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Urban food tour with Panama blogger
Get ready for an immersive tasting menu as you get to experience the real Panama - from the gritty to the most Insta-gramable, and everything in between. Our day starts in the historic Casco Viejo neighborhood at a trendy rooftop where everyone in the group will get to know each other. I’ll give you the quickest history lesson on Panama City and how it’s changed throughout its development before we start our adventure. We will then walk a few blocks to one of the most luxurious hotels in the neighborhood to try a street food delicacy gone gourmet. Next, we’ll head to Santa Ana, the most vibrant part of the city where locals still live. We will visit my friend’s chocolate shop where you’ll get to try some unique treats, take photos in front of colorful street art, and walk down Panama City's only pedestrian avenue to buy fresh ingredients for our mojito-making workshop later on. We'll also pass through one of the most affordable artisan markets. From here, we are going to ride the underground metro to the city center to explore the laid-back Via Argentina neighborhood. While here, we’ll be eating at an old-school restaurant to try classic Panamanian food with a twist. For our last stop, we are GOING UP to a rooftop bar for a mojito-making workshop where you’ll get to make your own cocktail while watching the sun go down over the city and try fresh ceviche.
Wildlife on lake Gatun - Monkey island
***Minimum two persons for the tour to happen, if you are solo travelers, please book a date with people booked already or contact me first*** A trip to Monkey Island and Gamboa region represents one of the best wild excursions from Panama CityThe meeting point will be the Gamboa public dock . You will have to leave your hotels 45 minutes prior the agreed time at the Gamboa Public dock which is the time for the ride in Taxi or Uber. The fare shouldn’t be more than 20 dollars. If needed, I can organize the transport for you as from 80 dollars total (2 persons) - 100 dollars (3-4 persona) - 140 dollars (5 and more “mini van”) During this tour, you will have the chance to observe the white-face monkeys, howler monkeys, and Geoffrey´s tamarinds and birds. We will observe the birds, monkeys and others flora and fauna from the boat. You will not only to get to see the flaura o fauna but also to see transiting ships on the Panama Canal, Rio Chagres River. The excursion duration is approximatively 2 hours. I will act as a captain and helps you to spot birds and other animals. I only speak few words English, however, we can exchange email in good English before your arrival. I will act as a captain and helps you to spot birds and other animals. I only speak moderate English, however, we can exchange email in good English before your arrival.
Salsa Lesson plus Night Out Dancing in Panama
Have you always wanted to learn salsa or bachata, but did not know how to start? Would you like to hit the dance floor in a club with confidence? Do you want to join the world wide (and welcoming) Latin dance community? No experience, and no partner necessary! I host this experience with a team of instructors so you don't need to worry if you are a solo traveler. Or if you are couple or a group, our team will make sure everyone has individualized attention. We will meet at Marea Casco Ceviche Bar on Avenida A in Casco Viejo, where my dance team & I are waiting to welcome you! We have over 40 years of experience, so you are in good hands! The relaxed atmosphere of this hip local place is perfect setting for our lesson. If you are a new dancer, we will cover everything step by step to help you quickly master the basics & beyond! Or, if you are an experienced dancer, we will meet you at your level and help you expand your moves to reach your next dance goals. After our lesson, we will go out dancing 'in the wild' at a local club, so you can show off your new skills. We will also show you where the best local clubs & hot spots are in Panama to dance the night away!! Feel the electricity in the air & become a part of the Latin dance community. This experience comes with a warning - Latin dancing can be addictive! :) Your friends waiting to welcome you!
Panama Canal Tour
We will visit the Amador Causeway, a road that connects four small islands on the Pacific, and was made with the excavated materials from the Canal. The Amador Causeway offers stunning views of Panama City skyline and the Pacific entrance of the Canal. Depending on the traffic, I will drive you through the Bridge of the Americas, one of the bridges over The Panama Canal. After crossing the bridge, we will visit a viewpoint, a special spot where you can take pictures of the bridge, the Pacific ports, and the ships. Then, we will stop at the Goethals Monument, a beautiful white Vermont marble structure built to honor George Washington Goethals for his achievements during the Panama Canal construction. Behind the Goethals Monument, you will see the Panama Canal Administration Building, a landmark of the Panamanian history built in 1914. Our next stop is at the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks Visitor Center, where you may see the ships while they pass through the Canal. You will learn about its history, operation and recent expansion. At the Panama Canal IMAX Theater, we will watch the 45-minute 3D movie "Panama Canal, a Land Divided, a World United". After the tour, you will be driven back to the meeting point. IMPORTANT: The Canal Visitor Center in Panama City is going through renovations until 2024. The observation area is limited and it might be crowded.
