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Although the tour operator is a very nice guy, this tour should not be offered and this operator should not be operating tours. The tour promises four visits: the Panama Canal, the Causeway, Old Town and the Seafood Market. The tour operator was 40 minutes late picking me up due to traffic he said. We spent the next 3.5 hours sitting in bumper to bumper traffic in the city. He acknowledged that we should not have started the trip in the afternoon, though that is what was scheduled. After over two hours in traffic, he admitted that we could not make it to the Panama Canal before it closed, so we turned around and never saw the canal. We headed for the Causeway, but after another 30-40 minutes in traffic, he admitted that the same situation would occur with the Causeway, so there was no need to try going there. We headed for the Old Town, where we did find a parking place, and finally after 3.5 hours started the tour. A quick walk through the Old Town, with little relevant commentary on the sites, and we walked ran across a busy highway to the Seafood Market. That was the highlight of this tour as I had a very nice meal and enjoyed the market. Then we ran back across the highway and headed to the hotel. So overall, I got to see two of the promised four sites, and got little else in the way of tour guidance or commentary. I did spend four excruciatingly long hours in the operators personal car in traffic. As stated Douglas who is a private contractor, not a company is a very nice guy, and I think he was trying hard. But he is not a professional tour guide, and this tour was a disaster. Truly the worst travel tour experience I have ever had.
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