After breakfast, depart with your private English-speaking guide and driver for your full day exploration, beginning with a tale of two Panamas. You’ll head up to Ancon Hill (650 feet above sea level) for amazing 360-degree views of Panama City and the canal. During this visit, your guide will give you insight into Panama’s modern history, including the near century of U.S. presence in the country and how that helped create the country you see today. (Please note that Ancon Hill can only be accessed by walking up and down along a gradual path, as cars are not allowed.)
Your next stop visits the famous fish market where you will have a delicious ceviche tasting. This market was donated by the Japanese government in 1989 at a cost of 8 million dollars and opened its doors to the public in 1994. The idea was for local fishermen to greatly benefit from it and create a sustainable living for them and their families. Today the fish market is a must-see when visiting Panama City.
Afterwards, explore the historic and picturesque Casco Viejo, also known as the walled city. Casco Viejo was founded by Spanish in 1673 following the destruction of the original city of Panama (Old Panama). Together with Old Panama, the Casco Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical and artistic value. As you walk around, your guide will tell you about the history that has shaped the culture and diverse population of the city. You’ll visit not only majestic squares and cafés but also areas of Casco to see places where locals do their shopping and carry about their daily lives.
This afternoon, you’ll see one of the modern wonders of the world with a VIP special access visit to the Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal. Here you will learn about the history and construction of the Canal at the Visitor’s Center and Museum, and then you’ll go out and get up close to see a ship transit the canal.
OTHER IDEAS FOR AN EXTRA DAY HERE:
- Enjoy a full-day rainforest adventure just outside Panama City, including the beautiful Soberanía National Park and a private boat ride on the Gatun Lake section of the Panama Canal.
- Visit an Emberá indigenous community in Chagres National Park
- Take a full-day private catamaran journey on the Caribbean coast, full of pirate history and snorkeling
- Go in-depth behind the scenes at the Panama Canal with a special access visit to the control tower of the newer Cocoli locks
- See the canal from the air, with a one-hour helicopter ride over the Canal zone and Panama City
- Cook and enjoy authentic Panamanian dishes with a private rooftop cooking class, followed by dinner
- Explore Jewish life in Panama City with a member of the community
Please note that the order of the day’s activities are subject to change based on weather conditions, availability and Canal operations.