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Gatún Lake (Lago Gatún) Tours and Activities

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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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$147.43
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$147.43
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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Lake Gatun Boat Tour Including Kayaking and Lunch

Lake Gatun Boat Tour Including Kayaking and Lunch

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Lake Gatun forms a major part of the Panama Canal, and on this guided boat tour from Panama City, you’ll be able to explore it. During the boat ride, spot different wildlife surrounding the lake, such as sloths, monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles, birds, and more. After lunch, you’ll have the option to take a drip in a spring-fed natural pool, kayak in the lake, or go fishing.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.00
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$20.00
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Embera indigenous community visit (private)

Embera indigenous community visit (private)

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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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$175.00
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$175.00
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Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

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Cruise through the Panama Canal by boat for an up-close experience this important waterway. Look for wildlife on the shores of Gatun Lake, and see ships transiting through the canal. Then head to Gamboa and the Pipeline Road in Soberania National Park, and visit the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$143.59
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Monkey Island & Panama Canal Pedro Miguel Locks

Monkey Island & Panama Canal Pedro Miguel Locks

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We start this lovely tour early in the morning, at 7:00 am or 2:00 pm so we can avoid the traffic and get to see more species of animals. Our guide will provide the information and tips for the encounter with the monkeys. We will arrive at the ramp around 7:45 am or 2:45 pm where you will hop aboard a high-speed motorboat and marvel at the breathtaking flora and fauna surrounding Gatun Lake. Enjoy stops at Monkey Island and Sounds of Silence Island. You may come close to some of the large ships that transit the canal daily. Monkey Island boasts an incredible amount of wildlife. Stay on the lookout for capuchin monkeys, Geoffroy's tamarin & howler monkeys and other species. We will also be able to stop by the Pedro Miguel Locks part of the Panama Canal and our guide will provide the information about the Canal. This small-group tour runs with a maximum of 10 people, ensuring personalized attention from your guide. We are fully authorized company for the Panama Tourism Authority.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
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$69.00
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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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Photography Boat Tour on Gatun Lake Panama Canal: 3-Hours

Photography Boat Tour on Gatun Lake Panama Canal: 3-Hours

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Capture the rich nature and wildlife of Panama’s Gatun Lake like a professional photographer on this guided excursion. Learn to use a DSLR camera with a 150-600 mm telephoto lens on this journey to Gatun Lake and shoot amazing photos of Capuchin and spider monkeys, iguanas and crocodiles, flowers and butterflies. Take your images home with you on an SD card and enjoy a complimentary tour video.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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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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Monkey Island and Embera Village Tour

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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$135.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.00
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Monkey Island Rainforest Tour

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$217.95
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$256.42
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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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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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Private Kayaking tour in the Chagres River

Private Kayaking tour in the Chagres River

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 water of the Canal. A quite waterway, enjoying the sound of the wild life of this dense tropical forest. You might get 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 20 minutes (in the kayak) always accompanied by our bilingual guide and probably also by an Embera guide from the area who knows the place better than anyone.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.56
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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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Cruiseline Shore Excursion Fort Amador: Private Monkey Island Tour

Cruiseline Shore Excursion Fort Amador: Private Monkey Island Tour

This tour is exclusive for cruise passengers. Unforgettable trip through the lake, to enjoy nature and see the monkeys of the area.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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Should I book Gatún Lake (Lago Gatún) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Gatún Lake (Lago Gatún) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Gatún Lake (Lago Gatún) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Gatún Lake (Lago Gatún) costs USD 20.00. Guided Gatún Lake (Lago Gatún) tours start around USD 20.00 per person.
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