Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Panama-City-Panama by Tour Guide Mario (Guide #6265)


James Thomson

Canada
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Oct 3/18

Great day with Mario, timed the trip perfectly so that we could see everything we wanted, very knowledgeable and professional

Thomas Roth

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Sep 9/18

Chor Wooi Yu

Malaysia
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Aug 3/18

Mario is a knowledgeable, experienced and patience tour guide. He can speaks very fluent English. He arranged our itinerary all in very good timing as well as hire a good and careful Driver too. He is very helpful as well when we request something out from the original itinerary and suggest very good local dinner restaurant for us to have our great last night in Panama. Highly recommend for those who are looking for private tour guide!

Markku Karppinen

Finland
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Tour: #107584, Embera village and waterfall., Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Jul 6/18

Second tour with Mario and full points of that as well. He was got just day or two before information from Embera village that they not take visitors on that because of meeting with goverment. However, Mario was arranged visit to other Embera village near Colon and it was very nice too. On a way back we visited also Miraflores in Panama Canal and after museum saw few big ships going through MIraflores.

Bob Jones

United States
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Tour: #481392, Hidden Waterfall, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Jul 5/18

Mario was AWESOME!!! We did the Lake Bayano cave tour AND the hidden waterfall tour the next day! Phenomenal!! Howlers, poison arrow frogs, squeaking bats, even a coral snake! Fresh Jaguar prints! Just what we were looking for! But be warned! Those a 2 long days!! Not for the whimpy! You are out there. Mario was informative and fun! Will use you again!!! Bob and family!!!

Bob Jones

United States
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Tour: #126076, Bayano Canyoning, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Jul 4/18

Mario was AWESOME!!! We did the Lake Bayano cave tour AND the hidden waterfall tour the next day! Phenomenal!! Howlers, poison arrow frogs, squeaking bats, even a coral snake! Fresh Jaguar prints! Just what we were looking for! But be warned! Those a 2 long days!! Not for the whimpy! You are out there. Mario was informative and fun! Will use you again!!! Bob and family!!!

Markku Karppinen

Finland
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat & Miraflores Visitor Center., Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Jul 3/18

Interesting tour and very good guide. Mario and boat driver found very good spots where was able to see monkeys, some other animals, many kind of birds, even crocodiles. Also flexible with tour schedule. We were booked two tours with Mario and Miraflores in Panama Canal decided to includes other tour, then we didn't needed to wait too long after finishing Jungle boat tour.

Dagmar Ramos Marquez

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Apr 9/18

My husband and I had a great time with Mario. His knowledge is outstanding. He goes above and beyond and is very punctual. Very friendly and you can tell, he likes to do his work. Would book a tour with again. Dagmar

Louise Stumph

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Mar 29/18

Mario was an amazing guide and really went above and beyond to make the tour fun and educational for our whole group of two families with kids ranging in age 11-17. I would highly recommend him has a guide. We learned so much much in a short time. He was friendly and knowledgeable and everyone enjoyed him.

Renae Shepler

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Mar 9/18

Mario was wonderful! This was our first day in Panama. He was very prompt in picking us up at the hotel. We did a day trip to Soberana. I couldn't believe how extensive Mario's knowledge was of the birds... his ability to locate different birds was incredible. I enjoyed having a private tour... nothing was rushed. Mario worked constantly to assure we had a wonderful time. This was the first time we used Tours by Locals. Because this trip exceeded our expectations, I will use Tours by Locals again.

Michael Matty

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 28/18

Truly the best tour guide I've ever had. Outstanding and Mario always went beyond what was expected. Besides his extensive knowledge he went above and beyond on every moment of our tour. The boat tour on the canal was beautiful and Mario arrange for the most wonderful lunch on the water (the best pineapple I've ever eaten). I can't recommend him highly enough. Thanks Mario!

Michael Matty

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 26/18

Mario was outstanding...so much so that we have booked an additional day with him to go on a jungle tour! Super knowledgeable and friendly, having him along made the trip. Extremely broad base of knowledge, his prior experiences as a 'big tour guide' and a teacher gives him a great background, and his personality is great. We learned so much more than if we tried to do it ourselves, or if we went with a big group. Highly recommend him to anyone looking for a guide!

