Panama Canal Tour – Wildlife Boat Tour & Walk in the Rainforest

Tour Description

This Panama Canal tour will take you on a small nature boat ride to experience the fun side of the Canal! We will pass by huge cargo ships transiting the Panama Canal, allowing you to take pictures from a privileged perspective. We also go through channels made out of small islands to appreciate an incredible diversity of exotic tropical plants and trees, birds, and other animals in their natural environment, such as iguanas, turtles, sloths, and monkeys. Then, for a more complete rainforest experience, we wrap things up with a guided walk in one of the trails of the Soberania National Park.

Panama Canal Tour Highlights

  • Tour led by a naturalist.
  • Wildlife boat tour in the Panama Canal.
  • Rainforest wildlife in their natural environment.

Tour Details

Price: US$120 per person | Check Availability

Small groups: 3 Min. – 8 Max. (larger family groups are accepted)

Includes: Pick-up/drop-off from any hotel in Panama City*, boat tour, guided walk in the rainforest, entrance fees to the national park, bottled water, local biologist guide fluent in English and Spanish.

*Dreams, Westin Playa Bonita, Intercontinental Playa Bonita are located outside Panama City limits. Pick-up/drop-off from these hotels is available at an extra cost of US$15 per person.

Not included: Your boat will navigate on the main Canal lake (Gatun Lake), but it will not go through the locks. The transit through the locks tour is a completely different tour.

Locations: Gamboa, Chagres River, Panama Canal, Gatun Lake, Soberania National Park.

Skill level (easy): The majority of the time you will be sitting on the boat. The walk in the rainforest can be up to 1 hour in length and it is on a nature trail that has steps up and down, and it crosses a couple of small creeks.


  • 7:00 A.M. Pick-up from your hotel in Panama City.
  • Land transfer to Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the Panama Canal (Gatun Lake).
  • Wildlife boat tour in the Panama Canal.
  • Guided walk in the rainforest.
  • Drive back and drop-off at your hotel in Panama City at around noon.

Early start: Animals are more active early in the morning, increasing the chances of spotting them in the wild. We can start the tour later than 7:00 A.M. upon request and still see animals; but the early start is much better.

What to wear

  • Light shirt or t-shirt.
  • Shorts or light long pants (avoid jeans).
  • Sport/hiking shoes (sandals or any other kind of open footwear are not recommended for walking in the rainforest).

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