Day trip

Panama City: Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

4.9 / 5

17 reviews

Panama City: Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

From US$ 135 per person

Make your way from the Pacific shore to the Atlantic ocean as you discover the Panama Canal from the water and by foot. Enjoy an exciting boat ride down the canal and see the transiting ships as well as the wildlife on its shores.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Panama Central City; please provide your hotel name and address. Be ready at your hotel lobby 10-minutes before your pickup time to avoid delays. Due to heavy traffic, pickup is not included from hotels located near Amador Causeway, Clayton (City of Knowledge), Playa Bonita, Playa Blanca, Rio Hato, Metromall or Tocumen Airport.

Experience

Highlights
  • See the famous Monkey Islands where you will see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins
  • Visit the Agua Clara Visitor Center to see the new expansion locks working up close
  • Explore the San Lorenzo National Park where you will visit a remote rainforest full of flora and fauna
Full description
Begin your tour with hotel pickup at 7:00 AM. Travel west of Panama City to start your exploration of the Panama Canal. Embark on a 90-minute boat tour on the Canal and Gatun Lake. Ride along the canal and get an up-close view of the ships passing through as well as the abundant wildlife along the shores. Visit the famous Monkey Islands, where you can see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins. Then, head 45 minutes north to the Caribbean side of Panama to visit the Agua Clara Visitor Center to see the new expansion locks operating up-close. Observe transiting vessels passing through the Agua Clara Locks on the way to the Pacific or the Atlantic Ocean from a scenic lookout point. Learn first-hand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its construction, its participation in world markets, and the importance of its watershed. Make your way to a scenic and quiet spot beneath the Gatun Dam and have a picnic lunch at the fork of the French West Diversion Channel and the Chagres River. Next, travel to San Lorenzo National Park, where you can visit a remote rainforest full of flora and fauna, followed by a tour of Fort San Lorenzo. Discover a 400-year-old Spanish fort on a scenic cliff overlooking the Caribbean. Hear about the many attacks by pirates and privateers at one of the most historically important places in Panama. Finally, be returned to your hotel in Panama City.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Central Panama City
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat ride on Lake Gatun and the Panama Canal
  • Visit to Monkey Island
  • Picnic lunch on the banks of the Chagres River
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Service tax
  • Entrance fee to Agua Clara Locks
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • Children under 3 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • Please, keep in mind that this is not a transit tour, so you won't travel by boat inside the locks
    • Due to heavy traffic, pickup is not included from hotels located near Amador Causeway, Clayton (City of Knowledge), Playa Bonita, Playa Blanca, Rio Hato, Metromall, or Tocumen Airport
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 17 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5

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    Great tour with guide John Acosta. He was very knowledgeable and had the answer on every question. The tour exceeded our expectations. We learned a lot about Panama and saw some of the best flora and fauna.

    January 11, 2022

    Good experience to discover the Panama way from the Pacific to the Atlantic and the Canal story from the Carlos Quintos project to the actual one.

    December 30, 2021

    Our tour was fantastic. Our guide John Acosta was very kind with the kids, very knowledgeable and always ready to assist us in any needs. Would definitively recommend this trip for anyone coming to Panama.

    December 23, 2021

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