Robert Phelps

United States
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Tour: Jungle and monkey Island boat tour, Panamá City, Panama
Date: Feb 24/18

Our original guide was unable to make the tour, so Tours By Locals found a very fine substitute in Yoselyn, who took us from Colon to Panama City with a boat tour of Monkey Island on the way. Yoselyn is a fine guide, skilled and flexible. Our luggage was too bulky for the jeep she had, so she even arranged on the spot for a larger vehicle to meet us along the way so we would have more room. Yoselyn's wildlife knowledge is very good as well. A fun day with an excellent guide! Highly recommended!

Robert Phelps

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 23/18

Mario Ocana is truly an excellent guide, and we enjoyed our tour of Panama City with him very much. Due to an injury, my wife was having some difficulty walking that day, and with Mario's skills and flexibility we were still able to navigate the busy Miraflores Locks viewing area and museum. With his help and guidance we learned so much more than I expected about the Panama Canal and its history! He also took us on a drive to see some of the other sites of the city. I would recommend him very highly!

Mark Herrick

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 22/18

Outstanding tour of Soberania Park by Mario. We've done birding tours in Costa Rica and Mario was as good or better. He's very knowledgeable and we saw many birds that we would have never seen on our own. He's organized and thus we were able to see many areas of the park. He helped us listen for the different types of bird calls. Many thanks, Mario.

Joram H.

Thailand
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 21/18

Mario was a great guide, very experienced and flexible. He has a very nice personality.

Jeff Huckaby

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 18/18

Mario is an excellent guide. His passion for his country, education and nature is as abundant as the wildlife you will encounter. Monkeys were of course the highlight, but just being out on the canal and lake were amazing. Birding is excellent along with spotting giant shipping vessels as they pass through the canal. Do yourself a favor and splurge on the private trip. This way you are not on a boat of 20 people with a bored canal guide.

Catherine Warren

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 5/18

Mario was terrific! He tailored our tour to our request. For example, We had already visited the Miraflores Locks so he substituted a stop at Mi Pueblito which we really enjoyed. We drove all over the city to areas we would never have seen on our own. He was very knowledgable about the history of Panama City. This was our first Tours By Locals ( recommended by friends) and will definitely not be our last! Thank you Mario for a great day in Panama City!

Susan Rancourt

United States
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Tour: #107584, Embera village and waterfall., Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 4/18

Mario did a great job of building us through the day to the Embera village. The boat ride was terrific....beautiful scenery. Loved the ability to cool off in the waterfall. What a treat. Mario obviously knows the villagers very well and always went out of his way to be sure we had the best personal experience. It is a little more expensive then the bigger tour groups but definitely worth the money. Thanks Mario for a great day! Susan and Andy

Peter Black

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Jan 28/18

Mario was on time picking us up at the Hotel and planned out the tour timing perfectly. Started at Miraflores as the last ships go through the locks 9-10 am. Much historical background on Panama, the Canal, and the city as we visited Balboa, the pre-colonial ruins, Colonial Panama City, and the new city. We had lunch with Mario at a very nice Tapas place in Colonial PC. Close to 7 hours in total, great value for the tariff. I would recommend Mario for the City and locks tour.

Richard Wakelee

United States
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Tour: #127036, Finca Bayano, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Jan 18/18

Richard Wakelee

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Jan 15/18

Mario picked me up at the airport (on time) to start a trip to Pipeline Road. He was a safe driver in a good car, knew the forest birds, he carried a good spotting scope and had an ice chest with water, sodas, snacks and even sandwiches for lunch. His English was very good (he lived in the San Diego, CA area for three years). Right after our 15 January trip I booked him again on January 18 for another amazing day (raptors) of birding in Panama. I highly recommend him.

Tianxiang Wu

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Jan 14/18

He is very professional and English fluent. He knows a lot of the birds and animals in the rainforest. The private guide is very useful since we can enjoy our personal schedules.

Leon Stein

Canada
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Tour: Pearl Islands, Panamá, Panama
Date: Dec 28/17

Mario is the best guide you can hire!!

Leon Stein

Canada
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Tour: #126076, Bayano Canyoning, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Dec 27/17

Mario is fantastic !! Second trip he has been our guide.

