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  • From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

    1. From Panama City: Panama Canal and Monkey Island Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or other location in Panama City, and journey to the Panama Canal Visitors Center to get a detailed explanation about how the canal and famous Miraflores Locks work. Visit the museum to learn more about this important water passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Return to the vehicle and pass Miraflores Lake and the Pedro Miguel Locks as you make your way to the town of Gamboa. Upon arrival at the Chagres River, climb aboard for a scenic boat trip across artificial Gatun Lake. Marvel at the surrounding landscape of the biggest and most important lake in the Panama Canal. Watch the large ships passing through the canal to get a sense of the magnitude of this masterpiece of engineering. Arrive at a group of islands to see 2 different species of monkeys. Return to Panama City and get dropped off at your hotel.

    Great experience and tour. Our tour guide, Cesar, was so helpful and informative; he really knew a lot about the canal and Panama. He was also lovely and so friendly. Thanks so much!

  • Panama: All-Inclusive Taboga Island Catamaran Cruise

    2. Panama: All-Inclusive Taboga Island Catamaran Cruise

    Meet at the Balboa Yacht Club to begin your all-inclusive day tour on a catamaran. Take a 45-minute cruise to the Island of Taboga and enjoy breathtaking views of the Panama City skyline, Cinta Costera, and ships waiting to cross the Panama Canal while having light snacks. After reaching Taboga, sail to the backside of the island to a secret spot where an amazing bay with beautiful natural views is waiting for you. Have the opportunity to jump off the boat and have your first swim. There is also stair access from the boat to the water in case you don't feel like diving right in. After some water fun, climb back into the boat to enjoy a cold beer and lie in the boat's nets or dance with the crew while you sail towards the town side of the island. Dock so you can head to the beach and visit the small village of Taboga. Spend time on the beach relaxing or getting a game of volleyball in. ...

    An amazing excursion. The captain, the crew and the other passengers made this a great excursion. The Island itself is suffering from low business after Covid, so please get off the boat and go into the town for a walk and some souvenirs. They work extra hard to make it clean. We had a delightful lunch at a little outdoor restaurant that had a delightful whole fried sea bass. A few icy cold beers and some time on the beach and we were back on the boat. The lunch they served was simple, yet tasty. Did not eat much since we ate on the Island. It is a great value for the price. Even though it is open bar and music it is great for kids (families) The net on the back of the boat will be a hit with the kids. *side note. The boat is SUPER clean and they follow all covid protocols. Very impressed with how efficient the whole tour was.

  • Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

    3. Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

    Be collected from your accommodation in Panama City between 5:20 AM and 6:00 AM to start the day trip. Drive 2.5 hours to San Blas Port, Carti, and then take a local Panga boat to the first of the San Blas islands. Here, enjoy a light breakfast of fresh fruit and take some time to sunbathe with provided umbrellas, beach chairs, and towels. You can also use kayaks or paddleboards to explore the island surroundings. Afterward, enjoy a lunch of fresh fish, rice, and salad. After lunch, sail onwards to Perro Chico, known as the best snorkeling spot in the San Blas Islands. Here, you can see a variety of colorful fish species and a sunken boat. Next, visit Island Pelicano, made famous by the Netflix series Money Heist. Finally, head to the natural swimming pool. This is a bank of sand in the middle of the ocean where you can walk or swim around to find your starfish. At 3:30 PM, sail back ...

    Very unique and great adventure! Our only suggestion is that there is such a rich culture and history in the San Blas. We had no explanation for anything.. were just ferries from beach to beach...would have liked to learn

  • Chagres National Park Hike and Embera Village Tour

    4. Chagres National Park Hike and Embera Village Tour

    Begin your full-day excursion with an hour-long drive from Panama City to the Chagres National Park. Established in 1984, the park comprises 334,000 acres of forest, lakes and rivers. Enjoy a traditional piragua boat ride on the Chagres River, followed by a half-hour walk through the jungle to a waterfall that’s hidden from civilization. Enjoy some free time at the waterfall to swim and relax, and then head back to the boat. Continue to an indigenous Embera village, where you’ll learn about their culture. Listen to a speech by the cacique or chief, while enjoying some seasonal fruit, then a live performance of traditional music and dance.

    So fun! The village is a real indigenous village and the food they serve you is so amazing. The hike and boat ride are so much fun and it is amazing to see the jungle up close and swim in the river. The guides were also so fun and friendly. Would go again!

  • Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour

    5. Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour

    Leave the city behind in the morning and head to the Chagres River where you will board a boat for a 2-hour tour in Lake Gatun (once the largest manmade lake in the world) and the Panama Canal! Explore the ins and outs of the nearby bays, search for wildlife, and visit the famous Monkey Island, home of the amazing white faced monkeys! Also, keep an eye out for turtles, crocodiles, caiman, tons of bird life and all kinds of other surprises. Return towards Gamboa, pass the dock and head upstream to the Indian village. Unlike most Indian village tours, this one is authentic! Learn about the local culture, history and crafts. Then, hike along a short trail to see the plants that grow in this area and how the locals use them (practical, artist or medical uses) and see dance that is part of their custom. After visiting the village, return towards Panama City and stop along the way for lunc...

