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“First Rate Tours”

Rudy's Panama Private Guided Tours & Transfers
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Owner description: Offers Private Guided Tours in Panama - We are happy to show all travellers this incredible country, it's customs, amazing history, delicious food, diverse nature and biodiversity in the most authentic way...let the adventure begin!!!
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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78 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“First Rate Tours”
Reviewed 20 March 2014

Rudy loves his country and loves to give visitors a chance to see and learn about what they are experiencing. He has lived in other countries and has a great perspective on things.

Rudy also is able to read the members in the small group, and deliver information that is meaningful to who is with him. It does not appear to be the same script day after day.

The van is clean and comfortable, his driving is great and it can be relaxing to ride with him (unlike some of the taxis), and he is on time to pick you up at the hotel.

I took the train from Panama to Colon, then the Gatun Locks, the jungle and a Spanish fort; and another day went to the Embara Indian village. I loved both experiences.

I was in Panama by myself and just emailed Rudy's to see if they had open seats. They did and it happened to fit my schedule well. Highly recommended!

Visited February 2014
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Vienna, Virginia
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120 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Great Day with Rudy”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

We took Rudy's tour to the Embrerra Village today and had a very enjoyable day! Rudy picked us up at our hotel exactly on time in a comfortable van and gave us some commentary on the way to the village. The boatride to the village was beautiful and we saw great birds. The people were very welcoming and the lunch was very good. It was a relaxing pleasant way to start our vacation in Panama!

Visited March 2014
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Georgetown, MA
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5 reviews
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“Great Lake Gatun Tour”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

We are so grateful that we found Rudy for our boat tour of Lake Gatun and the canal. We stayed at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort and saw that their lake tour was only an hour. We knew we wanted more, but not an all-day tour so we reserved with Rudy (2.5hours). You have to have a little trust as they request a deposit sent to a PO Box in Florida but you will be glad you did. He met us promptly, and spent a lot of time going into the channels of the river and lake looking for and pointing out wildlife including toucans, parrots, crocs and two kinds of monkeys. He brought bananas and the white faced monkeys come down to the boat and take the bananas from you. He seems to appreciate the nature a lot and he and his driver have great eyes and patience with which to spot things you will want to see. It was the highlight of our whole vacation. Thanks so much Rudy!

Visited February 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
“Rudy is the BEST!”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

My husband and I stayed in Patty's Casitas during our trip to Panama and, wanting to see more of the country, booked a couple of tours with Rudy, Patty's husband. He was prompt, courteous, speaks excellent English and his car is spotless and air conditioned. He really opened the door to this country for us. We speak limited Spanish so it was great walking through areas that we normally wouldn't go to get a feel for the 'real' Panama. I only wish we had had more time to do the Gatun fishing trip and Embera Indian village...next time!!

Visited February 2014
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Harshaw, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Gatun locks and Embera Village”
Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

We were on a cruise ship that docked in Colon. They offered a similar excursion as Rudy did - the difference was that my family of eight had a private tour with Rudy. It was fabulous. Patty was great with emails and keeping me up to date. And Rudy was right where he promised to be when we disembarked off the ship. He took us 1st to the Gatun locks and was so knowledgeable that other people at the locks were listening to his commentary.
Then we traveled to an Embera village that he has gone to for 7 years. It was amazing. The people there were genuine, and took us on a tour, danced and fed us fresh fish caught that morning. Many in our group said it was the best excursion we did on our cruise.
Thank you Rudy and Patty for a wonderful day. We want t-shirts with your logo!!!

Visited January 2014
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