Planned a layover in Panama City to see the Canal and other sites. Booked a tour with "My Friend Mario" and it was superb. Greeted outside customs by Mario Sr. who drove us on a six-hour tour, including stops for coffee and lunch, that basically showed us everything we had hoped to see. Mario checked to see when ships would be coming through the Canal and planned the rest of the tour accordingly. His knowledge of Panama was unsurpassed. We drove through the modern part of Panama City as we made our way to the Old City. In the old City, he parked and led us on a walking tour. Then it was off to the former Canal Zone area. After lunch we visited the canal and saw the full treatment. While we had to pay for the museum tickets, not included in the tour price, Mario got us through the line and served as our guide in the museum. The he made sure we got great views of the ships. Finally, after 6 quick hours we were back to the airport with plenty of time to spare. It was a most pleasurable day and one I would recommend to anyone travelling to Panama City.
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