Why I love Panama
“In a world where wilderness and native cultures are disappearing, Panama – against all odds – continues with its essence intact. Trekking through rainforests, watching Congo drumming and sailing between pristine tropical islands offer wonder and delight. The wildlife viewing is astounding both in expected places, like the waters of Isla de Coiba, and in patches of preserved forest just outside the capital. For me...” Read More
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Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour
To start this tour, you will follow the Panama Canal north to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the canal. You will begin the wildlife viewing from a boat on the waters of the canal and Gatun Lake. You will ride along the waters of the Panama Canal right next to the ships passing through as well as have an up close view of the the abundant wildlife on its shores. You will visit the famous Monkey Islands where you will see capuchins, howlers, and tamarins. Once you finish with the canal and lake boat ride (around 2 hours), you will head 45 minutes north to the Caribbean side of Panama. You will visit the Agua Clara Visitor Center to see the new expansion locks working up close. Located on the west side of the brand new Agua Clara Locks, the Agua Clara Visitor Center allows you to observe transiting vessels from a scenic lookout point and learn first hand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its construction, its participation in the world markets, and the importance of its watershed. An observational deck lets you watch the ships pass through the Agua Clara Locks on their way to the Pacific or Atlantic oceans. The next stop will be a visit to San Lorenzo National Park where you will visit a remote rainforest full of flora and fauna, followed by a freshly made picnic lunch and a tour Fort San Lorenzo. A 400 year old Spanish fort on a scenic cliff overlooking the Caribbean, here you will recount the many attacks by pirates and privateers that happened at one of the most historically important places in Panama. The Fort of San Lorenzo, located on an 80 foot (25m) cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea at the estuary of the Chagres River, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 along with the fortifications of the city of Portobelo. It was part of the defensive system for the transatlantic trade of the Spanish Crown, and is a fine example of military architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Fort of San Lorenzo is one of the oldest fortresses in Spanish America. Here you will recount the many attacks by pirates and privateers that happened at one of the most historically important places in Panama. Once you finish the tour of the fort, you will return to Panama City for hotel drop off.
Panama City Food Tour
Meet your local guide and fellow culinary explorers at Café Unido Coffee Roasters, where you’ll begin your Panama City food and drinks tour with a tasting of high-end coffee. Sip a sample made from Geisha beans — some of Panama’s best (and one of the world’s most expensive) — and learn about the country’s coffee industry from a local coffee farmer and roaster. Now that you’re a bit caffeinated, move on to your next stop, a gourmet food shop that specializes in rich Panamanian chocolate. On your way there, enjoy your walk through the World Heritage-listed Casco Viejo district (also known as Casco Antiguo), passing by historical landmarks like the Arco Chato (Flat Arch). When you arrive at the food shop, sample a piece of organic chocolate from the Bocas del Toro province, where the chocolate is produced by the Ngöbe, an indigenous group. Then take another walk through Casco Viejo toward your next destination, stopping along the way for photo ops of the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral and white-washed Presidential Palace (Palacio de las Garzas). Next up is a local microbrewery, where you can enjoy a tasting of four beers — whichever are on tap that day. Take a look at the brewery facilities to see how the local beer is made, and learn a bit about beermaking in Panama from your guide. Continue your adventure along the malecón (sea wall) to a seafood market, where you’ll enjoy some fresh ceviche, a Panamanian specialty that’s also common throughout Central and South America. Panamanian ceviche typically consists of small pieces of fresh raw fish cured in lime juice and flavored with chopped onion and cilantro, and it’s one of the best things you’ll eat all day. Finally, head to your last stop, a rooftop bar, for a rum cocktail made with 7-year-old Ron Abuelo, which comes from one of Panama's oldest rum producers. As you sip your drink, watch the sunset over the city. Your tour ends here, where you can stay on your own to continue your evening in Panama City, or find perhaps another spot in Casco Viejo to have drinks and dinner.
City Sightseeing Panama City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
See some of Panama City's most famous attractions on this easy and convenient City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour! The complimentary recorded commentary throughout the tour along the Canal Route will give you interesting historical facts and background information on each stop. Visit the impressive Miraflores locks and discover how the Panama Canal works. This 50-mile (80.5-km) waterway first opened in 1914 and transports ships from sea level to 85 feet (26 meters) via a series of gravity-powered locks. Then, head to the Revolution Tower and admire the unique architecture of the structure. Stop at Mi Pueblito, a replica of an authentic Panama village, where you can watch different cultural performances and observe how homes were built using mud and straw. Hop off the bus for a visit to the Biomuseo, a unique building designed by Frank Gehry, to explore Panama's immense biodiversity. Stop at Parque Urraca, a green oasis among Panama City's high skyscrapers, and admire the lush landscape.If you feel like getting some shopping done while in Panama City, hop off the bus for a visit to the modern Multicentro, where you will find numerous restaurants, local shops and cafés. Try out a few authentic Panama dishes (own expense), including ceviche, corvina and sancocho. To explore even more shops and restaurants, stop at Isla Flamingo.
