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Panama is rich with colorful wildlife, a thick jungle, teeming rainforest, and the man-made marvel of the Panama Canal. As the country's capital, Panama City serves as a prime home base for exploring the rest of the country. Here are the top day trip destinations from Panama City.

Monkey Island — 30 miles (48 km) away
Visitors wanting to see Lake Gatun and Soberania National Park can book a tour for the chance to see both local wildlife (including the monkeys for which the island is named) and an Indian village. Spot a wide variety of monkeys and birds, and learn more about local indigenous culture along Chagres River.

Portobelo — 60 miles (97 km) away
The port city of Portobelo in the Colon province charms with its fort that dates back to the 17th century (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), pirate backstory (Henry Morgan attacked the area in the 1600s), and tropical scenery. From Portobelo, a visit to a nearby island is just a short boat ride away, adding a relaxing element to a visit in the historic town. Tour Portobelo from Panama City via rail or minibus.

El Valle de Antón — 80 miles (128 km) away
An adventurous day in El Valle includes visits to see waterfalls, natural thermal pools, jungle hiking trails, local wildlife, and handicraft markets. Plus, it’s all set against the backdrop of a beautiful dormant volcano.

San Blas Islands — 150 miles (240 km) away
A mere two hours away from the city, the crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches of the San Blas Islands offer some of the best waterfront scenery in all of the Panamanian Caribbean. A San Blas day trip from Panama City often includes boat tours, meals, and hotel pickup.
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All Inclusive Full-Day Taboga Island Catamaran Tour from Panama City, Panama

All Inclusive Full-Day Taboga Island Catamaran Tour from Panama City, Panama

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Escape Panama City on one of the largest catamarans in the marina for a day of boating, swimming, sunning, eating, and dancing. Sail to the rear of Taboga Island where you can swim, sunbathe on the beach, and visit the island's village. Onboard the catamaran enjoy sundecks, shaded areas, speakers, snacks, lunch, and an open bar.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$89.00
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US$89.00
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San Blas Island-Hopping Day Trip from Panama City

San Blas Island-Hopping Day Trip from Panama City

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Visit the paradisical Panamanian Caribbean on this day trip to the San Blas Islands from Panama City. Visit several islands over the course of a full day, stopping to snorkel and enjoy the white-sand beaches and tropical sunshine. Tour includes catch-of-the-day lunch, use of snorkel equipment, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Panama City.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$150.00
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US$150.00
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Day Tour in San Blas Islands - All Included - Visit 4 Islands in 1 Day

Day Tour in San Blas Islands - All Included - Visit 4 Islands in 1 Day

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Head to the Caribbean coast of Panama on a day trip from Panama City to the San Blas Islands. Traveling by boat check out a shipwreck and natural swimming pool, and enjoy the tropical scenery and atmosphere. Your tour includes breakfast, lunch, activities, and round-trip transport with hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$153.85
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US$153.85
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Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City

Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City

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Hike in dormant volcano and visit a scenic mountain village on a full-day, active trip to El Valle from Panama City that includes pickup and drop-off at centrally-located hotels. Explore local wildlife and plants at a zoo and botanical garden, swim in a jungle waterfall, soak in a natural thermal pool, and visit the colorful handicraft market before returning to Panama City.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$88.00
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US$88.00
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Combination Tour from Panama City: Rainforest, San Lorenzo Fort and Canal Expansion

Combination Tour from Panama City: Rainforest, San Lorenzo Fort and Canal Expansion

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Combine nature, history, and technology on a full-day tour from Panama City that includes hotel pickup and drop-off, refreshments, and transport. Watch for wildlife on a scenic trip through the rainforest, visit the UNESCO-listed San Lorenzo Fort, then see the Panama Canal extension that moves New Panamax super tankers through a series of enormous locks.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$67.00
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US$67.00
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Soberania National Park, Monkey Island and Indian Village from Panama City

Soberania National Park, Monkey Island and Indian Village from Panama City

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Tick off three of Panama’s top natural and cultural attractions without having to worry about car hire or advance planning on a day trip to Soberania National Park, Monkey Island, and Indian Village. Plus, all admission tickets are included so there’ll be no hidden costs on the day.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$140.00
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US$140.00
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Private Tour Panama Canal, Railway and Monkey Island

Private Tour Panama Canal, Railway and Monkey Island

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Experience the Panama Canal and the beauty of the rain forest on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, embark on a boat tour over the narrow causeways of Gatun Lake and get an up-close view of the canal’s lock systems. Explore Monkey Island and watch for sloths, monkeys, and other wildlife before returning to Panama City by train.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$165.00
Price varies by group size
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US$165.00
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Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

