13 Nov 2019
My friend and I booked this tour in February, 2019. All of the tours that we would have taken through our cruise ship were already booked. We decided that for a little money more, we'd get a private tour. They opened up more groups on the shore excursions, but we stuck with our decision to go through Viator. Our tour guide was Nicholas Guerrero. He was excellent. He gave us the history of Panama City, the canal and some of the cultures of the people while driving. His English was excellent. He answered all of our questions thoroughly. We did a walking tour of the old city. Nicholas also found shops for particular souvenirs that we were looking for. After an authentic Panamanian lunch, we drove to a nature center. Nicholas used to work there and was a naturalist guide, so we learned about the animals and got great pictures of the sloths. Afterwards we toured the Miraflores visitor center to see and understand the workings of the canal. Watching the ships in the locks was fantastic. When we were finished, Nicholas took us back to our ship. The next day we sailed through the canal. It was exciting to observe the things we had seen the day before from the comfort of the balcony in our stateroom. I highly recommend this tour and Nicholas as a guide!