
Jan 2020 • Couples
Office manager cordial and communicative. Guide courteous, knowledgeable and easy to hear/understand. Small group with ability to make personal connection. Boat follows water safety protocols. We saw many species of birds with time to view and photograph. Glimpsed sloth and iguana. Encountered capuchin and tamarin monkeys; listened to howlers. Also viewed ships in transit and various details of canal operations. It’s true: an early start pays off.
Written 24 January 2020
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Elvia
12 contributions
A day of adventure
Jan 2020 • Friends
Great day, great sights.John our guide was very knowledgeable about everything. On the road, he and our driver spotted animals that we wouldn't have seen without their expertise. We spent quality time at the Gatun Locks. These people know their stuff. The canal ride was also great. Genesis,another guide, along with John were able to make the monkey calls that made them come out. They came onto our boat and we fed them bananas. While in Panamá, this a must do!!!
Written 6 January 2020
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SutherinComfort
Corvallis, OR23 contributions
Gatun Lake boat trip and Monkey Watch
Oct 2019
Shore excursion booked by Holland America. Consisted of bus ride through Panama, then boat trip on Gatun Lake. The weather was hot and steamy but the new bus had A/C and plush seats so we had no "1st world" complaints.

We had a 30 minute ride through Panama City with our guides explaining the Canal and Locks system. Originally France tried to build the canal, but thanks to malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, constant heavy rain, and many deaths they gave up. The US about the same time, discovered vaccines against some of the major illnesses and Teddy Roosevelt said the US would build the canal. It was completed in 1914. Previous to the canal ships had to go around Cape Horn at the bottom of South America, to go between Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

The reason the Locks are needed is because both the Pacific and Caribbean (Atlantic) oceans are at sea level, but the interior across Panama is 26 feet higher. So, there are 3 sets of locks on the Pacific side and 2 sets on the Carribean side. On the Pacific side, they raise (or lower) 8 feet, then 8 feet, then 10 feet. On the other side they raise (or lower) 13 feet, then 12 feet. Gatun Lake is in the middle, and is an enormous man made lake that was filled by diverting the Chagres River. The water of the lake is what fills the locks. The Chagres River was never the longest river, but it was the original connection between the 2 oceans for 1000s of years.

In 2016 an additional larger set of locks was built to accommodate the larger vessels that needed to move around the world. The locks doors were built at Ginormous expense by Italy, and 16 Lock doors were shipped to Panama on a specially constructed ship that had to make 4 trips, carrying 4 doors each, stood on edge (like sheets of glass are transported around town).

The locks are busy, and many billions $$ are generated. A very large Princess cruise ship was going through the new locks when we passed by. The price for that is @ $600,000!! For cargo and container vessels, they line up in the ocean outside the locks, waiting for their appointed day and time. They can easily be waiting for 1-2 days, depending on volume of vessels at any point in time. Going through all 5 of the old locks takes 8-10 hours. Going through the new locks takes 10-15 hours, also dependent upon ship volumes, and because it takes so much water to fill the locks. A smaller cruise ship (like our Amsterdam) costs about $325,000 to go through the old locks.

We were in the bus for about 30 minutes. We stopped once because an enormous Iguana was crossing the road. It took about 5 minutes. We have seen Iguanas before, and this one was about the size of a small crocodile, pale green and very prehistoric in appearance.

We arrived at a private boat dock. The Gatun Lake is owned by the Canal, so any use of the lake (even fishing) requires special permission. Although man-made, since it is fed by the river, there are many fish. One type is tilapia. There are also crocodiles, caiman, agouti, armadillo, and thousands of birds. And 6 types of monkeys. The lake is surrounded by rain forest. The rainy season lasts about 7 months, starting in October. The lake was a bit low, and tree stumps could be seen in parts.

We were provided with an American style bano (yay! Running water and flushing!) Then we boarded the boats. Each had a canopy top, about 5 bench style molded seats, and 2 outboard motors. About 18 passengers to each boat, and life jackets (newish and orange) were mandatory.

We took off, reaching to plane very quickly. Gatun Lake is enormous and we started out on the Chagres River. After about 20 minutes at high speed, we slowed to a crawl and entered a small tributary. Eagles and Hawks were in the trees and some black Vultures were on the ground in some shade. The guides (wildlife biologists) started making monkey sounds (sort of loud cheeps) and out came the monkeys. They were small and black, with white faces and very long tails which they used to loop on tree branches, and the boat canopy supports. The guides gave them pieces of banana and they scampered all over searching for more.

We saw a number of them, and then we moved on to another area where we saw a small crocodile on a log. There were more monkeys, a different variety called Howlers. They provided similar antics, and a Mama had a baby hanging on her back, seemingly for dear life! The Mama was completely at ease and didn't stop for anything. Quite efficient child care!

After about an hour of various wildlife sightings, the weather changed and heavy rain was imminent. Our boat driver took off at high speed (which I thought was great fun!) and we made it back to the bus just as the rain started. Then, as we started driving back to town, unexpectedly, the guides provided sandwiches and bottles of water. As we munched our way back to town, the guide explained more about what it's like to live in Panama. It is a true melting pot, of indiginous people's, Africans, Caribbean peoples, Jamaican, Chinese, Americans, and many other south and Central Americans, all largely because of the canal. There is great fondness for Americans, partly because they built the canal, and because they gave it to Panama in 1999. And many tourists are American.

The average monthly income in Panama is $560 per month. The people in other Central and South American countries want to, and do, immigrate to Panama for work because the income is about double the average in any other south or Central American city. They are completely welcoming to all, regardless of origin, skin color, culture, or religion. In the city we passed mosques, synagogue, Catholic churches, and Mormon temples. Our guide said although Catholicism is predominant at about 75% of the population, there are many other religions welcomed and no one is rejected or disrespected.

The one person they all scorn is Manual Noriega, their former very corrupt dictator. He died in prison, (which we drove by), and the country of Panama had a fiesta commemorating the event.

Anyway, it was a great day and I had a good time.
Written 24 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dan M
Marathon, FL47 contributions
Gatun lake
Oct 2019
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. The trip was led by a knowledgeable guide who was very enthusiastic and a very able captain. It is worth the money you pay.
Written 11 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Boulos M
1 contribution
amazing tour
Jul 2019 • Family
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.
Written 26 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ali S
7 contributions
Go Early!!
Jul 2019 • Friends
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 to the cruise we had. It was perfect weather, we saw 2 crocodiles, plenty of monkeys and birds and even a turtle! :) It was great to see as much as we did from the safety of our boat.

This tour was above and beyond. Jerin even did an extra special favor (free of charge) for us, without us asking. We couldn't have asked for a better first experience in the jungle!
Written 22 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Terry
1 contribution
Uncool
Apr 2019 • Solo
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. You redirected them to the front and told them, "Sit up here, You don't have to the back of the bus thing". You said this as you looked at me. Personally, I don't care where anyone sits, but it was that "Back of the Bus" comment that I did not like it.
Written 14 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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