Panama City & Canal Tour
Panama City & Canal Tour is designed to keep you out of the bus and explore the very best of Panama City! The first stop is a view of the city from atop Cerro Ancon, followed by Miraflores Locks to watch ships transit through the canal and then learn more about the canal at the museum and watch a short film about the canal’s history. Afterwards, head to the Amador, past the Frank Gehry Bio Museum, and out to the Amador Causeway for lunch (not included) and a little nature. The rest of the afternoon will be spent on a walking tour of old town, Casco Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Price: $85 per person, includes transportation, entrance fees to Miraflores Locks and Punta Culebra, and tour guide. Duration: 8 hours, departs at 8 a.m. Must book at least two days in advance of tour date.
For every purchase, a portion of the proceeds goes to Jetset Times #FuelTheFuture campaign with Give & Surf, specifically to fuel the boats that take local indigenous children and volunteers in Panama to school each day. Read more about why we love this organization on Jetset Times.
If you are unable to attend the tour, contact Barefoot Panama as soon as possible to arrange and reschedule the tour. If you are not at the designated meeting point by the time of your tour, Barefoot Panama reserves the right to not provide a refund.
Canceled or Postponed Tours
Occasionally, tours are canceled or postponed due to weather, mechanical failure, or other unforeseen events. Should this occur, Barefoot Panama will contact you about the cancellations and inform you of refund or exchange procedures for that tour. For exact instructions on any canceled or postponed tour, please contact Barefoot Panama. In the case of a cancellation of your tour, Barefoot Panama will refund your tour or reschedule another tour for you, as detailed below.
All sales are final. No refunds are allowed, though a partial refund of 50 percent will be granted if Barefoot Panama receives notice at least 48 hours in advance of tour start time. Barefoot Panama will offer refunds of the full face value of the tour(s) that are canceled or postponed (or, if a discounted tour, then instead the discounted tour price paid). No refunds are offered on any service or convenience fees.
To receive a refund for a canceled or postponed tour, contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org within three days of tour cancellation and write "refund" in the subject line. Instructions will be provided in order to obtain your refund.
No tour exchanges are offered by Barefoot Panama, except in certain cases. Contact Barefoot Panama by phone at +011 (507) 6780-3010 or by email at email@example.com to inquire about tour exchanges. Fees may apply.
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"We took the Panama Canal and City Tour, Ross was well versed, interesting and overall a great guide. He was relaxed, professional and didn't make you feel like he was rushing through to get the tour over with. Sights were all worthwhile and timing just right at each location. He went the extra mile to drop us off at our hotel at the end of the tour. Highly recommend this city tour, Do want to add that there were 7 us us in the van, which was perfect, but two no-showed and it would have been a bit too crowded if we had two extra people."
- cototraveler, Coto de Caza, CA
"My husband & I had a very limited time in Panama City and the city tour through Barefoot Panama was the perfect way to spend our one full day. The tour guide, Gonzo, was incredibly knowledgeable about the city, the history and was able to answer any questions our group had for him. We got a great overview of everything that Panama City has to offer and can't wait to go back for another visit."
- PC2PV, Park City, Utah
"We took the canal and city tour led by Gonzo. I've taken tours on most of the continents and paid a lot more for a lot less. He is one of the most entertaining and informative guides on the planet. Has a broad knowledge of both the sites and Panama as a country and culture. Didn't take any other tours from this company but if this one was an example, they are head and shoulders above most tour companies. The city/canal tour hit the canal, old city, and the Smithsonian research center on Punta Culebra. It ran all day (8-4ish) but was worth every minute and dollar spent. Great introduction to Panama."
-JohntheLast, Barrington, IL
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