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Gatún Lake (Lago Gatún) Tours and Tickets

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The tree-lined shores, tiny islets, and blue-green waters of Gatún Lake (Lago Gatún) cover what was once the fertile Chagres River Valley. When it was created in 1913, Gatún Lake was the largest man-made lake, buttressed by the biggest dam, in the world. Today, it forms an integral part of the famous Panama Canal.

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40km (25mi) north of Panama City, Panama
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Full-Day Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, Panama

Full-Day Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, Panama

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Combine some of the most popular day trips from Panama City, Panama into one day of adventure. This tour includes a boat ride on Lake Gatun, which is part of the Panama Canal, a visit to Monkey Island, which is home to three species of monkeys, and a visit to Soberania National Park and an indigenous village.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$147.43
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$147.43

Private Tour in the Panama Canal and Monkey Island

Private Tour in the Panama Canal and Monkey Island

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Explore the Panama Canal and learn about its operation on this guided tour. After stopping to check out the Miraflores Locks, visit the Miraflores Lake, the Pedro Miguel Locks, and then drive through the Soberania National Park to the town of Gamboa. There, hop aboard a boat in Gatun Lake where you'll be among ships traveling to the canal. Plus, the tour includes a stop at Monkey Island, home to the white-faced critters.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.00
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$129.00
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Monkey Island and Embera Village Tour
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Monkey Island and Embera Village Tour

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Experience Gatun Lake’s spectacular wildlife and rich culture on this half-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel by boat to an island chain in the middle of the Panama Canal that Howlers and other monkey species call home. Learn about these fascinating primates from an informative guide before continuing to an Embera indigenous village where you’ll enjoy a delicious traditional lunch and watch a live music and dance performance.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
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$175.00
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Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

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Cruise the entirety of the Panamá Canal, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, during this full-day tour in Panamá City. Board a small vessel to travel through all three sets of locks that make up the canal. Voyage on Gatun Lake and the Chagres River. Learn about the history and construction of the canal from your guide while you travel. Disembark in Colón and board a shuttle for the return trip to Panamá City. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages are provided on board.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.00
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$180.00

Embera indigenous Village visit

Embera indigenous Village visit

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Learn about the indigenous Embera people of Panama on this day trip to a community within the Soberania National Park. As this is a private tour you can take your time and really appreciate the sights and experiences of the tour without feeling rushed. Take a boat ride down the Chagres River to the Embera community at Ella Puru. The residents will be happy to share their culture and customs with you.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00
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Monkey Island Rainforest Tour

Monkey Island Rainforest Tour

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Live the experience of navigating the Panama Canal through the Culebra Court and get to know our Monkey Island Tour where you can enjoy the transit of ships and at the same time the fauna and flora on the Panama Canal.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$256.42
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Monkeys Discovery

Monkeys Discovery

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One true experience, is to navigate through the canal of Panama, and have a first-hand experience. At the same time discover the flora and fauna of the canal of Panama. Among the wild lives, it is often seen different species of Monkeys that add a special touch to your visit. Like if it was not enough visit the Summit zoo, to see other wild lives and the guest of Honor is certainly you then the National Bird of Panama. A series of wild lives can be observed in the Panama Canal inner areas such as: Iguanas, birds and of course the monkeys. Our expert tour guide takes you to the sites where the monkeys live and you can take your own pictures of them. This tour runs with a minimum of 4 participants.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Full-Day Zipline and Kayak Private Group Tour from Panama City

Full-Day Zipline and Kayak Private Group Tour from Panama City

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Enjoy a day in the outdoors on this private tour from Panama City. You'll head to Lake Gatun for a zipline adventure over the water, followed by kayaking across the lake for another perspective on the area's natural beauty. Lunch is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.00
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$215.00

Panama Canal Full Transit Boat Tour

Panama Canal Full Transit Boat Tour

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Experience the Panama Canal on this ocean-to-sea cruise. After a convenient hotel pickup, embark on a 50-mile (80-kilometer) journey through the Isthmus of Panama. Marvel at the canal’s lock systems, elegant bridges, and the dozens of islands in beautiful Gatun Lake. Learn about the canal’s history from a bilingual guide and enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch included in the tour price.   
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$290.00
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$290.00

Panama Canal Eco Tour

Panama Canal Eco Tour

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Hop aboard a high-speed motorboat through the Panama Canal on a half-day tour of Gatun Lake. You’ll slow down to sightsee around the lake with a naturalist guide, with stops at Monkey Island and Sounds of Silence Island. Marvel at the breathtaking flora and fauna surrounding Gatun Lake, and enjoy a look at the island wildlife. Includes picnic lunch, refreshments and round-trip hotel transport from Panama City.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.00
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$107.00

