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Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

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USD 135.00
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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
  • This tour is in english
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for travelers with walking problems or other serious medical conditions that prevent to getting inside a small boat.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • 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 yesterday

Great day trip! Terrific Gamboa monkey island experience, awesome Panama canal and San Lorenzo fort tour with Leo, our tour guide and Jorge our driver and spotter as well. Saw sloth, howler monkeys, tamarin, caupuchin monkeys, cotimundi, gorgeous scenery and a delicious picnic lunch. A...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Mike S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Aloha we had such a great tour with Jarin and John seeing the monkeys, the boat ride on the Panama river, seeing the rain forest, having lunch at the Fort San Lorenzo, and the drive out there and the locks at Agra Clara locks. It...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 60636Karen579
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Ocean to Ocean tour was truly a life-changing experience. From start to finish the customer service was impeccable and the experience is a must. John and Joe were our tour guides and they made everyone feel so welcome. They were also very knowledgeable about...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank La'Tia B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ocean to Ocean tour with Enrique was the highlight of our trip to Panama. We were picked up at our hotel by Enrique who was extremely knowledgeable about Panamanian history, native wildlife, flora, and fauna. We were up close to a variety of monkeys, birds,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank tcjmiami
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We picked this tour because we wanted a combination of wildlife and the Panama Canal. This tour had it all and more! Jerin and Leo went above and beyond to accommodate everyone in our group and requests people had. We saw a lot of wildlife...More

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11 October 2019|
Response from Panama D |
Hello Tommy, Unfortunately for cruise ship passenger the only way to accommodate a reservation is by a private tour and the price for 2 people will be higher than normal, if you manage to put a group together of 6-10 people... More
10 October 2019|
Response from Panama D |
Hello Deb , We can't pick up at this location due to the distance, but if you really want to take the tour you can take a taxi from your hotel and meet the group in Panama city, or if you are driving we can give you a... More
9 October 2019|
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Response from bueckerrdh98 |
Hello! Okay thank you! Do you do day trips to Gamboa?
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