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- If you see the buses pulling in, try to go ahead of them otherwise you will have to wait for everyone on the bus, but it's definitely interesting to see how the water rises up and then goes down when the boat moves.Written August 3, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- August 2022 - we stayed recently in Casco Viejo for nearly three weeks at the new Hyatt. This area has centuries of history to explores (and a self guided walking tour with signage), many really good restaurants, and very walkable streets to explore. Most tours only spend an hour or two which is not quite enough time imho. Of course you don't need three weeks either but our side goal was looking at real estate in this up and coming area full of revitalization projects. Enjoy!Written August 15, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- For starters, admissions is US$10. Not sure we're this process come from. The museum was mostly closed due to pandemic restriction. Amazing experience. Must do when in Panama. There is public transportation for $0.50 if you're really on the budget, but Uber is the best way of going around in Panama. And remember: avoid taxis.Written June 21, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I used the Metro to get back to my Airbnb after visiting the Locks on a 1 night stay in Panama. I had a feeling using the vending machines might be a challenge so I searched all over the internet for some clear English instructions but couldn't find any. So hopefully you can pick up things from my experience.
First of all Most vending machines are only for reloading $ on a card you already have. The machines that do dispense cards DO NOT have an English button. Even the staffed kiosks couldn't sell me a card. They just changed my $ bills for fresh crisp ones and pointed to a vending machine.
To get a card you have to select a box in the upper left of the touch screen. I asked several of the others standing in line and even they seemed confused by the title of the touch screen button.
Here's the next trick. The vending machines only take cash. 1s or 5s. Once you select this box in the upper left a green light comes on by the bill slot. You have about 4 seconds to get your 2 $ bills in this slot. If one goes in but the second gets spit out because it's wrinkled and you don't get it back in in time the machine voids your request BUT keeps your dollar. Now I know why the staffed desk insisted on giving me crisp dollars.
Assuming you make it past this the machine spits out your Rapid card.
But this card has no funds on it. So you have to select a different item ( this option is clearer in Spanish), and once the green light turns on quickly but carefully put in a couple bucks to load the card.
One more thing. Everyone told me at Metro subway rides were always 50 cents which is a great deal. But that's not completely true. If you start in downtown and then transfer to line 2 which heads close to the airport they charge you an additional surcharge when you try to get off. So don't cut it to close particularly if you're using one card across several people.
Aside from the difficulty getting a card if you are a nonspanish speaking tourist to Metro is very nice. The stations are clean and easy to get in and out of. It's crowded but safe.Written August 12, 2022
- To enjoy the view in a panoramical way, u can choose the Causeway Amador , restaurants ..bikes, hotels , fun and more , is an special place u musy see.Written July 12, 2022
- Loved seeing Monkey Island and our Alberto was the best guide! Educated us on canal and the rainforest walk was excellent! Saw sloths and many different animals.Written August 9, 2022
- I do recommend for you to stay in the Casco Viejo neighborhood and from here you can do morning walkings in a superb atmosphereWritten July 25, 2022
- Designated bike lane next to the pedestrian lane. Great to run, walk, or ride along the ocean. Many shady places, with benches to stop and enjoy the views.Written May 9, 2022
- Designed by international celebrity architect Frank Gerhy, The Biomuseo educates and celebrates the importance of the Isthmus of Panama to the bio diversity of the Western Hemisphere. Its unique design of semi-open overlapping roof panels funnels sea breezes cooling without the need for A/C .Written June 26, 2022
- If you have kids and you want activities Albrook Mall is huge the perfect place to go. They have a bowling alley, arcade, movie theater and a carousel. Enjoy your shoppingWritten August 15, 2022
- The longest way is the best one (1h +-) for animals cause i heard 5 monkeys in 16h! The access of the park is +- easy by bus from Albrook Mal!Written September 2, 2021
- Gatun Lake was created by the flooding of the area by the Chagres River during the construction of the Panama Canal and is where ships traverse after going through the locks at each end of the Canal. There are many tour operators that offer trips to Gatun Lake and Monkey Island. I had a good experience with Safe Transportation and their Monkey Island and Panama Canal Eco Tour. I had a terrific guide who was very knowledgeable and was a great communicator. On the 4-hour tour, we stopped along the canal at the Pedro Miguel Locks and then continued to Gatun Lake on a speedboat. In addition to seeing the wildlife on Monkey Island, this is also an opportunity to get close to several container ships as they make their way between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
On the way to Gatun Lake, we made a brief stop at the Pedro Miguel Locks for some viewing of ships as they navigate the canal. After hopping on a small speedboat, we headed out on Gatun Lake and to Monkey Island. Our guide knew several spots to find the monkeys and we had a couple different species including the white-faced capuchin monkeys climbing onto our boat enjoying taking the food that we offered from our hands. We additionally saw and heard some howler monkeys and spotted a crocodile. Getting close up to the huge container ships in the lake was pretty cool as well. 4 hours was plenty of time needed to enjoy this experience.Written May 17, 2022
- If you love shopping go to Multiplaza Mall and go spend that money or do your walking around and have your eyes do shopping. Really big and cool.Written August 15, 2022
- I visited the portion of Soberania National Park that includes the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center and Pipeline Road. It is about a 30-40 min taxi/Uber from Panama City. The Discovery Center has several trails to hike along with a tower that you can climb that takes you to above the canopy of the jungle and a hummingbird exhibit. Hearing the howler monkeys in the early morning was cool. Ran into a troupe of capuchin monkeys which made the effort and cost of coming out here all worth it but I was a bit disappointed that we didn't see more wildlife. It may have been better had I hired a guide. Pipeline Road in the unpaved road that connects the Discovery center to the main road. It is regarded as one of the premier bird watching areas in Central America. However, you really need to spend the money and hire a guide and come here in the early morning hours to fully experience. Unless you drive yourself, make sure you arrange for your driver to stay so that they can drive you back to the city. There is no cell service or taxis available here. Better yet, invite your driver to join you on the hike as "guides" get in free at the Discovery Center. Also, the 2-mile unpaved Pipeline road that leads to the Discovery Center is an incredibly narrow treacherous drive filled with rocks, potholes and tree branches. I was certain my driver's compact car was going to end up with a flat tire or broken axle. You really should have a SUV with high clearance if driving here.Written May 24, 2022
- Love visiting ruins and this did not disappoint. The grounds are well maintained and lovely. The museum really well documents Panama's history and learned a lot.
It is $10 pp for foreign visitors and that includes the tram to drive you from the entrance to the main building with museum and cathedral ruins.Written July 18, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions about Panama City
- The best day trips from Panama City according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- All Inclusive Full-Day Taboga Island Catamaran Tour from Panama City, Panama
- Day Tour in San Blas Islands All Included Visiting 4 Islands
- Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour
- Tour at the Chagres Rainforest and Embera Indigenous Village
- Combo: Monkey Island and Sloth Sanctuary