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“Aventuras 2000 Eco Cruise on Gatun Lake and Locks”

Panama Canal Boat Eco Tour
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We booked this tour thru Celebrity Cruise Line as part of our Panama Canal cruise. We were picked up promptly by an air conditioned motor coach at the pier in Colon and driven through town during rush hour to a Melia hotel where we were able to use the restrooms before walking past their beautiful swimming pool to the dock where an open air boat awaited us. We were expecting to go out into the larger area of the lake that is the main thoroughfare for the ships passing thru the canal. Instead we hugged the coast of a small area as sloth, monkeys, and birds were pointed out to us. After about an hour it was off the boat, another bathroom break then boarding the bus again to go the the Gatun Locks. A brief drive and we were driving over one of the new locks for the Panamax ships while viewing a ship in its first lock. Quite impressive. The bus continued on to the visitors center at the Gatun Locks. There is no elevator here. The elevation is steep, the steps are plentiful, and the weather is miserably hot and humid at this time of year. It was worth it to have a birds eye view of the eastbound locks as ships wait for the water to fall so they can pass to the next lock then out to the Atlantic Ocean. We were fortunate to see a ship in both sides with more waiting. The tour guide and the visitor center guide were very knowledgeable.

1  Thank Kathi E
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Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

Spent actually viewing monkeys, herons, ducks,crocodiles and other wild life.
Lifejackets supplied, covered boat,
Knowledgable and fair english speaking guides.
They get a bit grumpy at the end though if you don't offer a tip. ( this seems to be a quite prevalent behavior in the panama i experienced. ) Really unattractive.

3  Thank rhamba k
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Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

We went on the Aventuras 2000 Eco canal tour but I think most tours will be similar . Organisation was ok but the guide did not speak great English and also did not have much in depth knowledge of wildlife . The lake itself and rainforest inlets were interesting we saw a couple of capuchins who seemed to be trained for the tourists (!) leaping into the boat to take nuts. Saw a few turtles , birds , and some lizards . However for the most part the wildlife was not around and even our guide admitted that if you really want to.see and hear the jungle life a 5 or 6 am start would be better . On the way to the lake our car driver spotted a troupe of possibly howlers or spider monkeys way up in the trees which was cool . The trip to the Summit wildlife park /zoo ( sort of rescue centre ) after was underwhelming . We then decided to cut short the tour and skipped the picnic as it was very hot . I have been lucky enough to see monkeys in their natural habitat in a Belize volunteer centre so this tour was probably not for me .

Thank Diane K
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Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Excellent guide, interesting locations , only thing keeping from being great was the baloney sandwich lunch
Recommend for all ages

1  Thank William G
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Reviewed 9 December 2015 via mobile

If you only have one tour to do in Panama canal area, this is the one you want to do. It starts on a motor boat cruise the more commercial path of the canal where you navigate along the commercial ships transiting and explore the jungle side where you get to feed the monkeys. Then they bring you to the house boat of the owner where a copious lunch is waiting for you. There is a range of activities that are proposer to you after that. You can choose between: kayaking, fishing, chilling in the hamacs, swimming, etc... We did the kayaking and I suggestion you bring water shoes because there is a little bot of walking to reach a small waterfall in the middle of the jungle!

Seriously, I would like to thank Carl and his crew for the amazing day and the humour was awesome! We had a blast!

1  Thank Amélie B
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