4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

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  • Address: Lake Gatún, in Chagres River Valley between Panama and Colon
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free; prices for tours vary widely
This popular excursion offers a festive excuse to explore a bit of the Canal, visiting an island that has been "taken over" by four species of monkey: capuchin (white face), howler, Geoffroy's tamarin, and grey-bellied nocturnal monkeys. Boats head out to the island throughout the day, where sharp-eyed photographers might also spot sloths, caimans, and bright tropical birds such as toucans.

Unfortunately, the island's overwhelming appeal has led to strict regulations, and guides are no longer allowed to feed or tease monkeys - so don't count on that National Geographic shot. Trips can be combined with fishing, kayaking, canopy tours, and other adventures.

Practical Info

Monkey Island is accessible by boat via the port of Gamboa, 38km (22mi) north of Panama City.

Tours are sometimes criticized as overpriced, but groups of budget travelers can usually hire cheaper boats once they arrive at Gamboa.

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Soberania National Park, Monkey Island and Indian Village from Panama City

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Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of Panama City and experience the jungle. Visit Soberania National Park and Monkey Island before stopping at an ...  Read more

Location: Panama, Panama
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Join an exciting half-day eco journey along the Panama Canal and experience some of Panama's secret sights and sounds. You'll hop aboard a high-speed motorboat ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $209.99

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