Panama, a hidden gem situated between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, is a mesmerizing destination that beckons with its incredible blend of culture, nature and adventure. From the awe-inspiring engineering marvel of the Panama Canal to the green hills of El Valle de Anton, this jewel of Central America offers a wealth of unique experiences for travelers.
When it comes to exploring Panama within a limited timeframe, there is no better choice than embarking on the exceptional day tours offered by Barefoot Panama. With their expertly curated itineraries and commitment to delivering unforgettable journeys, Kevin and the team at Barefoot Panama ensures that every visitor leaves with unforgettable memories!
Best Day Tours in Panama
Panama City & Canal Tour: A Journey Through History and Engineering Excellence
No visit to Panama is complete without a trip to the iconic Panama Canal. The Panama City & Canal Tour takes you on an enthralling journey through history, offering a fascinating glimpse into the engineering wonder that connects two mighty oceans: the Atlantic and Pacific. Prepare to be captivated as you witness the mesmerizing operation of the Miraflores Locks, where ships gracefully navigate through the intricate system.
Before visiting the Panama Canal, guests have time to explore the streets of Casco Viejo. Here, the rich tapestry of Panama’s past comes alive. Marvel at the colonial architecture, learn stories about pirates and gold, and immerse yourself in the culture that permeates every corner of the old town. Other highlights of the tour include stopping on the Amador Causeway to see the city skyline and take photos at the Panama sign, crossing the Bridge of the Americas and lunch at an old US army base.
Taste of Panama City: A Gastronomic Adventure
Panama City boasts a thriving culinary scene that tantalizes the taste buds of food enthusiasts. The Taste of Panama City Tour is a delectable journey that allows you to discover the city’s rich flavors and indulge in traditional dishes. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will venture into the old town with its bustling markets, hidden eateries and local hotspots.
On the itinerary is sampling ceviche at a seafood market, meeting artisan coffee roasters who serve the world’s finest and most expensive coffee, wrapping your lips around locally produced organic chocolate, relaxing over craft beers and watching the sunset with a rum cocktail. Through these tastings, you will gain a deeper understanding of the cultural influences that shape Panama’s culinary identity and leave with a host of restaurant recommendations that you can use for the rest of your holiday.
Monkey Island, Indian Village & Lake Gatun: An Animal Playground
For wildlife lovers, the Monkey Island, Indian Village & Lake Gatun Tour makes for a special day. Brace yourself for an expedition into the heart of Panama’s ecosystem as you traverse Soberania National Park with its many birds, sloths and monkeys. Marvel at the sight of monkeys swinging through the trees, their mischievous antics filling the air with laughter! A boat tour then takes you along Lake Gatun to search for even more wildlife.
Continue with a visit to an indigenous Indian village on the Chagres River, where you will have the chance to learn about the community through its art, music and dance. Absorbing their way of life is rewarding to all. The tour culminates with a short hike through a lush rainforest, in order to learn about native plants and how they are used in the indigenous context.
Snorkeling Adventure: Beneath the Azure Waters
Dive into a world of vibrant colors and enchanting marine life with the Snorkeling Adventure Tour on the Caribbean coast. With clear waters and thriving coral reefs, Panama offers snorkeling that rivals the best in the world. Accompanied by an experienced guide who possesses an intimate knowledge of the marine ecosystem, you will plunge into a fun underwater adventure and discover all that lies beneath the water’s surface.
Enjoy a short boat trip to a bay with a nice beach, snorkel around its azure waters, and then hit up a reef wall for more! With top-notch equipment and a commitment to safety, this snorkeling tour with Barefoot Panama guarantees that snorkelers of all levels have a great day out. A bonus activity is visiting Portobelo for a history tour and to see the Spanish fort.
El Valle Explorer: A Mountain Escape to Natural Wonders
Located in the crater of an extinct volcano, nestled by mountains and set beside a cloud forest, El Valle de Anton offers a serene retreat from the bustling Panama City. The El Valle Explorer Tour invites you to soak up the natural charm of this mountain town. With a personal tour guide, you will be visiting a butterfly farm where you can witness the delicate dance of butterflies in a tropical setting. Then you can take a leisurely stroll through El Valle’s market, and shop for fresh produce and handmade crafts.
For those seeking an active escape, El Valle offers numerous hiking trails that lead to waterfalls and viewpoints. One walk that Barefoot Panama offers brings you to pre-Columbian petroglyphs. As you explore this paradise, keep an eye out for the rich birdlife that calls El Valle home. Note that ziplining, a side trip to the beach or Laguna de San Carlos, and a hike on the famous La India Dormida Trail is also available upon request.
Isla Taboga: A Tropical Island Getaway
If you are yearning for an idyllic getaway, look no further than Isla Taboga. Known as the “Island of Flowers”, Isla Taboga offers a blissful escape from the mainland. The Isla Taboga Tour summons you to bask in the splendor of this beautiful destination. As you set foot on its shores, you will be greeted by white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and turquoise waters.
Barefoot Panama offers a couple of options for this tropical island. One greets you with a concierge who informs you on the top places to visit, where to have lunch, etc. and then sets you on your way. Another option is the Taboga Day Pass which includes transport to and from the island, chairs and umbrellas on the beach, snorkeling gear, a walking tour detailing the history of the island, lunch and more. The ultimate option though is the private charter – just contact Barefoot Panama for more info.
There are so many ways to spend your time in Isla Taboga. Explore the island’s rich history, from its colonial past to its connection with figures like Sir Francis Drake. Discover the quaint village, with its colorful houses and friendly locals, and indulge in seafood fresh from the ocean. For panoramic views of the island, hike up to Cerro de la Cruz, the highest point.
Guna Yala & San Blas Day Trip: Paradise Archipelago
Be whisked away to a breathtaking paradise beyond your wildest dreams with the Guna Yala & San Blas Day Trip. Guna Yala, also known as the San Blas archipelago, is a breathtaking collection of over 360 islands, each more spellbinding than the last. This awesome day trip allows you to relax in the unspoiled beauty of a tropical wonderland. Cruise through turquoise waters in the sun, hopping from one coconut-covered island to another, each boasting powdery white sand beaches and dotted with palm trees.
Experience the warmth of the Guna people, the indigenous inhabitants of the region, and be welcomed into their vibrant community. Learn about their traditions, artistry and unique way of life. Snorkel in the vibrant coral gardens, where a kaleidoscope of marine life awaits, or simply bask in the sun and let the gentle waves lull you into a state of pure bliss. The San Blas Islands are a testament to the untouched beauty that nature can offer!