Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

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Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center


In this tour you will travel the Panama Canal by boat and see transiting ships up close as well as the diverse wildlife on the shores of Gatun Lake.  Afterwards, you can immerse yourself in the raw beauty of Gamboa and the world famous Pipeline Road with a visit to the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center.


  • Entrance fees
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • National Park fees
  • Lunch
  • All activities
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Small-group tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus


  • Gratuities (optional)

What You Can Expect

To start this tour, you will follow the Panama Canal north to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the canal.  You will ride along the waters of the Panama Canal right next to the ships passing through on their way to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.  Your destination is Gatun Lake, where you will cruise around islands created during the canal construction and see the abundant wildlife on their shores. 

You will visit the famous Monkey Islands where you can see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins up close in their natural habitat.  Once you finish with your canal and lake boat ride (around 2 hours), you will head to the famous Pipeline Road in Soberania National Park.  One of the premiere birding spots in the world, the Pipeline Road will give you an opportunity to travel through a mature rain forest that is full of an incredible mix of wildlife.  A bird count here organized by the Audubon Society set a record when 385 species were observed in 24 hours.  Here you will visit the Rainforest Discovery Center, an environmental education project administered by the Fundación Avifauna. 

You will visit the canopy of the rainforest on a 100 ft. (32 m) observation tower and see an amazing abundance of birds and animals from the different viewing levels.  A walk along the trails on the rainforest floor will take you to a panoramic view of the lake where you can see different species of water fowl and aquatic animals. You will surround yourself with hundreds of hummingbirds at the hummingbird feeders where you will enjoy a freshly made picnic lunch.  Once you finish up at the Rainforest Discovery Center we will return to Panama City for hotel drop off.

Additional Important Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems
  • Minors are not allowed on the Canopy Tower
  • Minimum age is 3 years

Voucher information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Products standard cancellable

Products with Viator standard terms and conditions are fully refundable, without charge, up to 48 hours prior to travel, based on the time/date of the Product Location.

Departure point

Free pickup and drop-off to centrally located Panama City hotels in the following areas:
  • El Cangrejo
  • Obarrio
  • Punta Pacifica
  • San Francisco
  • Punta Paitilla
  • Avenida Balboa
  • Bella Vista
  • Casco Viejo
  • Marbella
  • Financial District
  • El Dorado
  • Bethania
If you will be staying at a hotel that is not on this list, please contact your local operator prior to booking your tour. Due to heavy traffic, we absolutely cannot pick up from hotels located near Tocumen Airport, Amador Causeway, Clayton (City of Knowledge), Playa Bonita, Playa Blanca, or Rio Hato.

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