Things to do in Panamá Oeste

Our most recommended things to do in Panamá Oeste

From Panama City: Gamboa Rainforest Guided Tour with Lunch

1. 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 flying 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.

Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour

2. Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour

Leave the city behind in the morning and head to the Chagres River where you will board a boat for a 2-hour tour of Lake Gatun (once the largest manmade lake in the world) and the Panama Canal. Explore the ins and outs of the nearby bays, search for wildlife, and visit the famous Monkey Island, home of the amazing white-faced monkeys. Also, keep an eye out for turtles, crocodiles, caiman, tons of bird life, and all kinds of other surprises. Return towards Gamboa, pass the dock, and head upstream to the Indian village. Unlike most Indian village tours, this one is authentic. Learn about the local culture, history, and crafts. Then, hike along a short trail to see the plants that grow in this area and how the locals use them (practical, artist, or medical uses) and see dance that is part of their custom. After visiting the village, return to Panama City and stop along the way for lunch and arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon.

6-Hour Panama Canal Ship Cruise

3. 6-Hour Panama Canal Ship Cruise

Experience the Panama Canal in the most authentic way, by crossing it on board a ship. This 6-hour tour from Panama City will take you to the world famous Miraflores Locks, where you can watch huge ocean-going vessels transiting the canal just a few feet away. Your partial Panama Canal transit starts with a coach ride to Gamboa, where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. On arrival, board the cruise ship and enter the canal at the north end of Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut, also known as Culebra Cut due to its serpent-like curve, was carved through the Continental Divide, making it one of the canal’s most popular attractions. Travel for 8.2 miles (13.7 kilometers) on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the Cut you will observe the continuous maintenance that the area requires, and the work in progress for the Panama Canal expansion project. View the new Centennial Bridge before you enter Pedro Miguel Locks. Here your vessel will be lowered 29.5 feet (9 meters) in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks. At Miraflores Locks the vessel will be lowered another 52.5 feet (16 meters) in 2 distinct steps. Once at the Pacific Ocean, sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina to disembark. On the way to Flamenco, pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's spectacular skyline.

From Panama City: Rainforest Zipline Adventure

4. 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 City: Historic District and Canal Tour with Transfer

5. Panama City: Historic District and Canal Tour with Transfer

Explore the highlights of Panama City in the company of a local to acquire a deeper sense of appreciation for its history and culture. Travel through the many landmarks along the Panama Canal, explore the Causeway Islands, and stroll through the historic Casco Viejo. Enjoy a transfer from your accommodation and begin your journey by heading over to the canal. Stop by the Miraflores Locks to observe how ships travel through them. Allow your guide to give you a thorough explanation of the locks' functions and the canal's operations. Move on to gaze at the famous Bridge of the Americas. Drive around the incredible Causeway Islands, sitting at the end of the canal and connected to the mainland by a narrow road. Take in the city skyline from afar, then stop for an optional Panamanian lunch at your own expense. Explore the historic district of Casco Viejo, the oldest part of the city. Walk around the charming streets as you learn about the major sites and browse through the ancient squares for the most amazing handicrafts. End your journey with a transfer back to your hotel.

Panama City: Guided Panama Canal & City Tour with Transfers

6. Panama City: Guided Panama Canal & City Tour with Transfers

First arrive to the Miraflores Visitor's Center look for the transit to the vessels in the Panama Canal, there you can see when the vessels raise and through the Miraflores lake and continue the raise to Pedro Miguel Locks, next trough for the bridge of Americas for look the panoramic air view for the New Locks, and the line for the vessels waiting your turn for transit for the canal, stop in the Flamingo island for take the picture to the big Panama sign and see the natural fishbowl, and finish in the marvel Casco Antiguo, there we'll walk or make the panoramic view to the churches and squares. Tour time around 4 to 5 hours.

Panama: 6-Hour Panama Canal Southbound Cruise & Lunch

7. 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: Catamaran Cruise to Taboga Island

8. 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.

From Panama: Gamboa Zip Line Experience

9. 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: El Valle de Anton Private Full-Day Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Panamá Oeste

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 209 reviews

This was the best excursion I have ever done. Our guide, Olivier was by far the best guide I’ve ever had on any trip. He was so friendly, knowledgeable and made the whole trip even more incredible, a true professional and I could not recommend his tour enough! The tour was packed with so many fun adventures, including the canal boat tour, sloth sanctuary, cable car through the Gamboa rainforest just to name a few highlights. We saw monkeys, crocodiles, sloths, bats, butterflies and more. A truly unforgettable day. If you’re thinking to do just one thing in Panama, make sure it’s this!

Christian picked us up promptly and took us to the park, pointing out items of interest along the way. The weather was great the entire hike. Unfortunately, we didn’t see too many animals or birds along the way. But, the park was beautiful, the conversation was interesting and entertaining, and the hike was enjoyable. We highly recommend the expert for future travelers.

Excellent tour. I was considering visiting these places on my own, but so glad I booked with Miguel. He was so helpful and incredibly knowledgeable, and his explanations of the history of the places we visited really added to my tour experience.

Gonzo was a great guide, his knowledge of plants on our nature walk was very valuable. We got to see 3 types of monkeys up close. It was wonderful!

Our excursion was amazing. Our guide Ernesto was so knowledgeable! I really recommend this excursion with Ernesto as your guide!