Monkey & Wildlife Nature Cruise on Gatun Lake

PA6-610 | Fuerte Amador, Panama (for Panama City) | See Special Notes

from $109.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Cruise Gatun Lake Cruise Gatun Lake

You will see:

  • Panama Canal Expansion Panama Canal Expansion
  • Panama Canal Expansion

Easy Includes snack

Excursion Length:
Approx. 4 hours

Tour Overview

Board your air-conditioned transportation and drive to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort located at the mouth of the Chagres River. Here, you'll meet your tour boat for a cruise through the canal and the labyrinth of jungle covered islands located in Gatun Lake. The abundance of wildlife and the density of the rainforest immediately impress you. Your naturalist guide will orient you to the area, discuss the flora and fauna, and help you to spot the animals as they move through their natural habitats.

The main attraction is of course the monkeys, and the different species that inhabit Monkey Island. Listen for the loud call of the Howler monkeys who communicate with each other using a howling sound. They might be seen in the trees holding on to branches with their prehensile tails, strong enough to support their entire weight. White-faced Capuchin monkeys are quick, versatile, intelligent and friendly. They use branches and twigs to help them reach fruit and other food and are the most likely to greet you. The smallest monkey in Central America is the Tamarin monkey, you'll know you've spotted one by the unusual red tuft of fur at the nape of its neck. Although you probably won't see one during the day, the area is also home to the grey bellied night monkey, a nocturnal species native to Panama.

In addition to the monkeys, the area teems with wildlife, so keep your camera ready as you will be looking for the sleeping sloths, timid turtles, cagy crocodiles and a colorful array of butterflies. Nature lovers will enjoy identifying the surrounding plants, towering trees and tropical flowers that flourish.

On your return to the dock, you'll pass the Panama Canal at water level, an awe-inspiring experience you won't soon forget. The powerful tankers and container ships are a sight to behold and this intimate view of the Gatun Lake canal system is something only a small boat experience can provide.

At the completion of your boat ride, refreshments are offered before it is time to return to the ship

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


Wildlife sightings, while common, are not guaranteed as this is not a zoo. Bring adequate sun protection. Binoculars and a camera with telephoto lens are recommended.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

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Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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