Private photography tours on Panamá Canal Gatun Lake with 9° North Panamá 

  • Custom designed photography boat

  • Specialised 360° swivel chairs

  • Professional level camera and telephoto lens included  

  • No photography experience required!

Overview of all the Photography Tours (see below for tour specifics)
Capture the rich nature and wildlife of Panama’s Gatun Lake like a professional photographer on this guided excursion. Learn how to use a DSLR camera with a semi or pro-level telephoto lens on this journey to Gatun Lake. Shoot amazing photos of Capuchin and Tamarin monkeys, iguanas and crocodiles, birds, flowers and butterflies.   Enjoy instruction from a professional photography host.  On the tours for which we provide a camera and lens, we give you a complimentary SD card with your photos and 1-minute tour video.

  • Once seated, you are briefed on the camera settings and use of the camera
  • Throughout the tour your Host will assist you with the camera 
  • To start, we head into the Panamá Canal where you will be able to photograph huge ships and tugs up close.
  • We then enter Gatun Lake where we will explore pristine rainforest islands and inlets  
  • On all tours there is a good chance of photographing monkeys, caimans, crocodiles, iguanas, butterflies and an array of wild flowers and other wildlife.  If you are lucky you may get a glimpse of the very rare manatee.
  • Throughout the tour refreshments and snacks available.
  • On return to the marina, you take away with you all your photos on a complimentary SD memory card (only on tours which we provide the camera and lens).
Custom designed photography boat in Panama
Photography Equipment
  • Our boat is unique to Central America

  • Designed by photographers, for photographers, the boat is ideal for exploring Gatun Lake

  • Four swivel chairs are placed along the centreline of the boat for maximum stability

  • Each chair has a gimbal onto which the cameras are mounted and balanced 

  • Moving and operating the cameras is effortless

  • The DSLR cameras are Canon 7d Mark II's  

  • The semi-pro lenses are Sigma 150-600mm

  • The pro lenses are Canon 100-400mm Mark 11's  

  • Photos are edited on Adobe Lightroom

* If you would like to use your own camera, we can provide you with a plate to mount onto the gimbal

Departure time
See each tour above
Note: For all tours, the route and times may change depending on the conditions and circumstances.
Transport to and from Gamboa Rainforest Resort Marina 
  • If you stay in Gamboa, we will collect and return you at no extra cost
  • If you require transport from outside of Gamboa, we can make the arrangements and quote you separately (as a guide $50 per vehicle, return)
  • You may prefer to use UBER, which also cost about $50
Other Activities in and around Gamboa 
As Gamboa is about a 40 minute drive from Panama City, you may like to include other activities, such as:
  • Lunch at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve or the restaurant on the river
  • Gamboa Rainforest Reserve Eco-Lab and Aerial Tram activities
  • Gamboa Rainforest Reserve guided bird tour
  • Miraflores Locks tour and restaurant