Panama Canal, Monkey Island & Gamboa sloth sanctuary all in one day? Yes indeed! If you are a nature lover visiting Panama and want to get up close to the wildlife in the rainforest here, our Monkey Island + Sloth Sanctuary combo tour is the perfect one day tour in Panama for you. Throw in a visit to a butterfly garden, a frog habitat, and the gorgeou orchid garden at the Gaboa Rainforest Reserve and you have a tour the whole family will love!
Monkey Island Tour by Boat
Monkey Island Panama is one of the most popular day tours in Panama. Just the journey to Monkey Island is incredible. First of all, to get there you board a boat on the famous Gatun Lake. Departing Lake Gatun, we navigate a small boat in the Panama Canal alongside the giant freighters and occasional cruise ships passing through the canal. All the while we will keep a lookout for crocodiles, snail kites snacking on snails along the reeded shoreline, brightly colored tucans calling to each other in the trees, sloths and of course, monkeys!!
Monkey Island is aptly named for the colony of monkeys that live in this section of Panama's rainforest. As its popularity has grown, the monkeys have learned that boats and humans are the source of yummy snacks such as bananas, and of course shiny objects that are the ultimate treasure if the humans are not paying close attention. In and around Monkey Island we will find both the loud howler monkeys, and the more aggressive white-faced capuchin monkeys. And if you are lucky, the monkeys will board the boat with you! So, get your cameras ready for some close-up Nat Geo worthy photo ops of monkeys in their natural habitats.
Gamboa Sloth Sanctuary
After our visit with to Monkey Island, we will navigate the Panama Canal back to the shores of Lake Gatun and the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve. Here we will visit the first and so far only sloth sanctuary in Panama. The Gamboa sloth sanctuary is operated by professionals at the ACCP (Panamerican Association for Conservation) & its volunteers. They have been rescuing wildlife throughout the Panama Canal region for nearly 20 years now. ACCP stepped up ever since the expansion of the Panama Canal began. Here you will have the opportunity to meet some of the wildlife they have rescued and brought to the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve for rehabilitation and with luck, eventual release back into the wild. And if your visit to the sloth sanctuary coincides with feeding time, you are in for a real treat!!
This is a wonderful opportunity for families to really get to connect with nature up close. More importantly, learn about the importance of maintaining the diversity of wildlife in Panama. Diversity is what strengthens the rainforest and guarantees a healthy ecosystem for the future. For more information on the work the ACCP does here, we highly recommend you visit their website
Butterfly Garden, Frog Habitat & Orchid Garden Exhibits
Speaking of rainforest diversity, even the smallest creatures are important to the balance of the ecosystem. While we are visiting the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve, your guide will take you to discover the 20 different species of butterflies that inhabit Panama's rainforest.
Sloths, monkeys and a variety of wildlife in the rainforest all in one great one day tour from Panama City? Can you think of a better way for you and your family to spend a day in Panama? Us either. And this super popular one day tour in Panama books up quickly. So do not miss out! Book your discounted Monkey Island + Sloth Sanctuary Panama tour with The Real Deal Tours today!
Monkey Island Tour + Sloth Sanctuary in Panama Tour Details
Monkey Island + Sloth Sanctuary Panama Includes:
- * Round trip transportation from most Panama City hotels to Lake Gatun
- * Scenic drive through Soberania National Park
- * Boat tour on Lake Gatun & Panama Canal
- * Visit to Monkey Island
- * Gamboa Sloth Sanctuary Entrance
- * Bottled water
- * Butterfly Garden, Frog Habitat & Orchid Garden exhibits at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve
Departures: Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 am from most Panama City hotels. Pick up times vary depending on your hotel. Exact meeting times and instructions will be provided on your confirmation email within 24 hours.
Length: Approximately 6 hours.
Monkey Island + Sloth Sanctuary Panama Recommendations:
- * Light layered clothing
- * Comfortable walking shoes
- * Biodegradable sunscreen
- * Eco friendly bug repellent
- * Camera
- * Binoculars if you have them
- * Rain poncho (this is the rainforest, weather is unpredictable)
- * Money for tour balance, souvenirs, food or beverages & tips for you guides
Children: This is a great tour for the whole family! Children ages 6 to 12 pay half price, children 5 and under are free!!
Restrictions: This is a great activity for the whole family. This tour requires limited walking on relatively even surface. However, due to the logistics of getting in and out of a small boat and onto the shore and trails of the Gamboa Resort, this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Insider's Tip This is one of our favorite family tours in nature, and less than an hour outside of the city. Kids love the chance to get so close up to nature and you will love the joy on their faces. It is also a great city escape for locals looking to take their families out to do something special on the weekend.
Panama Cruise Ship Passengers: This tour is available as a shore excursion from Colon with a minimum of 4 passengers. If you are booking for less than 4 people, we can place your reservation on Standby until the minimum of 4 is reached. From Fuerte Amador, if your itinerary coincides with our regular schedule, we can accommodate you with a minimum booking of 2 guests.
IMPORTANT NOTICE!!! If you are not a Panamanian citizen, you MUST have your passport on you at all times in Panama.
Reserve Your Monkey Island + Sloth Sanctuary Panama Now
The Real Deal: $104.00
The Real Deal: $51.00
Monkey Island + Sloth Sanctuary Panama deposit is $16.00 per Adult and $8.00 per Child.
(The balance of $87.00 per Adult and $43.00 per Child in cash must be paid the day of the tour)
This tour departs Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 am.