Panama Canal or City Helicopter Tour is the ultimate way to see Panama! There are several options available according to the itinerary chosen and the time frame. It is possible to do a Panama Canal Helicopter Tour or a Panama City Helicopter Tour or a combination of both. These helicopter tours can take from 20 minutes to one to three hours for these itineraries.
All options of the Panama Canal or City Helicopter Tour depart from the Albrook Airport in Panama City. There are free parking lots in the hangar for passengers. Helicopters take off vertically which is a unique experience in itself. The Panama City Helicopter Tour will show you the landmarks which made Panama one of the greatest cities in the world. See the city’s skyline on the Pacific Ocean while you fly over the entrance of the Panama Canal and near Ancon Hill. You will also be able to see the monuments, parks and plazas of Casco Viejo from the sky.
The Panama Canal Helicopter Tour starts by moving to the Bridge of the Americas which is the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. Head over the Miraflores Locks which were completed in 1914. These locks allow ships to pass that are up to 289 meters long. Bigger ships must go through the new and expanded Panama Canal which is where you will head next. The helicopter will go east to the Cocoli Locks which were opened on June 26, 2016. This option is 30 minutes long.
Alternatively you can take an hour long Panama Canal Helicopter Tour that also includes the Pedro Miguel Locks which are part of the original Panama Canal. They are similar to the Miraflores locks and they are the set of locks that connect Lake Miraflores to Lake Gatun, which is the highest elevation within the canal. Fly over Gatun Lake which is a man made lake built to supply water from the Chagres River to the Panama Canal. It was the biggest artificial lake in the world when it was built. Aguas Claras Locks is the last destination which is part of the Panama Canal Expansion on the Atlantic Ocean.
Panama Canal or City Helicopter Tour can be combined to include a 30 minute helicopter scenic tour of Panama and a visit to the Miraflores Locks, Cocoli Locks and Pedro Miguel Locks.
Time: 20 minutes to 3 hours.
What to bring? camera or cell phone and identification.
Important information: Panama Canal or City Helicopter Tour is available daily between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is very important for passengers to bring their local cedula or passports for foreigners.
Panama Canal or City Helicopter Tour is done in a Robinson Helicopter with a capacity for 3 passengers plus the pilot. Price is from 1 to 3 passengers. Maximum weight is 700 pounds, so the 3 passengers must weight less than 590 pounds. Please contact us for prices on larger helicopters, up to 6 passengers and 1320 pounds. Plane options are also available for 1 to 8 passengers.