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Monkey Island experience in the Panama Canal (Gatun Lake)

Panama City, Panama
Monkey Island experience in the Panama Canal (Gatun Lake)

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Shared car/boat transportation
Tour to Monkey Island
English speaking tour guide
Boat tour through Panama Canal
Bottled water

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We pick up all guests at their lodging in Panama City at 7am. We strive to make this the best experience possible. In order to encounter as many monkeys as possible we elected to start our tour earlier than most others. If staying at Playa Bonita area, we charge extra and pick up at 6:30am.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tao Travel 365
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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They canceled me
, Mar 2022
It made me give one star. I would give zero. They canceled my trip and let me know at like 8p the night before because they needed a minimum of two people and there was just me. They offered me other trips and I hated to take the risk. I booked through someone else and that was a sure thing. It also took me a couple days to get them to refund my money. I called PayPal and opened a dispute.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Erin, we are very sorry you feel upset. We have clearly stated on our product listing that this tour requires a minimum of 2 guests. We wait until 8pm the day before the tour to receive more bookings. Unfortunately in your case no one else booked the tour for your preferred tour date. We immediately canceled and issued a refund, which is processed directly through Viator and which can take a couple of days to post back in your bank account.
Exciting Morning Escape from the City
, Jan 2022
Our Tour Guide Alex picked us up around 7:30am from Central Hotel Panama in Casco Viejo (he was picking up another couple before us, which accounted for the slight delay), and we headed to Gamboa port for our boat. The 3-hour total trip was so much fun!! We saw three different types of monkeys that were hanging on branches right in front of us about 20 feet away, plus we saw different bird species. It was super cool being in the middle of the Panama Canal, knowing the history and significant of this modern wonder of the world. If you want a short morning tour that focuses mostly on wildlife, this one is highly recommend!
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Wonderful Tour
, Jan 2022
The tour was amazing. Our guide Daniel was wonderful, he made any stops that we requested on the way to the tour and also on the way back home. Definitely a great experience. You get to experience the monkeys coming on the boat and grabbing peanuts out of your hands; also you see all the big ships passing to enter the locks. I would recommend this trip especially with Daniel being the tour guide.
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I was under the...
, Jan 2022
I was under the impression that we will get to see many animals and then go through the canal/locks. But we only saw 3 monkeys and one big ship go through. If you have young kids then the trip might be something to think about. Otherwise most of the time was in the car or boat
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi Samarth, we are sorry you did not enjoy our Monkey Island tour. In our tour listing, we try our best to be as specific and clear as possible so that our guests will not have the wrong expectations. We do not advertise that we are going through the locks. The tour takes place in the Panama canal, visiting the the monkey island. We ask our guests to start the tour early with us in order to be able to see many monkeys. If the tour is scheduled later, most monkeys have eaten and will recede into the jungle to sleep. We hope you will give us another chance to show you the beauties of Panama :)
Perfect for anyone of all ages
, Dec 2021
Great adventure with my a senior and kid. Such fun seeing the monkeys and riding down the Canal. Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi Cythia, thank you for booking with us and allowing us to show you the monkey island. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to hear back from you again at some time in the future :)

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