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From Panama City: Gamboa Rainforest Guided Tour with Lunch

1. From Panama City: Gamboa Rainforest Guided Tour with Lunch

Explore the Panamanian rain forest while gliding smoothly through treetops on an aerial tram. Learn the jungle's most interesting facts from a naturalist guide. Watch colorful birds flying around you.  Take a boat ride through the Panama Canal, observing marine life. End your tour with a delicious lunch. Board a tram bound for a 280-feet peak surrounded by leafy jungle. While going up to the observation tower, enjoy fabulous views of the Chagres River, the Embera indigenous community, and much of the Soberania National Park. Gamboa is home to many natural labs including a butterfly farm, an orchids center, and a frog pond. See around 20 species of butterflies native to Panama at the Butterfly House. Get up close to the sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary. This sanctuary hosts a rehabilitation and training program for injured, sick, and orphaned sloths. Enjoy a scenic boat tour along the Panama Canal's waterways. Observe the fascinating tropical wildlife of Gatun Lake and the surrounding forest. Get a chance to spot crocodiles, caimans, sloths, monkeys, and a host of birds with the help of your guide.

Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour

2. Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour

Leave the city behind in the morning and head to the Chagres River where you will board a boat for a 2-hour tour of Lake Gatun (once the largest manmade lake in the world) and the Panama Canal. Explore the ins and outs of the nearby bays, search for wildlife, and visit the famous Monkey Island, home of the amazing white-faced monkeys. Also, keep an eye out for turtles, crocodiles, caiman, tons of bird life, and all kinds of other surprises. Return towards Gamboa, pass the dock, and head upstream to the Indian village. Unlike most Indian village tours, this one is authentic. Learn about the local culture, history, and crafts. Then, hike along a short trail to see the plants that grow in this area and how the locals use them (practical, artist, or medical uses) and see dance that is part of their custom. After visiting the village, return to Panama City and stop along the way for lunch and arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Rio Chagres: Gatun Lake Kayaking Tour

3. Rio Chagres: Gatun Lake Kayaking Tour

Gatun Lake Kayaking Tour In the early morning your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and take you to the Gamboa public ramp or Gamboa resort where you will start the kayaking trip. From the ramp your guide will take you into the Chagres River to explore the nature of the area from your kayak. Explore rowing on a kayak the beautiful Chagres River before it merges at the Gatun lake where the huge vessels and boats transit from Ocean to Ocean. The Chagres river is the main tributary of waterof the Canal. A quite waterway, enjoying the sound of the wild life of this dense tropical forest. You will have the opportunity to see a sloth in a tree, a colorful bird peacefully living in the jungle or at the top the water plants, caimans, turtles among many others species of the local fauna. After a short hike to the small port used by the Embera indigenous at Gamboa, the tour last about 1 hour and 45 minutes (in the kayak) always accompanied by a bilingual guide and probably also by an Native Indigenous guide from the area who has knowledge of the jungle. (optional option for one hour at $40 entrance with local lunch) After this amazing adventure, you guide will take you back to the Gamboa public ramp where you transportation awaits to take you back to your hotel.

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We were involuntarily stranded in Panama City and therefore looked for a trip that doesn't last all day. Marco picked us up at our hotel and the transfer took about 60 minutes in total to a small boat. After a short ride with the we immediately saw several monkeys. They climbed onto the roof of the boat. The monkeys ate peanuts from our hands. We also saw resting bats, turtles and a large lizard. Marco explained everything and had fun with it. We would recommend the excursion to everyone. In total we were about 4:30 hours on the road.

As a solo traveler, this excursion was everything and MORE. Our guide and driver were very attentive to each passengers need and questions. A 5 hours excursion that felt like different trips in one. Guide made sure to speak in both Spanish and English to accommodate to everyone. We were able to do everything written in the description and got a little tour/history lessons about the country as we drove through the city to the city. Thank you Nefi and Manuel of Panamazing for a wonderful time and for loving what you do.

The guide was really good, full of interesting information, The tour three places, was varied, the rainforest from the gondola breathtaking, the lunch good

Gonzo was a great guide, his knowledge of plants on our nature walk was very valuable. We got to see 3 types of monkeys up close. It was wonderful!

I absolutely loved this excursion. If you love nature and animals like I do, then this is most definitely the tour for you.