Casco Viejo Walking Tour & Chocolate Tasting
Casco Viejo Walking Tour & Chocolate Tasting Casco Viejo is Panama City's old town and a World Heritage Site. As your local tour guide, I will show you the most important buildings, squares and churches of Panama City's colonial district, while you learn about the Hispanic legacy and admire the European and neoclassical art of its buildings. After a brief introduction about the foundation of Panama City by Spain, and the events that led to its transfer to Casco Viejo, we will walk around the old town. There will be a stop at one of the local handicraft markets and you will have the opportunity to taste chocolate made in Panama. Other things to note: The tour can be delayed if it rains.

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All Inclusive Catamaran Tour to Taboga Island
Relax and discover the art of sailing on board the biggest open boat of the city while you sunbathe, lay down and enjoy our big deck with huge nets and speakers. We offer All Inclusive Excursions to Taboga Island: Snacks, Lunch, Open Bar, Stop to swim, Visit to the Beach and Town.
Bike Tour Panama City & Old Town + more
Bike tour through the modern city and the historic center of the city of Panama passing through different representative places with beautiful views, stops, viewpoints, historical places and its stories such as churches and squares.
Monkey Island tour include the Panama Canal
Cold drink provided during the trip. That program is only in English language available! Transportation from Panama City INCLUDED IN THE PRICE! I will pick you up from your location in Panama City. After we will go together to Gamboa. During our way you will have many historical information about the Panama Canal. I would like to show you the lake of Gatun natural environment. You should come to see the lake and part of the coast. I will take you through the part of the Panama Canal. It's a perfect moment to see how the big ships crossing the canal. You could be the part one of the most interesting encounters with the different kind of animals like monkeys, crocodiles, birds. This lake is one of the untouchable wild territory area. A professional boat captain will care about your safety. I will pick you up in Panama City and take you to Gamboa. The transportation is include in the price. Also you could have a chance to see the Sloth Sanctuary butterfly park, and you can observe the frog park if you inform me before 24 hours of the trip. And many more...... :-) If you are a solo traveler and you want to come up alone please contact me before you book!
Monkey Island Eco tour with pick up
Enjoy the experience of a boat tour in english inside the Panama Canal and the biodiversity that surrounds it. I will pick you up from your accommodation in downtown of Panama City to go 30 minutes by car to the Soberanía National Park where we will take a boat and get into the Panama Canal. We will pass by huge ships and experience the scale and importance of this magnificent feat of engineering. Inside the Canal we will arrive at a group of islands in a protected area in order to see as many species of animals as possible (and there are many !!), among them we will see monkeys, crocodiles, birds, iguanas, sloths and others. You will learn about the types of ships that pass through the Canal, you will identify animals and develop your vision to spot them. This is an extraordinary experience and memorable, completely outdoors and you will enjoy it a lot! Other things to note You have to remember that it is not a zoo, you will visit a natural habitat, although one of the objectives is to observe animals, it is not easy to find them, I will do everything possible and with your participation so that we can spot them but on very few occasions it is possible not to find some species.
Panama Barcrawl - Old Town Casco Viejo
Walking Tour of 4 bars and 1 club. You'll get 5 drinks, with professional guides + Free WiFi. Perfect for #solotravelers: Feel part of the group and have fun in five different places in the vibrating Panama City's Old Quarter: Casco Viejo. Meet people from all over the world (locals, expats and tourists), so that together you can dance the night away.

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Monkey Island tour include the Panama Canal
Cold drink provided during the trip. That program is only in English language available! Transportation from Panama City INCLUDED IN THE PRICE! I will pick you up from your location in Panama City. After we will go together to Gamboa. During our way you will have many historical information about the Panama Canal. I would like to show you the lake of Gatun natural environment. You should come to see the lake and part of the coast. I will take you through the part of the Panama Canal. It's a perfect moment to see how the big ships crossing the canal. You could be the part one of the most interesting encounters with the different kind of animals like monkeys, crocodiles, birds. This lake is one of the untouchable wild territory area. A professional boat captain will care about your safety. I will pick you up in Panama City and take you to Gamboa. The transportation is include in the price. Also you could have a chance to see the Sloth Sanctuary butterfly park, and you can observe the frog park if you inform me before 24 hours of the trip. And many more...... :-) If you are a solo traveler and you want to come up alone please contact me before you book!
