Panama Canal Basin

Panama Canal Basin


Suggested stay: 2 nights

Setting: Nature

Best time to go: December to September

In a nutshell: The Panama Canal is 50 miles long from deep water in the Atlantic to deep water in the Pacific. It requires about nine hours for an average ship to transit the Canal. Its principal physical features are the two terminal ports (Colon and Panama City), the four sets of twin locks (Aguas Claras, Gatun, Pedro Miguel, and Miraflores), Gatun Lake, and Gaillard Cut. At Miraflores Locks, visitors can attend a state-of-the-art audiovisual presentation; then, from an open-air balcony that provides a bird’s-eye view of the action, they watch a ship being towed into position for descent to the Pacific Ocean. Most of the canal basin has been protected and is teeming with wildlife and all types of birds


  • Barro Colorado Monument
  • Embera Indigenous Communities
  • Las Cruces Trail National Park
  • Miraflores Locks
  • Monkey Island
  • Panama Canal
  • Soberania National Park
  • Sport fishing

 How to get there

  • Overland transfer from Panama City (30-45 minutes)

 What to do

  • Aerial Tram tours
  • Boat eco tours
  • Encounters with indigenous communities
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Wildlife observation

Journeys Featuring this hotel

Panama Ultimate EcoMoon

Romancing Panama

Secluded Hideaways

Highlands and Islands

Panama Eco Escapade

Panama Family Eco-Adventure