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Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

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This unique tour of the Panama Canal goes from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean as you see the canal from the water and by foot. An exciting boat ride down the canal will introduce you to the transiting ships as well as the abundant wildlife on its shores, followed by a visit to Fort San Lorenzo and the new Agua Clara Locks.

This is not a TRANSIT tour, we wont travel by boat inside the locks.
  • 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
What to Expect
After hotel pickup in an air-conditioned minibus, your tour begins with a 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup from centrally located Panama City hotels in the following areas:
• El Cangrejo
• Obarrio
• Punta Pacifica
• San Francisco
• Punta Paitilla
• Avenida Balboa
• Bella Vista
• Casco Viejo
• Marbella
• Financial District
• El Dorado
• Bethania
  • Panama Canal boat ride (90 minutes)
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus
  • Entry/Admission - Fort San Lorenzo
  • Entry/Admission - Agua Clara Locks
  • Gratuities
  • Due to heavy traffic, no free pickup from hotels located near Amador Causeway, Clayton (City of Knowledge) Playa Bonita. Separate transportation for the an extra charge
  • Playa Blanca, or Rio Hato, Metromall or Tocumen Airport need to arrange own transportation
  • Insect repellent
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • The tour starts in a very remote area and there will be no access to public restrooms until around 10:30am. There is a sheltered latrine available for women at the dock but it is very rustic.
  • Vegetarian and vegan option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • If you will be staying at a hotel area that is not on the list, please contact your local operator prior to booking your tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with walking problems or other serious medical conditions that prevent to getting inside a small boat.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Had a great time with our guide Leo. I would recommend this tour to everyone! The monkeys are adorable and come right into the boat. The canal is incredible!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lindalutwo
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend this company and their crew, we had Jerin and Leo. Tons of history and beautiful scenery!! They were both highly educated on everything and was able to answer all questions. Cynthia behind the scenes made everything smooth since we were staying outside Panama...More

Thank tazette76
Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome all day tour visiting Lake Gatun, Monkey Island, The Caribean Locks New "Agua Clara Locks" and tourist centre, and a visit to The Historic Fort "San Lorenzo". Then we had a delicious home prepared lunch. Well designed personalized tour with 2 delightful well versed...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recomend to everyone. It was fun. We learned a lot about Panama and canal history. Monkeys island is a very funny place. Thanks our guides.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Olga S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on this tour yesterday. Enrique was our tour guide for the day! He was great! Very knowledgeable and nice! We got picked up at 7am and were back around 3:30pm. Make sure to watch the quick movie at Panama Canal! You will love...More

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12 September 2019|
Response from Panama D |
Hello, Yes, we can accommodate those lunches for the tour.
11 September 2019|
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Response from kmpchitown28 | Reviewed this property |
The Tour Company would have that answer.
Angela G
7 September 2019|
Response from 777abbyc | Reviewed this property |
You may have to contact Jerin directly. I think his van can only hold 9-10 people. I am sure he will be able to find a way to accommodate your group.
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