Private tour

From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

Activity provider: Safe Transportation Panama
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From US$ 139 per person

Likely to sell out

Learn about the impressive Panama Canal on this tour from Panama City. See the canal in action at the Miraflores Locks and explore Gatun Lake and Monkey Island by boat.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup included from your accommodation in the downtown of Panama City.
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  • Watch the huge ships navigate the Panama Canal
  • Learn more about a miracle of engineering at the Panama Canal Visitors Center
  • Encounter monkeys in their natural environment
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Spend half a day exploring the Panama Canal while learning about its history and creation. See the famed Miraflores Locks in action and take a scenic boat ride on the Chagres River.

Get picked up at your hotel or other location in Panama City, and journey to the Panama Canal Visitors Center for a detailed explanation about how the canal and famous Miraflores Locks work. Visit the museum to learn more about this important water passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Drive by Miraflores Lake and the Pedro Miguel Locks as you make your way to the Chagres River. Climb aboard for a scenic boat trip across artificial Gatun Lake. Marvel at the surrounding landscape of the biggest and most important lake in the Panama Canal. Watch as large ships pass through the canal to get a sense of the magnitude of this masterpiece of engineering. Arrive at a group of islands to see different species of animals and monkeys. Return to Panama City and get dropped off at your hotel.

  • Pickup and drop-off from accommodations in downtown Panama City
  • Boat tour around Gatun Lake
  • Entrance tickets for the Panama Canal Visitors Center at Miraflores Locks
  • Pickup/drop-off from Playa Bonita or the airport area (Additional USD $30 per group to be paid cash upon pickup)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Free pickup is offered from downtown Panama City. There is an additional fee USD $30 (per group) for pickup from Playa of USD $30 cash per group (not per person)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 97 reviews

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Every tour is rolling the dice and not sure what you are going to get and is based, in large part, on the tour guide. Well this tour was amazing and we got lucky because the guide, Esteban, is undoubtedly THE BEST! The Panama Canal is amazing and seeing monkeys and wildlife up close was great but Esteban amplified all the history, technical marvel of the canal and the interaction with the monkeys which sooo fun!!. This guy is not only smart, incredibly knowledgeable and loves his work but he is the ultimate insider knowing all the best spots and cares deeply about creating an unforgettable experience for his clients. I watched him interact with all other guides and boat captains and he is THE guy for this type of tour and should be THE choice IF you can get him. Bravo Esteban and gracias for a great tour and wish you continued success!

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November 28, 2022

Our guide could not have been more friendly & knowledgeable, he was marvelous. The canal visit was great and truly a "must see". But the Monkey Island part was total surprise and utterly wonderful. We went on a small outboard boat through the canal, seeing large vessels go by us, towards several virgin jungle islands were we saw loads of birds and three different varieties of monkeys truly close-up. This was a great experience and I highly recommend it.

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December 4, 2021

Our experience was fantastic! The Canal tour was informative and very interesting! A bucket list cross off for sure. But….monkey island was amazing! I have never (nor will I probably ever) been/be so up close and personal with different species of monkeys that just jump right onto the boat and eat out of the palm of your hand. The monkeys come right down from the trees and right into your lap! Will highly recommend to everyone and anyone if you desire to dip your tie into the jungle ! Plus…the scenery is beautiful!!

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October 3, 2021

Product ID: 148568