• Location: Panama City, Panama
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Cruise the Panama Canal to Gatun Lake on a 3-hour nature tour from Panama City that includes round-trip transport from central Panama City and time to explore Gatun’s wildlife-rich shoreline by boat. Visit jungle islands that were cut off from mainland Panama by construction of the canal, which protect a thriving population of monkeys, birds, crocodiles, and mammals.


  • 3-hour Gatun Lake tour from Panama City
  • 90-minute boat cruise
  • See wildlife in a jungle environment
  • Learn about Panama Canal history
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

What You Can Expect

Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise

Panama Canal Cruise

Meet a guide and group at a central location in Panama City, then travel to the Canal-side town of Gamboa in an air-conditioned minivan. Built to house Panama Canal workers in 1911, Gamboa has preserved early 20th-century homes and landmarks, and marks the point where the Chagres River flows into the Panama Canal.

Board a covered boat on the Panama Canal, and cruise alongside commercial and private boat traffic making the trip between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Emerge into Gatun Lake, and continue to the islands created by the construction of the Panama Canal: Gatun Lake formed when engineers blocked the Chagres River with Gatun Dam, once the largest earth dam in the world. Watch for wildlife along the shoreline of the Monkey Islands, and try to spot capuchin, howler, and tamarin monkeys in the foliage. Gatun Lake is also home to a diverse range of tropical birds, while coati, agouti, capybara, and iguanas forage in the understory. 

At the end of the 90-minute boat trip, make the return trip to Panama City by minivan, where this tour concludes with drop-off at a central location.

Customer Reviews

ByronValle1 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The company kept in touch all the time and even sent me tips about our stay in Panama (weather, what we should wear, transportation...). That was a huge plus. We were picked up right on time at Coffee Max and drove to the dock at Gamboa. Due to the high morning traffic, it took us around 40 minutes to arrive. My wife, my 3 year old daughter and myself had lots of fun. The tour guides (Jerin and his father) are very kind and knowledgeable, and made us feel comfortable all the time. Being able to interact with the primates, and being that close to nature was an unforgettable experience. After the tour, we took a short hike to a waterfall (Sendero Natural El Charco) and to

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We had a terrific time on this trip. The monkeys came onto the boat and grabbed grapes out of our hands and bananas off our hats. Our guide Jaron sp? was quite knowledgeable and went the extra effort to make sure we had a good trip and saw plenty of wildlife. Jaron was also great with the young kids and teenagers on the trip. Jaron offered after the trip to take all of us who wanted on a short walk to see more wildlife, making it his personal mission to make sure we all saw everything we wanted to see. He provided useful and interesting information about all of the areas we went through, including the parts of the city we drove through.

Craig W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Exceeded expectations. Only had time for a short tour and this was perfect. Saw four different kinds of monkeys, some eating out of our hands. Also saw an alligator, a sloth, and many kinds of birds. Highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This is a great 1/2 day tour. You get to ride a boat on the Gatun Lake, and meet the monkeys! John is great guide, and explain a lot of about Panama history about the canal, the lake, and monkeys. There is no walking for this tour, and very laid back. They will drive you back to your hotel or drop of you off anywhere.

George R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great short trip to see mostly monkeys on islands in the lake. Great tour guides. Interested in helping us to see wildlife.

George R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great short trip to see mostly monkeys on islands in the lake. Great tour guides. Interested in helping us to see wildlife.

Kadri T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Well organised tour with knowledgable tour guide. Small group and we did not feel like in 'tourist-trap'.

Ginel D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent trip. Our guide John was great and very knowledgeable.

Irina G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour is excellent! You get to cruse the canal, as well as to see a lot of wiled life. And of course the highlight of the tour are the cute Capuchin monkey that you get to feed! This trip is great for the entire family, all ages. To increase you chances of seeing more animals, I would advice to take 7:00 am tour. It gets crowded on the like by 9:00, and it might be too hot for the animals to come out.

Wanda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Very good for English speaking people. My kid also enjoyed himself and we would do it again.

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