Full Day City Tour & Biodiversity Museum
On this full-day tour of Panama City, your guide will illuminate some of the highlights of this tropical metropolis. Start with a visit to the remains of the former capital city of Panama—Panamá Viejo, or Old Panama—founded in 1519 and looted by the pirate Henry Morgan in 1671.
Then continue to the picturesque Casco Viejo, commonly called the walled city. Casco Viejo was founded by the Spaniards in 1673 after the First City of Panama (Old Panama) was destroyed. Together with Old Panama, the Casco Viejo is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is appreciated worldwide for its unique historical and artistic value. The neighborhood’s character comes alive with a walk through its narrow cobblestoned streets. You will have the opportunity to appreciate this area’s beautiful colonial and neoclassical architecture, squares and monuments, while learning more about the history and culture of the city.
Afterwards, you will visit the Frank Gehry Biodiversity Museum. Located on the Amador Causeway, facing the Pacific Ocean at the entrance of the Canal, Panama’s Museum of Biodiversity opened to the public in October of 2014 after nearly a decade of construction. Combining art and science, the museum’s eight permanent exhibitions focus on Panama’s unique ecosystems and the isthmus’s impact on the planet’s biodiversity. It is supported by the notable Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute as well as the University of Panama.
The building itself was designed by esteemed architect Frank Gehry and is his only work in Latin America. It was built in the typically unusual Gehry design but unlike most of his other constructions, each panel is brightly painted a different color, said to express its tropical location.
Following the tour, you will be dropped back off at your hotel.
Approximately 7 hours.
Transportation from and to the hotel, admission tickets, bilingual guide and lunch.
Please note that any tour departing from Gamboa or Playa Bonita hotels, or hotels near the airports will have a total surcharge of $70 plus 7% tax.
We will pick you up at your hotel in the city at approximately 8:30 am.
WHAT TO BRING?
Comfortable clothing and shoes, sunglasses, camera, hat, sunscreen.
The following information is a Panama tipping guide:
- Shuttle Driver $ 2.00 per person, per day.
- Sightseeing tour driver $ 5.00 per person, per day.
- Tour guide $ 10.00 per person, per day.
- Tour boat driver $ 5.00 per person, per day.
- Bellboys and airports $ 1.00 per bag.
- Waiter / a restaurant 10% – 15%.
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