Trip Code: ECOHIP
Duration: 3 day(s)
Day 1. Panama City
On your arrival into Panama you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore.
Day 2. Panama City Tour
Panama City is a city of easy cosmopolitan living, a delightful combination of the historic and the ultra modern. Upon seeing the Manhattan-like skyline, visitors comment that they had no idea that there was such a modern, beautiful capital city in Central America. The City has historically been an international crossroads, so its people are accustomed to visitors and are some of the most friendly and helpful in the world.
During the half-day morning tour you will visit the ruins of Old Panama, climb up the Cathedral tower, visit the Old Panama Museum and then continue to Casco Viejo (the old city compound) which dates from the late 1600's. A bilingual guide will describe the events in history leading up to the eventual movement of the capital city to its present location. Casco Viejo is home to monuments to Ferdinand de Lesseps and other Frenchmen instrumental in the ill-fated attempt of the French to construct a canal through Panama. Your tour ends with a visit to the Panama Canal Museum.
The full day tour continues with lunch at a Panamanian restaurant and a tour of the Panama Canal area, including the town of Balboa, formerly part of the Panama Canal Zone. You will stop at the folk art market at the old YMCA building and then visit the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal where large ships can be seen transiting the canal. Enjoy a presentation by the Panama Canal Authority on the history of the Panama Canal and marvel at the workings of this feat of human engineering. Late afternoon you will return to your hotel in Panama City.
There are actually "three" Panama Cities the visitor should become acquainted with: the modern skyscraper city, the Colonial-era Casco Viejo and the ruins of the original Panama City in Panama Viejo.
The "first" Panama City is a picturesque ruin: Panama Viejo (Old Panama) a site with the ruins of the original 16th century Panama City. Founded in 1517, Panama City was the first city built on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. It was founded to facilitate the transfer of riches the Spanish plundered from the Incan Empire to Spain via the Isthmus of Panama.
In 1671, it was destroyed and burnt down as a result of an attack by the English pirate Henry Morgan. Make sure and visit the Panama Vieja Museum with exhibits on history and daily life including artifacts archaeologists are finding in the ongoing excavations. With the exception of an impressive scale model of the city, the exhibits are all in Spanish, so unless you speak Spanish, this is one trip best taken with a tour operator.
The "second" Panama City, the Casco Viejo sector of the city dates from the 17th century Spanish era. Numerous noteworthy historical buildings dot the area including 17th century churches and convents and handsome 18th and 19th buildings which reflect Panama City's long history as the crossroads of the Americas and the world.
Visitors to the area enjoy fine restaurants in historical ambiences (one restaurant, Las Barandas; is housed in former Spanish dungeons), historical museums like the Panama Canal Museum in a elegantly restored headquarters building of the French company which tried and failed to build the Panama Canal in the late 1800's and a great nightlife.
The "third" Panama City is set on beautiful Panama Bay, has a prosperous business district, first-world infrastructure including 100 banks, a lively nightlife, a fantastic restaurant scene and the only rainforest within city limits in the world: the Metropolitan Natural Park. Countless beautiful residential neighborhoods add to the city's charm. It is also one of the safest cities anywhere. BL
Day 3. Onward travels
After breakfast you are transferred back to the airport for your onward journey. B
Additional nights are available on request.
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7:30 a.m. Pick up time at your hotel in Panama City (depending on your hotel location)
9-10h Approximate tour duration.
*a $25 per person surcharge (roundtrip, based on 2+ persons) must be added to day tours beginning and/or ending at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Intercontinental Playa Bonita Resort or the Canopy Tower.
- Panama international departure tax $20 USD
- Local currency is Balboa
- Time Zone: GMT/UTC -5
- Dialing Code: 507
- Electricity: 220V, 60Hz
- Weights & measures: Metric
- Bilingual Naturalist Guide
- Full Lunch
- Transportation from/to your hotel in Panama City*
- Park and related fees
- All meals as listed B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- Visa fees (if required)
- Passport & Visa Costs
- Vaccination Costs
- Personal Spending Money
- Meals where not listed
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Airport departure taxes
- Border taxes or fees
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