Panama Canal, Panama
Photo courtesy of Ancon Expeditions
Creatures and CanalsA great love for Panama’s biodiversity and culture is palpable in all tours offered by Ancon Expeditions of Panamá. Based in Panama City, Ancon is one of the country’s leading operators, and Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveler, and other arbiters of travel have applauded the company's dedication to low-impact ecotourism. For a short day trip (Ancon Expeditions will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel), take the five-hour “Panama Canal Rainforest Boat Adventure.” The excursion whisks you away from the hustle of the city via an expedition boat that pokes gently into the coves and inlets of the Panama Canal watershed, affording opportunities to spot howler monkeys, toucans, and crocodiles.