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Almiza Tours by My friend Mario - Private Tours

Panama City, Panama
(507) 6615-2271
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Ranked #15 of 82 activities in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Toronto
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW 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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Dulles, VA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Our group of 4 contacted Almiza Tours 2 week prior to our arrival and booked (no deposit required). We were traveling on Celebrity Equinox cruise and had one day in Colon, Panama. We met Mario #3 outside the cruise ship and we boarded our mini bus for our all day tour. We didn't know exactly what to expect and were... More

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I recently had a very long layover in Panama and decided to get out of the airport and do a city tour. I reviewed and contacted 3 tour operators and chose My Friend Mario and I am very glad I did. Oscar, my guide for the day, was waiting for me at Customs. We chatted a bit about what my... More

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Toronto
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

My boyfriend and I had a 7hrs layover in Panama City and we decided to join the day tour offered by My friend Mario after reading the reviews in tripadvisor, which turned out we had made a good decision. The tour guide Daniel was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. he explained the history and culture in Panama in details. He knew... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

My wife and I actually booked two trips with MyFriendMario (mostly because they were substantially cheaper than the other travel agencies). They are prompt about picking you up from your hotel. We had tour guide Mario #2. He speaks fluent English and is very funny. He explained the history of Panama and had a lot of insightful comments about Panamanian... More

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Astoria, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Our family loved this day trip to the Emberra tribe and will always remember it. I booked it 3 months in advance and they showed up on time (early actually) to pick us up. Our guide, Oscar was probably the best guide we have ever had in all our travels (probably close to 100 tours over the years.). He was... More

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Fruitland, IA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We toured the Embera Indian Village, the panama Canal, and Rainforest. Our Mario guide was on time to pick us up at the airport and each day at our hotels. The only snag was after our cruise was over but that may have been a miscommunication. We were able to easily get transportation to the airport. Day 1: The Embera... More

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Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

We hired Alimza Tours via emails from the USA. We arranged to br picked up st the airport and taken to our hotel. The next morning he showed up on time to take us on a tour of the Panama Canal. They made all of the arrangements for us and Mario was there at the end waiting for us. He... More

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