This full-day tour brings visitors to some of the most interesting places around Panama City. You’ll visit Casco Viejo, the Miraflores Locks, the Causeway, and the Biodiversity Museum.
- 7 hrs
- Available Days:
- Sun Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
- 8:30 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Your journey will begin with a trip to the Panama Canal Visitor Center at the Miraflores Locks. This part of the trip includes a presentation from the Panama Canal Authority on the history of the canal. Your tour will continue with a drive through the Panama Canal Zone, which includes the town of Balboa and the U.S. Army Base.
The next stop is the Biodiversity Museum, which was designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry. Experts from both the University of Panama and the Smithsonian in the U.S. have joined forces to create exhibits on the enormous variety of plants and animals that are native to Panama. While you’re here you’ll get to hear a talk about the history of the Panama isthmus.
Your tour group will take a break to eat lunch in Casco Viejo, the historic district of Panama City. After lunch you’ll get to walk around and admire this area’s colonial-era architecture, at landmarks like the Presidential Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the National Theater. Many of the cathedrals, houses, and plazas have been restored to their original, stately glory.
Eventually you will reach the old city wall, where you’ll get to see an incredible view of the Panama Canal. Enormous ships make their way through this part of the canal, as well as picturesque sailing vessels.
The Panama Canal is one of the world’s most impressive engineering feats. The canal extends 80 kilometers (50 mi) from Panama City on the Pacific Ocean to Colón on the Caribbean Sea. It’s built at one of the lowest and narrowest points in Panama, and runs right through the Continental Divide. More than 14,000 ships pass through the canal annually, carrying some 300 million tons of cargo. As such, the Panama Canal is one of the largest generators of income for Panama—in 2011, the canal generated $800 million, some two percent of the country’s GDP.
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What to Bring
Comfortable clothes, walking shoes, light raincoat, sunscreen, cap or hat, money for personal expenses, camera.
Bilingual naturalist guide, museum entrance fees, and transportation.
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