Urban food tour with Panama blogger
Get ready for an immersive tasting menu as you get to experience the real Panama - from the gritty to the most Insta-gramable, and everything in between. Our day starts in the historic Casco Viejo neighborhood at a trendy rooftop where everyone in the group will get to know each other. I’ll give you the quickest history lesson on Panama City and how it’s changed throughout its development before we start our adventure. We will then walk a few blocks to one of the most luxurious hotels in the neighborhood to try a street food delicacy gone gourmet. Next, we’ll head to Santa Ana, the most vibrant part of the city where locals still live. We will visit my friend’s chocolate shop where you’ll get to try some unique treats, take photos in front of colorful street art, and walk down Panama City's only pedestrian avenue to buy fresh ingredients for our mojito-making workshop later on. We'll also pass through one of the most affordable artisan markets. From here, we are going to ride the underground metro to the city center to explore the laid-back Via Argentina neighborhood. While here, we’ll be eating at an old-school restaurant to try classic Panamanian food with a twist. For our last stop, we are GOING UP to a rooftop bar for a mojito-making workshop where you’ll get to make your own cocktail while watching the sun go down over the city and try fresh ceviche.
Visit Monkey Island and Embera Indian Village in one day
That program is only in English language available! This tour is starting at 8:00 am in the morning, and finishing around 3:00 pm The tour include a waterfall tour with swimming if you like. I would like to pick you up from your hotel in Panama City, and show you the Gamboa area which is in the middle of the Panama Canal. The biggest artificial lake Gatun has got many different island with natural wild life. We will visit the indigenous Embera Indians and the monkey island. During our boat trip you will see the crocodiles, bats, different birds, and of course the monkeys. I will take you to the indigenous native Indians environment to the Embera village, where you can see how the native Indians live. You will see their nice welcoming behaviour and how they dance. After we will have a delicious lunch with local tropical fruits. And after we will go to see a beautiful waterfall. Bring your swimsuit if you like to swim. And the afternoon I will take you back to Panama City directly to your hotel. It will be a whole day tour.
Visit San Blas Islands! Day Tour & lunch!
San Blas is one of the last pristine island archipelagos in this world with the indigenous Kuna population that to this day still lives in a very simple and happy way. We are the highest-rated San Blas Day Tour in Panama, offering one of our most popular San Blas adventures that will allow our guests a glimpse of paradise, visiting 2 of the 365 islands in San Blas. Swim in pristine, crystal clear waters, observing sea stars and colorful fish from the surface or snorkel on nearby reefs or the sunken wreck to get up close with the underwater world. (PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid 19 and until further notice we will only visit 2 islands. We have you covered! All you have to worry about is having fun... Detail: -If choosing our OPTIONAL round-trip transportation service with UP TO 6 GUESTS ($55 per person paid in cash to the driver) pick-up from your Panama City lodging between 5:00am and 5:30am (shared 4X4 transportation). Pick up from Playa Bonita area is $65 per person and pick up time is 5:00am. -Arrive in Port of San Blas by 9:00am. - IMPORTANT: SHARED TRANSPORTATION WITH UP TO 6 GUESTS PLUS DRIVER. 3 HOURS JOURNEY EACH WAY WITH CURVY ROADS AND POTHOLES. BE PREPARED. START of the tour: - 9:30am: Isla Perro, you can relax on the beach, snorkel close to the shipwreck or play volleyball, you choose! :) - 12pm: Enjoy lunch - 2pm: Isla Arena Blanca or Isla Diablo or Dad Igua or Yani and natural pools. Swim, snorkel with the sea stars and take pictures. - 3:30pm: Return to port. If choosing our optional round-trip transportation service - 4:00pm: Return to the city. - Arrive in Panama City by 7pm We offer you the best of everything: • If choosing our OPTIONAL round-trip transportation service WITH UP TO 6 GUESTS, timely pick-up from your Panama City lodging. Spacious, comfortable 4x4 transportation with friendly and knowledgeable drivers. • Full insurance for cars, boats and guests • All our boats have sun protection with big awnings. • We include a quality lunch and one drink of your choice (water or soda). Each meal is prepared in a CLEAN kitchen with FRESH ingredients. • Bi-lingual English/Spanish tour guides. Other things to note What´s not included: Kuna Entrance Fee ($22 Internationals, $7 residents). Transportation 4X4 ($ 55 per person from your lodging in Panama City or $65 if you stay at Playa Bonita area) Payment in cash. Your Kuna guide manages the San Blas Day Tour group. Please note that this is NOT a private one-on-one guided tour. We will give you privacy to enjoy the beauty of islands. Your guide will be there to give you information about the islands and be available if you have any questions, or want to have photos taken.
