Panama City, Panama
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clock-o7 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Combine a tour of the Panama Canal’s Miraflores Locks with a walking tour of Panama City’s UNESCO-listed Casco Viejo and a city driving tour to notable landmarks —it’s a full-day of sightseeing at the capital’s top attractions. Admire city views from atop Ancón Hill; visit a local market; see the Bridge of the Americas from the Amador Causeway; and more. This small-group tour runs with a maximum of nine people, ensuring personalized attention from your informative guide.
  • 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
Start with morning pickup from the American Trade Hotel, and listen as your guide describes the engineering wonder of the Panama Canal en route to the Miraflores Locks, the first stop on your full-day tour. On arrival, witness ships being raised and lowered between sea level and Miraflores Lake, then enjoy interactive displays at the Miraflores Visitors Center.

Next up is Ancón Hill (Cerro Ancón), a 650-foot (200-meter) viewpoint that overlooks Panama City. After the drive up, stroll around the lookout platform and keep an eye out for armadillos, deer, tamarins and even elusive sloths!

Browse for local handicrafts at an artisan market before continuing south into Panama Bay and the Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), which connects the mainland to three small manmade islands. View the Bridge of the Americas and stop for lunch at one of the area’s many restaurants (own expense). After lunch, you'll head to the Smithsonian-operated Punta Culebra Nature Center on Naos Island for a 20-minute outdoor stroll around the open-air museum. 

Back in Panama City, you’re driven to the 17th-century colonial neighborhood of Casco Viejo (‘Old Quarter’) for a 1.5-hour guided walking tour through the World Heritage–listed district. See landmarks such as the 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 as you learn little-known facts from your guide.

Your full-day tour ends with return to the central meeting point.


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, Jan 2019

Another great tour. I think if you cannot do the transit tour and are just in Panana for couple of days this tour is great!!! You get to see Miraflores locks and Edwing times it so we are there early enough to get great view spot and see both canals being used!! Got to see a movie about the canal and Panama. Then we had great lunch at Amador Causeway at Sirena. Got chance to take panoramic photos of Panama City. Learned A LOT of history of Panama from Edwing. Then he took us in a tour of Casco Viejo (Both by foot and van because it was really hot day). Overall, great experience!

, Jan 2019

Seeing the Mirafores locks on the Panama Canal, but our guide refused to speak up so the customers sitting the back of the van could hear. We asked several times to speak up and it got to a point that the people who heard relayed the information back. His walk through the old city offered little information and actually turned out to be quite boring. Not impressed at all.

, Dec 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable tour with Gonzo, a thoroughly knowledgeable and kick-back guide that interacted well with our small group. Limiting the number of participants (maximum 9 but even better with just our 5, as it promotes less of a cattle call and more of a private feeling) was important to me, because I rarely do guided tours and never do one with a huge throng of people that make you feel like you're being herded around.Started and ended in the old town with just the perfect amount of walking, so a few historical sites were visited but not so many as to get bored. On to the locks of the canal where Gonzo wisely opted not to herd us around inside the visitor center, but instead just let each person ramble on their own. A quick drive over and back on the Bridge of Americas just for the view and to spend enough time in the air conditioned van to cool off again, and onto a comfortable spot for an alfresco lunch on a small island with a wonderful view of the city's skyline. Finally a stop at a nature preserve on Punta Culebra that was very laid back and more enjoyable than I would have thought, partially because Gonzo should his passion and interest in many of Panama's natural species and the concern to keep the human element from encroaching on them. In all, a relaxed and enjoyable introduction to some of the highlights in Panama. My constructive criticism: 1) MENTION the name of the tour company- Barefoot Panama Tours. Gonzo approaching in thongs, T shirt and a chill attitude was the kind of tour I was looking for! 2) I'm not an early riser, either on vacation or in real time. Getting to the meeting point at 8am was doable, but I would have added the 5th star for a 9AM start!But as titled, this tour checked all the boxes!

, Jul 2018

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We stopped over in Panama on our way home from Peru to experience the Panama Canal. Unfortunately, on the day of our tour booking no ships passed through the locks during our visit. However, when we were informed by the canal authority that several unscheduled ships were making their way to the locks and would be arriving within the next half hour/fourty-five minutes, our group asked to stay to see their passing. Our guide Gonzo was very flexible and rearranged our itinerary to accommodate our requests. Everyone enjoyed seeing the ships pass through and we did not miss any other planned stop on our excursion. In addition, the city tour was fascinating, experiencing a Panamanian lunch delicious, and all was enhanced by Gonzo's charm, humor, historical perspective and narrative, and flexibility.

, Jul 2018

My daughter told me that she enjoyed this tour quite a bit. Panama is a wonderful city so seeing a different Latin American city like Panama on this tour was quite of a nice surprise to her.

, May 2018

Ross was THE best! I'd made the reservation for the wrong day, and he managed to get us on the tour anyway. He was knowledgeable, funny, and patient. He knows everything in Casco Viejo and at the locks like the back of his hand, with the ability to answer a TON of the curveball questions we threw him. He was also extremely honest about the current political and social situation in Panama. He was patient and kept a watchful eye on us all, and even left us with one of our trip catchphrases Well played. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour - definitely a highlight of the trip. Tip: if you meet at Cafe Unido, get there early to sample the empanadas get the spicy jelly and the ridiculously delicious green tea!

, May 2018

Great time!

, Mar 2018

Had Ross as a guide. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and is a good ambassador for the area. Watching the locks at work was very interesting and a good learning experience. Loved the outdoor reserve and got some great views of sloths. Had a delicious meal in a local place so got to try out local food. Tour of old town was full of history, stories and certainly left one with a sense of the development of the country and how it faced various challenges. Excellent tour for giving an overview of what you need to know to explore further if you choose.

, Mar 2018

A convenient way to see the canal, which was our goal. It's a lot of driving for a fairly short visit, but that can't be helped!

, Feb 2018

The best the tour guide got us to the Panama Canal early before the crowds. I got photos of 4 ships. It was great. He also took us to a great place for lunch off the Amador Causeway. Great view of the skyline. Great tour of the Casco Viejo where he lives.

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