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“Very Good Tours” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Barefoot Panama

Barefoot Panama
Ave A | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
+507 6780 3010
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Toronto, Canada
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“Very Good Tours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We had 2 full day tours with Barefoot Panama in March 2013. Our first tour was with Jeff and we did Casco Viego and MiraFlores locks. Jeff was very friendly and provided lot of information. Our second tour was with David and we did Gatun Lake wildlife tour and Wounaan indigenous village tour. David was very friendly as well. Kevin, who booked and coordinated the tours was also very helpful. We had good experience with Barefoot Panama and highly recommend them.

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all good.. thanks
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Amazing place, amazing tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I recently traveled to Panama City/Casco Viejo Panama. I heard from word of mouth that Barefoot Panama tours, with President and tour guide Kevin O'Brien was the way to go when traveling there. All I can say is I owe one to the person who recommended him. I have been to several countries, been on several tours, and never had the experience that I did in Panama with Barefoot Panama. Kevin had everything organized to a tee. From the airport transfer, to selection of hotel, to best restaurants, as well as the tours, he and Barefoot Panama were second to none. Kevin's extensive knowledge of the history of the country, hundreds of species of wildlife, and just the all around fun he provides was amazing.
Barefoot Panama is flexible in customizing whatever individual vacation is requested. From days lounging and relaxing, to 11 hour tour days ziplining, snorkeling, lunch, tubing down river, rope swing days, all well done and accomodating. He provides a comfortable, air conditioned 15 passenger van for travel all over. The small amount of anxiety my group had with traveling to an unknown country was quickly put at ease soon after arrival knowing that we were in good hands with Barefoot Panama.
I am already looking forward to my next trip back to Panama, and without question we will be utilizing Kevin and Barefoot Panama again to guide us during our stay!!!

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panamatours, Owner at Barefoot Panama, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Awesome review. Thanks
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Great tour experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Kevin of Barefoot Panama did everything he said he would. He had a driver the airport for us when we arrived and the partial tour of the canal went off without a hitch. He is very flexible, since we missed our first tour due to flight connections and he was able to work around us. Would recommend them.

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panamatours, Owner at Barefoot Panama, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Glad you had a good time! I hope to meet you next time!
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“Throughly enjoyable!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Having the opportunity to travel to Panama (albeit a business trip), my friend and her husband, joined myself and my husband on an excursion to see what this beautiful country had to offer. Given that our time was quite limited, Kevin was wonderfully easy to work with our "check list" and customized our excursion accordingly, so that we can maximize as much of the sights that can be done, including the all important bucket list - Panama Canal.

The minute we met Kevin (and his subtle Boston accent), off we went to the Miraflores Visitors center to observe transiting vessels, learn firsthand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, and history. From there, a jungle tour on the actual Canal itself to view (from a distance) the local inhabitants that live there. Monkeys, check!, Crocs, check!, Iguana's, check! Big Cargo Ships passing through, check, check and check! Kevin then took us to a great lunch area overlooking a golf course to eat. Great food enjoyed by all. Next and our favorite: Casco Viejo walking tour: What a neat place to visit!!! It reminded me of downtown San Juan (Puerto Rico) less the crowd. Cobblestone sidewalks, beautiful architect structure, enticing restaurants that we'd have loved to try, and the history story-telling by Kevin was just great to listen to. Heck, who know that Quantum of Solace (or parts of it) was filmed here? I sure didn't. :)

All in all, Kevin's knowledge and love when speaking about his adopted country, whilst sharing with us the Panamanian culture (quirks and all) were throughly enjoyable, extremely interesting, and wonderfully fascinating! His knowledge, quiet humor, and the fact that he throughly enjoyed sharing Panama with us - will always be the high points that we, till this day - say that was an awesome trip!

Should our journey find us back in Panama - you'll be the first person we will be contacting! Muchos Gracias Barefoot Panama!!! Hasta que nos encontremos de neuvo!

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panamatours, Owner at Barefoot Panama, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Thanks! We hope you come back soon, Kevin
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“Smooth tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We had the city tour with Jeff, we were staying in Cosco Viejo and didn't want that part of the tour and so Jeff customized it for us and took us to see some sloths that we had wanted to see. The tour was tailored for us and we didn't feel rushed. We would definitely reccommend them to anyone going to Panama. We had hoped to do the Monkey tour but had not booked far enough in advance , but if we go back we would definited use this company again. We were given their name through our hotel the Canal House which I also need to review, they were lovely as well. Thanks Kevin and Jeff!

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panamatours, Owner at Barefoot Panama, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Thanks for the review!
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