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Panama Canal and City Tour

8 hours

Tour Description

Start your day with a visit to the ruins of Panama’s first capital, known as Old Panama or Panama La Vieja. This city was founded in 1519 as the first Spanish settlement on the Pacific Ocean. Spanish expeditions to conquer other South American colonies left from here and returned with vast quantities of gold, attracting the attention of pirates like Henry Morgan. When this notorious pirate looted the city in 1671, the whole city was destroyed by fire, but the ruins of several impressive structures remain to this day. You will see the ruins of the Spanish fortress, as well as a museum detailing what life was like in Old Panama. Next, you will travel to Casco Antiguo, the Colonial City, for a walking tour to explore the historic center of the modern capital going through restoration as a UNESCO site. Following lunch (optional), you will head through the former “Canal Zone” to see the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center. This includes the entrance to the museum and access to the viewing locations. From the observation deck, you can watch the fascinating process of ships as they cross the Panama Canal through the locks. Lastly as time allows, and an optional extension, you could visit the Biodiversity Museum (only available on full day tour) where you will learn the history of how Panama came to be. The museum design is by Frank Gehry. Biodiversity Museum and Lunch priced separately and can be included.

 Tour Notes

  • 8 hour tour from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sequence, times and visits subject to change
  • Some museums are closed on Mondays

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