A friend and I spent a long weekend in Panama and did this tour on our last day there. Could not think of a better way to have ended our trip!
We met Carl, our guide, at the Gamboa Boat Ramp. There were about a dozen others going on the tour too. Off we went on a 2-hour boat ride, watching tall ships go by the canal, learning about the ecosystem, and stopping by Monkey Island where a handful of Capuchin monkeys scurried about our boat for a bit. That was a thrill! And this was just the beginning.
We then pulled up to an anchored house boat where we had a hot lunch and then relaxed in hammocks, where a few of us had a cocktail while others took a quick nap. Then we broke into two groups. Some went fishing, and the rest of us took a short kayak trip to an inlet with a waterfall where we swam and splashed around for a good, long while. We never felt rushed. It was a slice of paradise.
Back at the house boat, some relaxed in hammocks while some of us jumped into the water to swim some more. Then, it was feeding time. A number of creatures live on this house boat and we loved meeting them. I got to feed fruit to a night monkey. We all got to feed a toucan. Most of us took turns holding a Colombian boa. And we also enjoyed pulled up on shore near the house boat to admire little Tamarin monkeys running through the trees.
Then, we got on the boat back to Gamboa, relaxed and all smiles. Carl was a lively, informative, and wonderful guide. It was an incredible experience!