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“WOW, what a day!”

Jungle Land Panama: Day Excursions
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Gamboa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We offer the best day tours on the Panama Canal. Our tours showcase the flora, fauna, and the Canal operations. For a very unique experience we operate the only floating lodge on the Panama Canal. Don't just visit the Canal "LIVE IT!"
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 1 May 2012 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our day with Captain Carl on the Panama Canal. Carl is a great host with a wealth of knowledge about the area. I can only echo all of the other positive reviews. Don't be alarmed if Carl is a "little" late to meet you at the dock. He will arrive. He operates on "Panama time". We were to be there for a 9:15 departure, but Carl didn't arrive 'till 9:35. That being said, I wouldn't advise you to be late either! There aren't any signs specifically stating Jungleland tour meet here, but if you look at the video or some of the pictures you should be confident that even unmarked you are in the correct location. This is a great day and worth every penny.

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We had the pleasure of visting Captain Carl and his staff recently in March 2012. What a fantastic trip and the best way to see Panama and the jungle. We were a group of 10 (5 couples) and this was the highlight of our week to Panama. We opted for the overnight excursion and we made the right choice. The Captain and his staff are great hosts and you wont be disappointed doing either the day excursion or the overnight stay!!! We arrived late afternoon after a great tour down the Panama Canal. Upon arrival we had full coolers of drinks and a great snack of Ceviche. The riverboat is homey and accomodating for all, even Captain Carl's little creatures inhabit the boat too!! A great dinner followed by a crocodile night tour and bonfire on a little island. The next day was full of kayaking, swimming with a great stop at Monkey Island on the way home. Carl we hope to see you again soon!!

2  Thank gnsnblue
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Yesterday I went with my family on an amazing day trip up the Panama Canal and into interconnected lakes and rivers in the tropical rainforest. It was the most amazing experience and I recommend it whole-heartedly to all visitors to Panama, and all Panama residents also.
The full trip was just over 6 hours. Bring swimming costumes/shorts and shoes you can get wet to enjoy the full range of activities on offer.
We were picked up (I think 17 of us in all) by Capt Carl in his boat with comfortable dry seating and a giant sun roof. Carl explained everything that we saw along our Panama Canal journey and into the secluded jungle of Lake Gatun and other river tributaries. His repartee is extremely informative and very witty - he is a top class entertainer.
We learnt about: the canal expansion programme; the functions of all the construction equipment we saw on the way (floating and land based); the cargo ships, Panama Canal Authority boats and private yachts that we passed; and the history of the Panama Canal Railway.
We then entered the jungle areas where he pointed out the wildlife and knew every animal and plant and their habits and life-cycles. Most professors of biology would come away filled with fresh information, and the lecture is delivered in a very humorous manner - if only university classes had been such good fun - I might have done better. Although packed with information, he held the attention of our four year old for long periods of time. On the way he stopped to give a banana to monkey that he knew. When arriving at his base we also stopped at the island opposite where he handed out some bananas which people broke into grape-sized pieces. Tiny little monkeys then scurried along the wood structure of his jetty and cautiously looked around before taking the offered fruit.
His base is a floating hotel. It is beautiful - an ideal natural retreat and I would love to spend a week there. It would suit many people to stay there and take a day trip to the city, instead of the other way around. It would make a very memorable honeymoon location. He is busy expanding at the moment to make more bedrooms. There are rooms with private bathroom and balcony.
The lunch was delicious and typical Panamanian flavours (included in trip fee). After lunch he brought out an anaconda which several people held and had photos taken.
Capt Carl took us out on kayaks after lunch. The group were asked if there was anyone who would like to go fishing but we all wanted to paddle My wife and little daughter and a few others stayed to enjoy the environment of the hotel and to talk to the Toucan and the Parrot. The kayak journey, on very stable boats, was an amazing experience. We paddled along narrow winding openings in the giant rafts of floating vegetation that form a large part of the jungle wetlands, along small winding rivers and past open lake areas. We saw water lilies, hawks, wading birds and butterflies on our way to our destination, which was a small waterfall with a pool at it's base. We climbed up the rocks and leapt off the waterfall into the pool below. The pool was a little cooler than the water in the rivers and lakes and was fantastically refreshing.
Back at the hotel people fed a little monkey, the Toucan, and some people held a baby crocodile. Everybody on the trip was very happy with their experience. We would like to go again someday soon.
A fantastic day !! Thanks Carl and crew
Tim Rowley

Thank Tim R
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

My girlfriend and myself spent did a 24hr overnight at the lodge and it was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. There are day trip options available but really do the overnight trip, the night croc safari is worth it alone.

The lodge is extremely comfortable, the food is excellent and Carl is one of the best hosts I've ever had the pleasure of staying with.

During our stay we had the displeasure of sharing the houseboat with an extremely loud and obnoxious family from New York. These people treated the entire boat as their own, with no regard for anybody else - basically not stop complaining and screaming, by both the parents and the children. Please if you're a large family with loud children don't come to a quite jungle lodge that you share with other people unless you can control yourself and your children.

The jungle experience is about nature and relaxation, both are very hard to accomplish with screaming children and ignorant New Yorkers.

This was a complete nightmare situation, but Carl saw that we wanted to peace and quite and went out of his way to take us on a couple of private side trips and show us around. He did everything in his power to make sure we walked away happy, way beyond what I would have expected.

Read other reviews for information on the tours but do yourself a favor and book a stay, really its one of the best things to do in Panama.

Thank SwimFish26
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

We booked with Panama Roadrunner ahead of time, and took a trip to hook up with Captain Carl and his Jungle Land excursion. I highly recommend this tour; we shared a private van with 2 other couples for the long drive to the Panama Canal from the Royal Decameron. Our driver Denise is originally from Canada and it was nice to have easy conversation and all of our questions answered. Once down to the “marina” you board a boat and cruise down the Panama Canal passing large ships along the way as well as “Monkey Island” where there are some marooned monkeys that love peanuts and bananas. It looks like this is their main source of food with no way off of these small islands. It was amazing to see them swinging through the trees, or quickly splashing down into the water for a bath in order to evade crocodiles (which we saw many of!). Our final stop was to a houseboat on Lake Gatun where we had a delicious lunch, beers and then took a kayak to a small waterfall. Back at the houseboat we took a different boat out and went fishing where my girlfriend caught 3 bass and a large Oscar and I caught a nice size Peacock bass. While on the houseboat you can lounge on hammocks or go swimming, jumping from a platform on the upper level. Captain Carl has all kinds of wildlife on his houseboat that kids will love to see and even hold. This was an amazing day and one of the best excursions we have ever been on. There is also an overnight option which we didn't have enough time to enjoy, including a night time safari. Do NOT miss this excursion if you are in the area!

4  Thank SteelcityHammer
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