Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction - Panama City

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Navigate through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks and enjoy the action of the Panama Canal's operation.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Your Panama Canal tour starts at the Flamenco Marina, where you'll board a motorcoach for the 45-minute ride to the town of Gamboa, home to the Panama Canal Dredging Division. Your tour will depart between 10am and 12pm. Confirm your exact departure time with the tour provider prior to your tour

Hop aboard the Pacific Queen to start the water portion of your partial transit tour, departing from the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as the Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide, and this section of the canal is full of historical and geological value.

The Pacific Queen takes you through the cut's 8.5 miles (13.7 km) on the way to the Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the cut, you can appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, as it's very susceptible to landslides. You'll also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project.

Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the cut, you'll spot the new Centennial Bridge, which crosses over the canal. Then enter the locks, one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, where your boat is lowered 30 feet (9 meters) in one step. Next enter Miraflores Lake, a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from the Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks, your vessel is lowered 60 feet (18 meters) in two distinct steps.

Once in the Pacific Ocean, cruise toward the Flamenco Marina, where you'll disembark and your tour ends; along the way, pass under the Bridge of the Americas and admire the Bay of Panama and the Panama City skyline.

Inclusions for Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

  • Lunch
  • Professional guide

Exclusions for Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

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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6 Traveler Reviews

  • If you happen to travel to Panama this is a must do on your list(6hrs).The view is amazing, and the history educational. The staff and tour arrangement is well organized and we got a fair amount for breakfast and lunch with a choices of beverages. The narration is done in Spanish and English. Great

  • It was truly fascinating to experience

  • Great trip! The crew was pleasant and efficient. Gus, the Tour Guide, provided very knowledgeable commentary throughout the trip. During our passage through the Canal locks, we were fortunate to be included with a massive car-carrier ship and it was fascinating to watch this huge ship be guided through the canal. Wonderful experience!

  • A beautiful way to experience an engineering marvel. Gus, our narrator, was very informative, and spoke impeccable English in addition to his native Spanish.

  • There is nothing like the Panama Canal. The ride through the jungle to the starting point was interesting....and then we got on the boat! Though there are long periods when nothing is happening.....the boat has to wait for the other tour boats, tankers, freighters etc. going through the lock together.....the narrator fills the gaps in action with fascinating narrative about the canal. Watching the HUGE tanker follow us into the lock, and then descending as the water level in the lock decreases...simply amazing. The lunch served by the efficient and pleasant staff was quite adequate one doesn't go to Panama for the food. Your experience will be enhanced if you read about the making of the canal beforehand. A tip for the budget traveler: though you will be told to get to the check-in point via taxi, at about 30 each way, it is super easy to get there via Panama's fast, quiet underground metro and then a bus to the marina for a total cost of 70 cents each way.

  • This was a good tour...the only weakness was a statement in the description that said exact departure time would be confirmed the day before the tour. I wrongly assumed an email or text message. YOU have to contact the tour operator yourself...not a big deal...The bus is comfortable...the tour guide speaks both spanish and english well. The lunch on the boat was very good Panamanian fare. The boat itself has an open/covered upper deck and a lower air conditioned deck, bar and snack area and a small gift shop, even a designated smoking area outside in the back of the boat. Lots of great views. Overall a very well run tour.

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