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Our most recommended Panama Day Trips

  • From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

    1. From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or other location in Panama City, and journey to the Panama Canal Visitors Center to get a detailed explanation about how the canal and famous Miraflores Locks work. Visit the museum to learn more about this important water passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Return to the vehicle and pass Miraflores Lake and the Pedro Miguel Locks as you make your way to the town of Gamboa. Upon arrival at the Chagres River, climb aboard for a scenic boat trip across artificial Gatun Lake. Marvel at the surrounding landscape of the biggest and most important lake in the Panama Canal. Watch the large ships passing through the canal to get a sense of the magnitude of this masterpiece of engineering. Arrive at a group of islands to see 2 different species of monkeys. Return to Panama City and get dropped off at your hotel.

    Great experience and tour. Our tour guide, Cesar, was so helpful and informative; he really knew a lot about the canal and Panama. He was also lovely and so friendly. Thanks so much!

  • Panama: All-Inclusive Taboga Island Catamaran Cruise

    2. Panama: All-Inclusive Taboga Island Catamaran Cruise

    Meet at the Balboa Yacht Club to begin your all-inclusive day tour on a catamaran. Take a 45-minute cruise to the Island of Taboga and enjoy breathtaking views of the Panama City skyline, Cinta Costera, and ships waiting to cross the Panama Canal while having light snacks. After reaching Taboga, sail to the backside of the island to a secret spot where an amazing bay with beautiful natural views is waiting for you. Have the opportunity to jump off the boat and have your first swim. There is also stair access from the boat to the water in case you don't feel like diving right in. After some water fun, climb back into the boat to enjoy a cold beer and lie in the boat's nets or dance with the crew while you sail towards the town side of the island. Dock so you can head to the beach and visit the small village of Taboga. Spend time on the beach relaxing or getting a game of volleyball in. ...

    An amazing excursion. The captain, the crew and the other passengers made this a great excursion. The Island itself is suffering from low business after Covid, so please get off the boat and go into the town for a walk and some souvenirs. They work extra hard to make it clean. We had a delightful lunch at a little outdoor restaurant that had a delightful whole fried sea bass. A few icy cold beers and some time on the beach and we were back on the boat. The lunch they served was simple, yet tasty. Did not eat much since we ate on the Island. It is a great value for the price. Even though it is open bar and music it is great for kids (families) The net on the back of the boat will be a hit with the kids. *side note. The boat is SUPER clean and they follow all covid protocols. Very impressed with how efficient the whole tour was.

  • Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

    3. Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

    Be collected from your accommodation in Panama City between 5:20 AM and 6:00 AM to start the day trip. Drive 2.5 hours to San Blas Port, Carti, and then take a local Panga boat to the first of the San Blas islands. Here, enjoy a light breakfast of fresh fruit and take some time to sunbathe with provided umbrellas, beach chairs, and towels. You can also use kayaks or paddleboards to explore the island surroundings. Afterward, enjoy a lunch of fresh fish, rice, and salad. After lunch, sail onwards to Perro Chico, known as the best snorkeling spot in the San Blas Islands. Here, you can see a variety of colorful fish species and a sunken boat. Next, visit Island Pelicano, made famous by the Netflix series Money Heist. Finally, head to the natural swimming pool. This is a bank of sand in the middle of the ocean where you can walk or swim around to find your starfish. At 3:30 PM, sail back ...

    Very unique and great adventure! Our only suggestion is that there is such a rich culture and history in the San Blas. We had no explanation for anything.. were just ferries from beach to beach...would have liked to learn

  • Chagres National Park Hike and Embera Village Tour

    4. Chagres National Park Hike and Embera Village Tour

    Begin your full-day excursion with an hour-long drive from Panama City to the Chagres National Park. Established in 1984, the park comprises 334,000 acres of forest, lakes and rivers. Enjoy a traditional piragua boat ride on the Chagres River, followed by a half-hour walk through the jungle to a waterfall that’s hidden from civilization. Enjoy some free time at the waterfall to swim and relax, and then head back to the boat. Continue to an indigenous Embera village, where you’ll learn about their culture. Listen to a speech by the cacique or chief, while enjoying some seasonal fruit, then a live performance of traditional music and dance.

    So fun! The village is a real indigenous village and the food they serve you is so amazing. The hike and boat ride are so much fun and it is amazing to see the jungle up close and swim in the river. The guides were also so fun and friendly. Would go again!

  • From Panama City: Gamboa Rainforest Guided Tour with Lunch

    5. From Panama City: Gamboa Rainforest Guided Tour with Lunch

    Explore the Panamanian rain forest while gliding smoothly through treetops on an aerial tram. Learn the jungle´s most interesting facts from a naturalist guide. Watch colorful birds fly around you. Take a boat ride through the Panama Canal, observing marine life. End your tour with a delicious lunch. Board a tram bound for a 280-feet peak surrounded by leafy jungle. While going up to the observation tower, enjoy fabulous views of the Chagres River, the Embera indigenous community, and much of the Soberania National Park. Gamboa is home to many natural labs including a butterfly farm, an orchids center, and a frog pond. See around 20 species of butterflies native to Panama at the Butterfly House. Get up close to the sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary. This sanctuary hosts a rehabilitation and training program for injured, sick, and orphaned sloths. Enjoy a scenic boat tour along the Panama ...

