Rene emails you personally and sets you up on a tour with one of his 4 drivers/cars. Since I only had a few hours again I opted to visit the Canal and around the city. Getting to the countryside takes ~2 hours from the airport area, which I didn’t leave enough time for but will definitely prioritize on my next visit.
For $220 including airport transportation both ways, Nicolas was my personal driver and tour guide for the day. He spoke fluent English and happily answered my hundreds of questions about his home, “on-record.” Much of our conversation revolved around the history of the Panama Canal, but I was particularly interested in how the country has been affected by having it back. Here’s what I found: