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Historical & Heritage Tours

Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

Travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during this full-day tour of the Panama Canal. With your local guide, explore the canal by sea and on foot, viewing the ships passing through the locks and the variety of plant and animal life on the canal's shores. Explore Gatun Lake and Monkey Island, home to howlers, capuchins and tamarins. Stop at the Gatun Locks Visitor Center to get an overview of the canal's history through informative displays and exhibits. Eat a picnic lunch near the Gatun Dam before moving on to explore San Lorenzo National Park and Fort San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking the Caribbean Sea. All activities, entrance fees, lunch and round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels are included.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Day Tour in San Blas Islands - All Included - Visit 4 Islands in 1 Day

Head to the Caribbean coast of Panama on a day trip from Panama City to the San Blas Islands. Traveling by boat, you'll visit Island Waily Lodge, check out a shipwreck and natural swimming pool, and enjoy the tropical scenery and atmosphere. Your tour includes breakfast, lunch, activities, and round-trip transport with hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 150.00
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

Cruise the entirety of the Panamá Canal, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, during this 12-hour tour in Panamá City. Board a small vessel to travel through all 3 sets of locks that make up the canal. Voyage on Gatun Lake and the Chagres River. Learn about the history and construction of the canal from your guide while you travel. Disembark in Colón and board a shuttle for the return trip to Panamá City. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages are provided on board.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 180.00
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Sailing Trips

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All Inclusive Full-Day Taboga Island Catamaran Tour from Panama City, Panama

Escape Panama City on one of the largest catamarans in the marina for a day of boating, swimming, sunning, eating, and dancing. Sail to the rear of Taboga Island where you can swim, sunbathe on the beach, and visit the island's village. Onboard the catamaran enjoy sundecks, shaded areas, speakers, snacks, lunch, and an open bar.
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  • 6 hours
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US$ 89.00
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  • 6 hours

Day Cruises

Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise

Take a partial transit cruise on the Panama Canal and journey through the Miraflores Locks. Marvel at this incredible feat of engineering as your ship is raised up to 54 feet (16 meters), enabling Pedro Miguel's lake to fill the chambers where the vessel is locked. With this half-day trip, enjoy Panama City sights and travel along Amador Causeway during the drive from your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 125.00
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Combination Tour from Panama City: Rainforest, San Lorenzo Fort and Canal Expansion

Combine nature, history, and technology on a full-day tour from Panama City that includes hotel pickup and drop-off, refreshments, and transport. Watch for wildlife on a scenic trip through the rainforest, visit the UNESCO-listed San Lorenzo Fort, then see the Panama Canal extension that moves New Panamax super tankers through a series of enormous locks.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City

Hike in dormant volcano and visit a scenic mountain village on a full-day, active trip to El Valle from Panama City that includes pickup and drop-off at centrally-located hotels. Explore local wildlife and plants at a zoo and botanical garden, swim in a jungle waterfall, soak in a natural thermal pool, and visit the colorful handicraft market before returning to Panama City.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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San Blas Island-Hopping Day Trip from Panama City

Visit the paradiscial Panamanian Caribbean on this day trip to the San Blas Islands from Panama City. Visit three or more islands over the course of a full day, stopping to snorkel and enjoy the white-sand beaches and tropical sunshine. Tour includes catch-of-the-day lunch, use of snorkel equipment, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Panama City.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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1 Night Bungalow Over the Water in San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands is an indinegous protected zone, with more than 365 islands with white sand and turquoise color water, barely untouched by the man and infraestucture. During this trip you can disconnect from your daily routine and technology, and enjoy your time with the friends you are travelling with. Living a experience as a Local Kuna lives! This trip offers stay in the best accomodations in Over the water Bungalows with private bathroom and wooden floor in Island Waily Lodge, but bear in mind the cabana is very basic too. Visit also: Island Perro chico, Island Pelicano (Money Heist Netflix Serie), and Natural Swimming pool.
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  • 1 day
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US$ 250.00
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  • 1 day
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Cultural Tours

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Canal Tour Ocean to Ocean - Navigate the Panama Canal

Navigate through the Panama Canal (Wonder of the World) and enjoy with family and friends the experience of looking at the giant gates that open in front of you to access to the Canal locks. This is a full-day tour, 8 hours approximately.During the activity, you will have the opportunity to navigate through: The Miraflores locks, Pedro Miguel lock, Culebra Cut, Gamboa National Park, Gatun locks and the Port of Colón 2000.ALL the first Saturdays of each monthHours: 7:30 a.m. (subject to change)Itinerary: Departure to the La Playita dock, arrival at the Port of Colon 2000 and return to the La Playita dock in bus.Includes: Breakfast, lunch, unlimited soft drinks, bilingual guide and transportation to come back.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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US$ 170.00
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Day Trips

A Private Panama Canal Full Day Experience

Discover the engineering wonder that is the Panama Canal on this private day tour from Panama City. Designed for those who are interested in an in-depth look at the whole canal, this tour features the new locks and old locks, the Centennial Bridge, both the Pacific and Caribbean sides (by car), and Gatun Dam. You'll ride a ferry across the new locks in Colon, admire original doors from 1914, and you may be able to drive through the old and new locks. Note, this tour does not go through the locks by boat.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Full-day Tours

