Chagres River in Expedition Kayaks Historic Fort San Lorenzo fortress • Pristine Fortress • Canal Engineering
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  • 1 full day tour kayaking
  • Sea food lunch
  • Virgin Forest
  • All-inclusive package
  • Historic Spaniard fortress
  • Age: 9 and up
  • Gateway: Panama City  
  • Panama Canal Gatun Locks and Dam

The Panama Canal is much more than a canal to transit vessels.

To establish the waterway the Gatun Lake was created in 1913 by building a dam at the Chagres River before it reaches the Atlantic Ocean.

Every time a Ship crosses the canal toward the Pacific Ocean at the Miraflores Locks or toward the Atlantic Ocean at the Gatun Locks 52,000,000 gallons of fresh water are spilled from Gatun Lake.  It was once the world's biggest artificial lake.  

  chagres tour kayak  With the creation of Gatun Lake many mountain tops became islands. This offers endless channel possibilities to scout.  In its shores covered by dense tropical forest  you will find all kinds of tropical flora and fauna.  This was deemed as an opportunity for research by the Smith Sonian Research Institute that operates the famous Research Station at  Barro Colorado since 1946.

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Tour begins by picking up guests at Panama City around 7:00 a.m. We will arrive to Gatun Dam, one hour and 30 minutes later to start kayaking around 8:30a.m.

To get  in and out of this area, by road, we will go across the Panama Canal by ferry in our vehicle. Gatun Locks used to crossed by a vehicular bridge, but with consideration of the Thirs Set of Locks this is no longer possible.

We will start an exciting 3-4 hours tour paddling expedition kayaks through dense tropical forest all the way to the Caribbean Ocean where Spaniard conquistadores  built Forth San Lorenzo. Since the XVI century it has silently kept away the Caribbean pirates that used this waterway to take by surprise assault Panama City in the Pacific.

After visiting Fort San Lorenzo we will head back toward Panama City and reaching the original pick up place about 4:00 p.m.

You will be able to see the jungle awakening and it is very likely that you might still encounter some morning mist over it.   And you will  go back in time to imagine episodes of the Spaniard American Conquest.

We should arrive at the take out zone around 12:00 p.m., and back to the original pick up place about 4:00 p.m.- You can also meet us by the Gatun Dam ramp.


WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE ? All mentioned transportation, expedition kayaks and gear, guides, and meals. Our guides are trained in kayak navigation skills, first-aid and CPR.

WHO CAN GO ? Any person from twelve to seventy years old, in good health. Minors must travel with a responsible adult.

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE ALONG ? A pair of short for navigating, sneakers or straped sandals, a cap, sun-block, a light jacket or windbreaker (in case of rain), a towel and dry set of clothes for the trip back.

WHAT SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT ? Any object than can be deteriorated by water or valuables like jewels, cash, credit cards, etc. 


USD $ 165.00 per person
Group leader will go free for a group of more than ten persons.