Ocean To Ocean Panama Canal And Jungle Tour - Panama City

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    07:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pickup from centrally located Panama City hotels in the following areas:
    • El Cangrejo
    • Obarrio
    • Punta Pacifica
    • San Francisco
    • Punta P.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included

Know More about this tour

To start this tour, you will follow the Panama Canal north to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the canal. You will begin the wildlife viewing from a boat on the waters of the canal and Gatun Lake. You will ride along the waters of the Panama Canal right next to the ships passing through as well as have an up close view of the the abundant wildlife on its shores.

You will visit the famous Monkey Islands where you will see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins. Once you finish with the canal and lake boat ride (around 90 minutes), you will head 45 minutes north to the Caribbean side of Panama. You will visit the Agua Clara Visitor Center to see the new expansion locks working up close.

Located on the west side of the brand new Agua Clara Locks, the Agua Clara Visitor Center allows you to observe transiting vessels from a scenic lookout point and learn first hand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its construction, its participation in the world markets, and the importance of its watershed. An observational deck lets you watch the ships pass through the Agua Clara Locks on their way to the Pacific or Atlantic oceans.

The next stop will be a visit to San Lorenzo National Park where you will visit a remote rainforest full of flora and fauna, followed by a freshly made picnic lunch and a tour Fort San Lorenzo. A 400 year old Spanish fort on a scenic cliff overlooking the Caribbean, here you will recount the many attacks by pirates and privateers that happened at one of the most historically important places in Panama.

The Fort of San Lorenzo, located on an 80 foot (25m) cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea at the estuary of the Chagres River, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 along with the fortifications of the city of Portobelo. It was part of the defensive system for the transatlantic trade of the Spanish Crown, and is a fine example of military architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Fort of San Lorenzo is one of the oldest fortresses in Spanish America. Here you will recount the many attacks by pirates and privateers that happened at one of the most historically important places in Panama.

Once you finish the tour of the fort, you will return to Panama city for hotel drop off.


Panama Canal boat ride (90 minutes)

Bottled water


Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)

Transport by air-conditioned minibus

Entry/Admission - Agua Clara Locks

Entry/Admission - Fort San Lorenzo

Entry/Admission - Panama Canal



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

This is not a TRANSIT tour, we wont travel by boat inside the locks.

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

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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Traveler Reviews

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  • 28-Nov-2022

    Lots to do in the 8-hour tour, rather than sitting and waiting. Most memorable is riding on a boat in the canal next to the big ships.

  • 27-Nov-2022

    The trip to Monkey Island on a boat is the highlight of this trip. If you enjoy seeing the marvel of engineering, this is a must-see. We were able to see a ship going through the locks. The trip to Fort San Lorenzo also gives you a sense of history of Central America and the Caribbean. Our guide, Paola, was so knowledgeable of Panama City. We received good tips regarding restaurants and places to see in the old city as well as in the Amador Causeway. Highly recommended. It is one day package of things to see in Panama.

  • 24-Nov-2022

    My wife and I had a great time on this tour. Our guide John was extremely knowledgeable and informative. The tour was exactly as expected, saw a lot of monkeys and wildlife and worried about the history of the canal and the locks, and saw them in action. Would highly recommend.

  • 23-Nov-2022

    Paola was an excellent guide. She knew history and biodiversity of the area. She attentive and cheerful. Excellent job

  • 21-Nov-2022

    John Acosta was a very knowledgeable and really good guide . The tour allowed us to experience ships passing through the locks, a boat ride in the wider part of the canal near the Caribbean at gatun lake and see a lot of wildlife. Lunch was fresh and tasty

  • 20-Nov-2022

    An excellent tour with an excellent guide. Everything was well planned and executed: Pickup at our accommodation Transfer from bus to boat and back again Nice Lunch - moved undercover because of rain Guided tour of San Lorenzo Fort Paula was very knowledgeable and cheerfully answered everyone's questions. She and our driver took care of everyone's needs, including the children. If you like variety - close encounter with monkeys, boat ride on the canal, a bit of history at the fort and some engineering at the locks, then this is the tour for you.

  • 13-Nov-2022

    Our tour guide, Enrique Ruiz, was exceptional and my sister and I have taken many tours throughout the world. He was so knowledgeable and he made learning about beautiful Panama fun, too!

  • 13-Nov-2022

    Our guide, Enrique Ruíz, is well-traveled and we’ll-informed, which makes a big difference. Hanging out with and stopping to take photos of the wildlife, was the best part of the trip - especially the coatis and howler monkeys. It would’ve been nice to actually be in the Canal on a watercraft, but Enrique made it clear that we would only see the Panama Canal from land. The picnic 🧺 making our own sandwiches was nice and reinforced a bond with the other travelers in our group.

  • 11-Nov-2022

    Excellent guide (John) and great experiences. Highlight was boating and seeking flora and fauna (and quite successfully). Pickup and return handled well and promptly.

  • 07-Nov-2022

    This was the highlight of our trip! Enrique was an amazing tour guide. He’s very friendly and funny and extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Panamá. We had an amazing time. We will recommend this trip to all our friends!

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