Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

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Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour
from AUD $228.02
This unique tour of the Panama Canal goes from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean as you see the canal from the water and by foot. An exciting boat ride down the canal will introduce you to the transiting ships as well as the abundant wildlife on its shores, followed by a visit to Fort San Lorenzo and the new Agua Clara Locks.

This is not a TRANSIT tour, we wont travel by boat inside the locks.
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In Brief

Panama City, Panama
7 to 9 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Panama City, Panama City, Panama Province

This tour begins with hotel pickups starting at 6:45am. I know it sounds crazy to get up so early on your vacation, but you will thank me for it later. Starting this early we can beat the crowds and see more wildlife in cooler temperatures.

Stop At: Monkey Island, Gatun Lake, Panama City Panama

You will visit the famous Monkey Islands where you will see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Fort San Lorenzo, Colon Panama

The next stop will be a visit to San Lorenzo National Park where you will visit a remote rainforest full of flora and fauna, followed by a freshly made picnic lunch and a tour Fort San Lorenzo. A 400 year old Spanish fort on a scenic cliff overlooking the Caribbean, here you will recount the many attacks by pirates and privateers that happened at one of the most historically important places in Panama. 

The Fort of San Lorenzo, located on an 80 foot (25m) cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea at the estuary of the Chagres River, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 along with the fortifications of the city of Portobelo. It was part of the defensive system for the transatlantic trade of the Spanish Crown, and is a fine example of military architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Fort of San Lorenzo is one of the oldest fortresses in Spanish America. Here you will recount the many attacks by pirates and privateers that happened at one of the most historically important places in Panama. 

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Agua Clara Locks, Avenida Bolivar Lago Gatun, Colon 0301 Panama

Caribbean side of Panama. You will visit the Agua Clara Visitor Center to see the new expansion locks working up close. 

Located on the west side of the brand new Agua Clara Locks, the Agua Clara Visitor Center allows you to observe transiting vessels from a scenic lookout point and learn first hand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its construction, its participation in the world markets, and the importance of its watershed. An observational deck lets you watch the ships pass through the Agua Clara Locks on their way to the Pacific or Atlantic oceans.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Panama Day Trips- Canal Eco Tours, Panama City Panama

Return to Panama City for Hotel Drop off

Pass By: Lake Gatun, Lake Gatun, Colon Province

To start this tour, you will follow the Panama Canal north to the town of Gamboa.


  • Panama Canal boat ride (90 minutes)
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus
  • Entry/Admission - Fort San Lorenzo
  • Entry/Admission - Agua Clara Locks


  • Gratuities
  • Due to heavy traffic, no free pickup from hotels located near Amador Causeway, Clayton (City of Knowledge) Playa Bonita. Separate transportation for the an extra charge
  • Playa Blanca, or Rio Hato, Metromall or Tocumen Airport need to arrange own transportation
  • Insect repellent

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup from 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

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • The tour starts in a very remote area and there will be no access to public restrooms until around 10:30am. There is a sheltered latrine available for women at the dock but it is very rustic.
  • Vegetarian and vegan option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • If you will be staying at a hotel area that is not on the list, please contact your local operator prior to booking your tour
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour is in ENGLISH
  • Not recommended for travelers with walking problems or other serious medical conditions that prevent to getting inside a small boat.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

