Expedition Lake Gatún

Expedition Lake Gatún

This tour of Lake Gatún allows travelers to experience the natural wonders of the lake and also get a partial look at the Panama Canal.

Featured in:Boat Tours, Guided Tours, Panama Canal
3 hrs
Available Days:
Every day
7:30 AM, 9:15 AM, 10:15 AM, 12:15 PM, 1:45 PM, 3:00 PM
Hotel Transport Included
Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

This tour begins on the edge of Gamboa. After tour participants board the boat, you’ll head up the Chagres River before entering Lake Gatún in the Panama Canal. At 165 square miles (425 square km), Lake Gatún is one of the largest artificial lakes in the world. As your boat works its way through the lake, you’ll visit several islands where you may be able to see white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys, as well as numerous bird species.

This tour is ideal for nature lovers, as you will experience the lake, islands, rainforests, and animals.

This tour departs daily at 7:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

The duration of the tour depends on where you are coming from. From Panama City, this tour lasts lasts around 3 hours; from Gamboa, it lasts around 1 hour; and from Playa Bonita, it lasts around 3.5 hours.

Attraction Visited

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is one of the world’s most impressive engineering feats. The canal extends 80 kilometers (50 mi) from Panama City on the Pacific Ocean to Colón on the Caribbean Sea. It’s built at one of the lowest and narrowest points in Panama, and runs right through the Continental Divide. More than 14,000 ships pass through the canal annually, carrying some 300 million tons of cargo. As such, the Panama Canal is one of the largest generators of income for Panama—in 2011, the canal generated $800 million, some two percent of the country’s GDP.

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What to Bring

comfortable clothing and shoes, long pants, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, camera, binoculars, and sunscreen.

What's included

transportation, bilingual guide, and boat ride in Lake Gatún.


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