DAY TOURS

Panama is blessed with a spectacular natural and cultural heritage. Moreover, some of the most interesting natural environments, historic sites and culturally rich areas are all reached from Panama City on a day tour. Ancon Expeditions offers a select list of day tours for travelers who plan to base their trips from Panama City or in combination with short adventures or longer duration programs.

 


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PANAMA CANAL RAINFOREST BOAT ADVENTURE

5 hrs (approx)
The Best Day Tour in Panama! Aboard an expedition boat explore the waters of the Panama Canal through coves and inlets in search of wildlife including countless species of birds, reptiles and several species of monkeys. The most comfortable and accessible way to discover the natural attributes of the Panama Canal watershed. Read More...

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PANAMA CANAL PARTIAL TRANSIT

6-7 hrs (approx)
The Panama Canal Partial Transit goes (usually) southbound on Fridays and Saturdays, first passing through Pedro Miguel Locks and then through Miraflores Locks. On Thursdays the transit goes northbound, beginning on the Pacific Ocean. A great journey through the Panama Canal to learn about its past, current and future plans and events. Read More...

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OCEAN TO OCEAN PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT

10-12 hrs (approx)
On August 15, 1914 the SS Ancon made the first official ocean to ocean transit through the Panama Canal. This event, that soon proved to have changed the world forever, was possible thanks to the labor of more than 75,000 men and women who worked for 10 years facing unprecedented challenges. Since 1914, more than 900,000 vessels have transited through the waterway bringing commerce, cultures and people from all corners of the world closer together. Read More...

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THE CHAGRES RIVER & THE EMBERA PEOPLE

7-8 hrs (approx)
A perfect opportunity to visit an indigenous village in the midst of an exceptionally wonderful natural setting that supports in harmony their lifestyle and traditions. The Embera indigenous people still live today as many decades ago in their original homes deep in the Darien. Learn about their traditional dances, music, singing, use of plants and flowers as natural medicine, construction of their housing and many more customs they are still practicing. Read More...

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PANAMA CANAL FISHING

5-6 hrs (approx)
World-class fishing on the Panama Canal and Gatun Lake just 45 minutes outside Panama City! Fish for Peacock Bass, snook and tarpon while being surrounded by abundant wildlife, birds, flora and fauna that inhabit the innumerous islands in the Panama Canal. Peacock Bass, an introduced species in Gatun Lake is a world renowned, sought after, game fish. The younger 2 to 3 pounder Peacock bass are abundant in these waters and swim in schools along certain selected areas in the lake. Read More...

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PIPELINE ROAD HIKE & JUNGLE BOAT TOUR

7 hrs (approx)
Located only 45 minutes from Panama City, Pipeline Road is a road built along the Panama Canal in World War II. This road was meant to maintain a pipeline to transport fuel from one ocean to the other in the event the waterway was attacked. Fortunately, it was never used. Nowadays the gravel road provides excellent walking access to Soberania's 22,000 hectares (55,000 acres) of tropical rainforest. Soberania National Park boasts an impressive list of 525 species of birds and is also home to 105 species of mammals. With this tour you will enjoy a morning moderate hiking excursion followed by a rainforest boat tour exploring the wildlife and nature along the Panama Canal. Read more...

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SMITHSONIAN CANOPY CRANE AT METRO PARK

3 hrs (approx)
Experience the incredible unity of a metropolitan city adjacent to a lush rainforest from a 360 degrees perspective. This unique tour can only be experienced with Ancon Expeditions of Panama and is very rewarding. While exploring the canopy of Metropolitan Nature Park, you will be fascinated by the beautiful view over Panama City, its bay, the Panama Canal and the expanse of the national parks that protect the canal´s watershed. Read More...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF SOBERANIA NATIONAL PARK

6-7 hrs (approx)
Located only 45 minutes from Panama City, Soberania National Park is considered to be one of the most accessible areas for bird watching and wildlife observation in Central America. You will visit the Rainforest Discovery Center and climb up its observation tower, and then explore the trails around the Rainforest Discovery Center for a variety of birds, insects, and a lush flora and fauna. Avid birders will also take on the prestigious Pipeline Road that is world famous among birdwatchers due to its high yield in bird species. It is one of the best places in America for tropical birds exceeding the 400+ species. Read More...

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TRANS-ISTHMIAN ROUTE

10 hrs (approx)
From Spanish conquistadors to gold rush adventurers. On the Trans-Isthmian Route find yourself in the most interesting historical journey in Panama. You will be traversing Panama from South to North by road, exploring the forts at San Lorenzo, admire the Panama Canal Expansion project from the new Gatun Observation Center, and enjoy the Panama Railway train ride from Colon to Panama City on the return. Read More...

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HALF DAY HISTORICAL PANAMA CITY TOUR

4 hrs (approx)
The Half Day Historical City Tour takes you onto a fascinating history journey starting in Panama Viejo, where Pedro Arias de Avila founded the first Spanish City on 15 August 1519, the old ruins and Cathedral tower as well as the Panama Viejo museum, then continues to Casco Antiguo, the historic center of Panama city with beautiful restored colonial houses, the Canal Museum, cathedrals and plazas. Read More...

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FULL DAY CITY TOUR & THE PANAMA CANAL

6 hrs (approx)
The Full Day Panama City Tour starts out with a fascinating visit to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center at the Panama Canal. You will then continue to the newly inaugurated Biodiversity Museum which was designed by Frank Gehry and is located on the Causeway Amador. Continue for lunch to the Casco Viejo historical part of town and enjoy and afternoon historical walking tour in the area. Read More...

SMITHSONIAN BARRO COLORADO NATURE MONUMENT

9-10 hrs (approx)
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), a nonprofit entity with headquarters in Panama City, Panama, is a division of the Smithsonian Institution. STRI is known worldwide as a leading center for tropical biology research. With nine research facilities in Panama, and projects in many other tropical countries, STRI maintains a Visitors Program that contributes to its institutional mission: to increase understanding of the past, present and future of tropical biodiversity and its relevance to human welfare. Read More...

WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING LAS PERLAS

10-11 hrs (approx)
Humpback Whale Season between July-September each year! Panama is one of the only places in the world blessed with Humpback whale migrations from both the Southern and Northern hemispheres between July and September. Join this unique excursion from Panama City departing early morning on a comfortable 60 passenger catamaran through the waters of the entrance of the Panama Canal passing by the numerous ships waiting to transit the canal, out to the Pacific Ocean towards Las Perlas Archipelago where you will have a one-in-a-lifetime experience to see dolphins and humpback whales in the wild. Read More...