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Panama: Monkey Island, Sloth Sanctuary and Panama Canal Tour

Panama: Monkey Island, Sloth Sanctuary and Panama Canal Tour

Explore a rich variety of ecological attractions on a guided trip from Panama City to a butterfly farm, a frog exhibition, a sloth sanctuary, and an orchid garden. Ride a boat into the Chagres River and into the Panama Canal, watching large cruise ships sail by. Meet your guide at your hotel, starting the tour early to see more monkeys before their bellies are full from other visitors feeding them. As you begin the 40-minute drive, see colonial American neighborhoods that served as homes for the Canal construction families and pass the Culebra Cut. As you arrive at the shores of Lake Gatun, be greeted by the dense rainforest and all its intriguing sights and sounds. Embark on a boat ride into the Chagres River, which will lead you into the artificially created Gatun Lake, which is a hotspot for biodiversity. Spot wildlife such as the coati, howler monkeys, squirrels, and sloths, as well as beautiful birds like the toucan and parrots. Take a path parallel to the Panama Canal and into Soberanía National Park on your way to the Gamboa Public Docks, where the Chagres River meets the Panama Canal. A couple of minutes into the boat ride, enter the Canal and take a quick ride past the Dredging Division's facilities and along the shipping lane toward the Monkey Island area. With Panama’s abundant biodiversity, a bit of luck, and your boat captains’ sharp eyes, keep an eye out for wildlife. As you land on Monkey Island, listen for the different primate sounds and the rustling in the trees as monkeys jump amongst the branches. Prepare for monkeys to come up to you and inspect your clothes, hats, and bags. Next up, visit the Sloth Sanctuary located inside the Gamboa region, nestled within the lush rainforests of Panama. As you arrive at the sanctuary, find yourself surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, creating a serene and tranquil atmosphere. Upon entering the sanctuary, be greeted by passionate staff who will provide you with an introduction to the world of sloths. Listen to interesting facts about these slow-moving creatures, their behaviors, and their importance in the ecosystem. Next, visit the Orchid Gardens within walking distance from the sloth sanctuary to admire wild species native to the country, including some miniature ones and Panama’s national flower. Then explore the Frog Exhibition, home to hundreds of frogs native to tropical America. For your last stop, head to the Butterfly House to observe the endemic butterflies that live in the Panamanian rainforest such as the colorful Blue Morpho Butterfly. Finally, make your way back to Panama City.

Panama City: Monkey Island Boat Tour

Panama City: Monkey Island Boat Tour

After collection from your hotel in Panama City you'll head directly to the canal to see the Miraflores Lake, the Pedro Miguel Locks and finally, the journey continues by car until the town of Gamboa, in the middle of the Panama Canal. There, at the edge of the Chagres River, you'll take a trip by boat to the Gatun Lake - the biggest and most important lake in the Panama Canal. There you will share space with large ships during the journey through the Panama Canal until you arrive at a group of islands to find 3 monkey species who live there plus a variety of wildlife including birds, turtles, crocodiles, sloths and more. After the trip, you will go back to the Panama City and enjoy the view of the tropical rainforest and the canal on your way back to the hotel.

From Panama City: Monkey Island and Sloth Sanctuary Tour

From Panama City: Monkey Island and Sloth Sanctuary Tour

After a pickup from your hotel, head to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort in the Soberania National Park. From here board a boat and sail on Gatun Lake next to the huge ships that cross the Panama Canal. Admire the fauna and vegetation of the tropical forest, as well as Monkey Island where you have the chance to see white-faced capuchin monkeys and howler monkeys in their natural habitat. Continue on to the Sloth Sanctuary to observe three-toed and two-toed sloths that have been rescued. Learn about the life and habits of the sloths, as well as the efforts for the conservation of the species through the volunteers and specialized guides. From the Sloth Sanctuary, move on to the Butterfly House where you can see the butterflies that live in the rainforest such as the colorful Blue Morpho Butterfly. You will also visit the orchid and frog exhibitions to discover more about the species that live in the rainforest.

