Exciting Things to Do in Panama City

Top Extreme Activities & Thrilling Things to Do in Panama City, Panama

Exciting Things to Do in Panama City for Thrill Seekers

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  • Connie L
    Texas City, TX14 contributions
    My family and I ate enjoyed The lagoon of San Carlos is a very quiet place, excellent different unique. Family Oriented.
    Written April 26, 2018
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  • Robbie M
    Hopkins, Belize1,644 contributions
    Great view at the mirador just off the road. A couple of KMs up the road is the entrance to the Sender La Cruz. Based on the reviews i was expecting something more difficult, but it wasnt far or difficult. Its rustic, so it was a bit muddy and slippery, so i wouldnt recommend it for older people or ones that have difficulty with balance. But for avid hikers it should be a breeze. Took about 40 minutes up, and another half hour back. Beautiful views. Great spot for selfies, and apparently for locals looking to make out.
    Best of all it was free! You can park right there and just walk right up, no problem!

    Unfortunately we didnt have time to explore the rest of the park. But i would go back again!
    Written August 14, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Elliese Jayne
    7 contributions
    I can’t recommend this trek highly enough; the Camino Real trek is hands down the best adventure hike I’ve been on in Panamá!

    Rick Morales is a fantastic guide who is very prepared - he knows what he’s talking about and has an in-depth knowledge of the landscape. We got caught in some heavy rains but Rick had no issue in navigating the trail in the difficult conditions. Some of the highlights of the trip included spotting wildlife and tracks from a tapir, wild pig and other animals, and swimming in the natural pools and waterways every day. Above all, it was amazing to have the history of el Camino Real explained to us by Rick over several days as we walked through the jungle and came across the old cobblestones.

    As someone who does a lot of hiking, I can safely say this is the ultimate adventure experience for outdoorsy people, I LOVED the whole experience, and totally immersive from a historical perspective. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed every minute!

    Gear and prep: Rick did an excellent job in communicating all the necessary preparations to make, including very detailed and complete information about the gear to bring and what to expect in terms of the physical demands of the trek. We used a hammock with a protective rain shelter to sleep - quick to set up and light to carry, and very comfortable. I had no issues in staying dry in the evenings. I found the gear recommendations and other general tips from Rick to be spot on! Rick also has comprehensive safety plans in case of an emergency.

    Intensity/fitness: Definitely for adventure and jungle lovers – be prepared to be covered in mud/wet clothes most of the trip! A large part of the route follows waterways so expect to have wet feet. There can be some tricky bits with river crossings/hiking up rivers, but the trekking poles were a massive help. In terms of fitness, it’s not necessary to be a professional athlete but it is important is to be familiar and comfortable with outdoor walking/uneven terrain, and fit enough to carry your backpack up and down some hills. I packed light to avoid carrying too much weight – personal preference! Rick also organized additional local porters to carry the food, which was massive help as it cut down on weight.

    Food: The meals surpassed my expectations, each meal was a different surprise and I thoroughly enjoyed the variety! There was also plenty of hot coffee available. Aside from meals provided by Rick I made my own trail mix with fruit-nut-chocolate.

    Water: We refilled our water bottles enroute from the streams which are crystal clear. Rick provides a great water filter for everyone in the group to use and I had no issues. I carried a single big 1.5L bottle but it would be better to bring several smaller bottles to distribute the weight in your backpack, and make sure to have them easily accessible when you are walking.

    Other tips: As we were in wet clothes-shoes all day, especially after some rain, it is very important to have a dry sleep! I brought a small dry bag just for my pyjamas and the hammock which I stored separately to other items, which kept everything dry despite multiple river crossings and rain. Bring extra garbage bags/ziplocs to keep things dry!

