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Panama City Jungle Experience Full Day Tour

Product ID: 25394
Leave Panama City behind on this full-day tour and explore Soberanía National Park, Lake Gatun, and the historic Panama Canal. Then visit a local indigenous village to gain an insight into their local culture, customs, and way of life.
About this activity
Duration: 7.5 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore Soberanian National Park
  • Visit Lake Gatun and Monkey Island
  • Take in beautiful views of Gamboa Rain Forest
  • Visit an indigenous village and learn about local culture
Full description
It’s time to wave farewell to Panama City and get out into nature! Breathe in the fresh air of parks, islands, rainforests, and rural villages. This Panama City jungle tour will turn its back on bustling city life and welcome the rainforest in with open arms – come along for the ride!

You’ll be picked up from the American Trade Hotel in the historic district, and the first part of this Panama City wildlife tour will take you past Panama Canal’s famous Culebra Cut and towards Soberania National Park, Lake Gatun, and the Chagres River.

Known for its huge variety of birds (the Audubon Society's annual bird count once spotted over 500 species in 24 hours!), Soberania National Park is full of wildlife and is a wonderful place to watch for monkeys, sloths, eagles, and plenty more. There’s no denying that this spot in the Panama jungle really is the jackpot for animal lovers. You’ll also catch a boat out to Monkey Island – doesn’t take a genius to guess what you’ll find here! Keep your eyes peeled to spot a number of different species of monkey.

Next, you will continue your tour up the Chagres River to an authentic Indian village. This will be an opportunity for you to get in touch with the local community, and learn all about their culture, customs, history, and more. As part of the visit, you’ll take a short hike along the trails through the rainforest to learn about how the local plants are used for medicinal purposes. With your local guide by your side through this adventure, you’ll learn plenty about the culture around you.

After your Panama jungle experience of a life time, you’ll head back into the city (perhaps a little begrudgingly…) where your local guide will drop you back off at the American Trade Hotel.
  • Transportation
  • Park and village entry
  • English speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Lunch
  • Tips and gratuities for your local guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Café TIEMPO Coffee Roasters, inside the American Trade Hotel, Casco Viejo (Avenida Central and Calle 9)

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Important information
Know before you go
• Wildlife varies from day to day, no guarantees
• You are advised to bring: sunscreen, rain jacket and mosquito repellent
• Standard Dress: wear comfortable attire and good solid shoes that can get wet or muddy
• Child policy: children must be 6 - 11 years inclusively
• During the rainy season in Panama, you will not be able to reach the Indian Village for the Panama City Jungle Experience. However, there will be a nice walk in the jungle offered as a substitute. This alternate option will be effective from early October to late December
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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This is our third time to Panama. We had visited the canal locks before but it was thrilling to be on the canal in a boat. The Monkey Island visit was a highlight of the day and we saw almost all the “regulars”. The interaction with the monkeys was our favorite part. Our tour guide, Theresa, went above and beyond to make sure everyone was comfortable and had a good time.

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January 13, 2020

A great way to experience the jungle in a limited time.

I really enjoyed this tour. It gave an opportunity to see and do interesting things that are outside the norm. The tour moved along at just the right pace, no feeling of being hurried and enough time to savor each sight/activity. Gonzo was the guide and he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject, and full of good humor. The highlight for me was probably the visit to Monkey Island. It was so funny to watch the antics of the monkeys as they clambered all over the boat while we fed them bananas. It’s not often that you get a chance for that type of interaction. The visit to the Wounaan-Embera tribe was also very interesting. It’s important to preserve different races’ culture and identity and a tour such as this helps to achieve that (especially if you buy something that they made - and some of the items are very unusual and of high quality). All in all a very enjoyable day and I would definitely recommend this tour.

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August 31, 2019


So I feel to say it was the best tour I’ve been on in the 63 countries I’ve visited would be insincere as this tour was much more recent that others. It was easily the best tour we did this trip and I will easily remember this as one of my favourites. It was genuine! That’s is to say: no obvious lies, no tour bullshit, no “eat here (because we have commission at this restaurant)” , “no buy from this store because it’s the only safe store in the WHOLE of this country”. No asking for tips and explaining how the driver also needs tips. TOUR-BULLSHIT-FREE ! The guide was incredible (Gonzo (sorry If that’s not the right spelling)). So knowledgeable. Knew scientific names, behaviour, recognised not only species but individuals, knew a lot about the natural history and was able to explain the great American faunal interchange and other key events in its geological and biological history, also knowledgeable about the history. Well organised and timed tour. Felt very authentic.

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August 27, 2019

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Product ID: 25394