OPTIONAL PANAMA CITY TOUR – Offered on Friday ONLY (day before relocation tour starts)
The day before the relocation tour starts, on Friday only, our driver in Panama City offers a group Panama City Tour which includes the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo which is the historic district settled in 1673, the fish market, Ancon Hill which is the highest point in Panama City with great views of all three sections. For the City tour Antonio will pick up at Courtyard Marriott in Panama City at 8:00 AM with drop off back at Courtyard Marriott in Panama City once the tour is over around 3 PM. The cost per person is $45/CASH ONLY plus the cost of lunch. Space is limited.
You can sign up for this tour when you fill out the Guest Information Form. You will pay for the tour when you get on the Panama City Tour bus.
See information below about some of the places you will visit during Antonio’s Tour PLUS other tour options.
No trip to Panama would be complete without visiting Casco Viejo. the historic district of Panama build in 1673. It is a World Heritage site where old buildings are being renovated in to upscale hotels, restaurants and coffee shops. Casco is home to the Presidential Palace, French Embassy, museums, opera house, cathedrals. brewing companies, and many historic buildings. No place is Panama is like Casco Viejo. See more details, maps, and things to do in Casco Viejo here.
The Causeway consists of four small islands by the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. They are linked to the mainland via a causeway, made from rock extracted during the excavations from the Panama Canal. In part the causeway was meant to serve as a breakwater for the entrance. A one-lane road runs along the causeway to each island, and there is a bicycle/jogging path as well.
The Biodiversity Museum is along the Causeway road too. Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is his only work in Latin America and the tropics. The building was designed to tell the story of how the isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents, separating a vast ocean in two, and changing the planet’s biodiversity forever. Frank Gehry is one of the most important architects in the contemporary world. The Disney Concert Hall, the Experience Music Project, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao are among his most notable works.
MIRAFLORES LOCKS aka Panama Canal
Miraflores Locks allows the visitor to observe transiting vessels from a distance of only a few meters 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. You’ll be up close to the ships and be able to see the lock system at work at it raises and lowers ships through the locks. They also have a 15 minute movie about the history of the Panama Canal and there is a museum.