Things to do in Panamá Viejo

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Panama City: Layover Private Tour

1. Panama City: Layover Private 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 that connects 3 islands where you will have the opportunity to see the Biodiversity Museum designed by Frank Gehry. The following destination will be the Old Town of Panama where you can appreciate the beauty of colonial buildings and handicraft shops while walking the quaint, narrow roads. After the Old Town, see the modern Panama City on your way to the airport.

Panama: Miraflores, Canal, & Casco Viejo Private City Tour

2. Panama: Miraflores, Canal, & Casco Viejo Private City Tour

Discover the sights of Panama City on this private multi-stop day tour with a local guide. Visit the Miraflores Locks and the Panama Canal and its museum before continuing to Amador Causeway and Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. In the morning, meet your private Panama guide at your hotel or residence, then set out for an unforgettable excursion to the city’s most historical sites and the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks. Take a 30-minute ride to the Miraflores Locks to observe the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal. The busiest hours are from 9 AM to 11 AM and from 2 PM to 5 PM, so you will be able to see many ships getting lifted or lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps. Take in the views on the locks from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations of your guide. To complete your visit to the Canal, visit the Panama Canal Museum and Visitor Center to get a good idea of the construction of the canal, a masterpiece of engineering. Before the next stop, learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project. Continue the tour to the Panamá Viejo, the ruins of Old Panama. Old Panama was the first European settlement and community on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. This first Panama City was looted and destroyed by the notorious English buccaneer Henry Morgan in 1671 and therefore was abandoned. Today, there are only ruins left of Old Panama. Still, the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmark of the town. Head to Amador Causeway next, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers unbeatable views of the canal on one side and of the city skyline on the other. Lunch will be served in a Panamanian restaurant on the causeway (cost not included). After lunch, the tour continues to the Casco Viejo, where you will feel set back in time as you admire and enjoy the view of the characteristic colonial houses, the narrow roads, and the awe-inspiring churches. Before drop-off back at your hotel or residence, get a better picture of Panama’s history by driving or walking through the main attractions of this historic quarter. 

Panama City: Panamá Viejo Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

3. Panama City: Panamá Viejo Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

We invite you to Panama Viejo where you can discover the history of the first city founded by Spaniards on the Pacific coast of the American continent and the vestiges of its pre-Hispanic inhabitants. Panama La Vieja are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most impressive places in Panama City. upon entering you will be able to visit and move with the narration of our guide, you can admire the old capital and contemplate the views from the Tower of the Cathedral. The city of Panama towards the seventeenth century had an area of approximately 60 hectares, currently the Historic Monumental Complex of Panama Viejo comprises around 28 hectares, which include both the ruins of some of the most important buildings of the colonial era, as well as the vestiges archaeological sites of the pre-Hispanic and colonial periods. On July 5, 2003, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee included the Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo on the World Heritage list as an extension of the Historic District of Panama.

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We booked the Panama City: Layover Private Tour and were incredibly satisfied with this activity. Our guide was prepared, friendly and knowledgable about the beautiful city of Panama!!! We were greeted and excorted to a comfortable, clean vehicle and given cold water upon entry. We toured the new city by car, the old city on foot and were able to witness the ship process through the canal as a perfect ending to our 5 hour tour. Dan Taylor was the best! Would highly recommend this activity to anyone visiting Panama City.

Perfect layover activity. Our guide was there on time even though our flight was delayed for two hours. Guide was so polite, knowledgeable, very efficient so that we can see a lot of stuff with our available time. Cant recommend this enough if you have a layover and havent be to Panama city and Panama canal.

What a great tour, highly recommend! My guide was courteous, knowledgeable, and just a good guy. Learned so much about a country I’ve never known. Highly recommend and will do it again when I come back. It was great being with someone that was able to teach me so much.

Dan was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I learned a lot and had fun too. I really do recommend this private tour where it’s personalized and more informal.

Great layover tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide