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Panama City: Panama Canal, Railway and Monkey Island Tour

Product ID: 169972
Take a day trip to the Atlantic side of Panama in a tour mixing the amazing structures of the Panama Canal, and the beauty of the rainforest with a ride on the Panama Canal Railway.
About this activity
Duration: 9 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese

Pickup included

Hotel in downtown Panama City.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Head through the Itsmus of Panama and Panama Canal on an old-fashioned train
  • Be amazed by the engineering and huge size of the world wonder Panama Canal
  • Discover the beauty of the tropical rainforest at the Gatun Lake and Monkey Island
Full description
Be collected from your accommodation in Panama City and head to your boat tour of Gatun Lake, the biggest lake part of the Panama Canal. See ships as they navigate the canal on your way to the Monkey Islands. Here, observe monkeys and different species of animals. 

After your boat tour, return to your vehicle and head to the other end of the Panama Canal. See ships going through the locks and learn about how the canal and its amazing structures work. 

Return on the Panama Canal Railway, one of the greatest train rides in the world. Along with its colorful history, the railroad follows a picturesque path across the Isthmus of Panama. The line flanks the Panama Canal passing through lush rainforests, cruising alongside the Canal locks, through the historic Gaillard Cut and gliding over slender causeways in Gatun Lake.
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned minivan
  • Driver/guide services
  • Boat tour on the Gatun Lake and Monkey Island
  • Entrance fee to the Panama Canal Visitors Center in Aguaclara
  • Bottled water
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation on the Panama Canal Railway, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children
  • Lunch

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• The ship transit itinerary at the Aguaclara locks are subject to change so there is a possibility that you will not see ships passing through the locks
• The Panama Canal Railway is not public transportation and the train ride is offered under their discretion and might not operate without previous notice or if there are not enough passengers
• You can choose to return to Panama City by car instead of by the Panama Canal Railway
• A meeting point will be provided if you are staying at a resort, the airport area or outside the pickup route
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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We were picked up at the hotel on time and had our private tour. Dan, our guide, spoke very good English and was very experienced in Panama's history. In addition to the booked route, he showed us some interesting places on the way to Colon. The drive to the Monkey Island beautiful and the monkeys watching indescribable. The trip on the man-made lake, part of the Panama Canal, impress - especially when you drive in a small boat next to a huge tanker. Make the train journey - optional - absolutely (only take cash). dDue tour a MUST. Everything went perfectly - great partners work with the GetYourGuide !!!!

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January 24, 2020

This tour was awesome. We were lucky to be the only ones, so had kinda like a private Tour. Dan was so so cool, he gave us many imformations and cared lovingly about us. First he drove us safe to the Panama canal boat, from where we seeked for monkeys and found them! We could even feed them. This part was really relaxing and it felt like we took plenty of time (didnt Check the watch) and were not in a hurry. After That we drove to agua clara, one of the locks. We had enough time to watch a ship crossing through the whole lock. Then we Went to the train station and had an awesome ride back to Panama City, where dan reached us and drove us Home safe. All in all one of the best trips we ever had!

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January 6, 2020

Excellent ride very interesting. No problem. Excellent guide. Monkeys come to eat from the hands. The canal is impressive. Super!!!!

December 25, 2019

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Product ID: 169972