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Gatun Explorer Panama Canal Jungle Day Tour

Panama City, Panama
(954) 282-8214
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Ranked #27 of 89 Activities in Panama City
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Unless you have a lot of natural padding, bring something to sit on (a fluffy towel would work). The seating on the boat is very firm and it was quite uncomfortable after a few hours. That said, the trip was enjoyable to be on the canal in a small boat. The monkeys were fun (even if trained). We did see... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Our trip and guide was just like the brochure had advertised. We saw crocodiles, iguana, sloth, monkeys, and plenty of different bird species. The guide was very knowledgeable about the canal, ships, and wildlife. It was wonderful to see so much undeveloped rainforest protected for the wildlife. The guide and boat driver were very patient in waiting for the wildlife... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Okay, if you expect close encounter with wild animals this tour might be a disappointment for you. But if you're looking for a relaxing day outside the city it is a good option. You get a glimpse of the Canal when driving to Gamboa and when cruising Gatun Lake. Big container vessels pass by. When we got the floating house... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

When I think of a "Jungle Tour" I envision seeing lots of tropical birds (parrots, Tucans, etc) snakes, and monkeys IN THE WILD! As it turned out we saw no more than 3 monkeys that had obviously been trained to come upon calling them in exchange for peanuts and bananas. The only parrot, snake, and Tucan that we saw were... More

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Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Captain Carl gives a big value to this very complete, fun and interesting tour on Lake Gatun. The kids had a lot of fun kayaking through the forest and jumping from a small waterfall. Navigating in the middle of the big boats cruising the Panama Canal is an amazing experience and the arrival at Carl's lodge a nice surprise. It... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Our whole family went on this adventure and it was a real crowd pleaser. The drive to the boat ramp in Gamboa takes about 40 minutes, from there you leave the troubles of the world behind. Captain Carl is a character with jokes as corny as those on the Disneyland Jungle Cruise. He also has wonderful information about the canal,... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Carl was the best !!! He loves the jungle the animals the flaura and it shows. He engaged with everyone and everything. He is a character, to be sure, but a gentle kind soul. The adventure of feeding monkeys, swimming under a waterfall, and much more is a lifetime memory , I recommend to all. I am a senior traveling... More

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World-wide Traveller
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

While the herds of tourists visit the canal museum, go on a small cable car where you see no animal, or do some plain tour boats, here is one who brings you to a totally remote worlds, where you feel thousands miles away from Panama City. Carl will bring you in a hidden place, surrounded by jungle and animals, beautiful... More

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Best tour of the Canal your going to find! Carl is amazing and hularious, very entertaining and full of knowledge. He takes you through Lake Gatun and shows you the wildlife upclose and personal, even interacting with monkeys and other creatures of the jungle. This is so much more then your average tour of Lake Gatun. From kayaking through the... More

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

10 of us and I would do at again in a heartbeat! Laughed so hard, I couldn't paddle the kayak. Waterfall was amazing. Real outdoors experience, jumping off the boat, swimming, jumping from the waterfall. Carl's a funny guy...loved the monkeys, his collection of animals, commentary. Very, very entertaining. Do it now before he goes Hollywood! We had a blast,... More

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