WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING LAS PERLAS

TOUR DESCRIPTION Don´t miss the humpback whale and dolphin season between July and October and join them during their short visit in Panama in the Archipelago of the Pearl Islands. Your bilingual guide helps you to connect, communicate and interpret the behavior of the whales and dolphins you will encounter on this excursion. You depart Panama City by ferry early morning and pass by numerous ships that are waiting for their passage through the Panama Canal on the Southern entrance, in the Pacific. You may already spot some dolphins and whales. In Contadora you board the whale watching boat for a 3-hour guided tour, including a beach and snorkeling stop and some leisure time for lunch (not included) before returning late afternoon by ferry back to Panama City.

PRICE 
4+ pax: US$200 per person plus 7% tax
3 pax: US$230 per person plus 7% tax
2 pax: US$270 per person plus 7% tax
Children from 5-12 years: US$120 plus 7% tax

INCLUDED Transportation from/to your hotel in Panama City (please note that a $35 per person roundtrip surcharge based on 2+ persons must be added to day tours beginning and/or ending at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Canopy Tower, Intercontinental Playa Bonita Resort or hotels near Tocumen Airport), ferry shuttle between Panama City and Contadora Island, boat tour on Contadora Island with bilingual guide from the island (boat with roof), snorkeling equipment.

DISCLAIMER Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change due to weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.

PIPELINE ROAD HIKE & JUNGLE BOAT TOUR

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TOUR DESCRIPTION Pipeline Road is a moderate, approx. 22 km (13.7 mile), relatively flat trail within Soberania National Park’s 22,000 hectares (55,000 acres) of tropical rainforest. This abandoned service road remains pretty much flat and passes through a mature forest track. Soberania National Park boasts an impressive list of 525 species of birds and 105 species of mammals. This is not a loop trail, so hikers can enjoy a hike suitable to their physical abilities and walking speed and return on the same route late morning to continue with the boat tour.

After the rainforest hike you continue on a short drive to the marina where you head out on an expedition boat on Gatun Lake along the inlets of the Panama Canal to observe wildlife, flora and fauna. Snacks on the boat included. Return back to your hotel early afternoon.

PRICE 
4+ persons:
US$130 per person plus 7% tax
2-3 persons:
US$235 per person plus 7% tax 
**please contact us about charter boat prices**

INCLUDED Bilingual naturalist guide, picnic lunch, park entrance fees, transportation from/to your hotel in Panama City (please note that a $35 per person roundtrip surcharge based on 2+ persons must be added to day tours beginning and/or ending at Intercontinental Playa Bonita Resort or hotels near Tocumen Airport)

DISCLAIMER Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change due to weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.

ITINERARY


Early this morning you are picked up at the lobby of your hotel by an Ancon Expeditions of Panama Naturalist guide for the approx. 45-minute drive to Soberania National Park in the Panama Canal Watershed. Soon after you cross the Chagres River, you reach Pipeline Road. During World War II a pipeline was built along the Panama Canal to transport fuel from one ocean to the other in the event the waterway was attacked. Fortunately, it was never used. The gravel road built to maintain the pipeline provides excellent walking access to Soberania's 22,000 hectares (55,000 acres) of tropical rainforest. The park boasts an impressive list of 525 species of birds including the Black Hawk-eagle, Black-cheeked woodpecker, Black-breasted Puffbird, Broad-billed Motmot, Blue Cotinga, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Masked Tytira, Violaceous Trogon, Fasciated Antshrike, Shining honeycreeper, and a great array of North American migrants.  Soberania is also home to 105 species of mammals including large felines, Tamandua, Two and Three-toed Sloth, 4 species of monkeys, Agouti, some of which are listed under CITES (endangered species) and 59 endemic plant species in 4 life zones.

Pipeline Road is a moderate, approx. 22 km (13.7 mile) trail, remains pretty much flat and passes through a mature forest. In most places the forest is clear of undergrowth, which makes it especially suited for observing shy, interior forest birds like tinamous and leaftossers. When visiting Pipeline Road you also have a good chance to find an army ant swarm and many of the birds that follow these swarms as they roam the forest floor. This is not a loop trail, so hikers can enjoy a hike suitable to their physical abilities and walking speed and return on the same route mid morning to continue with the boat tour. The hike takes about 2 - 2.5 hours and then you continue via boat on Gatun Lake.

