The Best of Panama to Colon

  • Port

    Gatun Lake, Panama

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 5½ Hours

  • Meals Included


At Gatún Lake, board a motor launch for a one-hour cruise. The lake was created in 1907 by damming the Chagres River. It and forms a major part of the Panama Canal passage, carrying ships during their transit across the Isthmus of Panama. Keep an eye out for monkeys, toucans, and sloths on the shoreline.

Make the most of an opportunity to encounter the Emberá Native people. This tribe still lives in harmony with the natural surroundings in the rain forest. Witness traditional song and dance along with music performed on handmade instruments. The Emberà possess an amazing botanical knowledge, and they are a warm and friendly people. You will have a chance to purchase Emberà Native handicrafts directly from the villagers.

Spend approximately one hour observing operations at the Agua Clara Expansion Locks observation area. Your guide will explain the engineering feat required to move ships over the Continental Divide that separates two oceans. The new locks offer a perspective of the Panama Canal that encompasses past, present and future. Learn about recent the Panama Canal expansion project with a detailed explanation from an expert. The design, construction and operation of the largest engineering project in the world is quite astounding.

After witnessing the locks in action, board your transportation for the drive to Colón, where you will meet the ship.


Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Tour departs from Gatún Lake and ends in Colón where you will re-join the ship. You may arrive in Colón before the ship does.