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Enjoy a customized tour of the sites of Panama City in a private air conditioned vehicle with a bilingual guide.

Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Minimum 4 hours
Included: Knowledgeable Guide, First Class transportation
Price: $25/hour 1 - 3 people

 

 

 

Choose between a half day tour (4 hours) for up to three people for $100, or a full day city tour (8 hours) for up to three people for $200. The full day tour includes one hour for lunch. Lunch is paid by the customer. We will recommend excellent restaurants for you to choose from.

Design your customized city tour from the following destinations:

Panama Viejo (Old Panama): This is the ruins of the original site of Panama City, founded in 1519. Panama Viejo was attacked, burned and destroyed by the Pirate, Sir Henry Morganand 1,200 of his men in 1671. The remaining ruins are being preserved as best as possible and the old cathedral is being rebuilt.

Casco Viejo or Casco Antiguo: This is the site where Panama City was rebuilt three years after Sir Henry Morgan attacked and destroyed Panama Viejo. Many of the old buildings here are being renovated and the entire area has been named a World Heritage Site. The architecture is a combination of French and Spanish Colonial, much like the French Quarters in New Orleans. Areas of interest include the National Theater, the Presidential Palace, the Golden Altar in the Church of San Jose, the French Plaza, and the Canal Museum.

Amador Causeway: This road, which connects the four small islands of Naos, Culebra, Perico, and Flamenco, was constructed with rocks removed from the Culebra Cut during the construction of the Panama Canal. From the Causeway one gets a beautiful view of Panama City to the east and of the entrance to the canal and the Bridge of the Americas to the west.

Fish Market: Visit a true fish market, near the old city (Casco Viejo), where the boats come in every morning around 3 am to sell their catch to the vendors in the market. Watch the hustle and bustle as the fishmongers compete to hawk their products to the buyers for the cities restaurants, groceries, and private homes. Enjoy a cup of fresh made Panamanian style ceviche made of sea bass, shrimp, octopus, squid or a medley of everything, or enjoy a great lunch in the upstairs restaurant that will even clean and cook your purchase from below.

Miraflores Locks: Visit the new Visitors Center overlooking the Miraflores Locks. Inside is a four story multi-media museum as well as a souvenir shop.On the outdoor terrace four stories above the locks below, you will be able to watch the ships pass through while a Canal employee explains all the details of the functioning of the Canal. This is the best way to get a first hand glimpse of the incredible feat of engineering that is the Panama Canal.

Summit Zoo: Summit Zoo started off as a botanical research station in the old canal zone and has continued to morph into what will soon be a showcase zoo in Latin America. It is both a zoo and botanical garden, with more than 15,000 different exotic plants and animals that are considered to be endangered species.Managed by Director Adrian Benedetti, Summit is spreading its wings into the international arena. Although still in the early stages of re-development, they already have built incredible new habitats for jaguars, monkeys, and the majestic Harpy Eagle, which is not only the national bird of Panama, but also the largest and most powerful raptor found in the Americas, usually inhabiting the upper (emergent) canopy layer of tropical lowland rainforests .

Gamboa Rainforest Resort: Located at the junction of Lake Gatun (the Panama Canal) and the Chagres River, which is the water supply for the canal, lies the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. The breathtaking drive through the Rainforest of the Soberania National Park to the resort takes about 25 minutes from the Miraflores Locks. Gamboa is know for its sweeping views  of the jungle and the Chagres River seen through its three story high windows. Besides Monkey Island Tours, an aerial tram tour through the rainforest Canopy, and pedal boats, the resort boasts a spa, tennis courts, and a destination for serious birders.

Metropolitan Natural Park: Known as the lungs of Panama City, Metropolitan Natural Park has numerous trails leading through this tropical rainforest within the city limits. The trails are neither too long nor too difficult for visitors of almost all ages, and one trail leads to the top of a hill in the park where you have a  360 degree view of the city, the ocean, the canal and the mountains. It is an excellent spot for birding, and a large assortment of wildlife can be seen including sloths, marmosets, anteaters, iguanas, turtles, and a plethora of insects.

Indigenous Handicrafts: Close to the causeway are two different artisans markets that sell handicrafts from the 7 different ethnic groups in Panama. The quality of the items is excellent as they are being produced specifically for the tourist trade. It is a great opportunity to interact with these diverse cultures and pick up some souvenirs.

 
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