Panama Canal through the Chagres River

Panama Canal through the Chagres River

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HIGHLIGHTS • 7 nights all included package • Embera Villages • 4x4, hiking, • Pristine Chagres National Park • rafting, kayaking • Panama Canal • Forth San Lorenzo • Camping • Gateway: Panama City If you're an experienced sea kayaker looking for a trip that will test your skills and leave you satisfyingly exhausted, then you will enjoy a thorough exploration of the Chagres River in a small group of people, from beginning to end. A dam at the river's northern terminus, just before it meets the Atlantic Ocean, forms Gatun Lake, which makes up the main body of the Panama Canal. You'll hear the roar of howler monkeys from the vast jungle on your left and spot giant ships from a safe distance on your right as you paddle the length of Gatun Lake, sleeping as a guest in the huts of indigenous Embera tribes and wilderness camps along the way.
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  • 8 days
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$1,897.44
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Private Kayaking tour in the Chagres River

Private Kayaking tour in the Chagres River

Active travelers who love nature and the outdoors won’t want to miss this guided private half-day kayaking tour on the Chagres River. Paddle on the river at the point before it reaches Gatun Lake, surrounded by thick tropical forest, and look out for wildlife like sloths and turtles. Stop on land for a break and to check out an indigenous Embera site.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.56
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$79.56
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Private Tour to Monkey Island From Gamboa

Private Tour to Monkey Island From Gamboa

Punctual departures at 8:00 a.m. and 1 p.m., from the Gamboa pier. It is a half-day eco-tour with a visit to the island of the monkeys in the Panama Canal, to enjoy a great ecological adventure and appreciate the beauty of the cariblancos and titi monkeys in their natural habitat. You will travel the lake to the different islands where you will see closely the white-faced, titi and howler monkeys, turtles, sloths, crocodiles and a great variety of birds. After Monos Island, you will observe the canal boats passing just meters away. The tour includes snacks and drinks, but you can bring a snack to have a fun picnic in a beautiful place.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00

Day tour in Gatun Lake and Monkey Island - All Included (Kayaks, Lunch)

Day tour in Gatun Lake and Monkey Island - All Included (Kayaks, Lunch)

Highlights: - Take a selfie with a Cappuccino monkey, Titi monkey among others! - Navigate Panama canal aside of Big Ships crossing Panama Canal. - Learn about Panama Canal history. - Explore Gatun lake in a Kayak! - Ecnounter with Panama Wild species (Crocodiles, Turtles, Birds)
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.00
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Monkey Island experience in the Panama Canal (Gatun Lake)

Monkey Island experience in the Panama Canal (Gatun Lake)

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Experience first hand being inside the Panama Canal while immersing yourself in its intriguing history, the day-to-day operations and the abundant wildlife all around you, while being surrounded by lush rainforest. Gaze at the gigantic ships effortlessly passing us and listen for the distant monkey cries as we approach Monkey Island. Get up close and personal with four different species of monkeys -the Mantled Howler Monkey, the White-Faced Capuchin Monkey, Geoffroy’s Tamarin Monkey, and the Lemurine Owl Monkey - as they climb on you and snatch food. Discover many other wild animals including crocodiles, toucans, sloths, iguanas, turtles, and numerous exotic birds.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.00
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Panama Barcrawl - Bar Hopping

Panama Barcrawl - Bar Hopping

Experience the vibrant nightlife of Panama City on a self-guided bar-hopping tour through Casco Antiguo, the Old Town. Using your provided map and vouchers, visit several restaurants, bars, and clubs in the area and enjoy an included drink at each one. Each destination features different music, food, and styles that showcase the diversity of the area and keep you on your toes.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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Panama Canal Watershed & Gatun Lake Tour

Panama Canal Watershed & Gatun Lake Tour

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We need to start early to find more wild animals, our guide will collect you at 6:30 am and drive thru Soberania National Park - the we will embark to be inside the Panama Canal while immersing yourself in its intriguing history, the day-to-day operations and the abundant wildlife all around you, while being surrounded by lush rainforest. Get up close and personal withdifferent species of monkeys - White-Faced Capuchin Monkey, Geoffroy’s Tamarin Monkey, and the Lemurine Owl Monkey.​ From the boat, you will see the various huge boats that cross the Canal. Gatun Lake is an artificial lake that is crucial to the operation of the canal. During the trip, the guide will explain several details about the Canal, the wildlife and the nature of the area.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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$59.00
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Panama Canal and Monkey Island Full-Day Fresh Water Fishing Tour

Panama Canal and Monkey Island Full-Day Fresh Water Fishing Tour

Get ready to fish in one of the most important man-made Lake in the World, spot white-face monkeys, howler monkeys, and Titi's monkeys, among many other animals!. This tour is not only about fishing but it is also to learn about the local flora and fauna. In addition, you’ll see transiting ships in the Panama Canal and Chagres River. The adventure starts when You will embark on a small boat at the Gamboa pier, to navigate through the Gatun Lake, where the huge vessels transit the Panama Canal. You will detour into secret waterways to find small islands, monkeys’ favourites and an amazing place to Fish: Peacock Bass, Jack Crevalle, Snook, Tilapia, Oscar and Tarpon. You’re also likely to encounter a rich collection of tropical birdlife, plus capybaras, iguanas, and crocodiles, among other species. You have the option of catch and release or have your fish for lunch.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$385.00
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$385.00
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