Panama City Hidden Gem Attractions

Panama City Hidden Gem Activities

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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
    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
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • 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
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • 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
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • 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
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Matthew M
    Townsville, Australia190 contributions
    My partner and I went out with the boys early morning, absolutely stunning.
    The guys were more than willing to tailor the tour for specific requests which was awesome!!
    The boat ride was really impressive, more so seeing the sustainability of what is happening in the Canal and the minimal effect on the ecosystem.
    Our visit to Monkey island was dominated by Tamarins the slightly more aggressive Capuchins. The Howlers were a bit more stand off-ish but very vocal!!
    Our guides were really knowledgeable and the drive through of the old American Gamboa district was cool.
    Is really recommend this tour company, they were well versed in their tour and couldn’t be more helpful!!
    We’ll be back!!
    Written November 16, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • _guertin54
    Townsend, MA14 contributions
    Our last and one of our fondest memories of our abbreviated trip to Panama City, Panama are the four hours plus that we spent with Joey and nine other guests on March 14, 2020. Joey showed us the town starting in Casco Viejo then onto Central Avenue in Santa Ana and finally transported us via metro to Panama City. In Casco Viejo we were treated to an opulent feast at a well-known Panamanian restaurant reminiscent of our food tour in Firenze. The food just kept coming. We lost count of the number of delicious Panamanian entrees that we were served. This was the first of three food stops. We are so grateful that Joey’s tour provided us with an opportunity to try so many of the delicacies of Panama. Our trip may have been cut short, but because Joey’s great planning we had a great sampling of Panamanian food and beer. We are so thankful that Joey was in Panama during our stay.
    Written April 5, 2020
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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.
  • lindsayfader
    Grapevine, TX4 contributions
    I knew I’d enjoy this tour the second the guide got out of the van and said, “Hi, my name’s Gonzo. Like the muppet”. He took us to the newer locks of the Panama Canal, to Castillo de San Lorenzo de Chagres, and we stopped for lunch on a marina. Gonzo was prompt, friendly, and highly knowledgeable, as a native Panamanian. He was fun to talk to and we enjoyed hanging out with him as much as we did seeing all the spectacular views on our tour. Could not recommend this more!
    Written May 13, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • 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
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • sydpalmsteen
    Atlanta, GA12 contributions
    My husband and I took our nieces to Panama as a present for graduation. The girls had traveled some but had never been on an expedition like the one we had with Blue Adventures Panama. To be honest, neither had we although we sport fish every available time we travel. We requested Carlos give us a day that he would most enjoy for a day off the coast. We started on our way to the Northern Pearl Islands, stopping to troll and catch a bonita and a dorado. Then we graced one island where the blue footed boobie's hatch their young before traveling back to the Galápagos for their adult life. After a delectable serving of yogurt and granola on a beach line, we headed to some snorkeling...well, sort of. We actually detoured to a dealer reef so that Charlie (mate and Carlos's son) did some free diving for our pompano ceviche. He also speared a few rooster fish along the way for a special at their restaurant they recently opened (Maagoo's Tacos).
    The second half of the day we traveled to a gorgeous cove for sandwiches and that delectable ceviche, along with a freshly chilled pineapple for desert. Everything we ate on our charter was hand prepared by Carlos and Charlie, as well as being eco-friendly to the waters of Panama. Carlos educated us on the fragility of the oceans and the coast of Panama. We saw first hand how the reefs are suffering from commercial fishing boats leaving remnants of their gear which kills helpless sea life. We were so thankful we had a crew that had such respect for their home. The honest and integrity of Blue Adventures Panama provided an experience of so much more than just a day on the water. Carlos and Charlie have a soul-driven passion for the sea which shines through in their work. We were thankful to be along for the ride.
    Our day ended with "popcorn" manta rays jumping and frolicking out of the water as we glided across the water. Dolphins followed us along our route, blessing our day from below. Our nieces were in amazement of such a wonderful day and continued their thankfulness throughout the rest of our vacation. Making an impact on adults is a wonderful accomplishment. Impacting the soul of a young mind and spirit will impact a lifetime for those girls. Well done, Carlos and Charlie!!! Well done!
    We ended our day with dinner at their restaurant, Maagoo's. Let's just say that if you miss Maagoo's, you miss the end product of the day we had. Maagoo's is there for all to experience whether or not they can book a day charter with Blue Adventures Panama. It is a MUST if you are in or around Panama!
    Written June 20, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Ann
    Puyallup, WA8 contributions
    We are having a wonderful time with our guide Ian who walked us through Casco Viejo , a historic area of Panama City. And he also toured us thru Gatun Lake, Gambia and the previous American zone of the Panama canal. This area has so much to see from history to natural aspects, making it a memorable visit. We also visited another area, Bocas del Toro that has several islands on the Atlantic side full of mangroves. We stayed at an ecolodge and learned about permaculture practices being adapted for more sustainable agriculture. The people of the area who showed us around, mostly of the Ngobe indigenous group, were gracious in sharing their culture with us. Wonderful visit all around!
    Written April 1, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • gaskk
    Madison, WI37 contributions
    Had a great time in The Sotano. Welcoming staff, good room. Challenging (we didn't make it!). Guy was bilingual so everyone could understand.
    Written December 1, 2017
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.