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Travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during this full-day tour of the Panama Canal. With your local guide, explore the canal by sea and on foot, viewing the ships passing through the locks and the variety of plant and animal life on the canal's shores. Explore Gatun Lake and Monkey Island, home to howlers, capuchins, and tamarins. Stop at the Agua Clara Locks Visitor Center to get an overview of the canal's history through informative displays and exhibits. Explore San Lorenzo National Park and Fort San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a picnic lunch. All activities, entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels are included.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$135.00
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US$135.00
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Embera Village Day Tour

Embera Village Day Tour

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Immerse yourself in the culture of the Emberá, one of Panama's indigenous groups, during this 8-hour tour from Panama City. Interact with some members of the tribe and learn what their daily life is like in the rainforest. Ride through Lake Alajuela to the tribe's village aboard a 'piragua', a traditional canoe, passing a spectacular waterfall on the way. See some traditional dances, take a trail walk through the forest and purchase some traditional crafts as souvenirs. Upon departure, receive a traditional shamanic blessing for good travels. Lunch, national park fees and round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$128.21
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US$128.21

Panama Canal Eco Cruise and Embera Village Combo Tour

Panama Canal Eco Cruise and Embera Village Combo Tour

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Take an in-depth look at the famous Panama Canal and the indigenous cultures of the Chagres River during this boat-based, eco-adventure. Cruise amidst some of the waterways, lakes, and islands that make up the Panama Canal stopping to observe local birdlife and primates. Then meet up with residents of the Embera tribe in Parara Puru village for cultural presentations and an included lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$125.00
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US$125.00
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Embera Village and Jungle Tour

Embera Village and Jungle Tour

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Immerse yourself in the indigenous Emberá culture during this tour from Panama City. Journey up the Chagres River in a motorized dugout canoe to the Embera Drua village in Chagres National Park. Meet members of the tribe and learn about their way of life in the forest, witness ceremonial dances, and eat a traditional lunch. Round-trip transportation from Panama City is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people or fewer to ensure an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$105.00
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US$105.00
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Portobelo and Caribbean Island Tour from Panama City

Portobelo and Caribbean Island Tour from Panama City

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Explore UNESCO-listed fortifications, swashbuckling pirate history, and a Caribbean island on a full-day trip from Panama City to Portobelo that includes hotel pickup and drop-off, and transport by air-conditioned minibus. Make the most of your time in Panama by exploring the Caribbean coast as a day trip, with 3 hours of beach time before your return to Panama City.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$86.00
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US$86.00
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Gamboa Rainforest Combo Pack From Panama City

Gamboa Rainforest Combo Pack From Panama City

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Explore the Panamanian rain forest and take a boat journey through the Panama Canal's waterways on this eco-adventure from Panama City. With your naturalist guide, board an aerial tram bound for a 280-foot (85-meter) peak surrounded by leafy jungle. Hear the calls of the howler monkeys and watch colorful birds fly around you. Then board a boat for a trip through the Panama Canal, observing marine life like caimans, crocodiles and turtles. End your tour with lunch overlooking the Chagres River.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$169.24
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US$169.24

Discover the Spanish Colonial Fortresses in Panama

Discover the Spanish Colonial Fortresses in Panama

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Starting this adventure aboard the Panama Railway is one of the great train journeys in the world. In addition to its colorful history, the railway follows a scenic route through the Isthmus of Panama. Then we invite you invite you to discover the fortresses of the Spaniards on the Atlantic Coast of Panama, you will observe the architectural wonder of the colonial era, the great nature that borders the fortresses. we will walk where the soldiers of the Spanish kingdom were defending the passage through the community of chagres that constitute a magnificent example of the military architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Later we will visit Portobelo which is a natural port and a village located in the Republic of Panama. It was one of the most important towns in America. At the end we will close with a stop at the famous Playa la Angosta where you can swim in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean of the Panamanian Caribbean
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$188.00
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US$188.00

Panama Canal Partial Transit Boat Tour

Panama Canal Partial Transit Boat Tour

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Travel through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal on this 5- to 6-hour boat tour from Panama City. Experience how the locks work firsthand aboard a boat; tour includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$196.16
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US$196.16
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Colon, Fort San-Lorenzo - from one ocean to another by train

Colon, Fort San-Lorenzo - from one ocean to another by train

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Choose either the morning or evening tour to cover the 80 km that separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific Ocean first of the legendary train dating from 1855. This route is made all along the Panama Canal by the country's only rail line, the Panama Railway Company. You will discover the old colonial military fort of San-Lorenzo at the mouth of the Chagres river and the city of Colon at the entrance to the Panama Canal, north side.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$135.00
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US$135.00

Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

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Cruise through the Panama Canal by boat for an up-close experience this important waterway. Look for wildlife on the shores of Gatun Lake, and see ships transiting through the canal. Then head to Gamboa and the Pipeline Road in Soberania National Park, and visit the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$128.21
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US$128.21
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Authentic Embera Indian Village Tour

Authentic Embera Indian Village Tour

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Discover Panama’s indigenous heritage and traditions on a tour to an Emberá village from Panama City. Learn the proud, pre-Colombian history of the Emberá Indians as you travel upriver in a traditional dugout, experience an Emberá greeting by the local chief, and meet local artisans and artists. Experience a side of Panamanian life that’s hidden deep in the jungle of Chagres National Park.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$182.00
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US$182.00
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Cultural Private Tour of Panama City

Cultural Private Tour of Panama City

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Experience Panama’s booming capital city like a local on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, enjoy a delicious traditional lunch and visit the first Spanish settlement in the country, Panama La Vieja. Take a sightseeing tour of Panama City’s vibrant downtown, pick up a souvenir at the indigenous handicraft market, and learn about the country’s rich history and culture at Mi Pueblito Cultural Center.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$79.00
Price varies by group size
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US$79.00
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Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

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Cruise the entirety of the Panamá Canal, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, during this full-day tour in Panamá City. Board a small vessel to travel through all three sets of locks that make up the canal. Voyage on Gatun Lake and the Chagres River. Learn about the history and construction of the canal from your guide while you travel. Disembark in Colón and board a shuttle for the return trip to Panamá City. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages are provided on board.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$180.00
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US$180.00
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One Day Amazing SAN BLAS 4-ISLAND-HOPPING + Round-Trip Transport

One Day Amazing SAN BLAS 4-ISLAND-HOPPING + Round-Trip Transport

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Experience a true paradise!!! Imagine a place that resembles Robinson Crusoe's hideout. The sand is white and fine, the sea feels warm and balmy and the palm trees will provide a pleasant shade. The snorkeling is excellent and the Guna will feed you and show you their islands or just let you relax in privacy. It is genuinely a piece of paradise! We invite you to join our San Blas day tour VISITING 4 SPOTS (ISLA PERRO, ISLA YANSAILADUP, NATURAL POOL AND ISLA CHICHIME) and experience this little piece of heaven for yourself. We offer you the best of everything: •Timely pick-up from your Panama City lodging •Spacious, comfortable 4x4 transportation •Full insurance for cars, boats and guests •All our boats have sun protection and big awnings. •A quality lunch prepared in a CLEAN kitchen with FRESH ingredients. •Snorkel equipment for each guest for the whole day
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$154.00
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US$154.00
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Private Tour Monkey Island and Indian Village

Private Tour Monkey Island and Indian Village

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Experience Gatun Lake’s spectacular wildlife and rich culture on this half-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel by boat to an island chain in the middle of the Panama Canal that Howlers and other monkey species call home. Learn about these fascinating primates from an informative guide before continuing to an Embera indigenous village where you’ll enjoy a delicious traditional lunch and watch a live music and dance performance.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$183.00
Price varies by group size
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US$183.00
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Full-Day SAN BLAS 4-ISLAND-HOPPING, Snorkeling Tour + Transport from Panama City

Full-Day SAN BLAS 4-ISLAND-HOPPING, Snorkeling Tour + Transport from Panama City

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Experience a true paradise!!! Imagine a place that resembles Robinson Crusoe's hideout. The sand is white and fine, the sea feels warm and balmy and the palm trees will provide a pleasant shade. The snorkeling is excellent and the Guna will feed you and show you their islands or just let you relax in privacy. It is genuinely a piece of paradise! We invite you to join our San Blas day tour VISITING 4 SPOTS (ISLA PERRO, ISLA YANSAILADUP, NATURAL POOL AND ISLA CHICHIME) and experience this little piece of heaven for yourself. We offer you the best of everything: •Timely pick-up from your Panama City lodging •Spacious, comfortable 4x4 transportation •Full insurance for cars, boats and guests •All our boats have sun protection and big awnings. •A quality lunch prepared in a CLEAN kitchen with FRESH ingredients. •Snorkel equipment for each guest for the whole day
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$155.00
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US$155.00
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Soberania National Park Day Trip from Panama City

Soberania National Park Day Trip from Panama City

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Experience the immense natural beauty of Panama on this day trip to Soberanía National Park, a tropical rainforest situated on the banks of the Panama Canal. This birdwatching and wildlife hot spot of Central America is teeming with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Walk with a nature guide down Pipeline Road, known for its biodiversity including toucans, woodpeckers, hummingbirds and eagles as well as capuchin monkeys and sloths. Your tour includes round-trip hotel transport from Panama City.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$179.99
Price varies by group size
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US$179.99
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