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  • From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

    1. From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or other location in Panama City, and journey to the Panama Canal Visitors Center to get a detailed explanation about how the canal and famous Miraflores Locks work. Visit the museum to learn more about this important water passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Return to the vehicle and pass Miraflores Lake and the Pedro Miguel Locks as you make your way to the town of Gamboa. Upon arrival at the Chagres River, climb aboard for a scenic boat trip across artificial Gatun Lake. Marvel at the surrounding landscape of the biggest and most important lake in the Panama Canal. Watch the large ships passing through the canal to get a sense of the magnitude of this masterpiece of engineering. Arrive at a group of islands to see 2 different species of monkeys. Return to Panama City and get dropped off at your hotel.

    Great experience and tour. Our tour guide, Cesar, was so helpful and informative; he really knew a lot about the canal and Panama. He was also lovely and so friendly. Thanks so much!

  • Panama City: Small-Group Miraflores Locks and City Tour

    2. Panama City: Small-Group Miraflores Locks and City Tour

    Starting the day early will give you the chance to learn even more about the Panama Canal. Skip the traffic and arrive at the Miraflores Locks visitor center when it opens, so you can watch the action in peace. After the canal, head to Casco Viejo, the second city of Panama built in 1673. Walk around and enjoy the architecture and hear about its historical relevance.  Drive over the Bridge of the Americas for amazing views. Stop at the viewpoint to hear more about Panama City and its future. The Amador Causeway, Panama City's bustling boardwalk, is one of the most refreshing places in the city. End the tour with some recommendations for lunch and further exploration from your guide, leaving you with the tools to get the most out of your visit to this beautiful and modern city.

    This was our first trip to Panama City and taking a tour of the city was a great way to learn about it. Our guide Tony was awesome and very knowledgeable. He took us to the Canal, Old Town Panama City and several other spots. We ended the tour at a local open market seafood restaurant that he recommended and the food was delicious. We would definitely suggest taking the tour with Tony.

  • Panama City: Miraflores Locks and Casco Viejo Tour

    3. Panama City: Miraflores Locks and Casco Viejo Tour

    Start with pickup from your hotel in Panama City and travel to the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Learn how the ships rise and descend 16 meters to pass through the locks. Explore the 4 exhibitions at the Miraflores Visitors Center which pays tribute to one of the Eight Wonders of the Modern World. Learn about the biodiversity, functionality, and importance of the Panama Canal internationally.   Continue to the Calzada de Amador, where you will find the sea wall constructed by the United States to protect the navigable course of the Panama Canal. Make a quick stop at the duty-free where you'll have some free time to buy some items tax-free. Next, stop at the artisan market of Casco Viejo, an area of diverse architectural influences. Finally, head to the statue of Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and then be returned to your hotel in the city.

    My guide was so nice and I got to learn so much about Panama. Edwado (May be spelled wrong) went above and beyond his job to make the tour very enjoyable. I was going to buy water at museum but he said it was expensive and he would take me to a store. Got my water for 80 cents This was just one of the extras he did. I would recommend this tour

  • Panama City Private 5-Hour Tour

    4. Panama City Private 5-Hour Tour

    See the highlights of Panama City and the incredible Panama Canal on a 5-hour morning or afternoon tour with a private guide. Get picked-up from your hotel by comfortable car, and then visit the Miraflores Visitors Center to learn more about the workings of the Panama Canal. Watch the ships pass through the locks at the busiest time of day. Then, marvel at the Amador Coastway road that connects 3 islands at the Pacific Ocean entrance to the Panama Canal. Visit the Biodiversity Museum designed by Frank Gehry, or learn more about the tropical marine life at the Smithsonian Marine Research Center. Get some time for lunch before exploring the Old Town of Panama City to appreciate the beauty of the colonial buildings and browse the handicrafts stores.

    Dan was amazing and full of information, very friendly as well. Highly Recommend Him!

  • Panama: Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort

    5. Panama: Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Panama City, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle for approximately 1.5 hours as you make your way to Colón. Upon arrival, board a ferry for the 20-minute crossing to a rainforest, and then get back to nature as you explore the ecological paradise by minibus. Discover the home to 159 different species of mammals, 98 species of reptiles and 65 amphibious species. Observe the amazing wildlife in their natural habitat, and enjoy plenty of stops to take souvenir photos.  Next, go to the historic monument of San Lorenzo Fort, renowned for preventing attacks by the real pirates of the Caribbean for almost 75 years! Learn the history of the fort, now in ruins after the Spanish largely abandoned it in the mid 19th century. Continue to Agua Clara to spend about 45 minutes learning about the new canal system, built to support the passage of super tank...