From Panama City: Gamboa Rainforest Guided Tour with Lunch

From Panama City: Gamboa Rainforest Guided Tour with Lunch

Explore the Panamanian rain forest while gliding smoothly through treetops on an aerial tram. Learn the jungle's most interesting facts from a naturalist guide. Watch colorful birds flying around you.  Take a boat ride through the Panama Canal, observing marine life. End your tour with a delicious lunch. Board a tram bound for a 280-feet peak surrounded by leafy jungle. While going up to the observation tower, enjoy fabulous views of the Chagres River, the Embera indigenous community, and much of the Soberania National Park. Gamboa is home to many natural labs including a butterfly farm, an orchids center, and a frog pond. See around 20 species of butterflies native to Panama at the Butterfly House. Get up close to the sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary. This sanctuary hosts a rehabilitation and training program for injured, sick, and orphaned sloths. Enjoy a scenic boat tour along the Panama Canal's waterways. Observe the fascinating tropical wildlife of Gatun Lake and the surrounding forest. Get a chance to spot crocodiles, caimans, sloths, monkeys, and a host of birds with the help of your guide.

Panama City: Jungle and Gatun Lake Half-Day Adventure

Panama City: Jungle and Gatun Lake Half-Day Adventure

Get ready to be swept away by the sights and sounds of this vibrant country on a 4-hour adventure into the heart of the Panama Jungle and the Gatun Lake, part of the famous Panama Canal. Begin with a scenic drive to Gamboa, where you'll board a boat for a 90-minute cruise through the lake. Observe monkeys, sloths, toucans, and crocodiles, while expert guides share their knowledge. Disembark and hike through the lush rainforest of Soberania National Park, observing rare orchids, colorful birds, and elusive mammals. Reach the summit of the hill for stunning views of the surrounding landscape and the canal. Conclude with a relaxing boat ride back to Gamboa and transport back to your hotel or accommodation. This tour is perfect for nature lovers, history buffs, and anyone who wants to discover the magic of Panama while exploring the breathtaking beauty of Soberania National Park.

Panama City: Soberania National Park Private Rainforest Hike

Panama City: Soberania National Park Private Rainforest Hike

Get picked up at your hotel and settle in for the van ride to Soberania National Park, an important natural reserve only 45 minutes away from the city. The Park is vital for the Canal of Panama functioning due to the rainforest and Gatun Lake water tributaries. Pass by the former Canal Zone, the Pedro Miguel Locks, Centenario Bridge, and the French Cemetery (in honor of the canal workers) along the way. Hike through a dense tropical canopy accompanied by a guide. Look out for birds, monkeys, butterflies, frogs and many others species while listening to informative commentary about the region’s incredible biodiversity. Take one of the recommended trails (Plantation or Pipeline Road), depending the day and the season. Traverse both flat and hilly sections as you wind through an old forest. Immerse yourself in a bird-watching paradise as you enjoy the colorful variety of local birdlife. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Panama City at the end of the hike.

From Panama City: Rainforest Zipline Adventure

From Panama City: Rainforest Zipline Adventure

Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling zipline adventure through the Panamanian rainforest. After getting picked up from your hotel in Panama City, head to Gatun Lake for your ziplining adventure. Discover different ziplines across a 2-kilometer route that offers spectacular views of the rainforest and maximum safety and security.

From Panama City: Aerial Tram and Sloth Sanctuary Tour

From Panama City: Aerial Tram and Sloth Sanctuary Tour

After picking you up at your hotel we go to the rainforest in Gamboa where we will board a gondola in the aerial tram (unique in Panama) to observe the canopy from above and we will find different species of birds and with little luck sloths and monkeys. After a 600 meters route on the aerial tram we will reach the Observation Tower for panoramic views of the Soberania National Park, the Chagres River, the Panama Canal, and some native Emberá villages. Later we will visit the Sloth Sanctuary where we will observe and learn about life and habits of the sloths and the efforts for the conservation of the species. We will visit the Butterfly House where we will observe the butterflies that live in the rainforest and we will also visit the orchid and frog exhibitions.

