Ocean To Ocean Panama Canal And Jungle Tour - Panama City

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Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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

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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.

Inclusions for Ocean To Ocean Panama Canal And Jungle Tour

  • Panama Canal boat ride (90 minutes)
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
  • Small-group tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus

Exclusions for Ocean To Ocean Panama Canal And Jungle Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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 option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Not wheelchair accessible

Minimum age is 3 years

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Fantastic! We had so much fun! The guide was very informative and answered all our questions. Such a great tour!

  • Great fun - monkeys were great and guide was terrific

  • We had amazing experience - this trip covers it all - you see wildlife on the boat tour, you see the canal from both the water and the visitor's center. Our guides were incredible - found monkeys, sloths, all kinds of birds. He also kept monitoring the ship movements so we were sure to see a ship in the locks. We had an amazing picnic lunch overlooking the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. HIGHLY recommend this tour!

  • We only had one full day in Panama City pre-cruise and I chose this tour for that day. We could not have chosen a better tour as we were thrilled with how wonderful and comprehensive it was. Our tour guide, Jerin along with Cynthia were amazing, with a wealth of knowledge. It covered everything as noted in the description, included a delicious lunch, plenty of sightings of animals, birds, etc. and the Panama Canal. One of the best tours we have ever been on!

  • We spent a wonderful day learning about the environment and the Canal. Our guide, Enrique, was truly amazing. Not only was he highly trained in eco-tourism, his ability to spot animals from 50 yds while driving in a boat or car, or his ability to tell us everything we always wanted to know about the animals themselves was unparalleled. Then our tour of the canal was very informative and Enrique was entertaining in his telling of all the facts and figures. The crowning moment of our tour was being able to drive over the top of the locks--yes, the actual moving locks, at the end of the day. My only disappointment was that we only saw one end of the canal. I would have liked to have seen both the Gatun locks and the Miraflores locks--but that's just me. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

  • I'm afraid my review will not be complimentary. We started off with a driver who had no idea of where to go to pick up his clients often saying they change the hotel names so often I get confused. He then turned a corner too sharply and dragged the front fender on the sidewalk and then discovered he was going the wrong way on a one way street. It would have been better if he had just said nothing but unfortunately he didn't. When we arrived at the boat launch we boarded the boat one at a time only to end up,with my wife who is only 5 feet tall in the middle and not being able to see much. As we progressed our boat driver found the first God spot where the monkeys jumped on the boat. There was another boat there enjoying it as we were but the grape and banana were for naught as we suddenly left for greener pastures Our guide did find a good spot but another more aggressive boat squeezed in between us and the shore and also did it again. I guess our driver was not too confident as 80 of the time was spent on the right side of the boat. He tried once so the passengers the left could see something but that d,I'd not work out. Surprise to us we boarded our bus for a 60 minute drive to colon and we had the mis fortunate of sitting in the back where no human being should be allowed to sit. The road was bad and my headache grew as well as my back pains.. I
    I could go on but there were some positive times but dollar for dollar, the cost was not worth the trip. Very disappointed and if someone asked me about the trip I would have to be truthful and say do not go

  • Enrique was a very knowledgeable and experienced guide, who kept us entertained for the entire trip.

  • Enrique is a great guide. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone wanting to see the cnlnd surrounding jungle.

  • This was a fantastic trip and a great value for the price. We saw/fed many monkeys along with seeing sloths, toucans and other wildlife. We watched boats enter and leave the locks and learned a lot from our very informative guides about the canal as well as the local area. I would recommend this tour to anyone. Because it's a small group they were also able to make spontaneous changes to the plan as needed or as the opportunity arose.

  • Unbelieveable
    Highly recommended. They were very accomadating. Bendt over backwards to take care of you.
    Dennis

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