    We really enjoyed our trip with a local guide Mario. Mario is very knowledgeable and kept us informed and entertained all day long. The trip was supposed to last for 6 hours but it took nearly 8 hours which is plus. The only downside was the lunchtime. There's a lunch included but we went for lunch at 6pm. Not a big deal if you know this upfront and bring some snack with you. Looking forward to another tour with Mario. Thanks

  • Panama City Day Tour

    6. Panama City Day Tour

    A day of fun in cosmopolitan Panama City. See the town that the world built and of course, its famous canal. Usually, your first stop will be Miraflores Locks and the Panama Canal. Miraflores Locks and the Panama Canal is your next stop. Here you will watch the ships maneuver the canal's locks, learn more about the canal at the museum. You will visit an artisan market for the best Panamanian-made souvenirs before heading to the Amador for lunch (not included). Then you will take a short nature trail walk in the Punta Culebra's open-air musuem, which is owned by the Smithsonian Foundation of Panama. Save the best for last with a walking tour of the old town: Casco Viejo. Marvel at its spectacular architecture and learn about the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be back back in your hotel around 16:00, unless you stay in Casco to soak up the rest of the afternoon on...

    Our guide, Jorge, was awesome. Explained a lot and was very helpful. Communication before tour was great so we knew exactly when and where we would be picked up. We really learned a lot of history about the area and the canal.

  • From Panama City: Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Tour

    7. From Panama City: Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Tour

    Following a convenient pickup from your hotel in Panama City, head to the town of Gamboa in the Soberania National Park. Get on board a boat and depart along the Gatun Lake next to the huge ships that cross the Panama Canal. Marvel at the fauna and vegetation of the tropical forest, as well as the residents of Monkey Island where you can admire the white-faced capuchin, Geoffroy’s tamarin, and howler monkeys in their natural habitat. In Gatun Lake you’ll also can find many species of birds like toucans, hawks, herons, snail kites, and other mamals like agoutis, coatis, and capybaras. After the boat trip and Monkey Island experience, return back to your hotel with a drop-off.

    We thoroughly enjoyed our excursion. Alejandro was an excellent guide. We saw different types of monkeys and even a sloth (which is not typical, we were told). Family friendly. Road was terrible, but the tour can't control that!

  • Welcome to Panama City: Private Tour with a Local

    8. Welcome to Panama City: Private Tour with a Local

    Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Panama City from a local guide eager to share all the tips to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn insider tips, such as the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

    Santiago was awesome young man to talk to and learn all about the city. He was very specific with dates and information, which made him all the more enjoyable. He asked me where a d what I wanted in my tour and proceeded to accomplish just that goal. Santiago was pleasant and witty. He also offered recommendations to different locales to visit and explore for the rest of rhe time I will be here. I highly recommend Santiago to anyone who wants an authentic tour and a wealth of knowledge on how to navigate Panama! I will do it again when I return just to send another few hours in a different part of the city with his expertise.

  • From Panamá City: Panama Canal and Fort San Lorenzo Tour

    9. From Panamá City: Panama Canal and Fort San Lorenzo Tour

    After picking you up at your hotel, you will go to the Panama Canal Visitor Center located in Agua Clara. Watch the large vessels in the new locks of the Panama Canal, one of the most important engineering works worldwide. After you arrive at your destination, head to Fort San Lorenzo fortress, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Fort Portobelo. Explore the military fortress dating from the 1750s with your guide. An exemplar specimen of the defence system built by the Spanish Crown to protect its transatlantic trade, take yourself back in time with stories about the famous pirates and sea captains, such as Henry Morgan and Francis Drake. After your guided tour finished, relax on your return transfer back to Panamá City by vehicle, arriving back at your hotel in time for lunch.

  • Casco Viejo, Panama: 2-hour family walking tour

    10. Casco Viejo, Panama: 2-hour family walking tour

    Discover the historic heart of Panama with a walking tour through the city's old quarter, designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. Go off the beaten path on this two-hour sightseeing tour that takes you past San Francisco de Asis and San José churches in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along the waterfront with a professional guide who can tell you about Panama's revolutionary past, pirate escapades, and more in a fun and interactive way. Marvel at the majestic mix of Spanish, French, and early American architectural styles at a relaxed and easy pace.

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What people are saying about Panama

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 168 reviews

Santiago was awesome young man to talk to and learn all about the city. He was very specific with dates and information, which made him all the more enjoyable. He asked me where a d what I wanted in my tour and proceeded to accomplish just that goal. Santiago was pleasant and witty. He also offered recommendations to different locales to visit and explore for the rest of rhe time I will be here. I highly recommend Santiago to anyone who wants an authentic tour and a wealth of knowledge on how to navigate Panama! I will do it again when I return just to send another few hours in a different part of the city with his expertise.

We really enjoyed our trip with a local guide Mario. Mario is very knowledgeable and kept us informed and entertained all day long. The trip was supposed to last for 6 hours but it took nearly 8 hours which is plus. The only downside was the lunchtime. There's a lunch included but we went for lunch at 6pm. Not a big deal if you know this upfront and bring some snack with you. Looking forward to another tour with Mario. Thanks

Hector is an incredible guide. He is personable, knowledgeable and fun.

Amazing experience. Juan was amazing and very knowledgeable

The tour fills all that you need to see in Panama City.