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.
Explore the Panama Canal on a boat trip from Panama City
Cruise along the waterways and lakes that make up the famous Panama Canal
Scout for howlers, capuchins, tamarins, crocodiles and bird life on the islands of Gatun Lake
Learn about the indigenous cultures of Chagres National Park aboard a dugout canoe
Enjoy lunch and cultural presentations with members of the local Embera tribe
Great mix of sightseeing, wildlife, and traditional culture
Receive a morning pickup from select Panama City hotels, after which you’ll transfer to the town of Gamboa to meet up with your boat guide, captain and vessel alongside the Panama Canal.
Cruise the waters of this world-famous waterway aboard a well-equipped covered boat, passing alongside cargo ships heading to and from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Your eventual destination is Gatun Lake, where you’ll have time to investigate the numerous islands and rich wildlife that populates its shores. Make a stop while on the lake at the Monkey Islands, allowing you to observe local howlers, capuchins, and tamarins. You’re also likely to encounter a rich collection of tropical birdlife, plus capybaras, iguanas, crocodiles, and many more creatures.
At the end of your boat ride, travel to the nearby Chagres National Park for your indigenous village encounter. You’ll eventually reach Puerto Corotu, a city along Lake Alajuela, where a local group of the Embera tribe will be waiting to transport you to their village aboard a dugout canoe. Pass by a scenic waterfall before eventually reaching the Embera settlement to enjoy a cultural presentation and the performance of a traditional dance.
You’ll then be served a simple lunch of plantains, fried fish, and fruit by your hosts, and have time to purchase authentic indigenous handicrafts or get a temporary tattoo created by an Embera artist. Then hop back in your canoe and for the return trip to Panama City, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Panama Canal’s Monkey Islands y Embera Village Tour
, Jan 2019
An excellent experience that included everything expected and more. Having done these tours separately in the past, know first hand that this combination is good value. The village was more commercial then the previous one but the reasons were clearified, if not obvious. To counter that was taking the canoe to a waterfalls through a gorgeous canopy. Good information was provided throughout via the excellent guide, Leo, and a couple of small museums. Customer service by the company could not have been better. Recommendation: if possible, go during the first months of the dry season, late Dec,, Jan. or Feb.
My wife and I really enjoyed this tour. Great value for a day long tour about 8 hours. Native canoe ride into the Rainforest, swim at the waterfall, visit the native village, Monkeys in the wild on the boat on the Panama passage. Very reasoable prices for handcrafted art at the Native village prices in the city are about double or more. You really need rugged wet shoes for walking on the trail and in the stream to the waterfall flipflops are dangerous. Our tour guide was great. We highly recommend this tour. Lynn and Deborah Canada
Well it does what it says on the tin! Very relaxed, enjoyable, interesting and a perfect tour if you have limited time. How often can you cruise on the Panama canal, demonstrate that you are not as clever on a monkey, travel upstream to a traditional village in a jungle and finish it off with an ice cream on the house so to say in downtown Panama city? Well every day if you book this tour every day I suppose but you know what I mean. Highly recommended!
An outstanding experience. Off the beaten path. Up close and personal with nature and wild life. The canoe boat ride was definitely unique! Overall you need to have done reasonable level of fitness, stamina, balance. I would use this tour operator again!
Jarod and John were terrific hosts! Friendly, approachable and highly knowledgeable. We started on a boat on the Panama Canal, going by the ocean freighters headed to the Atlantic. The next several boat stops were to the monkey islands where we hand-fed capuchin and tamarind monkeys. They come right onto the boat and take large grapes right from your hand! Very cool! John told us the history of the canal and how the monkeys became stranded when the area was flooded and Gatun Lake was formed. From that perspective, the idea of those monkeys being dependent on human feeding is understandable - and good for them. Next we took a long ride to the Chagres River to meet the Embera Tribe, who took us to their village. They explained their way of life, danced for us, and fed us fried plantains and fish wrapped in banana leaves. We toured the village and shopped their handmade crafts. Last, a boat ride in the dugout canoe to an isolated spot on the Chagres River to relax a bit and enjoy the running water and jungle scenery. No one else on the river but us and the Canal inspectors continually watching the water levels 40 of the Canal water comes from this river. A long hot day, but THE highlight of our trip!