This excursion on Lake Gatun tour combines the thrill of encountering wildlife in their natural habitats while passing in the shadows of the mammoth cargo ships transiting the Panama Canal.
Gatun Lake, with a surface area of 423 square-kilometers, was created in 1914 as the main waterway for the Panama Canal and contains many small islands (former hilltops). Today this protected watershed land provides a healthy rainforest habitat teaming with wildlife. From the comfort of our boat which allows shoreline access we are likely to spot monkeys, sloth, and green iguana resting on tree branches, crocodile napping on beaches, osprey hunting for peacock bass, and a variety of tropical birds including colorful toucans. With a Certified Naturalist as your guide, you will not only see these amazing creatures but also learn about their role in maintaining a healthy forest and ultimately the continued functioning of the Panama Canal.
For the afternoon we will visit the Miraflores Visitors Center. The Miraflores Visitors Center (MVC) is an expression of the permanent commitment of the Panama Canal Authority to strengthen the public’s knowledge of the Canal. Located on the east side of the Miraflores Locks, the MVC allows the visitor to observe transiting vessels from a distance of only a few meters and learn firsthand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its construction, its participation in the world markets, and the importance of its watershed. From the observation platform, you’ll watch in awe as ocean-going ships are tendered through huge locks with only inches to spare.
Certified Naturalist Guide, Transportation, Entrance to MVC, Expedition Boat & Captain, Lunch
Duration: 8 Hours
Departure from Hotel: 8:30 AM