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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.

  • Chagres National Park Hike and Embera Village Tour

    3. Chagres National Park Hike and Embera Village Tour

    Begin your full-day excursion with an hour-long drive from Panama City to the Chagres National Park. Established in 1984, the park comprises 334,000 acres of forest, lakes and rivers. Enjoy a traditional piragua boat ride on the Chagres River, followed by a half-hour walk through the jungle to a waterfall that’s hidden from civilization. Enjoy some free time at the waterfall to swim and relax, and then head back to the boat. Continue to an indigenous Embera village, where you’ll learn about their culture. Listen to a speech by the cacique or chief, while enjoying some seasonal fruit, then a live performance of traditional music and dance.

    So fun! The village is a real indigenous village and the food they serve you is so amazing. The hike and boat ride are so much fun and it is amazing to see the jungle up close and swim in the river. The guides were also so fun and friendly. Would go again!

  • Panama City: Miraflores Locks and Casco Viejo Tour

    4. 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: 4-Day Island Hopping San Blas Adventure

    5. Panama City: 4-Day Island Hopping San Blas Adventure

    Discover what local life is like in San Blas on this 4-days island hopping tour. Get to know the beautiful islands of this Central American paradise, and enjoy the white sand beaches and turquoise ocean. You may choose the standard transportation option which allows for a maximum of 6 passengers per vehicle, or choose the upgraded transport option to travel in a little more comfort with a maximum of 4 passengers per vehicle. Day 1 Pickup from selected hotels in Panama City begins at 5:20 AM. After pickup, you will stop by a supermarket in case you want to buy snacks or drinks. Then, head to the San Blas hills. The journey takes about 2.5 hours and is followed by a 30-minutes boat ride to Perro Chico island. Day 1 activities include a snorkel tour to the sunken boat, a tour to natural swimming pool, and a volleyball game with the locals. Lunch and dinner are included. Day 2 After breakf...

  • Panama City Private 5-Hour Tour

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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: 3-Day San Blas Islands Tour

    9. From Panama: 3-Day San Blas Islands Tour

    Enjoy a unique 2-night adventure in the San Blas Islands. After getting picked up from your hotel in Panama, begin your adventure with a boat ride to the islands. Stay in a private cabin on Ina Island, visit Pelican Island (where scenes from the 3rd series of Netflix series Money Heist were filmed), swim in a crystal-clear natural pool and visit Demar Achudup island. On the 2nd day, visit a Guna Community, and experience daily life at a school and health center. Afterward, continue to the Guna jungle, crossing the Sidra or Masargandi River. Make a stop along the way at the Rio Sidra Community Cemetery and learn more about its history from your guide. Along the way, admire colorful butterflies, various bird species and with a bit of luck, maybe even some toucans. After a 40-minute hike, reach the beautiful Saiba Waterfall where you can dive and soak in the waters of this crystal-clear na...

  • Panama City: 5-Hour Tour and Panama Canal

    10. Panama City: 5-Hour Tour and Panama Canal

    Enjoy 2 hours at the fascinating Panama Canal before exploring Panama City's history and sights. Discover 4 levels of exhibitions about the Canal at the Miraflores Visitor Center. See ships going through this iconic marvel of engineering. Take a panoramic drive along the Ancon foothills where you can take in the lush greenery and learn about the area's importance during the world wars. Stop at the Amador Causeway for a chance to get some incredible photos of the city, try one of its best ceviche places, have some amazing homemade ice cream, or do some shopping. Walk through the streets of the Old Town and visit the Cathedral Basilica Santa Maria la Antigua. Take a guided walk through, ending in the Plaza de Francia on the old walls that protected the city from invasion over the years.

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What people are saying about Panama

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 172 reviews

Excellent organized, english punctuality, excellent trip! I'd like to thank again to my guide, very well informed and disposed to share the information.

My guide was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and I would definitely recommend him

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.