Christina Birchak

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Dec 26/17

Mario was incredible! Very communicative, arrived 10 minutes early and was a joy to be around from the moment we met him. He took us by the cutest grocery store so we could pick out fresh fruit and snacks for lunch. His knowledge of the wildlife and history was unmatched, and we were able to feed 2 breeds of monkeys - highlight for sure! He even allowed us to alter our tour to visit the nature center and get dropped off at Miraflores Locks without complaint. Thank you for the perfect day!

Margaret Drake-Studstill

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Nov 19/17

This tour was hands-down the most amazing part of our trip to Panama. Mario is a FANTASTIC guide! We told him we wanted to see a sloth and he managed to spot one in the first 30 minutes of meeting! He has a sixth sense for spotting animals and knows a great deal of information about every species we saw. He was flexible with the tour and had great suggestions for additional activities. Mario ensured perfect execution of our top Panama bucket list item, and we are so thankful.

William Bond

Winter Springs, FL, United States
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Tour: #196231, Portobelo, And Beach, Portobelo, Panama    view tour
Date: Oct 20/17

Mario is a true professional. He met us as we cleared our ship at the appointed time and from that moment on until he returned us to the ship every detail was attended. He had mapped out all the sights we had asked him to show us and in route we talked about the history of Panama, the culture and economy. As we passed historical sights he was able to give us background and specific dates events occurred. He has lived in the US and his English is excellent. We give him our highest recommendation.

Richard Horowitz

United States
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Tour: #90366, Panama Canal Expantion, Rainforest, San Lorenzo Castle & Train Ride, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Oct 2/17

Mario was excellent. Helpful, informative, gracious, kind. He even bought me a picnic lunch at his expense. I rate him highly.

Richard Horowitz

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Oct 1/17

Mario was gracious, kind, always on time, and always went above and beyond in helping me

Christine Penrose

Canada
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Tour: #126076, Bayano Canyoning, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Jul 20/17

Mario was a great guide that went above and beyond to make our day and the caving a memorable experience. The day started with him, on time and ready to go. On the way, he was friendly and informative with a good focus on just making us feel at home. His work with local boat drivers and others made it a much more personal experience. We will be referring all of our friends to contact him for any tour that he leads.

Jack T.

France
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Tour: #126076, Bayano Canyoning, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: May 25/17

A wonderful day. Un guide vraiment passionné par la région qui se met en quatre pour que l'excursion soit inoubliable. Sans compter la beauté des paysages.

Heather Hayes

Australia
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Apr 7/17

A great birdwatching opportunity from the canopy tower. The hummingbird station was a highlight- where we were able to view & photograph birds up close & personal. Mario was enthusiastic, patient and attentive to our needs. We would highly recommend Mario as a guide.

Heather Hayes

Australia
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Apr 6/17

A thoroughly enjoyable tour. As described in the itinerary, we covered the city highlights and canal- which was more interesting than anticipated. Mario was friendly, courteous and flexible. I would highly recommend this tour and guide.

Nicola K.

Canada
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Mar 31/17

10/10. Mario is a true birding expert - he knows all the bird calls, what to look for and where to find the birds. He carries a scope and sets it up so the client can see the birds (which were literally invisible to our eyes). His English is very good. If you are a keen ornithologist, or are just interested in Panama's bird life then you will not be disappointed with this tour.

Larry Tomback

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Mar 28/17

Great tour. 5 star. Mario O picked us up on time. Was knowledgeable, accommodating, easy to communicate and very pleasant. Hit all of the spots of interest. Would use TBL again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mario O.

Richard v.

Netherlands
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Mar 12/17

Great guide for birdwatching in Soberiana NP near Rainforest Discovery Center. Agreed to pickup at 5 am. With sunrise at the park and first on top of the observation tower. We saw many birds and howler monkeys in the far distance. Later a walk along Pipeline Road. Worried about availability of food and drinks, but no shortage and expectations exceeded. Mario is knowledgeable and good at spotting birds. Brought our own binoculars, but his telescope showed the birds in even higher detail and brightness.

