You’ll cruise along a section of the great Panama Canal on this tour. The canal is a shortcut for cargo ships and cruise liners passing between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, and this daytrip takes place at one of its manmade lakes. At Lake Gatun, you’ll visit the locks that are the biggest and most important of the three sets along the canal. You might even get to see a ship raising or lowering its way through. Later, you’ll board a boat and take a tour through the lake that, before it was formed, was a vast rainforest. The jungle wildlife took to the hilltops, which are now the leafy islands that dot the lake. Be sure to bring your camera, as you might see some of the mini islands’ inhabitants, including spider monkeys, toucans and crocodiles.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.