Panama City: Small-Group Miraflores Locks and City Tour
- Transportation included
- Duration: 6 hours
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My husband and I had a great day with our guide, Mario, and his spotter Julietta (she was on the lookout for monkeys, sloths, etc.) I learned a lot about the history & geography of Panama. Saw the Aqua Clara locks, watched the short movie there and watched a large ship move through the locks from Gatun Lake. We loved seeing Fort Lorenzo and reading about the history there. Mario was a fun and knowledgeable host and guide. We saw both a two & thee toed sloth and a family of howler monkeys in the tree tops, two types of hawks and an iguana. Our group was small, 6 guests, and were picked up at our hotel. Perfect day!
This tour was wonderful - Cesar, our guide, followed all safety protocols which made us feel at ease. Cesar gave us extensive history and facts on the Panama Canal, the Canal Zone, and other interesting tidbits on Panamanian history throughout the tour. He was also very knowledgeable about the different animal and plant species we encountered on the tour, and made sure our Monkey Island visit was memorable! We boated by different locales searching for different species, and he and our boat captain did a great job spotting different animals and giving us facts about each one.
Tony was an excellent tour guide. We had only 1 full day in Panama City and thought an organized tour would be the best way to see the highlights. The only thing I didn’t like was that our lunch experience was at a seafood restaurant that was clearly a tourist trap. I would have much preferred to have had a “comida tipico” meal somewhere.
Had a fantastic day, long bus ride but the talk from the guides made it enjoyable - Mario made it funny and not boring to listen! The fort was beautiful and Juliette is the best sloth spotter of them all!! All three guides were great, good enthusiasm and good information. Hurrah.
Tour size is kept small. This makes for a personable and interactive opportunity. Tony's is a professional, small, family owned business. I felt very connected with my guide and appreciated how well informed she is about the sites we visited.