Tom Schager

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Mar 2/17

Don't think twice just book this tour! Yes, it leaves at 5:30 AM but you won't regret it! You need to get to the park early to really watch it wake up. Mario is an outstanding guide and knows exactly where to lead you to the best places and birds. He was very knowledgeable about the local birds and how to find them. The snacks and lunch were perfect - you won't go hungry or thirsty. Mario is very conscious of the heat and takes breaks when necessary. Mario is the BEST and this specific tour is great!

Bharat Chudasama

United States
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Tour: Anton Valley, Anton Valley, Panama
Date: Feb 24/17

Fabulous jungle tour, fabulous guide. If you have been to other waterfalls and hot springs, the Anton Valley water fall and hot springs are much smaller and not that impressive. However, Mario tried to make the best out of the natural beauty of the Anton Valley. Good Job Mario..

Bharat Chudasama

United States
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Tour: #107586, Transfer to the Panama Canal Transit & Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 23/17

Mario's knowledge about birds and wild life is unmatched compared to couple of other guides we dealt with. He is also so good with wild life that he was able to get us a very close look at the wild life in their best environment. I have been using Toursbylocals.com for many years and have taken many excursions. All guides were good. Mario is probably one of the best. We are delighted to have Mario taking us to very unique locations of the canal in Panama.

Joe Tucker

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 22/17

At our age and travel experience, we have gone on a lot of private tours. Mario was the best guide ever! We did a nature tour in the National Park primarily for bird photography. Mario not only knows his birds, he knows how to spot them --- many we could not see until he got them in his scope. I came back with many very good photographs. Mario was very professional, kind, and courteous. He provided home made lunch, which was excellent, drinks and water. Had a really great day adding 42 "life" birds.

Bharat Chudasama

United States
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Tour: #90366, Panama Canal Expantion, Rainforest, San Lorenzo Castle & Train Ride, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 21/17

Mario lives up to his nick name super Mario. He is so knowledgeable about history, habitats, birds and wild life of Panama. He was a teacher previously. I felt like he is probably the best teacher to learn from about Panama. His information was very accurate and very detailed. He also wanted to make sure at every step of the way, our retirement age group was comfortable and our unique needs were fulfilled.

Jason Steinberg

United States
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Tour: #107586, Pipeline Rd and Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 20/17

I rarely post comments online, but I cannot say enough how EXCEPTIONAL Mario is. We were with Mario for 2 of our 5 day trip. On our second day, Mario arranged a combined national park and chagres river private boat ride and wildlife tour. Here we saw a slew of wildlife, from flaura, birds, jungle agudi, a sloth, turtle, iguanas and 3 species of monkey, which we were able to interact with right up close. His English is excellent, he can answer any question and seems to know everybody where we were.

Victoria Nann

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 19/17

Mario was friendly, knowledgeable and so accommodating! The tour was wonderful. We'll have many happy memories. Muchas Gracias, Mario!

Jason Steinberg

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 17/17

Mario is EXCEPTIONAL! On our first of two days with him, he met us near Panama Viejo and spent the rest of the day exploring Panama City doing an itinerary that we mapped out (Panama Viejo, driving through neighborhoods, fish market, Casco Viejo, including lunch at his friends restaurant Cafe Rene, and finishing at Mirafloures Lock and museum). We are a family of 6 that asks a lot of questions and he never once didn't have a good answer, all in perfect English. He seemed to also know everyone in the City.

David Stasila

Canada
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 14/17

On time, very knowledgeable and flexible to our situation (i.e. dropped a couple of items on his "standard" agenda that we had already seen or that we were not interested in). All-in, we had a great 7+ hour tour.

Susan Eaton

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 9/17

We had a great adventure with Mario, spending the day looking for birds in Soberania NP. We picked up a friend in Panama City before picking me up in Gamboa. He was a very knowledgeable birding guide, knowing many birds by sight and sound. And the tour that was advertised as 6 1/2 hours ended up being closer to 12 hours. I highly recommend Mario for your Panama adventure.

Susan Eaton

United States
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Tour: #90366, Panama Canal Expantion, Rainforest, San Lorenzo Castle & Train Ride, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 8/17

Mario was a wonderful guide for our Panama adventure! He drove us to the sights, San Lorenzo NP, the new Aqua Clara locks on the Canal, the Panama Canal Railroad. He provided an excellent lunch for us at the park, including fresh pineapple, which was wonderful. He went above and beyond what was expected of him by taking my husband to a pharmacy and acting as translator to help him get some medicine, after our tour. Excellent job, Mario.

