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Almiza Tours by My friend Mario - Private Tours

Panama City, Panama
(507) 6615-2271
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Ranked #17 of 89 Activities in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Local tour operator with local guides offering the best value tours in Colon and Panama City since 1994, if you really like to learn about Panama... more » Owner description: Local tour operator with local guides offering the best value tours in Colon and Panama City since 1994, if you really like to learn about Panama under the local perspective try with us! « less
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Guelph, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I had a 12 hour layover in Panama City and decided to leave the airport. Usually I don't book guided tours because I enjoy the freedom of doing things at my own pace, but I thought since I had such a short time frame I would try My Friend Mario. I was very impressed. The tour was completely based on... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Panama, flying in to the Airport you will see Blue Water with a Brown dividing line and any hopes of Beaches by the Skycrapers will immediately vanish but fear not! If you want a comprehensive guide to Panama because trying to do it alone is impossible. Hire Mario from Almiza Tours or contact him at myfriendmario.com or mario@myfriendmario.com and get... More

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calamansi
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

My partner and I had a seven-hour layover (from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Panama time) on our way from South America on Memorial Day, and while we were originally just going to wing it on our own, we booked a tour with My Friend Mario/Almiza Tours last Friday. It was a fantastic decision! We landed at Tocumen (the international... More

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

My husband and I had wonderful experience with My Friend Mario! They were very reliable and punctual. First we had a transfer from Panama City to Colon and I was very impressed that they took the time to personally pick us up at our hotel (Country Inn and Suites - Amador) and brought us to the bus with the rest... More

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London, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We had a great experience with Almiza Tours! Our driver, Mario #2, was great! He was at the airport waiting for us upon our arrival and customized our tour according to what are interests were. He was very friendly and had a great sense of humor. He was also very knowledgeable about all the attractions we went to. Thanks for... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We had a 7 hours layover in Panama City on our way to Cartagena. I sent him an email and everything was set up no payment required. Mario, one of the guides meet us at the airport and took us to the ruins, the Panama Canal, the islands, the old panama and drive us through the new city. I absolutely... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We took the Gatun Locks, Rainforest, San Lorenzo Fort tour from the cruise terminal with drop-off at the airport. We booked the tour by email a week before departing on our one-week cruise. The guide met us at the cruise terminal, although it took us a while to find each other with all of the passengers unloading and dozens of... More

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Toronto
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Got an initial response from Mario after my inquiry about a tour the next day which he indicated he could help out with my request of a Panama Canal tour, but he never responded to 3 further emails trying to confirm the trip. Thankfully I had read previous reviews questioning the reliability of this group, so looked into other options.... More

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wapanda10, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Almiza Tours by My friend Mario - Private Tours, responded to this review

Our apology to all tourists who expect the best from us, sometimes we receive many emails that is impossible to answer everyone. We are in the process of automating the website so all our customers will be able to book our tours directly without sending emails and thereby we can give faster response to all customers who need special tour... More

Dulles, VA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Contacted Mario over email for a tour of Panama since we had a 12 hour layover in PTY airport. We received a prompt response with the options available. We booked the city and canal tour via email (no payment required). Our flight arrived at 6:30 am and we were out at 8 am. Mario #2 (he mentioned there are 4... More

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New York City, New York
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I contacted My Friend Mario for a private tour of Panama City and Canal with an airport transfer. Prior to the trip we exchanged a few emails back and forth. It took them a few days to respond to my emails, i figured it is the Panamanian way of "take it easy" so it did not bother me. At the... More

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wapanda10, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Almiza Tours by My friend Mario - Private Tours, responded to this review

We never sell our clients to other tour operators, in fact, we have not enough clients for all our 10 guides and no one tour operator will charge US$120 for 6+ layover tour with round trip transfer to the airport. We always have the BEST price for all tours in Panama and Colon. Some cases few taxi drivers at the... More

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