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Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise

  • 3-hour Gatun Lake tour from Panama City
  • 90-minute boat cruise
  • See wildlife in a jungle environment
Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise
From US$70.00
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Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise
From US$70.00
Cruise the Panama Canal to Gatun Lake on a 3-hour nature tour from Panama City that includes round-trip transport from central Panama City and time to explore Gatun’s wildlife-rich shoreline by boat. Visit jungle islands that were cut off from mainland Panama by construction of the canal, which protect a thriving population of monkeys, birds, crocodiles, and mammals.
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 90-minute boat trip, make the return trip to Panama City by minivan, where this tour concludes with drop-off at a central location.
Reviews (67)
1 - 5 of 18 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fantastic Eco nCruise on beautiful Gatun Lake

This eco cruise was outstanding in every way. Our Panamanian guide, Johan, was very knowledgeable and passionate about the ecology and environment of Gatun Lake and the surrounding area. We managed to sight a crocodile, monkeys, sloths and amazing birdlife during our tour of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David N
Reviewed 1 July 2018
Very good tour.

We saw crocodiles, monkeys and a sloth. Jerin seemed pretty knowledgeable He also took us into the Gamboa Jungle. He was late in picking us up at the hotel, but he admitted that he went to the wrong hotel by mistake. It was not a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Alex D
Reviewed 6 May 2018

Gatun lake obviously depends on the wild life making an appearance....... Panama Canal was interesting to view but I would imagine the experience of travelling through on a ship far outways the views. There is an informative film shown alternatively in English and Spanish. We...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Lynda123_chris
Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Trip starts out on the mighty Chargres River which is the reason why the Panama Canal is not a sea-level trench like the Suez. From there you enter Gatun Lake which was made by filling up the jungle with water. You will be transported to...More

6  Thank Susan C
Reviewed 20 April 2018

We did this tour on Friday, April 6 at 7am. My husband and 2 sons complained relentlessly about getting up so early, but their griping ceased immediately once things got started. From the minute we were picked up by Jerin, who led our tour, we...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank wilkinc2018
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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