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Free Walking Tour of Panama City
Activities in Panama City

Free Walking Tour of Panama City

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  • Free
  • English and Spanish English and Spanish
  • 2 hours 30 minutes

The historic centre of Panama City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is full of cultural and architectural heritage that is sure to captivate you. Discover its magic on this free walking tour

Panama City Free Walking Tour Itinerary

The peal of the bells of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Panama can be heard throughout Plaza de la Independencia, marking the start of our free walking tour through the historic centre of Panama City. This area of the capital, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to an extraordinary legacy of colonial history, which you'll discover over the course of your route through its lively picturesque streets.

Make your first stop in front of the Cathedral Basilica of St Mary, as it is alternatively known, to admire the impressive details of its façade up close. Did you know that it dates back to the time of Spanish colonialism in Central America? Delve deeper into this period of history as you continue your free walking tour through Panama City Old Town, appreciating the architecture of the colonial-era buildings that line the streets.

You'll soon see how deeply-rooted the European influence is here as you visit the Iglesia de la Merced, a church dating back to the 17th century; Plaza Carlos V, or Charles V Square, and Plaza de Francia. From the latter, a square dedicated to the French workers and engineers who helped build the Panama Canal, you'll enjoy spectacular views over Panama Bay

After exploring the most central streets of the beautiful colonial centre for two and a half hours, your free tour of Panama City will come to end.

Important information

  • You cannot take this free tour of Panama City if you are a group of more than 6 people.
  • The tour visits the outside of the city's monuments only, entrance fees are not included.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:

  • Tours or activities will not consist of more than 12 people per group.
  • A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
  • The use of masks is obligatory. Masks will be given to those clients who do not have their own.
  • Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear gloves throughout its duration.
  • Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use.
  • Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
  • The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.
  • The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit), and a full refund applied.
  • The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
  • The capacity of all means of transport will be reduced to 20% of their maximum capacity.
  • At monuments, museums and attractions, the maximum permitted capacity will be a 10% of the total maximum capacity.
  • Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
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Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

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2 hours 30 minutes.

Language English and Spanish

This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) guided tour.


English speaking guide with expert knowledge of Panama City's history.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up until the previous day (4:30 AM local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).


Meeting point

Plaza de la Independencia.


If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.