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Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour provided by Panama Day Trips- Canal Eco Tours

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Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

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Taking a guided tour of the Panama Canal allows you to hop between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans with minimum hassle. This experience allows you to enjoy Monkey Island and enjoy a picnic lunch in San Lorenzo National Park before exploring Fort San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Plus, lunch and round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels are included for added convenience.
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  • Pass by Panama City
    Pass by Lake Gatun
  • 1
    Monkey Island
    Stop: 90 minutes -
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  • 2
    Fort San Lorenzo
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Agua Clara Locks
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Panama Day Trips- Canal Eco Tours
  • Guided itinerary allows even those with limited time to explore Panama by boat and on foot
  • See the newly expanded “Panamax” locks at work from the Agua Clara Visitor Center 
  • Avoid getting lost in the jungle of San Lorenzo National Park
  • Increase your chances of seeing the wildlife of Monkey Island with a guide
What to Expect
After hotel pickup in an air-conditioned minibus, your tour begins with a boat ride on the waterways adjacent to the canal: you see jungle wildlife, navigate Gatun Lake, and watch massive ships pass through the canal. Visit the famous Monkey Island, home to capuchins, howlers, and tamarins, before traveling to the Caribbean side of Panama and the Agua Clara Visitor Center. Here, watch ships pass through the newly expanded “Panamax” locks from a canal-side observation deck and learn about the history, operation, and importance of the Panama Canal. Next, visit San Lorenzo National Park to see rainforest flora and fauna followed by a picnic lunch and a tour of Fort San Lorenzo, a 400-year-old Spanish fort on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean. One of the most historically important spots in Panama, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort repelled pirates as part of the defensive system that protected the transatlantic trade of the Spanish Crown. Your full-day tour ends with a return to your hotel in Panama City.
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Important Information
7–9 hours
  • Panama Canal boat ride (90 minutes)
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus
  • Entry/Admission - Fort San Lorenzo
  • Entry/Admission - Agua Clara Locks
  • Gratuities
  • Due to heavy traffic, no free pickup from hotels located near Amador Causeway, Clayton (City of Knowledge) Playa Bonita. Separate transportation for the an extra charge
  • Playa Blanca, or Rio Hato, Metromall or Tocumen Airport need to arrange own transportation
  • Insect repellent
  • This is not a TRANSIT tour, we wont travel by boat inside the locks.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • The tour starts in a very remote area and there will be no access to public restrooms until around 10:30am. There is a sheltered latrine available for women at the dock but it is very rustic.
  • Vegetarian and vegan option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • If you will be staying at a hotel area that is not on the list, please contact your local operator prior to booking your tour
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour is in ENGLISH
  • Not recommended for travelers with walking problems or other serious medical conditions that prevent to getting inside a small boat.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Wanderer626217 wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions
Fantastic experience. Guide Enriche Ruiz was so informative and made sure we saw amazing wild life. A tour of a lifetime!
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Date of experience: March 2020
Karli C wrote a review Mar 2020
Saint Paul, Minnesota1 contribution
Enrique was an amazing guide and found us pleanty to do. Panama had closed a lot of national parks and other museums. However, he found so much for us to do an explore. He was knowledgeable about the history enough that we didnt need to museums. Thank you for making my mamitas
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probert2017 wrote a review Mar 2020
Ottawa, Canada16 contributions21 helpful votes
Giving this a 3 because they didn"t deliver on 2 promised sites out of 5. Yes we have to consider the closing of some sites because of the corona virus but this company should change their pricing and not expect the customers to absorb this lesser day trip for the same price. I
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from Jerin T, Owner at Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour
Responded 15 Mar 2020
Before the tour I stopped everybody and explained that things were closing left and right and we would do everything possible to make the tour happen. I clearly explained that if anybody did not get a full experience to please let us know so we can refund all or part of cost of the tour. We did our best, however we couldn't go to San Lorenzo because of its closure, so instead we went even further to Portobello to at least show something. We were able to do the boat ride on the canal and the Agua Clara locks. Even with all that, all you had to do was say your weren't happy and the money would have been refunded. I made that very clear before the tour. Instead you want to get online and make it sound like we are scamming people. The day before your tour, everything was open. During your tour, things started shutting down, MID TOUR! The day after your tour we shut down all of our tours. We are no longer running tours until this passes. I apologize that we ruined your tour, I just wish you would have said something to us before bashing us online.
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TeAta S wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
We had an amazing time exploring the beauty of Panama. This was a really well rounded tour. We were able to interact with many different types of monkeys and learn a lot about the rainforest. The fort was really interesting to learn about with great views. The Locks of the
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Date of experience: March 2020
Peter B wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
If you are looking for a tour that's run by someone who's passionate about the ecosystem of the canal, the history of the area, and is serious about what they do without taking themselves too seriously....then this is the tour for you. Jerin (owner/guide) gets it, he's very
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Date of experience: March 2020
About the operator

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By: Panama Day Trips- Canal Eco Tours
A MUST do!
From the beginning the communication was perfect. We were picked up early, and the second we got in the car we were
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Fantastic Day with Panama Day Trips
John, our guide picked us up promptly at our hotel. Communication was great, he had lots of great information abou
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Highlight of our time!
We had such an amazing time on this tour. The guide picked us up early in order to make sure we were the first ones
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Marlene M
Great experience provided by knowledgeable guide!
This tour was a great experience! From the time we were picked up from the hotel and dropped off at the end of the
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Don’t waste your money. Poor value
The boat part was only 1 hour but advertised as 1 and a half hours. Also we left so late because we waited almost a
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Best tour
Guide was great, American ex-pat, knowledge rivals David Attenborough. Comfortable and short ride there, both in th
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Great family adventure
From pick up at our hotel throughout the entire day Leo made sure we had everything we needed. Excellent tour guide
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Cari G
Wild Side of Panama!
This tour started VERY early in the morning, but it was so worth it. We were the first boat to visit the monkey isl
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Great tour!
Our visit to Embera Drua was fantastic. Our guide, Leo, was friendly and knowledgeable, it was a beautiful trip to
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So Fun and Interesting!
Leo and Walter did an amazing job as tour guides and we learned so much about the canal, wildlife and some of the p
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Exciting and Very Memorable
This was our first trip to Panama and our first tour on our trip. It definitely exceeded my expectations. The boa
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A little pricey and not enough Canal
We enjoyed our day with Eco Tours. It was very nice but it isn't a "canal tour". You will stop by the canal but it
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Great day trip
Jerin is a very friendly and mindful guide. We got to see many interesting places, and he added to the experience b
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Arlene P
Get Up Early To Enjoy It
Jerin contacted us the day before and said we have the option to leave an hour early (5:30am) on the tour to see mo
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Topday !!!
We arrived with a cruiseship in Puerto Colon. Fortunately I made booking before leaving at home at Panama-daytrips
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Key Details
  • Duration: 7–9 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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