From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour


From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

Activity provider: Safe Transportation Panama

From US$ 129 per person

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
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pickup is available from hotels and accommodations in downtown Panama City.
Small group available


  • 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 112 reviews

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Great experience!!! We had a wonderful time. Esteban was a great guide and very sociable. He was very knowledgeable with the area and made our tour very personal. Spoke English and Spanish very well. We all felt very comfortable in a world we had never visited. I highly recommend.

March 21, 2023

It was a fun boat ride with a fabulous tour complete with a special guy named Luis, who they had for the three of us who spoke English. Very detailed and interesting tour of the fort, including crawling through the tunnels. Also the beach it was relaxing things with wonderful lounge, chairs, and shade and you could get delightful massages and drinks. Very reasonable price. Also a nice lunch - would recommend.

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February 27, 2023

our guide was very good. he was prepared with food for the monkeys which helped us see them much better than other tour companies on the water and he even provided us with water for the day. very informative and thoughtful guide. safe and smooth driver. very good experience

January 7, 2023

Product ID: 148568