Eco Tour Gatun Lake


Enjoy an ecological boat tour on Gatun Lake, a large manmade lake formed when the Gatun Dam was built across the Chagres River between 1907 and 1913. At the time of its creation, Gatun Lake was the largest artificial lake in the world, encompassing 430 square kilometers (166 sq mi). Today it remains an essential part of the Panama Canal system, carrying ships for 33 kilometers (21 mi) of their transit across the isthmus of Panama, and also generating crucial hydro-electricity for the operation of the Canal’s locks.

Gatun Lake is located within an immensely diverse tropical ecological zone and is surrounded by untouched exotic rainforest. Barro Colorado Island, the largest island on the lake, has been protected as a nature reserve by the U.S. Government since 1923 and is the one of the most important sites of scientific study on tropical forests in the world. A boat ride on the lake will reveal the area’s many different species of birds, monkeys, iguanas and sloths, among others.

You will also have the opportunity to navigate close to massive ships as they wait to cross the Canal.
The perfect adventure for nature lovers!



Approximately 4 hours.


Transportation from and to the hotel, boat ride and tour guide.


Please inquire

Please note that any tour departing from Gamboa or Playa Bonita hotels, or hotels near the airports will have a total surcharge of $70 plus 7% tax.


We will confirm your departure time when you make your reservation.



Comfortable clothing and shoes, sunglasses, camera, hat and sunscreen.


The following information is a Panama tipping guide:

  • Shuttle Driver $ 2.00 per person, per day.
  • Sightseeing tour driver $ 5.00 per person, per day.
  • Tour guide $ 10.00 per person, per day.
  • Tour boat driver $ 5.00 per person, per day.
  • Bellboys and airports $ 1.00 per bag.
  • Waiter / a restaurant 10% – 15%.