Mid morning you will be transferred to the marina near Gamboa where you board a comfortable 12 passenger expedition boat. The tour includes a voyage across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal, where you pass gigantic cargo ships in sharp contrast with the natural surroundings. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to spot Green iguana and Three-toed sloth resting on tree branches, Crocodile, Osprey in the hunt for Peacock bass, Snail kite and Keel-billed toucan among other wildlife. Gatun Lake was formed to give way to the Panama Canal in 1914.  With a surface of 423 Km2 (163 sq mi), at the time of its creation was the largest man-made lake in the world.  The flow of all the rivers within the Panama Canal Watershed is contained in Gatun Lake to provide water for the operation of the lock system.  Nearly 200 million liters (52 million gallons) of fresh water are used for every ship that transits through the Panama Canal from one ocean to another.  Our expedition boat will allow a close experience with rainforest covered islands (former hill tops) in Gatun Lake to search for White-faced capuchin, Mantled howler monkey, Spider monkey, and Geoffrey’s tamarin. You will enjoy some light snacks, fruits and beverages on the boat before returning back to the marina. Early afternoon you will be transferred back to your hotel.

DETAILS


TOUR SCHEDULE

  • 7:00 a.m. Approximate Pick up time at your hotel in Panama City (depending on your hotel location)
  • 6-7 hours approximate tour duration

Check our SPECIALS SECTION for current "open tours" with already passengers signed up or review our green season Specials!

WHAT TO BRING

For the Pipeline Road Trail:

  • Hiking/Trekking footwear
  • Water bottle and/or hydrating drink
  • Snacks (Power bar, trail mix, fruit, etc.)
  • Light clothing and long pants
  • Camera
  • Insect Repellant

For the Jungle Boat Tour (can be left with driver and will be ready on board upon arrival to Gatun Lake):

  • Sandals or tennis shoes
  • Dry sack
  • Cap or hat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light raincoat
  • Binoculars (available for rent at Ancon Expeditions of Panama)


TIPPING


Ancon Expeditions is Panama’s top eco-tourism operator. Our Natural & Cultural History Guides are the country's finest. Due to frequently asked questions from our clients about suggested guide & staff gratuities, we would like to provide you with the following universal tipping guidelines:

  • Naturalist guide/Tour leader: US$10.00-US$20.00 per person/day
  • Day tour guide: US$10.00 per person/day
  • Transfer driver: US$2.00 per person
  • Tour driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Tour boat driver: US$5.00 per person/day

REVIEWS


"This was a perfect rainforest experience with a hike not too strenuous for my husband and I, we saw lots of wildlife on the jungle boat tour and loved our guide Ivan! Amazed by his knowledge. Thanks Ancon Expeditions of Panama, we will definitely return!


Peggy Brown, USA

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FULL DAY CITY TOUR & THE PANAMA CANAL

Full Day Panama City Tour

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TOUR DESCRIPTION The Full Day Panama City Tour & the Panama Canal starts out with a fascinating visit to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center at the Panama Canal. You will then continue to the newly inaugurated Biodiversity Museum which was designed by Frank Gehry and is located on the Causeway Amador. Continue for lunch to the Casco Viejo historical part of town. End the tour with a historical walking tour through the historic center which is home to beautiful restored colonial houses and interesting architecture, beautiful cathedrals and plazas.


PRICE
4+ persons:
US$130 per person plus 7% tax
2-3 persons: US$190 per person plus 7% tax


INCLUDED Bilingual naturalist guide, museum and related fees, transportation from/to your hotel in Panama City (please note that a $35 per person roundtrip surcharge based on 2+ persons must be added to day tours beginning and/or ending at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Canopy Tower, Intercontinental Playa Bonita Resort or hotels near Tocumen Airport)

DISCLAIMER Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change due to weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.

DAY TOURS

Panama is blessed with a spectacular natural and cultural heritage. Moreover, some of the most interesting natural environments, historic sites and culturally rich areas are all reached from Panama City on a day tour. Ancon Expeditions offers a select list of day tours for travelers who plan to base their trips from Panama City or in combination with short adventures or longer duration programs.

 


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PANAMA CANAL RAINFOREST BOAT ADVENTURE

5 hrs (approx)
The Best Day Tour in Panama! Aboard an expedition boat explore the waters of the Panama Canal through coves and inlets in search of wildlife including countless species of birds, reptiles and several species of monkeys. The most comfortable and accessible way to discover the natural attributes of the Panama Canal watershed. Read More...

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PANAMA CANAL PARTIAL TRANSIT

6-7 hrs (approx)
The Panama Canal Partial Transit goes (usually) southbound on Fridays and Saturdays, first passing through Pedro Miguel Locks and then through Miraflores Locks. On Thursdays the transit goes northbound, beginning on the Pacific Ocean. A great journey through the Panama Canal to learn about its past, current and future plans and events. Read More...