Edwin Marcos

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Jan 15/17

Mario was absolutely terrific. We told everyone on the cruise about tours by locals. Mario fulfilled all our requests and much more. We are going to write trip adviser and yelp and hope that everyone uses your services. We will use toursbylocals on all our future trips and will insist that Mario be our guide. Lu and Ed Marcos

Kyle Hopkins

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Jan 12/17

Mario was an excellent guide. His knowledge and enthusiasm for birding was superb. He spoke English very well making the information easy to comprehend. He could hear and spot the birds easily and then set up his scope for a better view. He picked us up on time and we were at the tower in Soberania park in time to see the sunrise and watch the birds flying. It was spectacular. We then wored our way down the canopies. I highly recommend Mario for this and any other tours he leads.

Richard Martin

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Dec 15/16

Excellent tour, Mario was extremely knowledgeable and went the extra mile to make sure we had a great experience

Jacqueline Emanuel

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Dec 9/16

Although the Tours by Locals had a specific itinerary to include the specific location of where and when our ship was to dock, he wasn't there. We had to borrow a phone from another tour guide to call Mario only to find out that he went to a different ship terminal. To make matters worse we hade to arrange boarding a bus to take us to the main gate where Mario was waiting. He should have arranged to meet us at the ship like all the other tour operators. This was a major inconvenience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm sorry for the inconvinience, but we rely on the information that the client give to us, and you mentioned on your email the meeting point was Colon 2000. Remember you also mentioned that you called the cruise company and they let you know that was Colon 2000 your desembarquing port and that's where I was. You were in Cristobal Port. I specifically mentioned in my email there are ports where I cannot enter. And yes we can mqke arrangemeents in advance but I was never notified that your port was changed

Pauline Dobb

United Kingdom
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Tour: Soberania National Park & Portobelo, Panamá, Panama
Date: Oct 23/16

Mario gave me a fascinating tour to Soberania NP and the Lorenzo Fort- not only is he very knowledgeable about birds and mammals but he has a great telescope so you can easily see the birds in the trees. He really worked hard to give me a wonderful tour.

Leslie Beery

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat & Pipeline Road, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Jul 23/16

Fantastic private tour! Mario is very knowledgeable of the area, animals, as well as the flora and fauna. He is very personable, and makes you feel comfortable! Mario cares about the animals and the environment in Panama, and is enthusiastic about sharing the beauty of his country with others. He is also punctual, and very thoughtful. He provided very good binoculars, and carried a tripod with a telescope so we could see the animals up close.

Chaim Shmulewitz

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Apr 26/16

WoW! What an amazing experience! The jungle boat tour was easily one of the coolest things we ever did. We saw three species of monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, and many exotic birds. Mario was awesome; friendly and engaging with extensive knowledge of the area and animals. He went above and beyond to ensure that we had the best time possible. We saw another tour boat jam packed with 20-30 people and could not be happier that we booked a private tour with Mario. This was truly the highlight of our trip.

Sanjay Ganapathy

India
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Apr 15/16

Mario is committed to customer satisfaction. He is punctual, cool, flexible, friendly and as importantly knowledgeable. He manages our time better better than we would have, got us to the canal at the RIGHT time - when the ships passed from the Pacific side, stayed late without being asked to. The hug that my wife and I gave him when he dropped us of was warm, genuine and reflective of the relationship he built in the few short hours we spent together. Muchos Gracias Mario!! Anu and Sanjay

Leah Bolger

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Mar 20/16

We booked a tour with Mario based on the strong recommendation of another couple, and he lived up to all the hype! Mario is extremely knowledgeable and has strong English skills. He was able to spot birds and find them on his scope--we never would have seen them otherwise. He was very friendly and anxious to please. We wholeheartedly recommend this tour by Mario!

Nancy Shelmon

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Mar 14/16

Mario is extremely knowledgable, flexible and a genuinely nice person. He is proud of his country and wanted to ensure we had a positive experience.

