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 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.
WHAT TO BRING?
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%.
On this half-day introductory tour of Panama City, your guide will illuminate some of the highlights of this tropical metropolis. Start with a visit to the remains of the former capital city of Panama—Panamá Viejo, or Old Panama—founded in 1519 and looted by the pirate Henry Morgan in 1671.
Coiba National Park is a protected zone off of Panama’s Pacific Coast, in the Gulf of Chiriquí, consisting of the main Coiba Island, as well as 38 smaller islands and their surrounding waters. In 2005, it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its rich flora and fauna and also scienti...
On this exclusive rum tour, you will visit Pesé, located in the heart of the Herrera Province and home to Hacienda San Isidro, where the famous Ron Abuelo and Seco Herrerano are produced. Traditional oxcarts will take you to the distillery at Hacienda San Isidro where you will learn about the vario...
Fly high above the canopy of a beautiful forest on this amazing zip-line adventure! The tour traverses a cloud forest through century-old trees, waterfalls, abundant wildlife and, possibly, a gentle rain called bajareque. The wildlife within the treetops is immense and varied, making it possible to ...
Cubitá is the name of the pre-Columbian indigenous group who inhabited the area surrounding today’s city of La Villa de Los Santos. On this excursion you will discover the most important sites around La Villa de Los Santos from Pre-Columbian, Colonial and Republican times: explore mysterious petr...
Volcán Barú, a dormant volcano just south of the Continental Divide, is one of the only places in the world where it is possible to see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea at the same time with the naked eye. Dozens of people attempt the climb daily, hoping to make it to the summit before...
Let’s explore the Herrera Highlands, another area profusely inhabited by indigenous groups in the pre-Columbian era, and which contains the most important wildlife refuge in the province. We will visit two local families to know the artisanal manufacturing process of sugarcane honey and the variet...
Clip in and ascend the stairway to the first platform. Stop, look and listen. The island forest will come alive around you with the sounds and sights of nature. Launch from the first platform and feel the rush of adrenaline and freedom as you soar through the air. High up in the tree canopy, watch o...
On this historical tour, you will follow in the steps of Gonzalo de Badajoz, a Spanish conquistador sent to search for gold in the Panamanian territory in the early 16th century. Since gold held ritual significance to the indigenous Indians occupying these lands, Badajoz was met with strong resistan...
This special journey will bring you to a a local Embera village on the Chagres River for a unique peek into the lives of one of Panama’s 7 recognized indigenous tribes. The Embera people have populated the Choco region of western Colombia and the Darien region of eastern Panama for centuries, long...
Spend the day in nature on an exciting day outside of Panama City in the surrounding rainforest. Begin with a morning visit to Soberania National Park, a biodiverse swatch of rainforest only 16 miles outside of the city. Spanning 55,000 acres, the park is known for its abundance of birds, with over ...
Follow the famous route that thousands of cargo ships take each year on a full transit of the Panama Canal. This one-day canal crossing on a shared boat first crosses under the Bridge of the Americas and then navigates through all three sets of the Canal’s locks: the Pedro Miguel Locks, the Mirafl...