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 $60 / person and includes a guided tour, sampling food & drinks, umbrellas during the wet season, and public transportation costs.
Hi there! 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 what this amazing city has to offer. 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, and 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 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!
The one thing we will not be doing is visiting the Panama Canal (unless you REALLY want to or you’re on a limited time layover in Panama City). 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 $60 / person with a maximum of 5 people and will last approximately 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 five people and I might be able to accommodate everyone but I prefer to maintain the groups as small as possible.BOOK NOW
The cost 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.
During our day together I’ll also be available to help you with suggestions, tips, setting up local phone service, 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 after the tour.
While the cost of the tour is $60, 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. I highly recommend doing the tour on the first day of your trip so that you can use your new local knowledge for the remainder of your stay.
To avoid the worst heat of the day and possible rain during the wet season, I like to begin the tours at 3 pm or later. However, I am completely flexible to start at any time you like so if you would prefer to meet at a different time than on the booking page 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 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 $60 / 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?
Kids are welcome, and ages 12 & under are half price ($30 / 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 eat a full meal during the tour as well as spend the day sampling local food, drinks, coffee, and beer.
How many people are on 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 usually meet directly at your hotel or somewhere convenient for both of us and drop you off at your hotel at the end if you are staying in Panama City. You are of course also welcome to stay out longer. To avoid the worst heat of the day, I like to begin the tours at 3 pm or later but am flexible to start 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.
If you’re ready to book your experience click BOOK NOW to head over to my online booking page (at the moment this accepts credit card only) or if you would like to pay in cash / have any questions, please send an email to email@example.com or fill out the form below.
Looking forward to showing you Panama!
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