Panama City, Panama
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8 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English


Take an in-depth look at the famous Panama Canal and the indigenous tribes of the Chagres River during this 8-hour, 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 and nearby indigenous tribes 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
  • Explore 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 native 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.
Spend the next 90-minutes cruising 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 bird life, plus capybaras, iguanas, crocodiles, and many more creatures.
At the end of your boat ride, travel for another 45 minutes into 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.


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, Aug 2018

A tour with Jerin the owner is like having a knowledgeable friend take you around his hometown. A native of Missouri, he has lived in Panama for a number of years and his love of his adopted country is obvious. We took 2 day trips with him in a van along with 8 others. Along with his spotter, Willy, he found an amazing number of animals and plants for us to see and photograph. A number of times we would pull over when one of them spotted a sloth or other animal hidden away in the trees. Willy even captured a boa and allowed us to touch and hold it we then filmed it as it slithered back into a tree. On the monkey islands we fed small fruits to the capuchins Jerin explained that they needed supplemental food due to the size of their islands while showing us how to interact with them. Each wildlife find was accompanied by detailed explanations about the animal and its habits.
Jerin shared his deep knowledge of Panama, wildlife, the canal, as well as great tips for places to visit in the Casco Viejo neighborhood where we were staying. Good call on Nazca 21 and Pedro Mandinga's, Jerin!
In addition to the wildlife activities, we visited an old Spanish fort - San Lorenzo - and learned more Panamanian history as we shared a picnic lunch under the mangoes, including sandwiches, drinks, chairs and a parade of leaf cutter ants. Delightful!
My husband and I have travelled to many parts of the world and agree that Jerin is everything you could want in a guide and more. We couldn't recommend his company more highly.

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, Dec 2017

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

, Nov 2017

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!

, Jul 2017

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!

, Feb 2017

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!

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