Traveler Reviews for Private Tour in Panamá City, Panama by Tour Guide Mario

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Panamá City, Panama
Mario
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Markku Karppinen

Finland
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat & Miraflores Visitor Center., Panamá City, Panama    
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.

Michael Matty

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    
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!

Jeff Huckaby

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    
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.

Christina Birchak

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    
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    
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.

Bharat Chudasama

United States
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Tour: #107586, Transfer to the Panama Canal Transit & Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    
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.

Jason Steinberg

United States
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Tour: #107586, Pipeline Rd and Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    
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    
Date: Feb 19/17

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

Richard Martin

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

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

Leslie Beery

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat & Pipeline Road, Panamá City, Panama    
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    
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.

Sharleen Sensenig

Ambler, PA, United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    
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!

Kevin Ruh

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

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

Nitin Thakker

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

Barbara Foster

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat & half city tour, Panamá City, Panama    
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!!

Katharine Nelson

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat and Fishing, Panamá City, Panama    
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!!

Allan Waterman

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    
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!

Drew M.

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    
Date: Jan 20/15

We hired Mario for the Jungle and City tours, which were very informative and completely enjoyable. Our introduction to Panama was an 'A+' experience due to Mario. He was generous with his time and accommodating of my wife's physical limitations. His thoughtful catering of the tours to her needs enabled us to be more relaxed and really enjoy ourselves. We highly recommend hiring Mario! If you do hire him, then like us you'll feel as if you're saying goodbye to a friend once the tour ends.

Mirna Goesten

Netherlands
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    
Date: Aug 21/14

We had a wonderful day with Mario! The tour was amazing with touring the canal, Lago Gatun and visiting the monkeys. Beautiful scenery! We went shopping and he got us to try all kinds of fruits, very delicious and educational. He told us great stories.He went out of his way to find us a sloth because it was on our wishlist. The chances of seeing one on the tour were very limited but he drove us around in several areas to find one. Thanks again Mario!

Marguerite Gaspar

San Clemente, CA, United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    
Date: Aug 15/14

We had the most amazing day with Mario who helped us by customizing our tour for some great adventures. Mario shared history as we spent our day in the jungle, both on foot and in the boat. He found abundant wildlife, giving us numerous chances to get up close and personal. We finished our day at the Miraflores locks, just in time for the 100th Anniversary celebration. Thanks to Mario's advice, we made a reservation the day before and had a table on the patio overlooking the event! Amazing!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Amazing day Margarite, thank you for letting me be part of it. Mario

Peter A.

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    
Date: Jul 13/14

My day with Mario was exactly what I had hoped it would be. I enjoyed myself immensely. Nothing was too much trouble for Mario, he was accommodating, knowledgeable, polite , informative and great company! All in all A+!

Jonathan Stovall

United States
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Tour: #107586, Jungle boat, Panamá City, Panama    
Date: Jun 12/14

Mario was great. Tour was cool - got great pictures next to the boats transiting the canal. Very informative and beautiful experience.