Embera Village and Jungle Tour

Immerse yourself in the indigenous Emberá culture during this tour from Panama City. Journey up the Chagres River in a traditional dugout canoe to the Parara Puru village in Chagres National Park. Meet members of the tribe and learn about their way of life in the forest, witness ceremonial dances, and eat a traditional lunch. Round-trip transportation from Panama City is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people or fewer to ensure an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 105.00
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Embera Village Day Tour

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Emberá, one of Panama's indigenous groups, during this 8-hour tour from Panama City. Interact with some members of the tribe and learn what their daily life is like in the rainforest. Ride through Lake Alajuela to the tribe's village aboard a 'piragua', a traditional canoe, passing a spectacular waterfall on the way. See some traditional dances, take a trail walk through the forest and purchase some traditional crafts as souvenirs. Upon departure, receive a traditional shamanic blessing for good travels. Lunch, national park fees and round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 125.00
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Rail Tours

Panamá Canal Railway Tour

Ride the Panamá Canal Railway, the first transcontinental railroad, during this excursion from Panamá City. On board the train, chug down the tracks that were first laid in 1501 on the isthmus of Panamá. Pass the Panamá Canal Locks, the lush rainforest and the peaceful Gatun Lake. Make sure to bring your camera for great photo ops. When you reach Colón, make the 1-hour journey back to Panamá City by road. Round-trip transportation from Panamá City hotels is included.
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  • 3 hours 20 minutes
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US$ 140.00
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  • 3 hours 20 minutes
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Day Trips

Panama Canal Partial Transit Boat Tour

Travel through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal on this 5- to 6-hour boat tour from Panama City. Experience how the locks work firsthand aboard a boat; tour includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

aquatic tour gatun lake and monkey island

This tour includes:  • Pick up and return from your hotel.  • Qualified site Guide  • Boat ride on Lake Gatun  • Soft drinks and fruits  • Personnel trained in first aid  • Ascent to the famous Cerro Ancon or visit El Charco Trail (national sovereignty Park) • This tour of Lake Gatun allows travelers to experience the natural wonders of the lake and also get a partial view of the Panama Canal. . Visit the famous El Charco trail in the national Park soberania.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 70.00
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

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Embera's indigenous original village

A little bit of adventure, culture and a big opportunity to experience an unique part of an ancient civilization.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Best Day Trip to San Blas Islands

Experience the fascinating Guna Yala on this all-day trip to the San Blas islands. Travel by shared 4x4 and boat and explore Panama’s spectacular east coast. Enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off, a catch-of-the-day lunch and a local indigenous guide all included the cost of the tour. Visit two islands and learn about Kuna culture on this convenient day trip from Panama City.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 125.00
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Private Day tour in San Blas Islands

Visit the amazing paradaise of San Blas Islands by your own time and rules. You will have a PRIVATE Comfortable car 4x4 only for you. Once you arrive to the port you will have your own PRIVATE capitan and boat, you can choose the time you want to spend in each of the 3 islands. Kayaks, Snorkel mask, life jacket will be provided.Self guided tour. Once you book we will provide all info needed so you can explore by your own, please notice there are no english-speaking guides in this tour.Under request we can provide towels, beach chairs ** limited quantity.**Minimum 2 people
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  • 13 hours
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Anton Valley Highlights Tour From Panama City

Take some time away from Panama City on this day trip to Anton Valley. The valley is nestled on the dormant volcano and offers many beautiful spots for exploring. See La Pintada, a pre-Colombian petroglyph. Then, head over to one of the largest waterfalls in the area, Chorro El Macho, and take a swim in the natural pools. Plus, spend some time at El Nispero Zoo, and admire the wildlife as you walk through the grounds.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Panama Canal Eco Cruise and Embera Village Combo Tour

Take an in-depth look at the famous Panama Canal and the indigenous culltures of the Chagres River during this boat-based, eco-adventure. Cruise amidst the waterways, lakes, and islands that make up the Panama Canal stopping to observe local bird life and primates. Then meet up with residents of the Embera tribe in Parara Puru village for cultural presentations and an included lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trips

Whale Watching Day tour in Contadora - All included

Go whale watching on this guided excursion from Panama City. Enjoy a round-trip ferry ride with an informative local guide and search for humpbacks as they travel along a nearly 5,000-mile (8,000-kilometer) migration route in search of warm waters to breed and raise their young. Snack on a delicious complimentary breakfast and lunch before stopping by Contadora Island to relax on its beautiful sandy beaches.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Day Trips

Portobelo and Caribbean Island Tour from Panama City

Explore UNESCO-listed fortifications, swashbuckling pirate history, and a Caribbean island on a full-day trip from Panama City to Portobelo that includes hotel pickup and drop-off, and transport by air-conditioned minibus. Make the most of your time in Panama by exploring the Caribbean coast as a day trip, with 3 hours of beach time before your return to Panama City.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 86.00
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Day Trips

Lake Gatun Boat Tour Including Kayaking and Lunch

Lake Gatun forms a major part of the Panama Canal, and on this guided boat tour from Panama City, you’ll be able to explore it. During the boat ride, spot different wildlife surrounding the lake, such as sloths, monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles, birds, and more. After lunch, you’ll have the option to take a drip in a spring-fed natural pool, kayak in the lake, or go fishing.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 165.00
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  • 6 hours
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