Rainforest & Gatun Lake and Locks Cruise

PC1-605 | Panama Canal (Scenic Cruising) Panama | See Special Notes

from $89.95*

*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:
  • Canal Locks Canal Locks
  • Cruise Gatun Lake Cruise Gatun Lake
You will see:

Moderate

Excursion Length:
Approx. 4.5 hours

Tour Overview

Travel to the Melia Panama Canal Resort and cruise through the jungle covered islands in Gatun Lake. Later, witness the mighty Gatun Locks in action. Board your air-conditioned transportation for the approximately 20-minute drive to the Melia Resort. Located on the banks of the canal, the resort beautiful grounds and gardens. Large tracts of lowland tropical rainforests that nourish thriving plants and harbor enchanting animal populations surround the resort.

After a break to stretch your legs, board your tour boat for an one hour- and-30-minute eco-cruise on Gatun Lake. Gatun Lake is a large artificial lake situated in the Republic of Panama; it forms a major part of the Panama Canal, carrying ships during their transit across the Isthmus of Panama. The lake was created between 1907 and 1913 by the building of the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. The hills bordering the valley of the Chagres open up widely around the area of the lake, but come together to form a gap at the location of the dam.

Glide past lush rainforest to a secluded region of the lake and witness first-hand the splendor and excitement of the jungle. Exotic birds, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and crocodiles are just a few of the animals that you may see in their native surroundings. The sampling of wildlife you witness during your motorboat ride is part of a much larger population. The Panama Canal rainforests are some of the most accessible green zones in the world. With over 50,000 acres of pristine rainforest, this natural gem hosts an incredible 105 species of mammals, 525 species of birds and 124 species of reptiles and amphibians.

After exploring the lake, you will also have the experience of walking through the rainforest and visiting the ecological trail that surrounds the Lake and whole area. Your trained naturalist guides will ensure that you have an outstanding nature experience by not only pointing out the wildlife, but also educating you about the animals and their habitat. Afterwards, you will re-board your air-conditioned transportation for a tour of the new Panama Canal Locks (Agua Clara Visitor Center). Spend approximately one hour observing the locks in operation. Your guide explains the engineering feat required to move ships over a continental divide that separates two oceans. This new Locks give you a new perspective of the Panama Canal, showing you the past, present and future of the same. After you learn as much as possible of the Panama Canal and how it works nowadays, you will also have an IN-FIELD experience of the Expansion project that took place at that same site. A detailed explanation of an expert from the design to the construction and operation of the biggest engineer project worldwide will amaze you. After seeing the locks up close, board your air-conditioned transportation for the drive back to your ship.

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Detailed itinerary

Depart Gatun Yacht Club for a 20 minutes drive to Melia

Details:
Travel time: 00:25 Transport type:Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Air conditioned?:Yes

Stretch your legs and board the lake boats

Details:
Transport type:Motorized vessel
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):20
Time at site:00:15
Walking distance (yards):20
Wheelchair accessible?:No Notes

too hard to board the lake boats

Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):15
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes

Ecological Boat drive in Gatun Lake

Details:
Transport type:Motorized vessel
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):20
Time at site:01:25 Inside Visit :Yes
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes

Ecological Hike at Melia's Rainforest Trail

Details:
Transport type:Walking
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40
Time at site:00:40 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):500

Guided Tour at Gatun Locks

Details:
Travel time: 00:20 Transport type:Motorized vessel
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):20
Time at site:01:00 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):100
Total number of steps:80
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):60
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes

Drive back to Port of Colon were the ship will be docked

Details:
Travel time: 00:25 Transport type:Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Air conditioned?:Yes

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

This tour is not recommended for passengers with physical disabilities. A camera with a zoom lens is recommended. Bring adequate sun protection (sunscreen, hat, etc.) A bottle of water is provided. Wear sensible footwear, such as sneakers. Tour includes a 35-minute walk/hike trough the Rainforest of the Melia Hotel and area. Tour sequence may vary. Depending on traffic, Agua Clara Locks may be visited first. Wildlife sightings, while common, are not guaranteed. Ship sightings in the locks are not guaranteed.

*Tour now uses a catamaran, no longer a high speed boat*

Note: The Panama Canal Authority assigns specific time slots for the transit of a vessel through the locks. The ship will anchor in a designated area and will wait for instructions. Once clearance is transmitted to the ship, procedures begin to bring ship's tour passengers ashore. Therefore, tour departure times may vary and will be announced onboard.

Depending on the voyage and itinerary guests will be dropped off in either Colon or Cristobal.

Excursion Length:

Tour Time Departure to be Announced Onboard

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

For information on walking distances and/or the number of steps at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Wheelchair Accessibility:

For information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Camera/Video Restrictions:

For information on camera/video restrictions at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

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