Panama Trip 2019 travel blog

Hop On Hop Off Red Bus Sightseeing!

Here is our tourist bus we road around on for the day.

The Albrook Mall is also known as the Koala Mall.

We aren't big shoppers and were traveling light so we entertained ourselves...

We can't believe we are actually here. The history of the canal...

Notice how high the water is on the right.

These boats are on their way into the Pacific Ocean from the...

This was our view along the Cinta Costera walk. The skyscape of...

Mercado de Mariscos Ceviche was so fresh and the beer cold. It...

We don't usually eat fish with the head on it. But we...


Our original plan was to tour the Panama Canal by boat. At the last moment our reservation was cancelled by the vendor. Since we only had one day in this beautiful city and wanted to make the most of it, we decided on a bus tour that would take us to the Panama Canal instead. We walked down to the ticket and bus pick-up for Hop On-Hop Off Red Bus Sightseeing. We figured this would allow us to see as much as possible. Our first stop was an hour at Albrook (Koala) Mall. We saw the largest mall in Panama City, window shopped, and ate lunch at Rico Burrito at the food court. We hopped back on the bus and went to Esclusas de Miraflores - the Miraflores Lock of the Panama Canal. We arrived in time to see a sailboat and a ship called the Wallenius Wilhemsen go through the locks together. This was a fascinating process. Next we hopped on the bus and toured the causeway, old town, and then returned back where we started, the Balboa Boutique Mall. From there we took our waiters advice and walked the Cinta Costera, translation: Coastal Tape. This is a long beautiful park where many Panamanians enjoy exercising along the waters of the bay. The park is a land reclamation project that spans 64 acres. Beautiful views along the way gave us insight in to the city. We probably walked 3 miles one direction. Some Panamanian women were selling molas, a Panama art form on fabric. I bought a mola of some parakeets. At the end we found the Mercado de Mariscos! Finally we would have authentic meal. Here we were greeted by many vendors outside vying for your business. We were set at the Economy Fish Restaurant. They recommended the garlic sauce and shrimp on top of red snapper. We also ordered fried shrimp and don't forget the authentic Mixed Seafood Ceviche. The meal was not complete after our long walk without Panama beer called Balboa! We walked back to the hotel very satisfied with our day. Even though it is hot and humid here, the overcast skies today made the day bearable.



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