    Our guide was fantastic . It was a lovely day on the lake, learning about history and nature. The native village visit was a special experience

  • Panama: Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort

    6. Panama: Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Panama City, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle for approximately 1.5 hours as you make your way to Colón. Upon arrival, board a ferry for the 20-minute crossing to a rainforest, and then get back to nature as you explore the ecological paradise by minibus. Discover the home to 159 different species of mammals, 98 species of reptiles and 65 amphibious species. Observe the amazing wildlife in their natural habitat, and enjoy plenty of stops to take souvenir photos.  Next, go to the historic monument of San Lorenzo Fort, renowned for preventing attacks by the real pirates of the Caribbean for almost 75 years! Learn the history of the fort, now in ruins after the Spanish largely abandoned it in the mid 19th century. Continue to Agua Clara to spend about 45 minutes learning about the new canal system, built to support the passage of super tank...

    We really enjoyed our trip with a local guide Mario. Mario is very knowledgeable and kept us informed and entertained all day long. The trip was supposed to last for 6 hours but it took nearly 8 hours which is plus. The only downside was the lunchtime. There's a lunch included but we went for lunch at 6pm. Not a big deal if you know this upfront and bring some snack with you. Looking forward to another tour with Mario. Thanks

  • Panama City Day Tour

    7. Panama City Day Tour

    A day of fun in cosmopolitan Panama City. See the town that the world built and of course, its famous canal. Usually, your first stop will be Miraflores Locks and the Panama Canal. Miraflores Locks and the Panama Canal is your next stop. Here you will watch the ships maneuver the canal's locks, learn more about the canal at the museum. You will visit an artisan market for the best Panamanian-made souvenirs before heading to the Amador for lunch (not included). Then you will take a short nature trail walk in the Punta Culebra's open-air musuem, which is owned by the Smithsonian Foundation of Panama. Save the best for last with a walking tour of the old town: Casco Viejo. Marvel at its spectacular architecture and learn about the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be back back in your hotel around 16:00, unless you stay in Casco to soak up the rest of the afternoon on...

    Our guide, Jorge, was awesome. Explained a lot and was very helpful. Communication before tour was great so we knew exactly when and where we would be picked up. We really learned a lot of history about the area and the canal.

  • Panama City Layover Tour

    8. Panama City Layover Tour

    Using your flight number and airline name, a driver will track your flight until it lands. After landing, the driver will be waiting for you outside with a sign highlighting your name. The driver will assist you to the car with your luggage. Once in the car, the driver will head to the Miraflores Visitors Center at the Panama Canal where you will see the ships going through the Miraflores Locks on their way from one ocean to the other. The tour will be designed for you to visit the Panama Canal during the busiest time of the day so you can watch the whole process from a terrace. After leaving the Panama Canal, the guide will take you to the Amador Coastway, a road which connects 3 islands where you will have the opportunity to see the Biodiversity Museum designed by Frank Gehry or the Smithsonian Marine Research Center. The following destination will be the Old Town of Panama where yo...

    Such a great tour. I booked last minute but Cesar was wonderful enough to get guide Dan to me in under 30 mins! Loved seeing Panama in this way - fantastic tour, would highly recommmend.

  • Casco Viejo, Panama: 2-hour family walking tour

    9. Casco Viejo, Panama: 2-hour family walking tour

    Discover the historic heart of Panama with a walking tour through the city's old quarter, designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. Go off the beaten path on this two-hour sightseeing tour that takes you past San Francisco de Asis and San José churches in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along the waterfront with a professional guide who can tell you about Panama's revolutionary past, pirate escapades, and more in a fun and interactive way. Marvel at the majestic mix of Spanish, French, and early American architectural styles at a relaxed and easy pace.

  • Panama City: Lake Alajuela Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

    10. Panama City: Lake Alajuela Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

    Meet your friendly guide in at Isla Culebra in Amador at the local partner's office followed by a 45-minute drive via the Corredor Norte Highway to Chilibre. Get ready for a once in a lifetime experience of stand up paddling in the beautiful waters of Lake Alajuela, an artificial lake in the Chagres River basin. The lake is bounded by the Madden Dam and linked to the Panama Canal. Once you’re feeling confident on the board, paddle through the beautiful marina of Lake Alajuela while spotting native animals. Along the way, admire stunning views of the magnificent tropical rainforest of the Panama canal and look out for dolphins, sea turtles, and tropical fish.

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What people are saying about Panama

An amazing excursion. The captain, the crew and the other passengers made this a great excursion. The Island itself is suffering from low business after Covid, so please get off the boat and go into the town for a walk and some souvenirs. They work extra hard to make it clean. We had a delightful lunch at a little outdoor restaurant that had a delightful whole fried sea bass. A few icy cold beers and some time on the beach and we were back on the boat. The lunch they served was simple, yet tasty. Did not eat much since we ate on the Island. It is a great value for the price. Even though it is open bar and music it is great for kids (families) The net on the back of the boat will be a hit with the kids. *side note. The boat is SUPER clean and they follow all covid protocols. Very impressed with how efficient the whole tour was.

Excellent organized, english punctuality, excellent trip! I'd like to thank again to my guide, very well informed and disposed to share the information.

My guide was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and I would definitely recommend him

So much fun and great service! Highly recommended and even to repeat it.

Paradise-style Islands with good snorkling opportunities