Luxury Full Day Panama Canal and City Tour
Choice of 2 tour price options:Value Shared Option: 8:00am pick-up from a convenient meeting point in the front lobby of the Panama Hilton Hotel & Casino on Avenida Balboa. Small shared group in a spacious luxury minivan with all the same inclusions in the vehicle as private service. or Premium Private Pickup Option: 8:00am directly from your Panama City hotel in a private luxury vehicle. This is a private tour only for your booked party. You will commence this activity with a first stop to the top of Ancon Hill where you will experience a birds' eye view in every direction overlooking Panama City. See the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, the Cinta Costera, and the famous Las Americas bridge.Then, proceed to the famous Mira Flores locks of the Panama Canal where you will tour the visitor center, museum, gift shop and view an excellent movie presentation of Panama Canal history and construction.Continue to the Artisan market on Avenida Balboa with local artisan souvenirs as you further diverse into the local culture and atmosphere. Next, you will head to the the Amador Causeway; a 6 kilometer man made peninsula made from the excavated material of the Panama canal. Originally built as the breakwater for the Panama Canal-today it is a very popular destination for locals and tourists with a myriad of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, 3 marinas, and popular with exercise enthusiasts along the strip for jogging, bicycling, rollerblading and more. Its one of the best views in the city looking back on the Panama City skyline. Stop at any destination you prefer to have lunch.Walking tour of Casco Viejo district (Old Town) for an amazing historical walk through Casco Viejo´s landmark attractions such as the Flat Arch, Golden Altar, and Plaza Francia. There are also many newly renovated and restored hotels, restaurants, and nightlife hot spots. Continuing to the Panama Viejo Ruins. Begun as a settlement in 1519. Panama Viejo along with the historical district of Panama were classified as a “World Heritage Site” in 1997. Reflecting centuries of history, was a main hub for Spanish gold and silver shipments and numerous pirate and Indigenous Indian attacks. Depending on your chosen tour option, you are returned to the central meeting point, or directly to your hotel.
Cuenca City Tour
Discover the beauty and history of Cuenca on a comprehensive guided city tour. After pickup from your hotel, your city tour begins with a visit to the Museum of Modern Art, located on the south side of Plaza de San Sebastián. The museum houses various works from Ecuadorian artists including paintings, sculptures, photography, engravings and more. Walk by the historic downtown area to visit San Francisco market and Calderon Park, Cuenca's central park. Walk through the well-kept park with your guide while admiring the expansive area. Next, stop at Cunca's Old and New Cathedrals. The Old Cathedral was originally built in the mid 1500s and is now home to a museum showcasing the cathedral's gorgeous architecture. (note: you will not enter the Old Cathedral). Then, your guide will take you to the New Cathedral, which displays Neo-Gothic style architecture. Admire the famous gold leaf canopy inside the cathedral, which is one of Ecuador's largest. Continue on to the Homero Ortega Panama Hat factory. Here, observe the complete manufacturing process of Ecuador's Panama hat. Later we will visit the barranco, where you can admire the colonial-style terraced houses located next to the Tomebamba River, also home to the famous 'broken bridge.' and finally visit the Turi, where you'll take in panoramic view of the whole city of Cuenca. After the tour, you'll be transported back to your hotel.
San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Evening Bike Tour
Begin your tour at bustling Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, where you'll hop aboard either a regular or electric bike, depending on the option you selected. Safety equipment is included and this easy ride is appropriate for all ages and skill levels, so the whole family can join in the fun!Ride alongside some of San Francisco's many piers and Crissy Field, with its stunning vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge. See major sights including Aquatic Park, Fort Mason and the Marina District as you pass joggers, kite flyers and beachgoers enjoying the sea breezes and gorgeous views. Admire the grand Palace of Fine Arts, which was built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and today hosts concerts and events. Pass Fort Point, right under the Golden Gate Bridge, and then ride your bike across the west side of the bridge itself for amazing photo ops of the cliff-edged coastline. At the north end of the bridge, take in panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline and Alcatraz from Vista Point before the crimson light of sunset descends on San Francisco Bay.Make your way back into the city to the Presidio for more sightseeing. Pass by two entertainment institutions, the Walt Disney Family Museum and the headquarters of Lucasfilm. See the San Francisco National Cemetery, where thousands who served in the military are buried, and Presidio Pet Cemetery, where animals owned by families stationed at the Presidio were laid to rest. Ideal for both scenery and history lovers, this bike tour shows you plenty of city highlights in a short span of time. Your 3-hour sunset bike ride ends back at Fisherman's Wharf, but you can continue to use your bike to explore for a few hours before closing time. If you still have the energy, ride along the Embarcadero and Pier 39 or continue to AT&T park and see where the SF Giants play baseball!