Panama Detour

Discover the pulse of Panama City on a 4-hour urban food walk with one of our trusted hosts that know the ins and outs of this hot metropolis.

The Panama Detour is for people that like spontaneous adventure and getting to know a city through its food, drinks, and streets. Each curated experience is unique based on who is giving the tour, as each guide shows you Panama City through their eyes. The cost is $69 / person and includes a guided tour, 4-5 food & drink stops, umbrellas during the wet season, and public transportation costs if used. You will receive a confirmation message after booking on who your host will be for the day.

Highlights


Experience Panama City Like A Local

I’m Joey, an expat and local blogger in Panama City, Panama. I’ve decided to go from writing about Panama City to actually showing people the ins and out of this hot metropolis. I don’t like to refer to what I’m doing as a “tour” but more of an experience. The tour started with just me showing people around but now I have a crew of insiders that you can consider are your new friends to help you uncover the secrets of the city.

Photo by Juris Kornets, Natural Selections Photography

Meet Our Experience Hosts

Joey Bonura

Joey is a local expat and owner of PTY Life that moved to Panama in 2011. He now divides his time between living in Panama and Colombia, where he also launched a blog and food tour. He likes to show visitors every side of Panama City, from cheap local dives to swanky rooftop bars. Joey’s favorite route includes eating empanadas, trying Geisha – the world’s most expensive coffee, sampling exotic fruit and street snacks, using the metro, enjoying local craft beer at a rooftop bar during sunset, and ending with a traditional Panamanian dinner.


Diwi Valiente

Diwi is a passionate local and entrepreneur in Panama City that loves showing people his town. He has indigenous roots from the Guna community in Panama and his Burwigan Project helps to promote awareness on how climate change affects the indigenous residents of the San Blas Islands. Diwi likes to take visitors off the beaten path to explore dives bars, empanada stands, hipster cafes, and ceviche at the fish market.


Eric Reluz

Eric is a foodie that knows the best spots to eat in Casco Viejo. He studied chocolate making in Europe and produces specialty chocolate for cafés in Panama City. When you’re with Eric you get to visit what’s new and trendy in the historic district. A typical day with Eric includes eating unique empanadas and ceviche, drinking the best mojitos from a rum distillery, visiting a creative Panamanian eatery, and of course, trying some of his chocolate.


Sign Up

The cost to go on the tour is just $69 / person with a maximum of 7 people and will last approximately 4 hours. The cost includes a guided tour of Panama City, 4-5 food & drink stops, transportation costs during the tour (bus, metro & Uber rides), umbrellas in case it rains, and hotel pickup and drop off if you’re staying in Panama City. If you are booking a solo tour, you  may be combined with another solo traveler or small group, but there will always be a maximum of 7 people to keep it intimate. Please let me know if you have a larger group than seven people and we might be able to accommodate everyone but I prefer to maintain the groups as small as possible. To avoid the worst heat of the day the tours begin at 4 pm because this is when the city starts to cool down.

Photo by Juris Kornets, Natural Selections Photography

While the cost of the tour is $69, most people on my tour end up saving that much money by the end of their trip by learning the local secrets of where to eat, drink, get around, and not get ripped off. This is a great tour on the first day of your trip so that you can use your new local knowledge for the remainder of your stay.

If you’re ready to begin your experience, BOOK NOW or send me an email to hola@pty.life to coordinate.


Where We Meet

The tour meets in the lobby of Tantalo Hotel in Casco Viejo at 4 pm on the day you booked. Feel free to arrive early to Casco Viejo and walk around before the tour if you have have time. The end point of the tour varies based on the guide’s route but will be somewhere central where you will easily be able to get an Uber or taxi back to your hotel.

The outside of Tantalo Hotel, please meet in the lobby at 4 pm

FAQ

How much time should I set aside for the tour?

Approximately 4 hours.

How do we get around during the tour?

We do a lot of walking, but we will also utilize different forms of the city’s transportation options to get to certain spots (bus, metro, Uber, or taxi). The cost of transportation is covered during the tour.

Do I need to be super fit for this tour?

You do not need to be super fit but we typically walk 4-miles during the tour (with breaks in between), so you need to be able to cover this much ground.

How much does the tour cost?

The cost is $69 / person. This includes a guided tour of Panama City, sampling local food & drinks, transportation costs during the tour (bus, metro & Uber rides), umbrellas in case it rains, and hotel pickup and drop off if you’re staying in Panama City.

Can I bring my kids on the tour?

It’s not recommended to bring kids on the tour since we will be walking a lot in very hot and humid weather, eating local food they may not like, and visiting bars. If you would like to bring a kid, it’s still full price and please make sure they do not disturb other group members.

Do we eat during the tour?

We will typically spend the day sampling local food, drinks, coffee, and beer and you’ll most likely be full by the end.

How many people are on each tour?

The tours are conducted with a minimum of 1 person and a maximum of 7 people. If you have a bigger group, we might be able to accommodate everyone, but we prefer to keep the groups as small as possible. Sometimes I will combine groups (a group of 1 and a group of 3 for example), but it will always be a maximum of 7 people.

What do I need to bring for the tour?

Just wear comfortable clothing and sneakers/trainers (remember we walk a lot!). If possible, please try to avoid bringing large cameras since we will be going to some of the more local/gritty areas of Panama City. And please bring water because it’s hot!

Where do we meet and at what time?

The tour meets in the lobby of Tantalo Hotel in Casco Viejo at 4 pm on the day you booked. Feel free to arrive early to Casco Viejo and walk around before the tour if you have have time. The end point of the tour varies based on the guide’s route but will be somewhere central where you will easily be able to get an Uber or taxi back to your hotel.

How can I reserve my spot on the Panama Detour or get more info?

Click BOOK NOW at the top of the page or write to me at hola@pty.life.