The city of Panama is located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, but its soul belongs to the Caribbean. It cheers and amazing, mighty and modern, it offers the traveller a variety of options that go from shopping in modern Malls to strolls through colonial and archaeological sites. Energetic during the intense day and nights, the city also offers and alternative that very few large cities can offer such as the possibility of a long walk in the jungle, the visit to an indigenous village, or to contemplate the passage of enormous ships through the Panama Canal while it is enjoying a good dinner in the Miraflores Locks. It is hard to think of any other destination in the world that has such a variety of attractions so close by and so easy to get to.
Panama is one of the safest countries in Latin American for tourists. Tourism crime especially is low. You don’t have to be constantly on your guard for pick pockets or purse snatchers like in other countries in the region. Foreign residents will tell you how safe they feel in Panama compared to other countries in the region. And it is only going to get better.
Panama has most accessible exotic nature in the world. It’s position as a narrow land bridge connecting two continents endowed it with some of the worlds’ most pristine and bio-diverse rainforests in national parks covering 5 million acres. There is a local saying: “In other countries you have 20 tourists looking at one bird, while in Panama you have one tourist looking at 20 birds.”
A key indicator of its bio-diversity: Panama has 944 recorded bird species, more than the U.S. and Canada combined. Importantly, all that great nature is very accessible- some of the best locations are less than an hour from Panama City!
These Panama by LuisTours all begin at Panama City, with pickup and drop-off at Panama by Luis Hostel or your hotel available.
DAY ADVENTURE ON THE PANAMA CANAL
This is the most complete day tour being conducted on Lake Gatun. To start we tour the lake via fast lunch viewing the immense flora, fauna and ships transiting the canal. You can witness history in the making as we pass close by work being carried out to expand the canal.
Our journey takes us off the beaten path to the only floating house on the lake. Here we will enjoy a delicious native style lunch with the refreshments. There is also a cash bar and gift shop. After lunch you make take part in a variety of other activities at no additional charge. We offer swimming, fishing, hiking and kayaking.
Duration on the lake: 6 hours
Embarkation at the Gamboa public ramp:
Departs: 9.30 a.m. Returns: 3.30p.m.
Prices: US$70.00 adult. There is no charge for ages 5 years and under
Hostel pick up, start by: 7.30 a.m.
Day schedule: Wednesday and Sunday
Included is: Lake tour via motor launch, lunch and refreshments, activities such as: fishing, swimming and kayaking
Things to bring: Swim suits, water shoes, sun protection, cameras and cash for on board purchases.
PARTIAL OR FULL TRANSIT BY THE CANAL
The Panama Canal Full Transit is an unforgettable experience. You will be traveling from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in the Caribbean in just one day. A unique experience! This tour lasts between 8 and 9 hours and includes a full transit through the Panama Canal and its Locks.
Crossing Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun Locks.
US$75.00 3-12 children
Crossing Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks.
US$65.00 3-12 children
PANAMA CITY TOURS
The Panama City Tour allows you to visit the key touristic attractions in Panama City as you learn about Panama’s significance throughout history. A story of Spanish colonization, pirate attacks, independence from Spain & later Colombia and the building of the trans isthmian train on the path to the construction of the Panama Canal. In this Panama City Tour, you will visit historic sites such as the Old Panama Ruins, Casco Viejo, the Panama Canal Museum & Locks and the pacific islands (Perico, Naos and Flamenco).
1 pax: US$75.00 , 2 pax: US$60.00, 3 pax: US$45.00, 4 pax: US$40.00, 5 pax: US$40.00, 6 pax: US$35.00
EMBERA INDIAN VILLAGE TOUR
The Embera Indian Village Tour is a visit to the community of the Embera Drua in the banks of the Chagres river. The tour starts on the port of Corotu, where you will embark on dugout canoes to travel up the Chagres river in an exploration were you will see waterfalls, exotic vegetation and a myriad of aquatic birds. You will see and hear the Embera on 3 different dances. Before returning to the Corotu embarkation point, you will have a chance to browse through the craft exhibit and purchase souvenirs if you wish.
US$75.00 per person minimum 2 people
*Additional person: US$20.00
FREE ZONE SHOPPING TOUR
We leave very early from the hostel or hotel to depart to Colon city, where is located the Colon Free Zone, a place where you will have the opportunity to see and purcharse merchandise from different countries with no taxes.
1 pax: US$129.00, 2 pax: US$65.00, 3 pax: US$49.00, 4 pax: US$41.00, 5 pax: US$36.00, 6 pax: US$27.00, $95$105$110$98
METROPOLITAN NATURE PARK TOUR
Enjoy the pure nature in the outside of the capital. Tis is the green lung of the city. And you can trek along the paths of history in Panama. Exotic animal sightings are common.
1 pax: US$35.00, 2 pax: US$30.00, 3 pax: US$25.00, 4 pax: US$20.00, 5 pax: US$19.00, 6 pax: US$18