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Panama City

Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

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    What to Expect
    Start your tour with hotel pickup in Panama City followed by a cruise on the Panama Canal.

    Travel north to the town of Gamboa where the Chagres River joins the canal. From there, board your boat for your cruise. Expect to see ships that are crossing between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and lots of wildlife when you reach Gatun Lake, where your boat circles small islands that were created during the construction of the canal. Take a spin around the Monkey Islands to get a good look at the resident capuchins, howlers, and tamarins.

    After your cruise, drive along Pipeline Road in Soberania National Park, which shelters a mature rain forest and the Rainforest Discovery Center. There, you can walk up a ramp that circles the 100 foot high (32 m) observation tower. From different levels along the way up, look for a variety of birds and animals such as iguana, sloth, and monkeys. You can also follow a trail along the rainforest floor that offers a panoramic view of the lake.

    At the center, sit down for a picnic lunch while hundreds of hummingbirds whir through the air to feed at nearby hummingbird feeders. After your visit to the Rainforest Discovery Center, return to Panama City where your tour ends with hotel drop-off.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pickup from centrally located Panama City hotels in the following areas:
    • El Cangrejo
    • Obarrio
    • Punta Pacifica
    • San Francisco
    • Punta Paitilla
    • Avenida Balboa
    • Bella Vista
    • Casco Viejo
    • Marbella
    • Financial District
    • El Dorado
    • Bethania
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • National Park fees
    • Lunch
    • All activities
    • Driver/guide
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Transport by air-conditioned minibus
    • Entry/Admission - Panama Canal
    • Entry/Admission - Soberania National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Gatun Lake
    • Entry/Admission - Monkey Island
    • Entry/Admission - Panama Rainforest Discovery Center
    • Gratuities
    • Due to heavy traffic, no free pickup from hotels located Outside Panama city.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • The tour starts in a very remote area and there will be no access to public restrooms until around 8:30am. There is a sheltered latrine available for women at the dock but it is very rustic.
    • Minors are not allowed on the Canopy Tower
    • Minimum age is 3 years
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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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    Popular mentions
    A fun tour that includes a speed boat ride along the Panama canal; a visit to Monkey Island where the monkeys come on board and eat food from your hand; and a visit across the rain-forest tree tops on a gondola followed by a walk to and up an observation tower. An optional visit
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    Jerin and John were fantastic. I'm not sure how they were as able to spot the wildlife they did. We saw so many different animals. From the moment we stepped into the van we knew we were going to have an amazing tour. The service was impecable. They both really know their
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    This tour was absolutely amazing. Jerin and John were extremely knowledgeable, personable, and witty. We had so much fun from the moment we got into the tour van and it didn’t stop. They both have an amazing eye for the wildlife and made sure we all got to see everything we
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    Great introduction to the Gatun lake and to the jungle. We are birders so we're not satisfied with the level of birding skill of the guides. Overall we really enjoyed the experience. Great guys, lots of information, family style fun and a great lunch.
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    We left early in the morning and were the first ones to arrive to Monkey Island. So cute feeding the monkeys. Our guide, Jerin, was very knowledgeable and was very excited when he spotted a rare bird. He could see birds and sloths from the van and we would pull over to see
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    About the operator
    By: Panama Day Trips- Canal Eco Tours
    582 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    Karen J
    Excellent All-in-One Canal, Jungle, and History Tour
    Panama Day Tours is a very well run company that designed a perfect tour to see the best of Panama. We fed
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    Kansas City, Missouri
    Worth the time
    It does make for long day, but worth it. Jam packed with fun and some nap time on the bus. My wife liked the
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    Enjoyable Embera Village Trip!!
    Booked at the last minute with this company again. When I called, Cynthia recognized my voice! She was kind enough
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    Loved it
    Awesome. Courteous and informative people. Literally booked 9 minutes before pickup from the hotel; Cynthia made
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    Eliahu N
    Ocean to Ocean in Panama
    We had a great tour with Enrique. Saw sloths, Capuchin monkeys, Howler monkeys, and learned about the Canal and
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    Montreal, Canada
    fun and informative
    What a day! We had a great day, saw birds, a sloth, monkeys of different families. Our guide Enrique was fun and
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    Guildford, United Kingdom
    Great tour do it!
    If you have a short time in Panama take this tour. Great info about the area, wildlife, boat trip on canal get to
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    Denver, Colorado
    Fantastic day trip!
    This is a great way to get the most out of a day in Panama! They even went out of their way to pick us up at an
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    Jerin and John save the day!
    Our original ocean to ocean tour was canceled due to protests in the city of Colon. Everyone we understand was
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    So many animals
    Perfect toor - only saw as many animals because of the experience of the guides! Pick up and drop off worked
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    Great tour with Leo and his team
    A superb well organised trip. My daughter and I really enjoyed the experience, it was a very early start getting
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    A day of adventure
    Great day, great sights.John our guide was very knowledgeable about everything. On the road, he and our driver
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    Very Competent Tour Guide Enrique
    The Tour was very nice. Everything went as described in the Information summary before the trip. Best part was the
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    Bettendorf, Iowa
    Monkey Island by far was the favorite of the kids but the old Fort was awesome too and we got to see it ships
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    London, United Kingdom
    Excellent Tour
    I'm quite late leaving this review lol. I attended this tour March 2019 which on my birthday and it was one of my
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