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Monkey Island Tour from Panama City

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Panama City, Panama
Monkey Island Tour from Panama City

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Observe the monkeys on Monkey Island during this tour from Panama City. Round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels included. Morning or afternoon tour times available.
  • Tour to Monkey Island from Panama City
  • Observe the different species on Monkey Island
  • Boat ride on the Chagres River from Gamboa Marina
  • Round-trip ground transport from Panama City hotel
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Transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
Professional local guide
Boat ride
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Only if your hotel is out of our hotel range, we will charge 20 to cover round trip transfer.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please note we go to multiples hotels and the pick up time will be
Morning tour: between 6:15am and 7am or
Afternoon tour: between 1:20pm and 2pm

For all clients outside the downtown area like Westin Playa Bonita or Dream Playa Bonita, they need to meet us in any hotel inside the downtowns like Hilton Balboa Avenue or we could go to your place for you; but, we charge extra fee US$20 to cover round trip transfer for your party (1-14 pax).
Return point: Returns to original departure point.

Be ready for convenient pickup at your Panama City hotel; morning or afternoon departure times are available.

Travel to the Gamboa Marina in an air-conditioned tour vehicle with your guide and group. Transfer to a riverboat for a ride on the Chagres River, bound for Monkey Island. Observe the white-face monkeys, howler monkeys, and Geoffrey´s tamarinds when you arrived on the island. Snap photos and learn about the different species from your guide.

Return to the marina and to Panama City the way you came; your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Stop At:  
Monkey Island
The tour starts with hotel pick up in Panama City followed by a transfer to the Gamboa Marina. Once there, you will go on a 35-minute boat ride on the Chagres River until you reach the Monkey Island, Together with a guide, you will spend about 80 minutes observing the different species of monkeys. After the visit, you will go on a 35-minute boat ride back to the Gamboa Marina followed by a transfer back to your hotel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Almiza tour by My friend Mario
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Monkey Island Tour from Panama City?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Monkey Island Tour from Panama City.
What is the policy on sanitization during Monkey Island Tour from Panama City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Monkey Island Tour from Panama City.
What is the social distancing policy during Monkey Island Tour from Panama City?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Monkey Island Tour from Panama City.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Monkey Island Tour from Panama City?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Monkey Island Tour from Panama City.

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Traveler Tips

  • "It's key to go in the morning before it has gotten very hot and the monkeys haven't yet been overfed." See review
  • "Spend some time wandering around the smaller islands on the lake." See review
  • "Mario prefers not to feed the monkeys, but it doesn't stop them from coming onto the boat!" See review


258 Reviews

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An enjoyable excursion. ...
, Jan 2022
An enjoyable excursion. I now understand why so many previous reviews mention Mario by name. He was fun.
Great Price, Great Experience
, Jan 2022
Mario was our guide and arrived to pick us up on time. On the trip to the boat launch, Mario saw several animals and stopped to show us and tell us a bit about them. We got to the boat launch and began our tour. Both he and the boat captain were knowledgeable about the area and animals and we quickly found monkeys. Once stopped, several monkeys came into the boat and ate the bananas we had brought. We were not rushed and had an amazing tour!
Amazing, fun, lots of monkeys! Beautiful views!
, Jan 2022
This was an amazing tour!! We saw 3 different kinds of monkeys! Mario is a great, fun adventurous tour guide. I definitely recommend taking this tour! The boat ride is beautiful with stunning views and the monkeys come on the boat!
Something different, manage expectations
, Jan 2022
Guitar guide was nice, the trip was good, the boat ride was enjoyable. A little disappointed we didn’t see more monkeys. We did see three different monkeys and one did come on the boat but I was expecting more activity. I would tell you to go because it is very interesting
, Jan 2022
Such an amazing experience!! We saw 3 different kinds of money’s all up close! 2 of the different types climbed in our boat and on us!! Highly recommend
, Jan 2022
Santiago & Juliette were so nice and thorough and informative. I recommend these guides. Saw all 3 types of monkey
Worth the Time and Money!!!
, Jan 2022
Our Guides were amazing!!! Very knowledgable fun and friendly!!!! They took their time explaining the tour took us to the Best spots to spot an animal! We just had a wonderful time!!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you very mucho for your kind feedback,. you are welcome always.
Great experience
, Jan 2022
Having the monkeys come and grab food out of your hands was amazing. We saw other animals like fruit bats and one big alligator. We saw 3 different types of monkeys. It was such a great experience, even traveling on the boat being on the water was relaxing and peaceful. I would highly recommend this tour.
A fun way to see the Panama Canal!
, Jan 2022
We booked the tour with Mario the day before and he was communicative and pretty punctual. We were excited to see the canal from INSIDE the canal and for our parents to learn more about it. The trip seemed pretty monkey centric from the get go, with Mario giving lots of info on the monkeys and the eco system for the ride to the boat launch. Seeing the monkeys was very cool. Mario does not feed the monkeys, which I really appreciated. Other boats were feeding them so we got to see plenty. Boating through the canal with all the cargo whips was really cool, but Mario had still not shared any history or info about the canal. I privately asked him as we were loading up in the van if he could give some information on the drive back….and he did! This was the coolest part of the trip for us. Learning about the Panama Canal that we had just been boating through. He knows so much cool info and answered all our questions thoroughly. For this reason, I recommend the tour with Mario.
Worth it!
, Jan 2022
I enjoyed the trip. The host spoke English and was entertaining. She shared some history of Panama and also explained the types of monkeys we would see and what exactly to expect. Her predictions were spot on!! Quite a few monkeys joined us on the boat and quite a few ate from my hand. They are very quick so take videos and instead of taking pictures!! I recommend going in the morning. The monkeys were great but the surprising highlight was the beauty around Gamboa Island. Panama is a beautiful country and the weather could not have been better!! Pick up time was 6:40am at my hotel. They were prompt. The tour ended approximately around 10:30-10:45am. This is a great option if you don't have too much time but would like to venture outside of the City.

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