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OCEAN TO OCEAN PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT

10-12 hrs (approx)
On August 15, 1914 the SS Ancon made the first official ocean to ocean transit through the Panama Canal. This event, that soon proved to have changed the world forever, was possible thanks to the labor of more than 75,000 men and women who worked for 10 years facing unprecedented challenges. Since 1914, more than 900,000 vessels have transited through the waterway bringing commerce, cultures and people from all corners of the world closer together. Read More...

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THE CHAGRES RIVER & THE EMBERA PEOPLE

7-8 hrs (approx)
A perfect opportunity to visit an indigenous village in the midst of an exceptionally wonderful natural setting that supports in harmony their lifestyle and traditions. The Embera indigenous people still live today as many decades ago in their original homes deep in the Darien. Learn about their traditional dances, music, singing, use of plants and flowers as natural medicine, construction of their housing and many more customs they are still practicing. Read More...

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PANAMA CANAL FISHING

5-6 hrs (approx)
World-class fishing on the Panama Canal and Gatun Lake just 45 minutes outside Panama City! Fish for Peacock Bass, snook and tarpon while being surrounded by abundant wildlife, birds, flora and fauna that inhabit the innumerous islands in the Panama Canal. Peacock Bass, an introduced species in Gatun Lake is a world renowned, sought after, game fish. The younger 2 to 3 pounder Peacock bass are abundant in these waters and swim in schools along certain selected areas in the lake. Read More...

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PIPELINE ROAD HIKE & JUNGLE BOAT TOUR

7 hrs (approx)
Located only 45 minutes from Panama City, Pipeline Road is a road built along the Panama Canal in World War II. This road was meant to maintain a pipeline to transport fuel from one ocean to the other in the event the waterway was attacked. Fortunately, it was never used. Nowadays the gravel road provides excellent walking access to Soberania's 22,000 hectares (55,000 acres) of tropical rainforest. Soberania National Park boasts an impressive list of 525 species of birds and is also home to 105 species of mammals. With this tour you will enjoy a morning moderate hiking excursion followed by a rainforest boat tour exploring the wildlife and nature along the Panama Canal. Read more...

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SMITHSONIAN CANOPY CRANE AT METRO PARK

3 hrs (approx)
Experience the incredible unity of a metropolitan city adjacent to a lush rainforest from a 360 degrees perspective. This unique tour can only be experienced with Ancon Expeditions of Panama and is very rewarding. While exploring the canopy of Metropolitan Nature Park, you will be fascinated by the beautiful view over Panama City, its bay, the Panama Canal and the expanse of the national parks that protect the canal´s watershed. Read More...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF SOBERANIA NATIONAL PARK

6-7 hrs (approx)
Located only 45 minutes from Panama City, Soberania National Park is considered to be one of the most accessible areas for bird watching and wildlife observation in Central America. You will visit the Rainforest Discovery Center and climb up its observation tower, and then explore the trails around the Rainforest Discovery Center for a variety of birds, insects, and a lush flora and fauna. Avid birders will also take on the prestigious Pipeline Road that is world famous among birdwatchers due to its high yield in bird species. It is one of the best places in America for tropical birds exceeding the 400+ species. Read More...

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TRANS-ISTHMIAN ROUTE

10 hrs (approx)
From Spanish conquistadors to gold rush adventurers. On the Trans-Isthmian Route find yourself in the most interesting historical journey in Panama. You will be traversing Panama from South to North by road, exploring the forts at San Lorenzo, admire the Panama Canal Expansion project from the new Gatun Observation Center, and enjoy the Panama Railway train ride from Colon to Panama City on the return. Read More...

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HALF DAY HISTORICAL PANAMA CITY TOUR

4 hrs (approx)
The Half Day Historical City Tour takes you onto a fascinating history journey starting in Panama Viejo, where Pedro Arias de Avila founded the first Spanish City on 15 August 1519, the old ruins and Cathedral tower as well as the Panama Viejo museum, then continues to Casco Antiguo, the historic center of Panama city with beautiful restored colonial houses, the Canal Museum, cathedrals and plazas. Read More...

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FULL DAY CITY TOUR & THE PANAMA CANAL

6 hrs (approx)
The Full Day Panama City Tour starts out with a fascinating visit to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center at the Panama Canal. You will then continue to the newly inaugurated Biodiversity Museum which was designed by Frank Gehry and is located on the Causeway Amador. Continue for lunch to the Casco Viejo historical part of town and enjoy and afternoon historical walking tour in the area. Read More...

SMITHSONIAN BARRO COLORADO NATURE MONUMENT

9-10 hrs (approx)
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), a nonprofit entity with headquarters in Panama City, Panama, is a division of the Smithsonian Institution. STRI is known worldwide as a leading center for tropical biology research. With nine research facilities in Panama, and projects in many other tropical countries, STRI maintains a Visitors Program that contributes to its institutional mission: to increase understanding of the past, present and future of tropical biodiversity and its relevance to human welfare. Read More...

WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING LAS PERLAS

10-11 hrs (approx)
Humpback Whale Season between July-September each year! Panama is one of the only places in the world blessed with Humpback whale migrations from both the Southern and Northern hemispheres between July and September. Join in on a wonderful visit in the Las Perlas Archipelago where you will have a one-in-a-lifetime experience to see dolphins and humpback whales in the wild with your bilingual guide. Read More...

CHAGRES RIVER & THE EMBERA PEOPLE






TOUR DESCRIPTION
A perfect opportunity to visit an indigenous village in the midst of an exceptionally wonderful natural setting that supports in harmony their lifestyle and traditions. The Embera indigenous people still live today as many decades ago in their original homes deep in the Darien. Learn about their traditional dances, music, singing, use of plants and flowers as natural medicine, construction of their housing and many more customs they are still practicing.

PRICE US$150 per person + 7% tax (4+ passengers), US$225 per person + 7% tax (2-3 passengers)

INCLUDED Bilingual naturalist guide, traditional Embera lunch, park/community and related fees, transportation from/to your hotel in Panama City (please note that a $35 per person roundtrip surcharge based on 2+ persons must be added to day tours beginning and/or ending at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Canopy Tower, Intercontinental Playa Bonita Resort or hotels near Tocumen Airport)

DISCLAIMER Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change due to weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.

ITINERARY


Early in the morning you are picked up at the lobby of your hotel by an Ancon Expeditions of Panama Naturalist Guide and transferred to El Corotu on the shores of Madden Lake.

The main reservoir of drinking water for the cities of Panama and Colon, Madden Lake also supplies 40% of the water required for the operation of the Panama Canal. Here, you board a motorized piragua (dugout canoe) and travel up the Chagres River to an Embera indigenous village.

The boat journey takes you through the rainforest of the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the National Parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed. Along the Chagres River, you may be able to spot Little Blue and Green Heron, Great Egret, Anhingas, Neotropical Cormorant, Amazon, Ringed, and Green Kingfishers, along with Keel-billed Toucans and Ospreys flying above. At the Embera village you will be greeted with dancing and music.

You will learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature. There will be handcrafts available for sale and you will have a chance to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Embera use to adorn their bodies. After a traditional Embera lunch of fried fish and plantains wrapped in a banana tree leaf, accompanied by fresh fruits and beverages, you will be heading back to Panama City. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies to be prepared in advance.

DETAILS


TOUR SCHEDULE

  • 8:00 a.m. Approximate pick up time at your hotel in Panama City (depending on your hotel location)
  • 7 hours Approximate tour duration

Check our SPECIALS SECTION for current "open tours" with already passengers signed up or review our green season Specials!

WHAT TO BRING

  • Binoculars (available for rent at Ancon Expeditions of Panama)
  • Camera
  • Cap or hat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Insect Repellant
  • Light clothing (T-Shirt and shorts)
  • Light raincoat
  • Good traction footwear
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Cash in small denominations is suggested if interested in purchasing handicrafts

TIPPING

Ancon Expeditions is Panama’s top eco-tourism operator. Our Natural & Cultural History Guides are the country's finest. Due to frequently asked questions from our clients about suggested guide & staff gratuities, we would like to provide you with the following universal tipping guidelines:

  • Naturalist guide/Tour leader: US$10.00-US$20.00 per person/day
  • Day tour guide: US$10.00 per person/day
  • Transfer driver: US$2.00 per person
  • Tour driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Tour boat driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Hotel bellman: US$1.00 per person per suitcase
  • International airport bellmen (red caps): US$1.00 per piece of suitcase

REVIEWS


"Just to let you know that your tour guides were awesome today.They did a really good job and entertained my wife a lot. I will let my friends know to give u a call when they come to Panama later this year. hope they can get the same guys.Thanks"

Jodel Giraud, USA

“I want to take this time and thank you for your outstanding service, the tour was absolutely amazing, the people I was with including myself had wonderful time. I count it as one of the top 3 experiences of my life!! What a wonderful friendly beautiful people with a rich culture and amazing story. Rick, our tour guide was nothing short of outstanding his knowledge and willingness to make this a memorable experience really enhanced the day.

From the bottom of my heart thank you for giving me this opportunity! “

C.J. Ricard, Canada

“Beautiful people and we learned so much from them. The ride in the dugout canoe through the lush forest of the Chagres National Park was a wonderful experience.”

Pete Miller, USA

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