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From Panama City: Catamaran Cruise to Taboga Island

1. From Panama City: Catamaran Cruise to Taboga Island

Board a catamaran from Panama City, and set sail toward Taboga Island. Capture sights of the Bridge of the Americas, the Amador Causeway, and the Bay of Panama. Enjoy an open bar and musical atmosphere, as you swim and sunbathe on the beach. After lunch, explore the local village. Arrive at the meeting point and jump onto a maxi catamaran heading toward Taboga Island, located just 20 kilometers off the coast of Panama City. Admire the stunning Pacific Ocean and see along the way the Bridge of the Americas, the Amador Causeway, and the Bay of Panama. Drop anchor in a virgin bay, and take advantage of the sea and sun until lunchtime. Relax in the sun, listen to music and enjoy an open-bar onboard. Then, sail toward the main beach and the town of Taboga to enjoy lunch on the catamaran. Afterward, opt to go down to the island to visit the town and take advantage of the beach or continue with the vibe on the catamaran before riding back to Panama City.

Panama: 6-Hour Panama Canal Southbound Cruise & Lunch

2. Panama: 6-Hour Panama Canal Southbound Cruise & Lunch

Travel southbound through the Panama Canal during this 6-hour tour from Panama City. With your local guide, board a bus for a 45-minute journey to Gamboa, home of the Panama Canal Dredging Division. Meet your vessel, the Pacific Queen, for a trip through the Gailard cut, the Pedro Miguel Locks, and the Miraflores Locks. Admire scenic views of the Centennial Bridge, the Chagres River, and the Bridge of the Americas. Eat a complimentary lunch on board during your journey. Disembark at the Flamenco Marina in Panama City. - Journey southbound through the Panama Canal - Travel on a small vessel to see the workings of the locks up close - Navigate through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks - Box Lunch is provided onboard the boat.

From Panama City: Gamboa Rainforest Guided Tour with Lunch

3. From Panama City: Gamboa Rainforest Guided Tour with Lunch

Explore the Panamanian rain forest while gliding smoothly through treetops on an aerial tram. Learn the jungle´s most interesting facts from a naturalist guide. Watch colorful birds fly around you. Take a boat ride through the Panama Canal, observing marine life. End your tour with a delicious lunch. Board a tram bound for a 280-feet peak surrounded by leafy jungle. While going up to the observation tower, enjoy fabulous views of the Chagres River, the Embera indigenous community, and much of the Soberania National Park. Gamboa is home to many natural labs including a butterfly farm, an orchids center, and a frog pond. See around 20 species of butterflies native to Panama at the Butterfly House. Get up close to the sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary. This sanctuary hosts a rehabilitation and training program for injured, sick, and orphaned sloths. Enjoy a scenic boat tour along the Panama Canal's waterways. Observe the fascinating tropical wildlife of Gatun Lake and the surrounding forest. Get a chance to spot crocodiles, caimans, sloths, monkeys, and a host of birds with the help of your guide.

From Panama: Gamboa Zip Line Experience

4. From Panama: Gamboa Zip Line Experience

Head to the Gamboa community for this exciting zip line experience. Elevate to the top of trees through a series of cables and get an unbeatably clear view of the rain forest’s greenery and landscapes as you make your way through 10 zip line platforms. To start, get picked up from Panama City before taking an approximately 1-hour drive to Gamboa. Meet the zip line instructor and get a basic zip lining lesson before starting your adventure. Completing the 10 zip line platforms takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. After enjoying your time in the rain forest, get dropped back off in Panama.

From Panama City: Rainforest Zipline Adventure

5. From Panama City: Rainforest Zipline Adventure

Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling zipline adventure through the Panamanian rainforest. After getting picked up from your hotel in Panama City, head to Gatun Lake for your ziplining adventure. Discover different ziplines across a 2-kilometer route that offers spectacular views of the rainforest and maximum safety and security.