Andrew Horowitz

United States
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Tour: #126076, The Bayano caves., Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Mar 10/16

A tour not to miss! Mario was excellent. A real pro. Picked us up and showed us many interesting features of the area and packed us fres fruits, snacks and drinks for when we finished the cave exploration. Beautiful and untouched area that was incredibly beautiful. We highly recommend Mario for a tour for your group. He was top notch, friendly and very informed. If you are going to Panama, go to the caves with Mario.

Andrew Horowitz

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Mar 8/16

WOW! Howler monkeys, toucans and so many features of nature that you will only see here. Mario brought all sorts of viewing equipment and made the trip very special. He has a great deal of knowledge of nature and this park. Everything about the day was perfect. Mario was really great and made the day a wonderful experience. The park was also something that should be seen when in Panama. Just great!

Elizabeth Stoltz

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Mar 6/16

Excellent tour guide! Mario was very personable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We had a very enjoyable day bird watching, and learning about Panama. I would highly recommend his tours.

Vernon Leming

United States
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Tour: #196231, Portobelo, Gatun and Train, Portobelo, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 29/16

Mario is personable, friendly, knowledgeable and in every way the perfect tour guide. We will be here for a month and were able to pick his brains for future adventures. We thoroughly enjoyed him. And for a laugh, ask Mario to tell you about Eight Dollar.

Ann E.

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 28/16

Mario was awesome! We saw 30 different birds. If we'd been on our own, we might have seen a couple but then we wouldn't have known their names. Mario knew them. He'd set his scope so we could get a close look . Also saw some sloths, including a baby. Super day-- it far exceeded our expectations.

Brian Harrington

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 26/16

Mario was a fine guide with great people skills and good birding skills... We would recommend him in a second without second thoughts

Sharleen Sensenig

Ambler, PA, United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 25/16

Mario made sure we had the best boat ride possible. While we saw others on the lake on small boats crowded uncomfortably, we were super happy on our "luxury" private boat. Both Mario and our captain were amazing at finding the monkeys, crocodiles, sloths, and other wildlife. Mario brought an excellent lunch and the captain found a lovely shaded place to eat and enjoy the scenery. A Super choice indeed. Also taking us on a specific place to find items we needed to shop for was the best service anywhere!

Sharleen Sensenig

Ambler, PA, United States
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Tour: #90366, Rainforest, San Lorenzo Castle & Train Ride, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 23/16

Mario is a fantastic guide for this(or any) tour! We so enjoyed the castle. It is beautiful, but made more so by the stories and information he provided. I have a little difficulty with rough terrain and he was extremely helpful and attentive as I walked thru the ruins. I always felt he had our best interests in mind at all times. And he has amazing eyesight!! he pointed out wildlife in trees that I would never have seen. Truly a gift to have had him as our guide.

Gillian Revell

Canada
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 22/16

Mario is the most personable and knowledgeable guide I have ever used. His enthusiasm was infectious and his desire to show us all we could possibly see so positive. Our experience was everything we could have wished for. I would highly recommend Mario to any tourist visiting Panama and if he is the type of individual that Tours by Locals hires in other settings then I would use no other company on my future travels. Thank you so much Mario for a wonderful day.

Sharleen Sensenig

Ambler, PA, United States
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Tour: #107584, Embera village and waterfall., Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 21/16

What a fantastic experience! Mario is very pleasant and knowledgeable. My husband Carl and I were delighted with our tour to the village and Mario made it so easy to communicate comfortably with the residents of the community. My only regret was that I did not take my swimsuit along to the village to swim in the beautiful Chagres River. He suggested we should, and I did not pay attention. My bad! You cannot ignore the advice of such a great tour guide, but we still had a great day!

Cobb Goff

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Jan 29/16

Mario provided exactly the Soberania experience we were looking for. We are first time Panama visitors and nature lovers - Mario's knowledge of nature, experience with the local area, easy communication style, friendly personality, and a few happy surprises all together made this a memorable and refreshing day. The other 5 Star ratings are right-you won'the go wrong with Mario!

Thomas Grisham

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Jan 20/16

Mario was a perfect guide. Genuine concern for us all day long, anticipating our needs. He kept us away from the crowds, and showed us things we were happy to see. Do your self a favor, tour with him.

