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After hotel pickup in an air-conditioned minibus, your tour begins with a 90-minute boat ride on the waterways adjacent to the canal: you'll see jungle wildlife, navigate Gatun Lake, and watch massive ships pass through the canal.

Visit the famous Monkey Island, home to capuchins, howlers, and tamarins, before traveling to the Caribbean side of Panama and the Agua Clara Visitor Center. Here, you'll watch ships pass through the newly expanded “Panamax” locks from a canal-side observation deck and learn about the history, operation, and importance of the Panama Canal.

Next, you'll visit San Lorenzo National Park to see rainforest flora and fauna followed by a picnic lunch and a tour of Fort San Lorenzo, a 400-year-old Spanish fort on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean. One of the most historically important spots in Panama, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort repelled pirates as part of the defensive system that protected the transatlantic trade of the Spanish Crown.

Your full-day tour ends with a return to your hotel in Panama City.
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Panama Canal
Fort San Lorenzo
Monkey Island
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Taking a guided tour of the Panama Canal allows you to hop between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans with minimum hassle. This experience allows you to enjoy Monkey Island and enjoy a picnic lunch near the Gatun Dam before exploring San Lorenzo National Park and Fort San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Plus, lunch and round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels are included for added convenience.

  • Guided itinerary allows even those with limited time to explore Panama by boat and on foot
  • See the newly expanded “Panamax” locks at work from the Agua Clara Visitor Center 
  • Avoid getting lost in the jungle of San Lorenzo National Park,
  • Increase your chances of seeing the wildlife of Monkey Island with a guide
  • Eat a picnic lunch near Gatun Dam
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
11 out of 10 points!

Yes, an amazing trip. Just that is more than worth it. But most importantly we want to mention that our guides Jerin and Willy gave 150% effort to make each one of us happy. That was over the top! They had answers to every question...More

Thank AndyDeutschland
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great tour - educational and fun!

This tour included an opportunity to learn about the wildlife in Panama both during our boat tour along the canal/ Chagres River and in the rainforest. Our guides demonstrated an amazing ability to spot monkeys, toucans, sloths, spiders, lizards and a number of other animals...More

Thank Carol C
Reviewed 1 week ago
Best & Most Pleasantly Surprising Tours Ever!

When I signed up for this tour, I had read the description and knew we would be visiting both sides of the Panama Canal. Little did I know that I'd be experiencing one of the most interesting, exciting, awe-inspiring days of my life! Enrique Ruiz...More

Thank kmscanlon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wonderful Experience - Highly Recommend

Enrique Ruiz was our tour guide. He was prompt, funny and full of facts about the wildlife and the canal. We had a delightful day that went from 7:00 AM until around 4:30 PM. We saw the canal and its working close up, along with...More

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
I cannot recommend this tour highly enough

Our guide (Enrique) was friendly and informative and provided us with a fun day out. I'll never forget the instruction 'everyone out!' when a sloth was seen. I had informed Enrique in advance that I am vegetarian and was really impressed with the great effort...More

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