Gatun Lake Cruise & Locks

5.5 hours | Fuerte Amador | P A 6 - 6 0 0
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Min. age: 13 years (See special notes)
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Points of Interest

  • Panama Canal Expansion
  • Canal Locks
  • Cruise Gatun Lake
Includes snack, Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Board your air-conditioned transportation for a drive along Amador Causeway on your way across the isthmus to the boat landing on the shores of Gatun Lake. Here you board your tour boat to explore the lake up close. Created in 1907, Gatun Lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. Journeying at water level inside the Panama Canal is an awe-inspiring experience. 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 can provide. As you make your way through the labyrinth of islands that dot Gatun Lake, the abundance of wildlife and the density of the rainforest immediately impress you.

Upon departure your specialized guide provides commentary about the lake and its flora and fauna. Prior to the construction of the Panama Canal, the vast jungle area that is now the Gatun Lake was teeming with an overwhelming abundance of wildlife. As the region was flooded to create the lake, animals took refuge in the mountain peaks, which are now the many islands that dot the renowned lake. With your interpretive guide slowly cruise the back channels, islands, and bays that make up this unique ecosystem. 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. After the cruise, board your air-conditioned transportation for an approximately a half hour tour of the New Panama Canal Locks.
This new Locks gives you a new perspective of the Panama Canal, showing you the past, present and future of the same. You will have an IN-FIELD experience of the Panama Canal Expansion. 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 amazing locks up close, board your air-conditioned transportation for the drive back to your ship prior to your return to the ship.

Special Notes:

Minimum age to participate is 13 years old. Ship sightings in the locks and wildlife sightings on the eco-cruise, while common, cannot be guaranteed. Tour sequence may vary. A small snack and bottled water are provided.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from pier to Boat Landing for scenic cruise on Gatun Lake

Transport type:
Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
26
Travel time:
01:30
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Short transfer to boat landing

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:30

Boat ride on the Gatun Lake

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Travel time:
01:00

Use facilities at Boat Landing and transfer to the new Locks of the Panama Canal for visit

Transport type:
Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
26
Travel time:
00:15
Walking distance:
100
Steps:
78
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Guided tour at the Agua Clara Visitor Center

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:45
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Steps:
78

Re-board your mini bus and return to your ship

Transport type:
Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
26
Travel time:
01:30