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From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

1. From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

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.

Panama City: Half Day City and Panama Canal Tour

2. Panama City: Half Day City and Panama Canal Tour

Enjoy 2 hours at the fascinating Panama Canal before exploring Panama City's history and sights. Discover 4 levels of exhibitions about the Canal at the Miraflores Visitor Center.  Take a panoramic drive along the Ancon foothills where you can take in the lush greenery and learn about the area's importance during the world wars. Stop at the Amador Causeway for a chance to get some incredible photos of the city, try one of its best ceviche places, have some amazing homemade ice cream, or do some shopping. Walk through the streets of the Old Town and visit the Cathedral Basilica Santa Maria la Antigua. Take a guided walk, ending in the Plaza de Francia on the old walls that protected the city from invasion over the years.

Panama Canal: Locks, Old Town, and Former US Canal Zone Tour

3. Panama Canal: Locks, Old Town, and Former US Canal Zone Tour

Our guide will collect you at 8:30, then we will head to the the amazing open sky colonial and West Indies museum where you will learn from real Panamanian architecture and tradition. The we will drive and cross the Bridge of the America to take amazing picture of the city entrance and chinese presence monument. Then, visit the historic Canal Administration Building; opened in 1914. We will drive around the famous Cerro Ancon inside the former U.S. Canal Zone. Then, we will stroll along the charming cobblestone streets of Casco Antiguo . Tracing its history to 1673 and filled with splendid Colonial architecture, this Unesco World Heritage Site is today one of Panama City’s liveliest districts. There are Local and Indigenous arts & crafts at Casco Antiguo. Finally, we will stop is the Panama Canal Visitors’ Center at Miraflores Locks where ships can be seen transiting the waterway (Depending on Canal schedule). We will bring you to your city hotel around 3:00 pm.

Panama City: Guided Panama Canal & City Tour with Transfers

4. Panama City: Guided Panama Canal & City Tour with Transfers

First arrive to the Miraflores Visitor's Center look for the transit to the vessels in the Panama Canal, there you can see when the vessels raise and through the Miraflores lake and continue the raise to Pedro Miguel Locks, next trough for the bridge of Americas for look the panoramic air view for the New Locks, and the line for the vessels waiting your turn for transit for the canal, stop in the Flamingo island for take the picture to the big Panama sign and see the natural fishbowl, and finish in the marvel Casco Antiguo, there we'll walk or make the panoramic view to the churches and squares. Tour time around 4 to 5 hours.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 172 reviews

Our tour was great! We were lucky enough to essentially receive a private tour with Roberto. He was not only on time, but even a bit early to meet us and we ended up having a tour in both Spanish and English. We had great conversation and he was able and happy to answer almost any question that we threw his way! He was also able to help us avoid a long wait to get tickets for the Panama Canal visitor center. Rafael was the main organizer and was super prompt to coordinate everything regarding logistics and was super friendly! Would recommend the tour to anyone- very glad we picked this tour, especially with the limited amount of time we had available.

A great tour. I never thought that the Canal itself would have been one of the most interesting parts of our visit to Panama. Cruising past the huge freighters in the canal proper, and visiting and feeding the monkeys in the surrounding islands was memorable. Then going up to the museum and finding out all the energy it took to construct this brilliant piece of engineering was absolutely worth the trip. Highly recommended.

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.

Kelly our guide did an excellent job. He was knowledgeable and attentive. We had very personalized service.

Roberto was very knowledgeable and led us at a comfortable pace.