An urban walk through the real Panama City BOOK NOW
Join me for a 5-hour personalized urban walking tour of the real Panama City. We can explore Casco Viejo, go hiking, visit local breweries, order fresh seafood at the fish market, sample Panamanian cuisine, try the best coffee or be spontaneous and take on the day! Price is $40 / person and is max. 5 people per a tour.
I don’t like to refer to what I’m doing as a “tour” but more of an experience. Consider me your new friend in Panama that’s here to help you discover the secrets of the city.
Joey’s tours are awesome! He customizes his tours so each experience is relevant and fun for each group. He gives you a lot of advice and great recommendations. We found more confidence navigating the city, by either uber or subway. The tour truly was like visiting an old friend, a really cool concept when visiting a new place.
I’m not going to tell you the history of every single building we pass or hold up a flag and scream over a loudspeaker (I am knowledgeable so I will share relevant facts along the way), but please do not sign up for this if you’re looking for that kind of tour. We are going to actually experience the streets, foods, drinks, people, and culture of Panama that can only be seen with a local.
For getting around, there’s no giant tour bus on this tour. We’ll be getting around in style using the multiple forms of public transportation available in Panama City so you can see how real people get around and learn how to use the public transportation yourself.
What an amazing day we had! We got to see everything we requested, including watching the Seahawks game at an outdoor bar and more! It was a full day filled with adventure, ending at sunset. Joey did a terrific job in using various modes of transportation, eating local and different foods, taking us to not only tourist sites, but to areas where only local people could be seen.
That’s really up to you! Every tour I give is a little different and customized to what your group would like to do and our pace moving throughout the city. Just a general idea of some of the things we can do are… stroll the historic streets of Casco Viejo, buy the freshest seafood at the Mercado de Mariscos, visit local coffee shops and craft beer breweries, eat at a typical Panamanian restaurant, pool crashing, light hiking, going to the top of a skyscraper to watch the sunset, visiting hidden artisan markets, and a few other secret spots that I can’t post on here. I know the layout of the city very well so I will cram in as much as I can during the day.
Joey’s a really friendly guy and genuinely helpful and unlike most tour guides, he begins as your Friend. He met us in the morning and discussed what we wanted to do. Our group was all 50 years and above! He tailored it to our needs. We took the Metro, bus and Uber. Started with Ancon Hill which is a fantastic place to begin since it gives a good overview of the city and has breathtaking views. Went through the old city and had superb coffee, enjoyed Cerviche at a fish market and even went to a rougher part of town as requested. Ended the day which began at 9:30 and ended at 7:30 pm at a microbrewery which was really cool. Our time with Joey is certainly THE HIGHLIGHT of our time in Panama, even though our conference was wonderful too. Thanks again Joey for giving us an experience of a lifetime in Panama!
Upon special request I also offer nightlife tours and 10-hour full day tours for anyone that wants to see more in the day.
The one thing we will not be doing is visiting the Panama Canal (unless you REALLY want to, you’re on a limited time layover in Panama City, or doing a 10-hour tour). My reason for this is that it’s something you can easily do on your own and I want to spend time showing you more things off the beaten path.
During our day together I’ll be available to help you with suggestions, tips, and booking tours for the rest of your trip and you can pick my brain on what it’s like living in Panama. You also have my personal phone number and email to contact me anytime with questions.
The cost to go on the tour is just $40 / person with a maximum of 5 people and will last approximately 4-5 hours. If you are booking a solo tour I may combine you with another solo traveler or small group but there will always be a maximum of 5 people to keep it intimate. Please let me know if you have a larger group than 5 people and I might be able to accommodate everyone but I prefer to keep the groups as small as possible.BOOK NOW
The cost includes a guided tour for 4-5 hours and any transportation costs during the tour. You will be responsible for paying for any food, drinks, souvenirs, etc that you purchase during the day. I also try to pick a convenient meeting spot at or near your hotel so you will also be responsible to getting to the meeting point and back home at the end of the tour. I like to typically begin the tour at either 8am or 2pm and have those times on the booking page. I am completely flexible to begin at any time you like so if you would prefer to meet at a different time just let me know.
Also, before we meet let me know if there is anything that is important for you to see in Panama City and some general things that you like and don’t like doing. Or if you trust me enough let me know that you’re up for anything and I’ll plan a great day!
Would HIGHLY recommend doing this on your first day in the City, so you can get a good feel for what there is to see & do, then find your way back on your own later in your visit.
How much time should I set aside for the tour?
Approximately 5 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).
Do I need to be super fit for this tour?
You do not need to be super fit but we normally 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?
It costs $40 / person. This includes a bottle of water and any transportation costs during the tour. Upon special request I also offer a 10-hour tour of Panama City for $70 / person. The tour can either be paid in cash at the end of the tour or via Paypal if you would like to pay with a credit card in advance.
Can I bring my kids on the tour?
Kids are welcome and ages 12 & under are half price ($20 / per kid). But please let me know in advance so that I can try to plan a kid friendly itinerary.
Do we eat during the tour?
We will typically go to an inexpensive spot to try local food for lunch or dinner and you will be responsible for paying for your meal.
How many people are in each tour?
I conduct tours with a minimum of 1 person and maximum of 5 people. If you have a bigger group I might be able to accommodate everyone but I prefer to keep the groups as small as possible. Sometimes I will combine groups (a group of 1 and group of 3 for example) but it will always be a maximum of 5 people. Please let me know if you do not want your group to be combined.
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.
Where do we meet and at what time?
I can normally meet directly at your hotel or somewhere convenient for both of us. Transportation back to your hotel is not included at the end of the tour but if possible I try to end the tour near the hotel. I like to begin the tours at either 8am or 2pm but am flexible to begin at any time.
How can I reserve my spot on the PTY Life Experience or get more info?
Click BOOK NOW at the top of the page or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Looking forward to showing you Panama!
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