  • Panama City: Miraflores Locks and Casco Viejo Tour

    6. Panama City: Miraflores Locks and Casco Viejo Tour

    Start with pickup from your hotel in Panama City and travel to the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Learn how the ships rise and descend 16 meters to pass through the locks. Explore the 4 exhibitions at the Miraflores Visitors Center which pays tribute to one of the Eight Wonders of the Modern World. Learn about the biodiversity, functionality, and importance of the Panama Canal internationally.   Continue to the Calzada de Amador, where you will find the sea wall constructed by the United States to protect the navigable course of the Panama Canal. Make a quick stop at the duty-free where you'll have some free time to buy some items tax-free. Next, stop at the artisan market of Casco Viejo, an area of diverse architectural influences. Finally, head to the statue of Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and then be returned to your hotel in the city.

    My guide was so nice and I got to learn so much about Panama. Edwado (May be spelled wrong) went above and beyond his job to make the tour very enjoyable. I was going to buy water at museum but he said it was expensive and he would take me to a store. Got my water for 80 cents This was just one of the extras he did. I would recommend this tour

  • Panama City: Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

    7. Panama City: Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

    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 be...

  • Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour

    8. Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour

    Leave the city behind in the morning and head to the Chagres River where you will board a boat for a 2-hour tour in Lake Gatun (once the largest manmade lake in the world) and the Panama Canal! Explore the ins and outs of the nearby bays, search for wildlife, and visit the famous Monkey Island, home of the amazing white faced monkeys! Also, keep an eye out for turtles, crocodiles, caiman, tons of bird life and all kinds of other surprises. Return towards Gamboa, pass the dock and head upstream to the Indian village. Unlike most Indian village tours, this one is authentic! Learn about the local culture, history and crafts. Then, hike along a short trail to see the plants that grow in this area and how the locals use them (practical, artist or medical uses) and see dance that is part of their custom. After visiting the village, return towards Panama City and stop along the way for lunc...

    Our guide was fantastic . It was a lovely day on the lake, learning about history and nature. The native village visit was a special experience

  • Panama: Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort

    9. Panama: Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Panama City, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle for approximately 1.5 hours as you make your way to Colón. Upon arrival, board a ferry for the 20-minute crossing to a rainforest, and then get back to nature as you explore the ecological paradise by minibus. Discover the home to 159 different species of mammals, 98 species of reptiles and 65 amphibious species. Observe the amazing wildlife in their natural habitat, and enjoy plenty of stops to take souvenir photos.  Next, go to the historic monument of San Lorenzo Fort, renowned for preventing attacks by the real pirates of the Caribbean for almost 75 years! Learn the history of the fort, now in ruins after the Spanish largely abandoned it in the mid 19th century. Continue to Agua Clara to spend about 45 minutes learning about the new canal system, built to support the passage of super tank...

    We really enjoyed our trip with a local guide Mario. Mario is very knowledgeable and kept us informed and entertained all day long. The trip was supposed to last for 6 hours but it took nearly 8 hours which is plus. The only downside was the lunchtime. There's a lunch included but we went for lunch at 6pm. Not a big deal if you know this upfront and bring some snack with you. Looking forward to another tour with Mario. Thanks

  • Panama City: Isla Grande Beach and Portobelo Tour

    10. Panama City: Isla Grande Beach and Portobelo Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Panama City, and then journey by comfortable car to the Spanish colonial city of Portobelo, founded 420 years ago as the main port along the nation's Atlantic Coast. Get 1 hour to discover the sights of the historical city, where highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ruins of the colonial fortifications and the nearby Fort Santiago in Portobelo. Relax on a private beach with crystal clear water and get full access to the showers and bathroom facilities. Go for a walk around the island to learn more about the locals and visit their shops. Avail of the hotel's bar and a great restaurant, serving delicious from the Caribbean. Return to Panama City at the end of an amazing day, and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

    Ceasar is very personable and friendly. He took exceptional care of me during my private tour. I learned a lot about the history of Panama and met some interesting people. The island was gorgeous and the history of Portobelo was thought provoking. I will definitely book another tour through Safe Transportation whenever I go back to Panama.

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What people are saying about Panama

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 102 reviews

An amazing excursion. The captain, the crew and the other passengers made this a great excursion. The Island itself is suffering from low business after Covid, so please get off the boat and go into the town for a walk and some souvenirs. They work extra hard to make it clean. We had a delightful lunch at a little outdoor restaurant that had a delightful whole fried sea bass. A few icy cold beers and some time on the beach and we were back on the boat. The lunch they served was simple, yet tasty. Did not eat much since we ate on the Island. It is a great value for the price. Even though it is open bar and music it is great for kids (families) The net on the back of the boat will be a hit with the kids. *side note. The boat is SUPER clean and they follow all covid protocols. Very impressed with how efficient the whole tour was.

Highly recommended! Well planned, we were the first in Aqua Clara on the Panama Canal. Was very interesting. Lunch was taken in a great, special place. Enrique told us a lot and offered us a special experience. Top excursion!

Excellent organized, english punctuality, excellent trip! I'd like to thank again to my guide, very well informed and disposed to share the information.

My guide was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and I would definitely recommend him

Paradise-style Islands with good snorkling opportunities