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9 North Panama

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Gamboa, Panama
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Rainforest Photography Expeditions and Bird Photography Tours on a custom built Rainforest Expedition boat. Includes specialised photographer's chair with an articulating arm and gimbal and pro-level DSLR camera and 150-600mm. All tours include a Photography Guide and Bird Tours include an experience Bird Guide. Nutritious snacks and beverages. Maximum 4 guests, boat can be booked for one person or a group's exclusive use. Pick up and drop off at accommodation in Gamboa included. Owner directly involved as a Guide, English speaking. Boat Captain and Bird Guide speak Spanish and understandable English.
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Whether you're a photography enthusiast or a beginner, you'll learn to take your best photos in a beautiful setting on this tour of Gatun Lake. Accompanied by a professional photographer guide, you'll learn tips and tricks for taking great wildlife and nature shots, and will have the chance to use high-end equipment. Cruise on the lake and keep an eye out for monkeys, crocodiles, butterflies, and more.
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MaruStaab wrote a review Nov 2020
Mars, Pennsylvania49 contributions13 helpful votes
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We had an excellent experience with Andrew and Pauline. Our 3 y/o loved it and we enjoyed the nature, the view and the wildlife. Highly recommend if visiting Panama w/kids.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Rich N, Owner at 9 North Panama
Responded Nov 20, 2020
Hi Mara It is wonderful to have kids on the boat so that at an early age they can get an appreciation for and interest in nature. Look forward to seeing you again shortly. Andrew
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thc152 wrote a review Mar 2020
New York City, New York177 contributions86 helpful votes
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First time visiting Panama City and my wife wanted to see the Panama Canal. As for me an avid fisherman I want to do some fishing in Panama. I came across 9 North Panama when I was researching for a fishing charter in Panama. The uniqueness of fishing trip 9 North offer on the Panama Canal immediately caught my attention. I reached out to Andrew owner to inquire about the trip. He responded quickly and answered all my questions promptly. I’m so glad we made the decision to do this trip with Andrew. His knowledge about the rainforest, eco system, the wild animals, etc is really impressive. He took his time to explain everything and show us some of the wild animals in the rainforest. I have done fishing in many places and this fishing trip provided an absolutely amazing experience. We else can you fish in one of the seven wonders of the world, See wild animals like crocodiles and monkeys in their natural habitat, ride next to huge cruise and large cargo ships in Panama Canal while you are fishing? I also want to mention about how comfortable and unique the boat is. It’s custom made for photography with a spacious platform and comfortable swift chairs. Very comfortable for fishing as well. We caught many peacock bass on this trip and they were beautiful. Andrew also provided a delicious homemade picnic style lunch on the banks and that was a lovely experience as well. If you are in Panama City you must do this trip. I want to thank Andrew for such amazing experience. This fishing trip is the highlight of our trip to Panama City. Loved!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Rich N, Owner at 9 North Panama
Responded Mar 6, 2020
Hello Tak Thank you for your very kind words. I am extremely fortunate to live in Panama and enjoy the amazing Gatun Lake (through which the Panama Canal passes). Every day on the lake is a new and wonderful experience for me. Tight lines! Andrew
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Jessica P wrote a review Feb 2020
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Had a great time on this tour with Andrew. He was very knowledgeable about the area and put us right on the fish! Even caught a huge snook!! I would highly recommend to anyone.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Rich N, Owner at 9 North Panama
Responded Feb 13, 2020
Thank you Jessica Who would believe that we would catch Snook in a fresh water lake. But we do. I expect they come up through the locks? Andrew
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Juan Rachadell wrote a review Feb 2020
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Me and my fiance did this tour a few months ago and it was perfect. We had been in Panama City, Santa Catalina and even San Blas (a real paradise) and had one final day to spend before going back home. We wanted to see Monkey Island so we chose this tour witth 9 North and it was the perfect ending to our trip. We saw monkeys, crocodiles, sloths, different birds, fish and so much nature. Andrew is just an excellent guide who not only has a great knowledge about the place as you can also feel that he loves his job and he respects nature! That was one of the key points that made this tour 5 stars for us, we felt that the whole experience respected the ecosystem around us. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Rich N, Owner at 9 North Panama
Responded Feb 3, 2020
Hello Juan Thank you. We had a great time together on the lake with some good laughs. Thank you for sharing you photos with us. Hope to see you again soon. Andrew
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Chiori G wrote a review Jan 2020
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What a spectacular day it was!  The day started with Andrew greeting us  - my husband, my 88 year old mother (yes, he took our reservation knowing this), and me - at the dock with a beautiful smile.  And as the trip progressed, I could see his smile was genuine; he truly loves to share the beauty of the rain forest with everyone.   The rain forest is magnificent; that is a given.  I could feel it was filled with lives.  However, finding animals that blend right into the soundings is impossible.  Exactly 100% of animals we saw was pointed out by Andrew.  The first one was only a few minutes into the trip.  He stopped the boat and told us there is a crocodile on the edge of the water under a tree.  It was a chill in my spine moment; I was staring at a wild crocodile! As we cruise the lake, Andrew pointed out many birds, iguanas, turtles, and monkeys. The first monkey we encountered was a loner. He was as curious about us as we were about him. A little by little he came closer and closer to the boat, jumping between branches. The sight made my mother so emotional, she was in tears. I had never worked with DSLR cameras or telephoto lens before. I was keep going out of focus at beginning. I was happy just seeing the animals with my own eyes. However, Andrew did not give up on me; he kept saying we would get this. I finally started finding animals through the camera. Now at home I am pulling up beautiful pictures I took, remembering how wonderful time we had.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Rich N, Owner at 9 North Panama
Responded Feb 3, 2020
Hi Chiori We were so pleased to have your elderly, but very sprightly mother onboard. So often elderly persons don't get the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities. Our stable boat with easy access is very suitable for both the elderly and persons with mobility constraints. Our captains are not only excellent wildlife spotters, but are also very careful drivers so that you have a comfortable boat ride. All the best, Andrew
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