Meet your guide at your Panama City hotel, then take in views of the jungle as you make your way to the edge of Gatún Lake. Imagine the Panamanian landscape that predated the canal, when thick jungle sheltered stunning wildlife and plants. Navigate the winding shoreline of deep bays, coves and back waters, one of the finest places in Panama to spot bright tropical birds, playful monkeys and other wildlife.
Your guide will focus on culture, history and ecology, bringing Panama’s natural and human heritage to life as you experience this unique landscape. Find out about the dramatic challenges and setbacks that the canal builders faced in creating what was the world’s greatest engineering feat. Hear about the indigenous people that have thrived in Panama’s forests since ancient times. Bring your camera to capture unforgettable images of the jungle and take in the wild sounds of the the tropical forest.
After your cruise on Gatún Lake, visit the Miraflores Locks to watch ships pass through the tallest locks on the Panama Canal. Learn more about canal history and construction at a series of exhibits and displays (some tours may visit the locks prior to Gatún Lake).