Panama Canal Eco-Expedition - Panama City

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This unique tour of the Panama Canal and its watershed takes you through the modern operations of the canal and a visit to a remote indigenous village on the banks of the Chagres River. 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 canoe ride on the upper reaches of the Chagres River and a visit to the indigenous Embera Village of Parara Puru.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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To start this tour, you will be picked up in central Panama City and taken halfway up the Panama Canal to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the canal. A professional bilingual guide and boat captain will be waiting for you in a spacious covered boat.
During your 90-minute boat cruise you will ride along the waters of the Panama Canal right next to the ships passing through on their way to the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans. Thedestination is Gatun Lake, where youwill cruise around islands created during the canal construction and see the abundant wildlife on their shores.

You will visit the famous Monkey Islands where we can see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins in their natural habitat. The islands are situated in a world renowned tropical birding area, and along the shores you might catch glimpses of crocodiles, capybara, coati, agouti, iguanas, and much more.

After your boat ride down the Panama Canal, you will head 45 minutes to Chagres National Park. Once you arrive at Puerto Corotu on the banks of Lake Alajuela, the indigenous Embera will be waiting to take the group up the Chagres River aboard their version of a dugout canoe. The group will visit a beautiful waterfall before you're brought to the village where your hosts will be waiting. Witness a presentation about their culture along with a traditional dance.

A light lunch of fried fish, plantains and fresh fruit will be prepared by your Embera hosts. You will then have opportunities to buy handicrafts and receive traditional "tattoos" which will fade away after a few days. It will then be time to load back into the canoe for your return to Panama City and to be dropped back off at your hotel.

Inclusions for Panama Canal Eco-Expedition

  • Panama Canal boat ride (2 hours)
  • Chagres River canoe ride
  • 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 Panama Canal Eco-Expedition

  • 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

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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4 Traveler Reviews

  • My wife and I really enjoyed this tour. Great value for a day long tour about 8 hours. Native canoe ride into the Rainforest, swim at the waterfall, visit the native village, Monkeys in the wild on the boat on the Panama passage. Very reasoable prices for handcrafted art at the Native village prices in the city are about double or more. You really need rugged wet shoes for walking on the trail and in the stream to the waterfall flipflops are dangerous. Our tour guide was great. We highly recommend this tour. Lynn and Deborah Canada

  • Well it does what it says on the tin! Very relaxed, enjoyable, interesting and a perfect tour if you have limited time. How often can you cruise on the Panama canal, demonstrate that you are not as clever on a monkey, travel upstream to a traditional village in a jungle and finish it off with an ice cream on the house so to say in downtown Panama city? Well every day if you book this tour every day I suppose but you know what I mean. Highly recommended!

  • An outstanding experience. Off the beaten path. Up close and personal with nature and wild life. The canoe boat ride was definitely unique! Overall you need to have done reasonable level of fitness, stamina, balance. I would use this tour operator again!

  • Jarod and John were terrific hosts! Friendly, approachable and highly knowledgeable. We started on a boat on the Panama Canal, going by the ocean freighters headed to the Atlantic. The next several boat stops were to the monkey islands where we hand-fed capuchin and tamarind monkeys. They come right onto the boat and take large grapes right from your hand! Very cool! John told us the history of the canal and how the monkeys became stranded when the area was flooded and Gatun Lake was formed. From that perspective, the idea of those monkeys being dependent on human feeding is understandable - and good for them. Next we took a long ride to the Chagres River to meet the Embera Tribe, who took us to their village. They explained their way of life, danced for us, and fed us fried plantains and fish wrapped in banana leaves. We toured the village and shopped their handmade crafts. Last, a boat ride in the dugout canoe to an isolated spot on the Chagres River to relax a bit and enjoy the running water and jungle scenery. No one else on the river but us and the Canal inspectors continually watching the water levels 40 of the Canal water comes from this river. A long hot day, but THE highlight of our trip!

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