Gatun Lake, Panama
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Approximately 5 Hours
The aerial tram travels a half-mile through the canopy of the forest. (Round-trip time on the tram is about 45 minutes, not including time spent at the lookout.) It takes you from the shadowy forest floor through the understory and into the sun-drenched canopy. It is located in 247 acres of rain forest, surrounded by exuberant flora and fauna typical of Panama.
The surrounding flora includes species such as the guarumo (trumpet tree), mangavillo, higo de Montaña, espave (wild cashew) and balsa. This impressive plant diversity is the food source for all kinds of indigenous animals including coatimundi, peccary, howler monkey, squires, capibarra and sloth. Beautiful birds such as toucans, trogons, parrots, and momots are also plentiful.
Reptiles and amphibians found in the Panamanian forests include caimans, iguanas, and dozens of species of frogs.
Quite literally at the bottom of the food chain is the world of the insects, many of which are beautifully colored -- butterflies, dragonflies, cicadas and others. Visit the herpetarium-like exhibits where frogs, butterflies, and even orchids, play their part in the tropical eco-system.
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Minimum age is 6 years. This excursion will depart from Gatún Lake and will end in Colón, where you will re-join the ship. 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 the ship's tour passengers ashore. Therefore, tour departure times may vary and will be announced onboard. The return time of the ship to Colón may also be delayed due to transit through the locks. We recommend that you are prepared for any potential delay of the ship's arrival to Colón and plan accordingly by bringing any needed medication or essential items on tour. Facilities are available at the terminal in Colón while waiting for the ship's arrival in case of delay.