Panama

The skinny isthmus of Panama is best known for the giant Panama Canal linking the Pacific and the Caribbean, one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century. But the republic is also host to magnificent tropical scenery, including some of the world’s untouched areas of rainforest. There’s a diverse wildlife population, with bird and mammal species found nowhere on the planet. Fringing the jungle are 3,000 kms of beautiful coastline with coral reefs, islands and undeveloped beaches and vestiges of the country’s wild histoy of pirates and smuggles gold.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices per person
Independent TourSan Blas Islands - Kuna Kingdom3From $795.00
Independent TourDarien Ethnic Expedition4From $1,750.00
Independent TourPanama Canal & Rain Forest Experience7From $2,267.00

San Blas Islands – Kuna Kingdom

Kuna Yala (San Blas) is a refreshing experience in Panama with the country’s Indigenous people that share a strong desire to maintain their traditions. The Kuna have preserved everything about their way of life that makes them special: native dress, arts & crafts, language, and a large unspoiled environment. We invite you to join us in exploring their magnificent land and culture!

Itinerary  
Day 1: Panama City – San Blas Archipelago

Depart from your hotel early in the morning for a 25- 40-minute flight to San Blas Archipelago airstrip on Panama’s Atlantic Coast. Then a motorized dugout canoe will transfer you to the rustic but very charming Yandup Island Lodge of. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Kuna India’s principal community. Enjoy beautiful beaches on the nearby islands!
Hotel: Yandup Island Lodge, 2 nights

Day 2: San Blas Archipelago

Rent (or bring your own) snorkeling gear to explore the beautiful reefs in San Blas, relax on white- sand beaches or in a hammock under the palm trees.

Day 3: San Blas Archipelago - Panama City

Early in the morning return from San Blas to Panama City.

Inclusions 
Meals:2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Motorized Dugout Canoe Transfers
Flights:Flight Ticket: Panama City - San Blas Archipelago - Panama City
Accommodation:2 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Darien Ethnic Expedition

Experience a Jungle Adventure in Panama. The trip starts from Panama City where we will take the Panamerican highway towards the eastern side of the republic of Panama with destination to the world famous forest of the Darien National Park.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Panama City - Embera Village

Depart from Panama City in a 4x4 vehicle and travel along the Pan-American Highway toward the border of Colombia. After several police checkpoints, we travel through a Kuna Indian reserve (comarca) and stop at a small Kuna market. Once in the Darien Province the paved road ends and we begin travelling on rough terrain. We will lunch at local restaurant with simple food based on rice, beans and meat (usually chicken, pork or beef). After lunch we continue to Meteti where we drive through grassland and forest until Puerto Kimba, where we will take a motorboat to La Palma or Mogue, depending on tide conditions. Once we arrive in Mogue we meet our local native host and the leader of the jungle expedition and proceed to the jungle camp at the beautiful and remote Mogue Embera Village, your home for the coming days. Dinner in the community.
Hotel: Mogue Embera Village Jungle Camp, 3 nights

Day 2: Hiking the Harpy Eagle Trail

After breakfast we hike through a secondary growth forest looking for birds and especially the Harpy Eagle, the national bird of Panama and an endangered species. Our naturalist and Embera guides will lead the walk and, after lunch, join us for a hike on a short botanical trail to learn about the plant-based medicine used by the Embera people. Dinner in the community.

Day 3: Hiking an Old Growth Forest

After breakfast we hike through a private, old-growth forest protected by a local organization. We will learn about the neotropical plants here and more about the history and way of life of the Embera and Wounaan people. In the evening, we will experience a “gathering” with the community members. They will share their traditional dance and display finely-crafted handcrafts. The Embera and Wounaan men are renowned for intricate sculptures made from cocobolo and Tagua, also known as vegetable ivory. The women are expert basket weavers, made from two different kinds of palm leaf fibers. The women dye the palm leaf with natural dyes they collect in the jungle.

