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  • Location:Panama City, Panama
  • Duration:7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Panama City Sightseeing Tour Including Miraflores Locks

See the best of Panama City — from sea level to hilltop, canal to islands — on this full-day sightseeing tour with a knowledgeable local guide, who will regale you with all kinds of insider information about the city’s history, culture and attractions. Watch the captivating process of moving ships through the Panama Canal at the Miraflores Locks; enjoy views of the city from the top of Ancón Hill; visit a local market; see the Bridge of the Americas from the Amador Causeway; and take a walking tour through the Casco Viejo district, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This day tour is limited to 9 people, providing a small-group experience.


  • Panama City sightseeing tour with a combination of driving and walking
  • Watch the Miraflores Locks in action on the Panama Canal
  • Look for local wildlife and admire the panoramic views of the city from Ancón Hill
  • Experience the Amador Causeway and take a nature walk on Punta Culebra
  • See the historical landmarks of World Heritage-listed Casco Viejo on a 1.5-hour walking tour
  • Learn all about the city from your knowledgeable insider guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 9 provides a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Panama City Sightseeing Tour Including Miraflores Locks

Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal

After morning pickup from central meeting point, your full-day tour begins at the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal.

These fascinating locks are an essential part of the process of getting ships through the canal from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans (or vice versa). Tour the facility with your local guide, learning about the locks' history and watching ships being raised and lowered between sea level and Miraflores Lake. Then visit the Miraflores Visitor Center, a museum where displays and exhibits help tell the story of the incredible feat of engineering that is the Panama Canal.

Next, hop back in your tour van to head to the top of Ancón Hill (Cerro Ancón), a 650-foot (200-meter) hill that overlooks Panama City, providing panoramic views from a lookout platform. Walk around a bit to look for some of the local animals that inhabit the hill, such as armadillos, deer, tamarins and even elusive sloths, if you’re lucky.

Continue your tour to a local artisan market, where your guide will tell you about Panama City’s market culture. Shop for local handicrafts, if you wish, to take home as souvenirs or gifts for friends. Then head south into Panama Bay, traveling down the Amador Causeway, a palm-lined road that runs across the sea, offering a great view of the Bridge of the Americas and connecting the mainland to three small islands. The area is a lively dining, entertainment and activity district where you’ll have free time to get lunch at one of the many restaurants at the end of the causeway.

After lunch, take a 20-minute outdoor stroll at the Punta Culebra Nature Center, an open-air museum located on Naos Island at the end of the causeway. Operated by the Smithsonian, the center features aquariums, exhibits on marine conservation and a nature trail.

Finally, visit your last destination of the day, the historic neighborhood of Casco Viejo (meaning ‘Old Quarter’), which dates back to the 1670s. Embark on a 1.5-hour walking tour through the World Heritage-listed district with your guide, who will point out important landmarks and tell you little-known facts that you probably won’t read in your guidebooks. See its main sights like Metropolitan Cathedral, the Palacio de las Garzas (the residence of the President of Panama), the Church of St Francis of Assisi and the National Theatre.

Your day tour ends with return to the central meeting point, the American Trade Hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a great intro to Panama City. We are considering a relocation and Jeff provided a lot of historical knowledge plus his own experiences as a transplant. We will be booking more tours as we return. Thank you to all involved

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour Jeff was very knowledgeable and gave a Lott of information that we did not know.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Tour guide was fantastic. Kevin got us to the locks early so that we could get a great spot on the 4th floor to see the ships go through the locks. Great spot for lunch. Very informative. Couldn't have asked for the tour to be any better.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

small group and Kevin was very knowledgable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Kevin was fun, knowledgeable, and kept the tour moving. We felt it was a great overview of the city. Well done. We highly recommend this tour and company.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Nice trip around the city to know Panama.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

That was an outstanding tour.... Thanks Kevin for everything. You are a fountain of knowledge when it comes to Panama City and its History! Great experience! Great Restaurant suggestions!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour guy Ross was fantastic! in every way. The tour itself was so informative, entertaining and full of crucial information to know. I will recommend this tour to anyone that is going to Panama.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was great, pick up and drop off was at our hotel, the guide, Ross, was very knowledgable, entertaining, and allowed us to proceed at our pace. This was the best tour to give us ample time to experience a great mix of things to see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was fantastic. Kevin and Ross were awesome! I would HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone traveling to Panama.

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