Join this natural adventure—a wealth of sight and sound, combined with the thrill of speeding through the Panama Canal next to the mighty ships transiting this man-made wonder. After an exhilarating 30-minute boat ride at high speed right through the heart of the Panama Canal, you will slow down and enter the labyrinth of jungle-covered islands of Lake Gatún. In this protected area the wildlife is plentiful, and you are likely to encounter capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloth, howler monkeys, various kinds of toucans and other bird life as well as caimans, crocodiles, turtles and numerous butterflies. This is an exceptional place to experience the sights and sounds of the jungle up closed. Your trained naturalist guide will ensure that you have an outstanding nature experience throughout this jungle and canal adventure.Notes:Wear light clothing, sunscreen, a hat and sneakers or sandals. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.
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Customer Reviews for Monkey Watch & Canal Nature Cruise
It was raining when we left the pier for this excursion, but that did not dampen our excitement! The bus headed out past the locks, with the guide providing lots of information about Panama and important sites along the way. There were bathrooms available before we boarded speed boats....each holding about 20 people...and headed out into the Panama Canal. The ride was exhilarating, passing Panamax freighters and dredging operations along the sides of the canal. I had read the history of the canal, and to actually be on it in a small boat was amazing. Our guides pointed out interesting features along the way.
We entered the islands in Gatun lake and approached the place inhabited by Capuchin Monkeys. They were waiting for us, and climbed onto the boat along overhead wires. They were so appealing. I was surprised that the guide asked if anyone brought any crackers or food. Some did and the monkeys eagerly took it. This is not what wild animals should be given. I would have expected the guide to bring food that is part of the monkey's natural diet.
We continued to cruise through the islands in a gentle rain shower (the boat had a cover and all participants wore life jackets.) We saw termite nests, howler monkeys, birds, butterflies, sloths and iguanas. It was beautifully peaceful. We had plenty of time to observe nature, and the guides were very good at pointing things out.
Back at the boat landing we had another chance to use the bathroom before being given a snack for the bus ride back to the pier. This was a great tour, up close and personal with nature.