    10/10 for diversity of terrain and natural surroundings, communication and preparation support from Rick second to none.
    Written July 12, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • mburbank
    new york6 contributions
    This tour was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! To see the canal, the rainforest and downtown Panama City from the sky literally took my breath away. Fernando was extremely knowledgeable about everything we saw and could answer any questions we had. He also knew when to keep quiet and allow us to just take in the sights. I am scared of heights yet I felt safe and secure the whole time. Could not recommend this highly enough!!!!
    Written May 11, 2022
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  • I haven’t been everywhere... yet
    Panama255 contributions
    I went with a couple of friends from work and we had the best time here!! We did the bank heist which definitely made us use our brains and work together as a team. We were fully briefed beforehand and after. Toilets and lockers on site. Well worth the $$ for something different on a night out
    Written February 27, 2022
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  • Janie K
    United States1 contribution
    I do not usually write reviews, but we had such a wonderful day with Sorhay that a felt the need to write one. Just the drive up to the ATV ride was beautiful with all the mountains surrounding us. Upon arrival we were welcomed by Jose and his beautiful family. They gave great instructions for the use of the 4-wheelers. We were the only ones out on the trail and were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Hiking down to the waterfall and swimming hole was a wonderful and refreshing experience that we were able to enjoy with Jose’s young daughter. Being that this was my first time on a 4- wheeler, they took it easy on me until the end when we then went on a tougher trail which I am so glad we did! What a great ride, right Sorhay?!? Sorry you didn’t get that desired photo of me flipping my 4-wheeler 😉. After we finished riding, we were treated to an authentic Panamanian lunch (a sampling of several dishes), which was delicious. We were even surprised by an ice cream treat as well as Panamanian chocolates. When Sorhay says the tours are customized, she sure isn’t kidding. She does everything she can to make the trips memorable. I can not thank her enough for a great day!!!
    Written April 25, 2022
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  • newrube7
    Rock Tavern, NY4 contributions
    We booked this tour at the last minute because we had a long layover between flights. Rudy was very accommodating and specialized a tour based on our time constraints and needs. Rudy had a wealth of knowledge of not only the history of Panama but the animals that we were able to see. My daughter was thrilled to feed the monkeys.. finally the trip was excited for our teens!! I would definitely suggest Rudy's tours to anyone who wants to experience Panama city in a safe and comfortable way. One more thing... .he suggested we have lunch at Diablicos.... that's a must for anyone who wants to have a great Panamanian meal..I almost didn't want to leave for my flight!!
    Written April 17, 2022
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  • Ashley
    6 contributions
    HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!! Private tours and transportation with Omar and Roberto are a must! We booked airport transportation, city tour with panama canal, and monkey island and aerial tram. I highly recommend this tour company and it's great being able to customize your private tours. We also wanted to do the partial canal transit, but there wasn't enough people that booked it (this didn't have anything to do with PBA holding group). I'm so happy that we booked the private tours with Omar's company because we were able to see as much as we could of the canal on the other tours we booked with them. Omar and Roberto are friendly and personable. You won't be disappointed!
    Written December 22, 2021
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  • Pidda L
    4 contributions
    I do recommend it. Great scenery, ocean and nature. Nice places to scuba dive as well.
    Brandon was informative and took good care of us.
    Written May 14, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Andrew H
    3 contributions
    We hired a 45” yacht from Captain Andres and his company PYA for a day trip to the Pearl Islands, as a celebration of my wife and daughters birthday. We had some slight complications as the date we where supposed to travel, we all ended up with Covid and had to rearrange the trip. The PYA staff helped us to arrange new dates at short notice and the communication was fantastic at all times!

    The yacht we went on was the perfect size for our group of 11 people, and the Captain and deckhand did an amazing job. The highlight for sure was fishing on the way out to the islands, the crew made sure that my daughters and her friends all had a chance to fish and gave some great instruction with a lot of patience, we even caught a pretty decent Tuna which they later prepared and cooked for us at the islands.

    Overall, a fantastic experience from the moment of booking to dropping us off, tired but happy, after a great day.

    Fantastic experience, highly recommended!
    Written August 1, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Tim
    Panama City, Panama4 contributions
    We both went on this fishing trip and Miguel was our guide and captain of the boat. The ride was smooth and quite enjoyable. Miguel taught us how to fish and introduced the species from the area as well as the ones we captured. After catching 4 large fish and one medium fish, Miguel introduced us to a restaurant that can cook them for us and it was as delicious since it was very fresh when cooked. Afterwards we went swimming at the nearby beach for a while and then we took our ride back, enjoying the ocean breeze and the scenery of the big ships on the way. An overall perfect day that will be one of my best memories. Thanks Miguel, cheers!
    Written May 9, 2021
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  • CostaBodrumCity
    6 contributions
    It was an amazing catamaran tour experience. Friendly crew, clean and comfortable deck, nice water to swim. Thanks for everything.
    Written March 26, 2022
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  • Alessandro C
    7 contributions
    Lago Bayano was an amazing surprise. I got to crops a cave surrounded by bats, kayaking with crocodiles around and sharing some time with local community. Pedro is very accomodating and informed. I definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for adventures!
    Written April 8, 2022
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  • rofly
    Durham, NC23 contributions
    I went on a Saturday at 8am, when they officially open. However, some people were already coming down, so I think you can go earlier, and I'd recommend it as this place is quite popular (including with groups of children). Although Metropolitan Natural Park is much more peaceful, I still recommend this place to see the locals exercise in nature. If you have time just for one, I'd go to the Natural Park.

    There are two entrances; one of them is a couple minutes walk uphill (west) of Mi Pueblito. Go up on the red stairs. You can also see this entrance on AllTrails.

    I saw some cool things, such as a really cool frog, titi monkeys, at least 4 sloths, and the rodents neques. They are fairly easily found in the cecropia trees!
    Written March 21, 2022
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  • Claraeng
    1 contribution
    Very great experience if you want to spend a good night out in Panama City Old Town. The tour gets you in very nice places : 4 bars and 1 disco, including 2 rooftops which is very nice. Moreover you are with a group of people from everywhere so you can get to know new friends. I really enjoyed my night there !
    Written July 23, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.