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Our guide, Gonzo, was great. He offered helpful suggestions about things to do and restaurants in the area as well as interesting information about Panama in general. On the tour we saw three types of monkeys with some adventurous little guys boarding the boat to be fed peanuts by our guide. The Indian Village was interesting with a transfer from our motor boat to local canoes in order to reach the village due to low water levels. The village is a good place to pick up some authentic hand crafted souvenirs.
Tour description and what happened are quite different. The boat ride was very short,less than an hour. There was no disembarking the boat, no kayaking, nothing but a very short boat ride. We then went to a nature preserve which was a poor excuse for a zoo. We were given a stale sandwich and a drink to picnic with. The most expensive tour that we took and most disappointing.
We had an amazing experience on this tour. Nicholas was not only very informative, but very entertaining as well. Part Belgian, and part Panamanian, Nicholas has lived his entire life in Panama. A former student of biology, he had great perspective on many things about jungle and animal life. He speaks French, Spanish, and of course English, and was a joy to converse with about the local people, government, customers, culture, etc. He is contracted by Viatour, so be sure you ask for Nicholas on your tour!!
This was a brilliant trip. Our Guide was very good, considering us and the wildlife at all time. A real plus for me was that the boats were comfortable and easy to get on and off - I was dreading sitting in a canoe as depicted in some pics . This was a great, interesting day trip and I would recommend it.
We had a good guide for the two of us. Good experience all around: three types of monkeys and a young crocodile were special to see.
trip around gatun lake fantastic. Saw capuchino and howler monkies, alligator, iguana and turtle.
kayak ride OK. lUNCH ok
Our guide was Ross and he was friendly, fun and very knowledgeable. We saw a lot of monkeys and they jumped on the boat and were very curious. It was an eye opener seeing how they lived at the Indian Village and they did a cool dance for us. I really liked the walk through the jungle too. I highly recommend this trip if you like the personal touch as there were only 3 of us which was perfect - and the time didn't seem so drawn out either as with some tours.. Ross even gave us a ride back to our hotels. Great job!!
This tour lived up to our expectations. Ross, went above and beyond to make our tour exceptional.
Informational, fun, and I loved seeing the tiny tamarind monkeys.
Guide was great, saw lots of monkeys. I just love the Canal and being on it when the big ships are passing. Only complaint is that by 12:30pm I was starving as we had to leave our hotel before 7am. Lunch break was not provided until 3:30pm. It could easily have been slotted in between the monkeys and the Indian village at somewhere in Gamboa.
Our guide, AL, was extremely knowledgeable and professional. He took care to describe the segments of our trip clearly, and assured we knew what to expect along the way. I recommend this tour and guide!
Very enjoyable tour! We had a small group, which is my preference for a more personal experience. There was a central meeting location so we didn't waste time picking up from various hotels. Our guide Jeff was excellent....knowledgeable and entertaining. The trip to Monkey Island was great! We fed the monkeys from the comfort of our boat, got some fabulous pictures, and saw all three types found in Panama. The Indian village was very interesting. The villagers were very outgoing and showed us how they live in the jungle environment. They had some handicrafts for sale and even put on a few dances for us. This was a great day!
George was a great guide. Had a fantastic time and definitely recommend this tour.
Great trip! Great Guide! This tour met all our expectation.
Our guide was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. And that he went out of his way to make us feel welcome in his country.
Highlight of our trip!! Everything was perfect!
Jonathan E USA
The tour guide on this was wonderful a young man whom wanted to share his vast knowledge with us on the lakes and canal. Unfortunately when we got to the Island we were going to kayak but the equipment was locked away and no key! My son was eagerly awaiting the secret WW2 US communications center on one of the islands but this has been taken off the tour due to the widening of the canal.
Our Monkey Island Cruise was spectacular. We saw monkeys, lizards, baby crocodiles, and a variety of birds. So glad we did this cruise.
Excellent family tour. Tour leader was terrific as was the boat captain. Highlight was definitely getting to feed the monkeys on Monkey Island.
If you're in Panama City this should be #1 on your list.
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