Panama: Panama Canal Tour through Two Locks with Lunch

6. Panama: Panama Canal Tour through Two Locks with Lunch

Experience the wonder of the magnificent man-made maritime passageway of the Panama Canal with this attraction ticket. Enjoy watching the ship as it is lowered at two separate locks. Have a delicious lunch and some refreshing soft drinks.  Disembark from Isla Flamenco in Panama city and take in sweeping views of the city as make your way to the canal at the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres river flows into the canal. Admire the serpentine curvature of the Gaillard Cut which was carved through the continental divide. Uncover the history and geological value of this region as your boat travels along a 13.7 kilometer route to the Pedro Miguel locks. Pass through verdant landscapes of rolling hills and forests as you drift along. Appreciate the continuous work that is required to maintain this passage. Observe the Panama Canal expansion project, an engineering feat that is set to double the capacity of the canal. View the Bridge of the Americas which crosses over the canal. Enter the Pedro Miguel locks where the ship is lowered 9 meters and released into Miraflores lake. Venture across Miraflores lake to the Miraflores locks where the ship is lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps. Continue sailing to the small town of Gamboa. Disembark in Gamboa and board a bus back to Isla Flamenco.

From Panama City: El Valle de Anton Private Full-Day Tour

7. From Panama City: El Valle de Anton Private Full-Day Tour

Embark on multi-stop private guided trip from Panama City to El Valle de Anton (Anton’s Valley) with a combination of plenty of activities. Trek to El Macho, explore a local zoo, visit La Casa de Lourdes, swim at the hot spring, and discover a local artisan market. El Valle de Anton is a cool-climate valley lying on the largest dormant volcano in Central America, located 1.5 hours from the city of Panama. You’ll start your trip with a private transfer via an air-conditioned vehicle from your address in the city. Visit La Pintada, a pre-Colombian mysterious petroglyph, then join a guided trek and climb to El Macho, a picture-perfect natural waterfall. There, you can enjoy time swimming in the pond and ziplining. Interact with more wildlife at the Nispero Zoo and Botanical Gardens, home of the rare “golden frog” and exotic birds. La Casa de Lourdes is up next; here, you can enjoy the garden views and outstanding food options. During the trip, you'll also get to visit Butterfly Haven and enjoy bathing in hot springs. Round-off your tour by visiting an artisan market where attractive Indian crafts are noticeably cheaper than in the city.

Gamboa: Cable Car & Boat Jungle Tour with Lunch

8. Gamboa: Cable Car & Boat Jungle Tour with Lunch

Join a group tour and experience the green tropical jungle of Gamboa by ascending 85 meters in a cable car through verdant forest. Reach the top sun-drenched pavilion surrounded by vibrant flowers, and observe colorful birds, butterflies, and hear white-faced capuchin monkeys howl in the distance. Climb up the observation tower and marvel at the Soberanía National Park's dense rainforest all while observing large cargo ships maneuvering the narrowest part of the Panama Canal: the Snake Cut. Next, head to the replica village called Embera Village to see how indigenous communities once lived, and learn about the country's flora, fauna, and culture from your expert guide. Then, go on a 20-minute sail through the heart of the Panama Canal, before entering the artificial Gatun Lake, a protected area where wildlife abounds. Here, you'll likely see capuchin monkeys, sloths, howler monkeys, various kinds of toucans, as well as alligators, crocodiles, turtles and butterflies. This is an exceptional place to experience the sights and sounds of the jungle. At the end of the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch at Los Lagartos Restaurant with the panoramic view of the mouth of the Chagres River on the canal.

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What people are saying about Panamá Oeste

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Great trip! We spent about an hour touring the canal and seeing wildlife (monkeys, lizards, crocodiles) by boat, and visited the Embera village because the aerial tram was closed for covid. A very nice buffet lunch followed and visits to see butterflies, orchids, and the sloth sanctuary. Our guide Robert was great, very informative and made sure we all knew what to expect throughout the trip. Highly recommend!

Punctual pick-up, friendly driver and guide, safe driving trip; very good boat tour with excellent explanations; Drive to the viewing platform also good as well as the small center for sloths

Fantastic guide who went above and beyond expectations. Great historical knowledge and an excellent trip overall. Loved it!

Loved the boat experience on the canal, the animals, the lunch. The canary ride was okay.

We liked the boat tour best. But you don't run through the rainforest yourself.