All Inclusive Catamaran Tour to Taboga Island
Relax and discover the art of sailing on board the biggest open boat of the city while you sunbathe, lay down and enjoy our big deck with huge nets and speakers. We offer All Inclusive Excursions to Taboga Island: Snacks, Lunch, Open Bar, Stop to swim, Visit to the Beach and Town.
Monkey Island Eco tour with pick up
Enjoy the experience of a boat tour in english inside the Panama Canal and the biodiversity that surrounds it. I will pick you up from your accommodation in downtown of Panama City to go 30 minutes by car to the Soberanía National Park where we will take a boat and get into the Panama Canal. We will pass by huge ships and experience the scale and importance of this magnificent feat of engineering. Inside the Canal we will arrive at a group of islands in a protected area in order to see as many species of animals as possible (and there are many !!), among them we will see monkeys, crocodiles, birds, iguanas, sloths and others. You will learn about the types of ships that pass through the Canal, you will identify animals and develop your vision to spot them. This is an extraordinary experience and memorable, completely outdoors and you will enjoy it a lot! Other things to note You have to remember that it is not a zoo, you will visit a natural habitat, although one of the objectives is to observe animals, it is not easy to find them, I will do everything possible and with your participation so that we can spot them but on very few occasions it is possible not to find some species.
Salsa Lesson in Casco Viejo
Have you always wanted to learn salsa, but did not know how to start? Would you like to hit the dance floor in a club with confidence? Do you want to join the world wide (and welcoming) salsa community? No experience, and no partner necessary! I host this experience with a team of instructors so you don't need to worry if you are a solo traveler. Couples and groups are also very welcome! We will meet at the Marea Ceviche Bar and Restaurant in Casco Viejo. My Salsa Safari dance team & I are waiting to welcome you! We have over 40 years of experience in dance instruction, so you are in good hands! The relaxed atmosphere of this hip local spot provides the perfect setting for our lesson, with an easy tropical Latin vibe, complete with rope swings hanging from the ceiling! If you are a new dancer, we will cover everything step by step to help you quickly master the basics & beyond! If you are an experienced dancer we will meet to at your level and help you expand to reach your next dance goals. We will practice your new steps together with several salsa songs to give you the confidence you need to apply your new skills in a salsa club. This experience comes with a warning, salsa can be very addictive! Looking forward to meeting you & dancing with you soon! Martha & the Salsa Safari Dance Team
Wildlife on lake Gatun - Monkey island
***Minimum two persons for the tour to happen, if you are solo travelers, please book a date with people booked already or contact me first*** A trip to Monkey Island and Gamboa region represents one of the best wild excursions from Panama CityThe meeting point will be the Gamboa public dock . You will have to leave your hotels 45 minutes prior the agreed time at the Gamboa Public dock which is the time for the ride in Taxi or Uber. The fare shouldn’t be more than 20 dollars. If needed, I can organize the transport for you as from 80 dollars total (2 persons) - 100 dollars (3-4 persona) - 140 dollars (5 and more “mini van”) During this tour, you will have the chance to observe the white-face monkeys, howler monkeys, and Geoffrey´s tamarinds and birds. We will observe the birds, monkeys and others flora and fauna from the boat. You will not only to get to see the flaura o fauna but also to see transiting ships on the Panama Canal, Rio Chagres River. The excursion duration is approximatively 2 hours. I will act as a captain and helps you to spot birds and other animals. I only speak few words English, however, we can exchange email in good English before your arrival. I will act as a captain and helps you to spot birds and other animals. I only speak moderate English, however, we can exchange email in good English before your arrival.
