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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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.

Customer Reviews

Susan m S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

knowledgeable, energetic, friendly.

Holly J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great overview of the city, the history of Panama, and the Canal. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and had a passion for the city and the country. What a really wonderful way to be introduced to Panama! We now want to know and do more!

Piotr K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Piotr K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Donald C M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was outstanding with our guide and driver, Gonzo, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of Panama and the Panama Canal. We arrived at the Miraflores Locks just in time to see some shipping passing through the locks. Our guide, Gonzo, engaged us with anecdotal stories and facts about Panama as we toured the old city and during our luncheon at Di Ranchito, a local restaurant on the Armador, which turned out to be one of the best restaurants during our stay in Panama. In all, the tour was a very memorable one with no stone left unturned. It was a pleasure to be guided by the Barefoot Panama tour company they are the best. Don M. Washington, DC

Alain B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very nice trip with a fantastic guide.The must to visit and understand Panama city in a small group of 4 pepole.Highly recommanded...............

chadd b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

AWESOME! Worth every minute! Best way ever to see the city, canals if only in Panama for a short period.

Christine K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Couldn't ask for a better tour guide! Kevin hails from Boston, MA, USA and has been living in Panama City for over a decade. Great insights at every stop as you're seeing Panama City through the eyes of a non-native but someone who absolutely loves this city. He really knows the tour guide business and gave us many tips along the way to avoid crowds. For example, he made sure we were at the Miraflores Locks just as soon as the observation building opened to keep us from being swallowed up by the inevitable crowds. Kevin drove our small van and kept us informed and entertained the entire day. It was a great experience!! You won't go wrong if you book with him!

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour and guide

Richard A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Saw what I wanted. Keith was great.

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