Day 4: Mangrove Cruise - Panama City

Depending on the tide, we depart the Mogue community by motorized canoe sometime after breakfast. We will learn about the important ecosystem of the mangrove forest surrounding us along the river. On our way back to Puerto Kimba, we may observe different bird species such as herons, kingfishers, ibis and many others. Marine wildlife can also be observed. Our trip ends in Puerto Kimba, where we will take a car back to Panama City.

Price based on min. 4 participants

Inclusions 
Meals:All meals
Transport:4x4 Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Accommodation:3 nights of lodging in an indigenous lodge with tents
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Panama Canal & Rain Forest Experience

This tour package features a daylong trip through the Panama Canal starting at the Pacific and ending in the Atlantic. You will be accompanied by an expert guide who will explain in detail the Canal’s fascinating history – from the French’s attempts to build a sea level canal, through the final days of the U.S. project.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Panama City

Today at the appropriate time a representative will meet you at the Tocumen Airport to assist and transfer you to your hotel in Panama City. Furthermore you will receive an information kit.
Hotel: Panama City, 2 nights

Day 2: Panama City

During the morning you will visit the ruins of Old Panama, climb up the Cathedral tower, visit the Old Panama Museum and continue to Casco Viejo (the old city compound), which dates from the late 1600’s. A bilingual guide will describe the events in history leading up to the eventual movement of the capital city to its present location. Casco Viejo is home to monuments of Ferdinand de Lesseps and other Frenchmen instrumental in the ill-fated attempt of the French to construct a canal through Panama. The full day tour continues with a visit to the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal where large ships can be seen transiting the canal. Enjoy a presentation by the Panama Canal Authority on the history of the Panama Canal and marvel at the workings of this feat of human engineering. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. The tour continues to the Panama Canal area, including the town of Balboa, formerly part of the Panama Canal Zone. You will stop at the folk art market at the old YMCA building. In the late afternoon you will return to your hotel in Panama City.

Day 3: Panama City - Soberania National Park

Depart from the hotel and cross the Isthmus of Panama via the Trans-Isthmian highway. Stop at Gatún to explore the locks and the lake. Afterwards, cross the Panama Canal by drawbridge and keep going till Fort San Lorenzo. Constructed by the Spaniards in the 16th century, San Lorenzo was occupied by British pirates over the years due to its strategic location on the Chagres River. Captain Henry Morgan’s buccaneers took San Lorenzo after a bloody battle; eventually this set the stage for the most formidable pirate attack on the Spanish Main, the sack of Panama City in 1671. Kayaking the Panama Canal The ultimate in tranquility! Join us kayaking on the Gatún Lake starting from Gamboa, near the Soberania National Park, where you will pass through the Tropical Rainforest at a smooth pace, following the stream and possibly coming across some unique jungle birds, monkeys, sloths, and other tropical species of flora and fauna.
Hotel: Gamboa Rainforest Resort, 3 nights

Day 4: Soberania National Park

The Panama Canal Tour starts with an early morning pick-up at your hotel for a short transfer to Flamenco Island, at the Causeway of Amador on the Pacific side of the Canal. You will first sail under the bridge of the Americas, which raises over 100 meters above sea level and reunites the land divided during construction of the canal forming another link in the Pan-American Highway. Lunch is served in buffet style. The Panama Canal is 80 kilometers long existing of deep waters in the Pacific Ocean to deep waters in the Caribbean Sea. It was cut through the lowest and one of the narrowest saddles of the long mountainous Isthmus that joins North and South America. The original elevation was 95 meters above sea level where it crosses the Continental Divide. You will cross the two locks at the Pacific side: Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks.

Day 5: Soberania National Park

Free day for optional tours (not included) or relaxation at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort:

Choose from different options as:
El Valle Mountain Hiking Tour or Hiking the Soberania National Park
Boat tour Gatun Lake and wildlife observation
The Chagres National Park and visit to the Embera community
Canopy Adventure – Zip Line
Golf Tours

Day 6: Soberania National Park - Panama City – Miraflores Locks

Transfer back to the city with a stop at Miraflores Locks where you can admire the full operation of the Panama Canal.
Hotel: Panama City

Day 7: Depart Panama City

At the appropriate time, transfer to international airport for departure.

Inclusions 
Meals:6 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:6 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary