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Private Helicopter - Up to 4 passengers (Not a per person price) $2573 USD
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The scope and scale of the Panama Canal is extremely impressive, perhaps even more so when seen from above. The ease with which a helicopter can navigate makes it the perfect aircraft for viewing this immense canal system and its surroundings.

After much negotiation between the United States and Panama, the Canal project began to move forward in 1903 with the signing of the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty. The treaty provided for the purchase of the land by the US and gave the US control of operations. Construction on this massive undertaking began in 1904 with the canal opening to sea traffic in 1914. Panama took over control of the Canal in 1977, through which approximately 14,000 ships pass each year, including many of the larger Neopanamax vessels now able to transit the wider and deeper Expanded Canal.

As your helicopter takes to the air for your one hour exploration, you will fly from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea and observe the length of the Panama Canal with incredible aerial views of the East and West banks of Pacific Canal Locks. You'll get a bird's-eye view of the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel, the Canal's two original locks as well as the new Agua Clara locks which are part of the Panama Canal Expansion project that was finished in 2016.

You will fly over the Borinquen Dam, Centennial Bridge, Gaillard Cut, Gatun Lake, Gatun Dam, the Chagres River’s mouth on the Caribbean side, the Spanish Fort San Lorenzo (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Gatun Locks.

During the tour, your knowledgeable guide will provide historical insight and facts and statistics about this remarkable feat of engineering, construction and manpower which has changed the economy of the Americas and the world.

Before landing back in Panama City, catch some impressive views of its skyline and the historical area, the Pacific Ocean entrance to the Panama Canal and the Bridge of the Americas. Upon landing you will be transferred back to your hotel in Panama City.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation from your Panama City hotel
  • Private helicopter tour on Robinson R66 Turbine Marine or similar
  • Bi-lingual Experienced pilot guide
  • One hour flightseeing
  • Panama Canal
  • Borinquen Dam
  • Centennial Bridge
  • Gaillard Cut
  • Gatun Dam, Locks and Lake
  • Chagres River
  • Fort San Lorenzo (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Aqua Clara Locks
  • Bridge of the Americas
  • Panama City skyline

Days of Operation

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Departures (local time)

  • 8:00 AM (2 hrs) Tour length includes transfer time from hotel
  • 10:00 AM (2 hrs) Tour length includes transfer time from hotel
  • 2:00 PM (2 hrs) Tour length includes transfer time from hotel

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• You will be picked up by your private driver from your Panama City hotel. Specific instructions will appear on your voucher.
• Tour price includes all taxes.
• If you would like a different departure time, please contact ShoreTrips. We will do our best to accommodate.


• The maximum weight limit for this tour is 300 pounds.
The combined weight of all passengers cannot exceed 850 pounds. You will be required to provide your weight during the check-out process.
• It is preferable that at least one of the passengers is 5'10" tall or less.