Kevin Ruh

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Jan 7/16

Mario is a fantastic guide! My trip to Panamá was planned at the last minute, and only lasted four days, but we had so much fun. My mother, fiance, and I went to Soberania National Park and Gatun Lake, and we used Mario for both adventures, on two different days. He is wonderful, as well as funny

Kevin Ruh

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Jan 6/16

Mario is fantastic! I would recommend him to anyone, for any tour!

Cathy David

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Dec 30/15

Mario is the best. Since there were four of us he brought along Eric, a fantastic driver and big van. We saw all of Panama and finished off the day watching a huge tanker go through the canal. Amazing. He did what we wanted to do without missing the city. It is a huge plus to have a guide all to yourself. When I was back in Panama again Mario would be my first contact to take another tour.

Dennis Crawford

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Dec 24/15

Mario is a charming, professional and eloquent guide who takes his role seriously. We had a marvelous tour with him on Christmas Eve in Panama. His heritage is here, so he knows the local culture and the significance of so much that we would have missed, from architecture to music. A very safe driver, he chauffeured us around in his car for the day which allowed us to cover a great deal of territory. We heartily recommend Mario as your best guide in Panama.

Helen Zagona

United States
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Tour: #90366, Rainforest, San Lorenzo Castle & Train Ride, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Dec 21/15

Mario is the best guide ever. He is so pleasant to be with and he is so knowledgeable about his country and its many sights. I was especially pleased that he and I share a love of nature and birds especially and he arranged my day with him around this interest.

Helen Zagona

United States
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Tour: #107584, Embera village and waterfall., Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Dec 20/15

Helen Zagona

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Dec 18/15

Steve Schneider

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Dec 9/15

Mario's tour was excellent. We had a wonderful time exploring Panama with him as our guide. His historical knowledge was great.

Tony Hughes

United Kingdom
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Nov 22/15

Mario greeted us on the harbour wall : exactly as booked. His time keeping was impeccable, and it continued for the four days that he was with our group - two couples. He and Eric drove us around in his air-conditioned minibus for a full day. His enthusiasm remained undiminished and his knowledge was superb. He gave a good perspective on the many and diverse questions that we asked him. The ancient and the Casa Veijo elements were fantastic. Well done Mario ; an excellent guide, with first class English

Patricia Reed

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Nov 17/15

Fun day. We saw lots of wildlife. Has an eye for it from the road! Very educational but interesting and fun. True passion ... You have to love it!

Patricia Reed

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Nov 16/15

Beyond 5 stars! Customized our tour based on our needs, wants and weather. Professional, trustworthy, and Soooo knowledgeable! Fun and educational; introduced us to local cuisines. A must-do guide!!!

Erla Glesby

Canada
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Tour: #107577, Half day Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Nov 13/15

Mario provided a terrific tour. He considered our time available and our interests. He designed the tour perfectly and also included a wonderful authentic restaurant for dinner. Unfortunately, we had a medical emergency after dinner. Mario was calm and offered us many options. We felt very secure with Mario, who was able to return us to the airport with not much time remaining before our flight. Mario is a knowledgeable guide, who is passionate about his work and his country. We highly recommend Mario!

Debra Abrams

United States
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Tour: #107584, Embera village and waterfall., Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Nov 6/15

Mario was fantastic for my trip to an Embera village. He was enormously helpful, he has a great nature, a great sense of humor, substantive knowledge, and an outstanding command of English. If I could give 4.5 stars, I would. Not a 5-star b/c I wish I could have spent a more time photographing the parrot I found, but it seemed we had to go to another activity. The hike to the waterfall was exciting, but what a shame that it was so crowded that I didn't get to swim. Thank you for a terrific time!

Gabriele Kosak

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park & Jungle Boat, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Nov 4/15

We had a fabulous time with Mario. He is an excellent guide, very professional and lots of knowledge. We felt very comfortable on this excursion and can highly recommend him. If we had to do it again, hands down, Mario would be the one to book. Wonderful memories. Thank you, Mario

Nitin Thakker

India
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Tour: #107577, Half day Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Nov 3/15

Extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We had extremely satisfying experience.