Booking Information

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

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

John was our tour guide, and he was awesome! It was a very early start, but we were so glad as we watched all the other tour buses arrive to see and do what we had already seen! We saw all kinds of animals, and John made an extra effort to make that happen! He is incredibly knowledgeable about everything from the wildlife to Panamian history to details about the Panama Canal! The food was great, and he even went the extra mile to have a special surprise for my daughter as it was her birthday!! If we could give 10 stars we would! It was an incredibly beautiful day that we will remember! Thank you John!!! 😃
• Submitted 17 Feb 2020
Jerin was a great tour guide and knew much of the history of Panama. He took us to monkey island, the new canal, and to a rainforest/fort. Very helpful going with him.
• Submitted 17 Feb 2020
I loved this tour! Enrique was fantastic--his stories of history and all things about Panama were delightful. Despite losing the air conditioning for a while, the whole trip was great.
• Submitted 17 Feb 2020
Great way to see Panama wildlife, see and learn more of the Panama Canal! We got to see capuchin and titi monkeys, toucans, alligators, vultures, hawks and sloths along the way. We also went on a boat ride on the Panama Canal while following the massive ships on their route through the canal. We saw the new expanded section of the canal at Aguaclara and finally visited the San Lorenzo Fort. Leo and the team were very attentive answering the group’s questions along the way.
• Submitted 10 Feb 2020
Fabulous day from start to finish. John, our guide was very knowledgable about the history of the area and the native species.
• Submitted 06 Feb 2020
The tour was excellent. We saw a lot, learned a lot and had a great time. Enrique was a thoroughly entertaining guide. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 06 Feb 2020
Well prepared and managed, support before the tour and complete informations, smart guide John, everything in one day: canal, nature and history. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 05 Feb 2020
John is college educated, eco minded, has a great sense of humor and loves his job. There was not a question he could not answer. They had the foresight to asked if we would mind leaving early to avoid the crowds. It was so worth it. They adjusted destinations to our advantage and knew exactly when to be at the locks to see a Panamax ship go through. The monkeys were awesome, they come right onto the boat and you can feed them. One actually climbed over my head. They provided breakfast due to our earlier departure and a sandwich lunch which was made on the spot. No soggy sandos sitting in a cooler. Lots of cold water and even coffee. And the driver did not scare us to death!!
• Submitted 04 Feb 2020
It is a very good tour. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and professional. All in all, it is an enjoyable tour.
• Submitted 27 Jan 2020
Our group had a great day with Enrique! It wasn't but a few minutes into the tour that we saw our first sloth and the day only got better. Enrique was fun, informative and went above and beyond for our group. Feeding monkeys was a highlight for sure. This company was very informative about what to expect and turned our 13 person group into a private group. Would highly recommend!
• Submitted 21 Jan 2020
We started bright and early on Sunday morning 1/5 at 6am. This was an hour earlier than originally planned but well worth getting up early for. We were ahead of most of the other tour groups and saw plenty of animals. Our tour guide, Jaret, did an outstanding job. He was well versed in the country's history, the animals and he was able to answer all of our questions. The tour from start to finish is over 7 hours but well worth the time and money.
• Submitted 09 Jan 2020
The whole day was above our expectations, everything went perfect, according to the plan. I have to add 10 stars for John, our guide. He was very professional, very careful, very well informed. It was such a pleasure to be part of this experience and John was the main factor for that. Hands down for the whole trip!!!
• Submitted 06 Jan 2020
I remember reading about the Panama Canal in elementary school and finally got to see it up close and see a few ships pass through. Our tour guide, Enrique, is probably one of the best tour guides in Panama. He was personable, very knowledgeable, professional, and prepared a great lunch! We went to San Lorenzo, Caribbean side of the canal, monkey island, and a speed boat. MUST DO!
• Submitted 03 Jan 2020
This was a great excursion! I would highly recommend this day trip. The guide was great and the experience was wonderful!
• Submitted 03 Jan 2020
My first time in Panama and didn't want to pass up seeing the Panama canal. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and accomadating from the time we were picked up at our hotel until we arrived back. Exceeded expectations!
• Submitted 10 Dec 2019
Excellent way to see Panama if you're limited on time. We saw an awful lot in one day. A lot of time spent driving though and it would have been nice to explore more on foot. However we saw a lot of wildlife and countryside and also the locks on the canal. The boat tour was a lot of fun as well, and the guide very informative.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2019
We had a great time. The guys were super friendly and very informative. The trip was full of adventure and spontaneous activities.
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
Enrique was a great guide. Impresssive Agua Clara locks, we were lucky to watch a big ship passing through the locks. Good stop a fuerta san lorenzo offering great views of the carribbean sea and the mouth of river chagres. Feeding monkeys on lake gatun was geat fun. We followed the canal on a small boat.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2019
I have been to over 100 cities and this is by far is the best tour I have ever been on. The day was packed with wild life, history, and a candid environment to ask questions about any aspects of the city you wanted to know. The guides went over and above, even getting us out on the first boat in the morning to monkey island which allowed for an uninterrupted visit with 3 different types of monkeys. The most impressive thing was not about the tour at all, but how both our guides Jerin and John viewed and treated Panama and its people. In a world with so much wrong, these 2 guys left us feeling that there is still so much right left. Thanks for this once in a lifetime experience.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
Leo our tour guide was amazing and very knowledgeable and professional. Phenomenal day highly recommend it and this company.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
A tour that combines the canal visit with eco-tourism. A full day of activities, and the guides are very knowledgeable and efficient.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2019
Tour was very comprehensive, stopping at many important and varied sites: Lake Gatun, Agua Clara locks, Fort San Lorenzo, ocean to ocean drive. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly, and stopped whenever there was interesting wildlife to see. Jarin was a fabulous tour guide. I recommend this tour to any visitor of Panama
• Submitted 27 Aug 2019
Jeren and Leo know their wildlife! The tour was on time and fast paced. We needed to be back at a destination in panama city and Jeren got us there on time Our original date for the tour fell on the 500th anniversary of Panama and they had to reschedule it to the following day However they gave us an all day tour with Leo who took us to the Miraflores locks and the Biomuseum These greatly complimented the ocean to ocean tour. On the tour we had a good supply of cold water snacks and a lunch of sandwiches with whole grain bread, meat, avocado, tomatoes and lettuce as well as the the sweetest pineapple. I highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2019
We had two full days in Panama - and this was perfect for day one. The boat ride in the canal included stops where monkeys came on the roof of the launch. The fort was a pleasant surprise - history, clean bathrooms and a picnic lunch that included sandwiches with fresh avocado, tomato and turkey / cheese. And a chance to see a tarantula. The locks (Agua Clara on Atlantic side) were really interesting and there was enough time for the short film. And then we saw 5 sloth on the drive back to Panama City. Back in time for a nap and then old town. Leo was a fantastic guide and we are not a group that is easily impressed. Simply perfect.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019

In Brief

Panama City, Panama
7 to 9 hours