Gatun Boat Tour, Sloth Sanctuary, Wildlife Exhibits + Buffet

Gatun Boat Tour, Sloth Sanctuary, Wildlife Exhibits + Buffet

Between 8:00:00am - 8:30 am, your personal driver (if selecting the transportation option during checkout) will meet you at your Panama City lodging. As you commence the 40 minute drive, you will have the chance to see the old, colonial American neighborhoods, which served as homes for the Canal construction families and we will pass the famous Culebra Cut. At the shores of Lake Gatun you will be greeted by the dense rainforest and all its intriguing sights and sounds. The tour starts at 9:15am. We will start the day with a Gatun Lake Boat Expedition, looking for monkeys and other wildlife. Embark on a captivating journey as you cruise through Gatun Lake and the Chagres River. Our bilingual guides will enrich your experience by sharing the site's history. Explore various islands in pursuit of monkeys, from playful capuchins and resonant howlers to charming titis. Witness the bustling activity of different ship types navigating the Panama Canal's waters, adding an extra layer of fascination to your adventure. As we return to the shores of the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, we will head to the Sloth Sanctuary and wildlife Exhibits. The Sloth Sanctuary is located inside the Gamboa region, nestled within the lush rainforests of Panama. As you arrive at the sanctuary, you will immediately be surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, creating a serene and tranquil atmosphere. Upon entering the sanctuary, you will be greeted by knowledgeable and passionate staff who will provide you with an introduction to the world of sloths. They will share interesting facts about these slow-moving creatures, their behaviors, and their importance in the ecosystem. Accompanied by an experienced guide, guests explore the sloths' natural habitat, observing them as they climb trees, munch on leaves, and simply relax in their own peaceful world. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to see both two-toed and three-toed sloths up close. The guide will educate you about the differences between the two species and highlight their unique characteristics. You will also learn about their slow metabolism, their specialized diet, and their surprisingly strong grip. Further up the path, we will also visit the awe inspiring Butterfly House, filled with countless species of endemic butterflies, the Orchid gardens and a Frog Exhibition, all located within walking distance from the sloth sanctuary. We can't wait to take you on this extraordinary journey and show you memories that will last a lifetime. By the time we finish our tour through the wildlife exhibits, you will without doubt be ready for a delicious buffet lunch at the resort, where guests will sit on a terrace, overlooking the lush rainforest below. At 1:30pm, we start to make our way back to our to Panama City.

Monkey Island tour inside the Panama Canal

Monkey Island tour inside the Panama Canal

Between 6:30am and 7:00 am, your personal guide and driver will meet you at your Panama City lodging (Please wait in the lobby of your lodging starting at 6:30am. We start our Monkey Island Panama tour earlier than others to see more monkeys before their bellies are full from tourists feeding them). As you commence the 40 minute drive, you will have the chance to see the old, colonial American neighborhoods, which served as homes for the Canal construction families and we will pass the famous Culebra Cut. As we arrive at the shores of Lake Gatun you will be greeted by the dense rainforest and all its intriguing sights and sounds. We will embark with our boat into the Chagres River, which will lead us into the artificially created Gatun lake, which is a hotspot for biodiversity, giving you the chance to spot wildlife such as the coati, howler monkeys, squirrels and sloths, as well as beautiful birds like the toucan and parrots. Our path takes us mostly parallel to the Canal and into Soberanía National Park on our way to the Gamboa Public Docks, where the Chagres River meets the Panama Canal. A couple of minutes into the boat ride, we enter the Canal and take a quick ride past the Dredging Division's facilities and along the shipping lane (and past a large ship or three) toward the Monkey Island area. Needless to say, thanks to Panama’s abundant biodiversity, a bit of luck, and your boat captains’ uncannily sharp eyes will give you plenty more to look for, so keep that camera handy at all times As we land on the Monkey Island, listen for the different primate sounds and the rustling in the trees as monkeys jump amongst the branches. Prepare for monkeys to come up to you and inspect your clothes, hats and bags. Being surrounded by these magnificent creatures will be an unforgettable experience and give you many photo opportunities. At 10am, we start to make our way back to our tour starting point and back to Panama City.

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What people are saying about Soberanía National Park

Overall rating

4.5
(68 reviews)

The time spent with our guide, Ana, and out among the islands was excellent. I was a bit disappointed with the Gamboa reserve part of the tour at the end - I wasn't expecting the butterfly, frog, and sloth sanctuaries to be little more than small enclosures, more or less like a miniature zoo. But the visits to the monkeys and the scenery for the entire tour before that more than made up for this.

Our guide Ana was awesome and also our captain Jose was so nice. The tour was great. We fed the monkeys and saw crocodiles and lizards. We went to the sloth sanctuary and saw frogs, butterflies and sloths..so cool. Highly recommend this tour.

Our guide tried to explain everything to us and show us as many animals as possible.

It was really beautiful, unfortunately we didn't see any other animals.

Our guide Anne was amazing. We loved to see the monkeys