May 9th, 2008, 03:35 PM
We are traveling w/ another couple that do not travel well in buses. We are looking for something in Panama, any recommendations?
Also, Cartagena, any great tours?
Thanks in advance!
Richard in Panama
May 10th, 2008, 03:21 PM
Cartagena - The old city is wonderful!!! I'd grab a cab, get them to take you to the old city and enjoy a wonderful day wandering around . . . no buses.
The Canal is a different story. You might try the Embera tour with Anne Gordon - doing it with her direct will involve some van driving, but at least you will avoid the buses. Most everything else involves a bus, unles you are stopping in Amador. From Amador you can easily get a cab and go to Miraflores Locks, Old Panama and Casco Viejo. From the Colon side . . . good luck. Except for Anne's tours, anything from the ship is going to involve a 1.5 to 2 hour bus ride. Even the train is usually just one way with a bus to return to the ship.
I've got lots of stuff on Canal Cruises on my Web site http://richarddetrich.wordpress.com/category/canal-cruise/ as well as cruising in Panama Q&A http://richarddetrich.wordpress.com/qa-for-cruisers/ , both of which should be helpful.