Nitin Thakker

India
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat & Tram ride, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Nov 2/15

Nitin Thakker

India
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Tour: #107584, Embera village and waterfall., Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Nov 1/15

Rachael Timm

United States
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Tour: #126076, The Bayano caves., Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Oct 16/15

This tour was better than I had expected. Mario was an amazing tour guide. He was fun, funny, informative and so helpful. He made my husband and I feel so at home in Panama. Our day spent with him in the caves and having lunch was our favorite day of our trip. I would highly recommend him as a guide and the Bayano Cave Tour for the adventurous looking for anew incredible experience!!

Albert Barnes

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Jul 12/15

A great tour! Mario was excellent. He knows how to spot birds and sees things that you would miss on your own. I would not hesitate to use Mario for other tours and would highly recommend him.

Barbara Foster

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat & half city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Jul 3/15

We had one of those great days as we did more than we had expected to, loved it. It is great when you have a tour guide that listed to what is of interest and how they can make adjustments as you go. The place he choose for us to eat was GREAT as we always enjoy food from the culture we are visiting. Monkey island was great as we were able to get a special private boat, the locks of course was great. Then he took extra time to take us shopping. What an unbelievable day!!

Roy Sanchez

Mexico
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park & Half City Tour., Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: May 31/15

Hi: If your interest is bird watching or photography, It will be difficult to find a better guide than Mario for this activity. I spent a wonderful day and get very nice pictures thanks to Mario. Hope to repeat the tour soon Regards

Basil Stetson

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: May 17/15

Mario is an extraordinary guide. To begin with, he is friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and determined to give his customers the best experience possible. We went birding in Soberania National Park. We saw 60+ species and 51 were new to us. We would have seen and identified less than half that number on our own. I am recommending Mario to our friends visiting Panama and we will be hiring Mario on our future trips. I read other customer reviews prior to hiring Mario. He is as good as we all say!

Mike Schiff

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: May 15/15

great guide with knowledge and the desire to please

Katharine Nelson

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat and Fishing, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: May 3/15

Mario is unbelievably knowledgeable about Panama. From the moment we meet up to the moment he left us it was a non stop fabulously entertaining and informative history lesson. By the time our cruise ship transited the canal the following day my father and I could have narrated the passage! The wildlife spotting and fishing on the canal was a once in a lifetime! Mario hooked us up with a perfect boat and he and the captain knew all the right spots! Highly recommended! We are STILL talking about this trip!!

Samantha Gagni

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Apr 26/15

I give Mario 5 out of 5 for the city tour in Panama City. He had a lot of great information and history to share about the city. My friend and I had a red eye from Lima so we were a bit tired, but Mario was very accommodating by stopping for coffee and ice cream. It was a great tour and would recommend it to everyone.

Allan Waterman

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Mar 17/15

Mario was excellent! He was engaging interesting and went the extra mile to assure we had a great tour. If I'm in Panama again I'd certainly hire Mario. I give him my strongest recommendation!

Dave Steele

Madison, IN, United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 20/15

Mario did a TERRIFIC job! Went at our pace, very informative, knew when to take a break, and the "local lunch" was great! HIGHLY recommend. Dave & Lisa Steele

Daniel DiMaggio

United States
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Tour: #127036, Soberania National Park, Panamá, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 13/15

Mario is absolutely the best. Told him we wanted to take photographs of birds and he went out of his way to insure that we saw as much as possible. Great, great guide. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Daniel, Thank you for your review. I had a great time with you guys.

Steve MIller

United States
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Tour: #107577, Panama city tour, Panamá City, Panama    view tour
Date: Feb 10/15

Mario is like having an encyclopedia with you at all times. He knew what to look for wherever we were and hustled constantly without ever making me feel like I was hurried. We had a great time; He was flexible and willing to check out anything on the fly. If you're insatiably curious, he's your guy. A real pro.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Steve, thank you for your review. Great day, great baseball and a visit to Duran restaurant, am not sure if I could call this a Job. THank you for inviting me on this adventure.

Emiel Schreuder

Canada
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Tour: Panama Canal Railway and Fort San Lorenzo, Panamá, Panama
Date: Jan 30/15

Excellent. Really knew the timing of when to see things so we were not among big crowds. Mario's love of nature enabled us to see many birds, monkeys, and an anteater in the wild. His vast knowledge of history really made what we saw even better. Even being able to explain the indigenous peoples customs and art.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: HI Emiel, Thank you for your review. It was two great days with you guys.