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Almiza Tours by My friend Mario - Private Tours

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Address: Chorrera, Calle Arnoldo Cano, Colon, Panama
Phone Number: (507) 6615-2271
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Description: Providing the highest quality tours at an unbeatable value since...
Providing the highest quality tours at an unbeatable value since 1994.Friendly guides and the best price in Panama city and Colon.Enjoy the pleasure of an amazing trip, coupled with the opportunity to discover a life-changing cultural experience.
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Lots of learning, lots of fun, and a good value!

We decided on the Gatun/Locks+Rain forest tour. We were met at the dock and had only one other couple on our tour, so this was way better than the usual cruise ship cattle call... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
Bob R
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We decided on the Gatun/Locks+Rain forest tour. We were met at the dock and had only one other couple on our tour, so this was way better than the usual cruise ship cattle call. Our guide, Alex, had a great fund of knowledge and was terrific about answering questions and ensuring we had a terrific experience. We saw parrots and... More 

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sarasota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

My spanish is limited to the words si and no, sadly our driver & our guide had about the same knowledge of the english languish. Wasted the first 1/2 hour driving to Panama City, which was NOT our destination, we had booked them to see the locks. The manifest stated the locks, but I don't think they knew how to... More 

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

Dear Ron, Thank you for your feedback, and sorry to know you have had some trouble in our tour. Because we always try to do our best for our clients during your short time in Colon or Panama and to avoid incoveniences in our tours, all our clients receive an email confirmation with our instructions about where meet the guide... More 

Salem, Oregon
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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We took a tour from Colon to visit the Embera Indians this month and it was a fabulous experience. The guide we had was professional, courteous and informative. The trip was a cruise excursion and a great alternative to the huge groups the cruise ship had to offer. The experience riding in the canoe to the Embera village as well... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

While on a recent cruise through the western carribean we booked a private tour with Alimiza. We chose their Tour Pkg CL1: Rainforest+Monkeys+Colonial Park+Gatun Locks ($65/person). This is a tremendous value for such a wonderful tour and exceeded all our expectations. Colon itself is not a safe place you would want to explore, but getting outside this port city was... More 

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Western Springs
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This is the second time in 2 years that we have been in Colon and both times we have toured with Almiza (My Friend Mario). Communication was clear and efficient. We were picked up at the port, as promised. The ship had docked at a different location than usual, but Alex, our guide, was right there to meet us, so... More 

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California
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13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Read the reviews and booked a day trip off the cruise ship. Have spent some time in Panama and knew what I wanted to see. Pickup was prompt and there were 5 in a van. This day was when the Summit of the Americas Conference was going on and a lot of security and road closures.Obama and 30+ other heads... More 

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Brockville,ON
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We toured with Almiza Tours by My Friend Mario while in Panama and our tour guide was Alex. He was friendly, entertaining and a wealth of knowledge on Panamanian culture. We went to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center and toured the locks and the museum. The museum has an informative movie on the history of the Panama Canal, an interactive... More 

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Quebec, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Booking was easy with a professional follow-up. On day of tour, meeting was well orchestrated and we were promptly lead to our van where we met our guide Alex. This fellow gave us a head-up on Panamanian history and teased us with questions through out our excursion. (keeping us on our toes). At the locks, he did his very best... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Alex (our tour guide) was great! Lots of fun and informative tour. Once we found our way to the location by the elevator we were escorted to our small tour van. Along with nine other travelers we had a great time (see other reviews) learning about Panama, the canal and the rainforest. Saw monkeys, sloths and other wildlife as we... More 

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Winter Springs, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We wanted to see the canal and a little more of Panama and Mario's tour was perfect. We had a little difficulty finding Mario because the escalator, where he told us to meet, was shutdown. After the minor misstep we were lead to our van where we met Alex. Alex was fantastic. He told us "little stories" for 6+ hrs... More 

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