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Panama City: Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

Panama City: Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

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Make your way from the Pacific shore to the Atlantic ocean as you discover the Panama Canal from the water and by foot. Enjoy an exciting boat ride down the canal and see the transiting ships as well as the wildlife on its shores.

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Duration 8 - 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Panama Central City; please provide your hotel name and address. Be ready at your hotel lobby 10-minutes before your pickup time to avoid delays. Due to heavy traffic, pickup is not included from hotels located near Amador Causeway, Clayton (City of Knowledge), Playa Bonita, Playa Blanca, Rio Hato, Metromall or Tocumen Airport.


  • See the famous Monkey Islands where you will see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins
  • Visit the Agua Clara Visitor Center to see the new expansion locks working up close
  • Explore the San Lorenzo National Park where you will visit a remote rainforest full of flora and fauna
Full description
Begin your tour with hotel pickup at 7:00 AM. Travel west of Panama City to start your exploration of the Panama Canal. Embark on a 90-minute boat tour on the Canal and Gatun Lake. Ride along the canal and get an up-close view of the ships passing through as well as the abundant wildlife along the shores. Visit the famous Monkey Islands, where you can see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins. Then, head 45 minutes north to the Caribbean side of Panama to visit the Agua Clara Visitor Center to see the new expansion locks operating up-close. Observe transiting vessels passing through the Agua Clara Locks on the way to the Pacific or the Atlantic Ocean from a scenic lookout point. Learn first-hand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its construction, its participation in world markets, and the importance of its watershed. Make your way to a scenic and quiet spot beneath the Gatun Dam and have a picnic lunch at the fork of the French West Diversion Channel and the Chagres River. Next, travel to San Lorenzo National Park, where you can visit a remote rainforest full of flora and fauna, followed by a tour of Fort San Lorenzo. Discover a 400-year-old Spanish fort on a scenic cliff overlooking the Caribbean. Hear about the many attacks by pirates and privateers at one of the most historically important places in Panama. Finally, be returned to your hotel in Panama City.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Central Panama City
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat ride on Lake Gatun and the Panama Canal
  • Visit to Monkey Island
  • Picnic lunch on the banks of the Chagres River
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Service tax
  • Entrance fee to Agua Clara Locks
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 3 years
    • Pregnant women
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • Please, keep in mind that this is not a transit tour, so you won't travel by boat inside the locks
    • Due to heavy traffic, pickup is not included from hotels located near Amador Causeway, Clayton (City of Knowledge), Playa Bonita, Playa Blanca, Rio Hato, Metromall, or Tocumen Airport
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 34 reviews

    Review summary

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    This is a 5-star tour in every way except for the extended time in the bus to get to all the activities. If you are interested in the Panama Canal and Monkey Island, this is a great tour and our guide, Enrique, was WONDERFUL. Just realize you are spending 4+ hours in the car as part of the day. Also, this is a very low activity tour - no hiking and just a bit of walking. You will be totally entertained by Enrique, but if a lot of time in a mini-bus is not your thing, you just need to keep this in mind.

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    March 12, 2022

    Enrique is a great tour guide, highly recommended and quite knowledgeable for this tour. He would stop and yell Everybody Out! If you’re not paying attention to what his been talking the whole trip you’ll be like What? He does this when he spotted an animals around,, he took us for a picnic lunch on his “secret spot which is an amazing spot to sit down and chill. We saw lots of animals and I learned a lot about the history of Panama and the quick driving around town/city is a bonus. Thanks again Enrique!

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    January 29, 2022

    This was a very enjoyable tour, much of it attributable to our guide, John Acosta. John has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Panama Canal and Panama's geography, history and natural assets. My wife and I learned a lot. Be aware: there is a lot of time spent in the bus driving; this is necessary because of the distances travelled. The roads are not always great so there cane be a lot of bumps and jolts. Nonetheless, we highly recommend the tour.

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    January 19, 2022

    Product ID: 359050