Gatun Lake, Panama
Rainforest & Gatun Lake & Locks Cruise
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Travel to the Melia Panama Canal Resort and board a tour boat for a 1½-hour eco-cruise on Gatún Lake. Gatún is a large artificial lake in the Republic of Panama. It forms a major part of the Panama Canal, carrying ships during their transit across the Isthmus of Panama. The lake was created between 1907 and 1913 by the building of the Gatún Dam across the Chagres River. The hills bordering the valley of the Chagres open up widely around the area of the lake, but come together to form a gap at the location of the dam.
Glide over the water, passing lush rain forest. You're headed to a secluded region of Lake Gatún -- the perfect spot to experience firsthand 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 -- they are part of the much larger population of reptiles, mammals, insects and birds that inhabit the Panamanian forest. In fact, the more than 50,000 acres of rain forest here is home an incredible 105 species of mammals, 525 species of birds and 124 species of reptiles and amphibians. And, amazingly, this is one of the most accessible green zones in the world.
Next, take a walk through the rainforest and visit the ecological trail that surrounds the lake. Your naturalist guides ensures that you have an outstanding nature experience by not only pointing out the wildlife, but also educating you about the animals and their habitat.
Afterwards, re-board your air-conditioned transportation for a tour of the new Agua Clara Locks on Panama Canal.). Spend approximately one hour at the Visitor Center observing the locks in operation. Your guide explains the engineering feat required to move ships over a continental divide that separates two oceans. These New Locks give you a modern perspective of the Panama Canal as they are part of the expansion project that allows the canal to accommodate the larger neo-Panamax class of ship.
Finally, re-board your air-conditioned transportation for the drive back to your ship.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.