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Panama Canal Boat Eco Tour
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Marianne H wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia304 contributions133 helpful votes
We did this tour with Viking. We thought it would be the highlight of our trip but we’re very disappointed. The guide gave us interesting information about Panama on the way to Gutan lake (over 1 hours drive) but the boat which took about 20 people was not good. Often we couldn’t see what was pointed out because of the canopy over the boat. There was too much high speed travelling and when the boat went slowly a strong smell of petrol. We saw 3 types of monkey an a sloth but hardly any birds and the guide did not know the names except if the very common ones. The snack on the wAy back was in a large catdbiard container but filled less that half the discs. It was a small muffin and small apple and a bottle of water
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Victoria M wrote a review Dec 2019
medicine hat, alberta99 contributions38 helpful votes
We took the eco tour on November 17, 2019. The lake is vast and super calm. Weather was warm, humid and a bit of drizzle but I enjoyed that. I was the one who pointed out the many toucans high up in the canopy. Other than that we saw nothing else. I think I would have seen much more wildlife if I had taken the kayak tour. Talked to some other people who did and they saw much more than I during the same time frame and same area of the lake. I would go back just to explore the area, lake on my own.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Glen M wrote a review Sep 2019
Newport, United States29 contributions3 helpful votes
Guides take you on a boat ride and will do their best to find monkeys on different islands. They take their time to make sure that you get pictures and, maybe, get to see some other wildlife.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Lee L wrote a review May 2017
Valhalla, New York1584 contributions207 helpful votes
I was on a Norwegian cruise that went into Gatun lake and then went back out. They had an excursion to go all the way thru the canal by ferry that I booked thru Aventuras. They took us off the boat by tender and then we got onto buses that took us where we were supposed to meet our ferry. On the way I'm fairly certain we got lost since we did not 1 but 2 U-turns. With 6 buses you would think at least one of the drivers would know the way and the others could follow. When we got there the ferry was not there and we had to wait. Once on board the ferry it was fairly crowded and congested especially in places where you were out of the sun or it was cool, limited a.c. The boat ride was nice with close up views of the locks though we were in the back of a queue of small boats. it would have been nice to stop off at the Miraflores lock museum. Then after reaching the Pacific side they dropped us off and we were bused back to Colon, I fell asleep so unsure if their were any U-turns. They did provide plenty of water and soft drinks and lunch, chicken and beans. Since you were not allowed to go off the boat unless you were in a Norwegian excursion, except for a 1-2 hours in Colon, this was the only option to do something that went further thru the canal.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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Duquesadiner wrote a review May 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom1402 contributions515 helpful votes
We were taken to the Gamboa Tarpon Club where we picked up the Eco Tour. We split into 2 boats and headed from the river into the Gatun Lakes. The guide was excellent, he knew the full history of the Panama Canal and what went on to create the artificial lake and so on. The focus of the tour was wildlife and we pretty much saw everything that was there; birds, caymans, monkeys and iguanas. It was a really well spent couple of hours. We hooked up with the tour having come off a cruise ship in Panama City but I am sure there are many other ways to see access this tour, really worthwhile.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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