American Heritage in Panama and Ancon Hill Hiking tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Jose
Quality Verified Registered on June 20, 2022

Hello everyone! I'm Jose, your guide on this walking tour. My goal is to take you through the historic sites of this charming location in an engaging and informative manner. I'm here to answer your questions and ensure you make the most of this experience. Let's begin and explore together the rich history that this place has to offer!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description


1. Introduction at Goethals Monument:
    this is the meeting point at the roundabout of this monument honoring George Goethals he was a civil engineer and United States officer famous for supervising the construction of the Panama Canal.
2. Administration Building of the Panama Canal
was ignaurated on july 15 1914 to phisically centralize administratives activities, we go inside the building to admire the murals about the construction  of the canal.
3.Governor's Mansion
The house was first occupied Lt. Col. George W. Goethals who succeded John F. Stevens as Chief Engineer in 1907 originally located in the construction-day town of Culebra, overlooking what is now Gaillard Cut the 8 mile cut through the spine of the istmus to complete the construction of the canal. The house was moved in 1914 to its actual position in Balboa Heigths to be the official residence of Canal Zone Governos.
4.Quarry Heigths
was the site of the senior headquarters and nerve center for all U.S. military forces from 1915 to 1997 destined to the ranking military comand in Panama, Generals and army Colonels.            

5. Ascend Ancon Hill:
Start the ascent up Ancon Hill, following well-marked trails.

  • Pause at designated viewpoints along the way to catch your breath and admire panoramic vistas of Panama City, the Panama Canal, and the surrounding rainforest.

6. Historical Significance:

  • Learn about the historical significance of Ancon Hill, including its role in the construction of the Panama Canal and its military importance during various periods.
  • Hear stories about the biodiversity of the hill and conservation efforts to protect its natural habitats.

7. Summit Experience:

  • Reach the summit of Ancon Hill and take in the awe-inspiring 360-degree views.
  • Capture memorable photos of the city skyline, the Pacific Ocean, and lush greenery stretching to the horizon.

8. Descend to Mi Pueblito on the other side of the hill, is a tourist center with samples and replicas of the main ethnic groups of Panama, is divided in tree different plazas, Plaza Afroantillana with the colorfull houses from beginning of the century, Plaza Interiorana with the Pollera(national dress) museum and Plaza Indigena with indian houses replicas from different etnic groups,
Mipueblito also have restaurants and souvenir stores. It is optional you can either end this tour at Mi Pueblito or in the same place we start the tour.


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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    XC5V+CP6, Av. Morgan, Panamá, Provinc...
    XC5V+CP6, Av. Morgan, Panamá, Provincia de Panamá, Panama
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    Going to be at Goethals Monument in Balboa, at the rondabout, rememer this tour starts in this place but can either end at Mi Pueblito or in the same place we started it is optional. Uber and other platforms are available in Panama City.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Monumento a Goethals
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Administration Building ACP
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Residence of the Administrator of the Panama Canal
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Quarry Heights
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Ancon Hill
  • 6
    Outside visit
    My little town

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Neil 16 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
We leant so much history of Panama. Highly recommended tour!
Elise 11 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
We really enjoyed learning about the history of the Panama Canal and the US presence in the Camal Zone. Hiking Ancon Hill was also a treat. José pointed out sloths, toucans, monkeys and plants as well as sites in Panama City that we can see from several view points at the top.
Jef lauwers 27 May 2024

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Travelled in family - May 2024
Surprising tour ! Jose was a perfect guide! Gave us good information about the beginning of the Panama Canal and the area! We would recommend Jose and this tour !
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 20 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 2 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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