Jungle tour and Embera lifestyle
I will pick you up at your accommodation in downtown of Panama City and head to the Chagres National Park. Once at the port by the Chagres River, the friendly Embera villagers will take us in a traditional canoe by this river, the main source of water for the Panama Canal. We will leave the boat at one shore of the river where we will the walk through a trail in real jungle, this is walking over dirt and/or mud, crossing a creek several times to get at a pristine waterfall and swim in its refreshing water, then we will walk by the same trail back to the boat and head to the village where you will be welcomed by the Embera community. There, we will have fruits and lunch while one of the leaders share with us about their way of life inside a traditional huts without walls to allow air circulation. This visit is complemented by a performance of their traditional music and dance. Finally, we will go back to the port and then rest in the car while you enjoy the way back to your accomodation in Panama City. Note: The trail is in the jungle (as is) so this experience might be challenging o not suitable for people with reduced mobility however I had people with knee surgeries completing the hike so we can do it together! Pick up from Playa Bonita is not provided, except for private groups who pay extra USD $30 cash per group (no per person and including return).
Panama Barcrawl - Old Town Casco Viejo
Walking Tour of 4 bars and 1 club. You'll get 5 drinks, with professional guides + Free WiFi. Perfect for #solotravelers: Feel part of the group and have fun in five different places in the vibrating Panama City's Old Quarter: Casco Viejo. Meet people from all over the world (locals, expats and tourists), so that together you can dance the night away.
Monkey Island Tour
En este Tour visitaremos la islas de los monos y avistamientos de aves ubicado en el lago Gatún transito de los barcos en la via acuatica hacia el Canal de Panamá. A traves de un ride en bote, veremos de cerca: El mono Capuchino, Monos aulladores y el mono Tití. Es un tour interesante y divertido.
Sail on a Catamaran to Beautiful Caribbean Beaches
Spend a unique day with us by sailing the Panamanian Caribbean coast. We have more than 15 years experience and we're happy to share our knowledge with you while sailing to beautiful tropical beaches, which are only accessible via sea. Pick-up is at 7am at your accommodation in Panama City, and we'll drive almost 2 hours to Portobelo, which is a historic port built by the Spanish in 1597. Once at the dock, we'll get to the Catamaran by speedboat. After a short briefing, we'll navigate to our first stop: Blues Veins. Here we'll explore the interior lagoon by dinghy, and then stop at its heavenly beach, where you can have a walk, swim and do snorkeling to observe beautiful corals and starfish. Then back to the boat we'll have lunch prepared with local products (different dietary options available). After we'll sail for 20 minutes to get to our next stop: Puerto León, a white-sand beach. Here its crystal clear water and corals make it the perfect spot for snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and paddle-boarding. From there we'll sail back to Portobelo and take you back to the city. If you easily get seasick, you can bring along some preventive meds and will also give you tips on how to feel better. Don't miss the chance to learn how to sail and make new international friends.
Afro- Panamanian Cooking experience
I am offering you an authentic cooking experience in the heart of Panama city. We will focus on Afro- Panamanian dishes such as Bacalao, Arroz con Coco and Sancocho. Depending on your wish there are also other African dishes like Pilao , Pepper soup, Jollof Rice, Biryani and Peanut Chicken that you can choose.
Urban jungle hike, empanadas and coffee
Our day will start in Via Argentina, a hip neighborhood in the city center. We will start at an independent coffee shop to have empanadas and Panamanian coffee (or another beverage if you don't drink coffee) so that we are energized for the day. From here we will walk to the metro station and take it to the closest point to where we will begin our urban jungle hike. We will walk down Avenida Central, a lively pedestrian street where you’ll get to see the real Panama. During our walk the chaos of Panama City will slowly end and transition into tropical jungle scenery. We will be ascending up to the highest natural point in Panama City, enjoying stunning city views while sometimes spotting sloths, monkeys, toucans, and other wildlife until we reach the top. During our journey, you will also learn why this was an area that Panamanians were once not allowed to enter and how they were finally able to step foot back into their own land. From the top, you’ll see a 360-degree view of the skyscrapers, ocean, and Panama Canal. The walk from the metro station to the top of the hill and back down is approximately 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) so we’ll be getting our steps in for the day!
Bike Tour Panama City & Old Town + more
Bike tour through the modern city and the historic center of the city of Panama passing through different representative places with beautiful views, stops, viewpoints, historical places and its stories such as churches and squares.
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