The Panama City & Canal Helicopter Tour is our best-seller tour. It consists of a partial 30-minute flight over the capital of Panama, Panama City and then one of the most important commercial sea route (another 30 minutes).
The Beginning of the Panama City & Canal Helicopter Tour
Take off vertically from the Albrook Domestic Airport for this 30-minute helicopter scenic tour of Panama City. After takeoff, it’s straight to the landmarks that have made Panama one of the world’s greatest cities to live or visit. Ascending we’ll observe the entrance of the Panama Canal and the Ancon Hill. Then we’ll fly to Casco Viejo where we can observe the old plazas, monuments, and the parks.
The Panama Canal
We’ll start our trip going to go to the Bridge of the Americas, Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. This bridge was built in 1962, becoming the second bridge on the Panama Canal.
Visit the Miraflores Locks
In Miraflores, we can observe the operations of the Old Panama Canal, completed in 1914. These locks were built as a hinge and allow ships up to 289 meters long and up to 5,000 TEUs (1 TEU is equivalent to a 20-foot container).
Flight to the New Expanded Canal
After visiting the Miraflores Locks not deviate briefly to the east indirection to Cocolí Locks, part of the proposed Canal expansion, which opened on June 26, 2016.
These new locks allow ships up to 366 meters long and up to 13000 TEUs (1 TEU is equivalent to a 20-foot container).
Pedro Miguel Locks
Part of the old canal and like the Miraflores locks both have a length of approximately 3 kilometers including access to the walls. Pedro Miguel is the set of locks connecting Lake Miraflores to Gatun Lake, with the highest elevation.
What to Bring for The Panama City & Canal Helicopter Tour
For each flight, it is important not to forget your original identification documents such as identity cards for Panamanians and passports for foreigners.
Helicopter models used
- Helicopter Robinson R44: 3 units
- Helicopter Robinson R66: 1 unit
- Helicopter Eurocopter B3: 1 unit
- Helicopter Airbus T2 H130: 1 unit
How to get the helicopter?
The Tour Helicopter Canal and Panama City depart from a private hangar at the Marcos A. Gelabert Airport or Albrook Airport in Panama City, Panama.
To reach this hangar we can help you book a private car or you can drive here on your own.
Available from Monday to Sunday
We can start any day of the week as long as the helicopter is available. Please contact us to chat, send us an email to [email protected] or write to our contact page before making your purchase.
Reserve anytime between 7:00 am and 4:30 pm
Whenever there is daylight you can fly, but we recommend doing it in the afternoon around 2:00 pm because at this time there are usually more sightings of vessels crossing the Miraflores Locks on the Pacific Panama Canal Zone.
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