With the Panama Canal currently expanding, there is a huge boom in new development in both Panama’s urban and resort destinations. Groups from all over the Americas are traveling to centrally located Panama for meetings and conventions, but they’re also booking a whole host of pre/post-session adventures to experience the abundant wildlife, native rainforests and spectacular colonial history.
Gamboa Tours offers an expansive array of group programs incorporating everything from the Panama Canal to the pristine beaches. Here are our Top 5 Panama group experiences available through Gamboa Tours.
Gamboa Rainforest Combo Pack
Sit in a comfortable tram that glides 285 feet above the Rainforest canopy as you look out at an exotic view of Panama’s native wildlife. View birds, butterflies, sloths and monkeys aboard the only Rainforest tram in Panama. After the tram tour, guests can visit the Orquidearium, Butterfly House, Fresh Water Aquarium and Snake House. Each venue provides open viewing and interactions with the native animals of Panama. For the second half of the tour, groups hop aboard a boat for a transfer through the Panama Canal to Los Lagartos restaurant overlooking the Chagres River.
Old City District Tour of Panama City
Begin the day with a walk of Old Town for views of classic Spanish/French architecture in Panama City. The city has a unique, cultural style that can be seen throughout the various stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Presidential House, known as “Heron’s Palace” due to the birds that fly throughout the grounds.
Panama Canal Full Transit Tour
In one day guests will travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean within a few hours. The tour starts at the Gaillard Cut entry into the canal. Throughout the tour, groups enjoy a 3-hour passage to Gatun Lake and the home port of the Dredging Division of the Panama Canal. Especially interesting to engineering, tech and logistics groups, this tour offers an unprecedented and upclose look at one of the world’s most complex industrial projects.
Full Day City Tour
Panama City is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. The tour travels through the historic city of Panama La Vieja, including Casco Antiguo, the oldest Spanish settlement in the Pacific. Other highlights include the Plaza Bolivar, San Francisco of Assisi Church, Bolivar Palace, National Theater and “Las Bovedas Promenade,” a vaulted walkway atop the old fortifications. The tour ends at three linked islands called “The Causeway” that have been transformed into a dining and shopping district near the Flamenco Cruise Terminal.
Truck Safari to Portobelo & Beach
Take a ride in an open-air bus to St. Jerome Castle and St. Phillip Church, recognized for the miracles of the only known Black Christ. The bus also travels to Half Moon Valley to explore some of the world’s exotic wildlife. Then, take a boat to Isla Grande to enjoy a day of water festivities and sunbathing along the Caribbean shore.