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7 hour layover in PTY

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7 hour layover in PTY

Any recomendations what to do and who to hire? how much to expect to be charge? Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: 7 hour layover in PTY

What do you want to do ?

A 7 hour layover probably gives you 4 hours to actually do anything - so three hours once you cut out travel time. (Though it might be under two if traffic is bad.)

You are not really talking about a guided tour or anything. Come out of the airport and grab a taxi. Approx $30 into town.

A meal ?

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2. Re: 7 hour layover in PTY

YOu can go to the canal and have a quick look - quite worth it. Any cabbie can take you there.

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3. Re: 7 hour layover in PTY

If you'd like to tell us what time you arrive and what day of the week we would be better able to make a suggestion or two.

Steve www.panamanotes.com

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4. Re: 7 hour layover in PTY

i will be there at 7 am and my flight leave at 2:30PM same day

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5. Re: 7 hour layover in PTY

what you mean with the cable. Thanks for your help

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6. Re: 7 hour layover in PTY

cabbie = taxicab driver

So what do you fancy - the canal, the old town ?

Is this a weekday ? You'll probably be hitting rush hour traffic on the way in.

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7. Re: 7 hour layover in PTY

it will be on a Tuesday and probably the canal, some driving around the city , a vista point of the city. Grab a taxicab at the airport, it is safe? thanks again

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8. Re: 7 hour layover in PTY

Yes, the taxis at the airport are fine.

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9. Re: 7 hour layover in PTY

Vegaluis29@hotmail.com

Vegaluis2010@gmail.com

Cell 6674-6315

Call Luis. he is a really trustworthy driver. He has a blackberry and will reply quickly. He is a tour guide/driver. He lived in the usa for 30 years, perfect English and honest. I'd have him drive you to the canal, take you to Casco Viejo and grab a quick meal and then back to airport. It's much easier if you keep a car with you. You can take a cab into the city and back but you'll have to stay on a tight time frame because rush hour traffic in Panama City is a beast.

Edited: 01 January 2013, 17:32
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10. Re: 7 hour layover in PTY

Here's a suggested itenerary:

I'm assuming your luggage will be checked through and you already have your ticket and boarding pass for your flight out. If not, then don't even think about having lunch in the city.

By the time you clear immigration, it will be around 7:30am. You'll probably be looking for breakfast, but avoid the restaurant in the airport -- even by Panamanian standards, the service is horribly slow.

Instead, have your taxi driver take you to the Panama Canal Administration building. You should get there between 8:00 - 8:30am. There is a full service cafeteria in the lower level, and while you eat breakfast, you can see the 360 degree mural of the construction of the Panama Canal. This is something most tourists rarely see. The view from the Adminstration building is also very impressive.

From there, take a taxi to the Miraflores Visitor's center. By the time you get there, the center will be open. Plan on spending about two hours in the museum and the observation decks. That should get you out around 11:00am -- time to grab a quick bite for lunch.

There are a couple options for lunch: one -- take a taxi to Amador. This is at the end of the causeway where you'll find a number of restaurants and a great view of the city across the bay. Two -- go to Casco Viejo, the old town, and have lunch in one of the many restaurants around Plaza de la Independencia.

To be safe, you'll need to be in a taxi on your way back to the airport no later than 12:30pm. That will give you an hour to get back to the airport, which you may need, and it gives you an hour to go back through security and board your flight.