2017 Land Cost Per person for a Party of 4 people (double occupancy)
Available Anytime – $3720
For parties less or more than 4 people, rates available upon request.
- 12 night accommodation at the hotels mentioned in the itinerary
- Land-sea-Air transfers (within Panama)
- Local Taxes
- Private Bilingual Guide
- Private Transportation
- 8 tours
- Entrance fees describe in itinerary
- Meals describe in itinerary
- Water bottles on tours/transfers
Price Does Not Include:
- International airfare (unless otherwise arranged)
- Departure and custom fees
- Gratuities and individual daily expenses
- Additional beverages
- Travel insurance
- Trip cancellation
- Medical and luggage insurance are recommended for coverage against all unforeseen circumstances
DAY 1- ARRIVAL TO PANAMA
Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Panama City.
Overnight at your hotel in Panama City
DAY 2- CANAL LOCKS, CANAL AREA, CASCO ANTIGUO
After breakfast transfer to Miraflores Locks, where interactive exhibits explain the history and work done for the construction of the Canal, its natural rich rain forest and waterways, and for the “grand finale” of this tour you will see–very closely, ships on their voyage through the famous Panama Canal Locks. We will continue to visit other sites of the Canal area such as the Canal Administration building and surroundings. Continue to the “Casco Antiguo”, home of the 17th century Church of the Golden Altar, the ruins and the restored colonial churches, convents and residences, the Spanish dungeons, the Panama Canal museum and a French monument to the 22,000 workers who died during the French attempt to build the Panama Canal.
Overnight at your Hotel in Panama City
DAY 3 – EMBERA INDIGENOUS VILLAGE
Early pick up and transfer to the Chagres National Park.
You will board there a motorized dugout canoe and travel to the Embera indigenous village. Once at the village, you will briefly be informed of their history and traditions, attend a performance of tribal dances, and have an Embera traditional lunch. You will learn about the relationship they have with nature and buy their handcraft articles. If you would like, you will also experience having your body painted with the traditional “jagua”, a natural dye used by the village members to adorn their bodies.
Optional: You can continue up the river and walk approximately 600 meters to swim at the waterfall.
Transfer back to your hotel in Panama city.
DAY 4- BIOMUSEO, HANDCRAFT MARKET & AZUERO
The Biodiversity Museum: Panama Bridge of Life (also known as Biomuseo), contain 8 exhibitions that will mainly revolve around the origin of the Panamanian isthmus and its gigantic impact on the planet’s biodiversity. These exhibitions are run by the Smithsonian Institute and the University of Panama.
The building silhouette is as always an unusual Frank Gehry’s design; however unlike most of his designs, each panel is painted in a different bright color. The reason for the bright colors were said to express its tropical location.
We will continue to the handycraft market where you will find crafts made by Gunas, Emberas and other indigenous living cultures in Panama.
After lunch we will drive to Chitré on the Azuero Peninsula. On the way you will visit El Caño archaeological park and the picturesque town of Natá. Overnight at Cubitá or Gran Hotel Azuero
DAY 5- ISLA IGUANA
This morning you will be transfer to Playa El Arenal in Pedasí, where your boat takes you to Iguana Island – a wildlife refuge 8 kilometers off the coast. The island is famous for its white sand beach, crystal waters, mangrove forests and coral riffs including 12 different types of corals that shelter more than 300 species of fish. Dolphins and turtles are frequently seen and, between June and October you will have the chance to see humpback whales that migrate from cold waters to the warmer waters of the Panama’s Pacific coast
Iguana Island is also home to a large breeding colony of frigate birds. You settle at the beach and explore the different coral reefs and the colorful submarine world. Enjoy some relaxing time at the beach while your guide prepares a snack for you. A coastal lunch with fried fish and vegetables will be served once back on the mainland.
Overnight at: Cubitá or Gran Hotel Azuero
DAY 6- BEST OF AZUERO
Discover the most traditional products of the Herrera Province. Observe how the salt is extracted from the Pacific Ocean using the same technique the indigenous tribes invented long time before the Spanish arrived; learn why the village of La Arena is famous for its pottery and see how hard it is to use the potter’s wheel; visit a traditional sugar cane mill to see how the refreshing sugar cane juice called “Guarapo” is made and how sugar cane honey is cooked; and finally know how the local bread, called “Pan de La Arena”, is baked in clay ovens and how it obtains its unique taste.
At noon, taste a delicious traditional Panamanian lunch in a local restaurant.
Let´s continue to see in detail the handcrafting of the Pollera, one of the most beautiful traditional costumes in the world, by visiting a group of ladies devoted to the traditional dress of the Panamanian women. You will also visit a maker of the fearful devil’s masks used for the folkloric dances of the Dirty Devils and Clean Devils; and a drum-maker that produces traditional wooden drums that are part of Panama’s traditional musical instruments
Overnight at: Cubitá or Gran Hotel Azuero
DAY 7- RUM TOUR
Visit Hacienda San Isidro in Pesé, where Panama’s best rum is produced: Ron Abuelo. After a short historical introduction in a colonial house, you will tour the distillery in order to see the different steps that are necessary to produce liquor from sugar cane: Grinding, fermenting and distilling. Then, you will visit the bodega where the rum ages in oak barrels. Now is the time to try the different rums produced at Hacienda San Isidro: In a guided rum tasting you will drink 5 years, 7 years and 12 years aged rum as well as Ron Abuelo Centuria a solera rum of 30 years. After the rum tasting, a traditional Panamanian lunch and an open-bar of rum and “seco” based drinks round off this exciting tour.
Overnight at: Night at: Cubitá or Gran Hotel Azuero
DAY 8- BOQUETE
After breakfast your driver will drive you to Boquete at Chiriquí highlands.
Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at: Hotel Ladera or Tree Trek
DAY 9- COFEE & TOWN TOUR
Today you will have a guided tour on a coffee plantation, located at 1,700 meters of altitude, where you will tour a Unique Plantation with different Varieties of Fine Coffee. Learn how the nut, fruit, and flower flavors are developed in the bean; how the processing and roasting affect the final taste; and very important, how to recognize a Good Coffee! A Professional style Cupping will allow your palate to differentiate among Coffees that have been awarded at National and international Events.
We will continue the sightseeing of this picturesque town.
Overight at: Hotel Ladera or Tree Trek
DAY 10- VOLCAN BARU HIKE & BOCA CHICA
This dormant volcano is the highest point of Panama with 11,398 feet above sea level. The “Volcan Baru” National Park, certainly is one of the most challenging hikes attracting numerous travelers who are eager to test their physical endurance.
At the end enjoy a well-deserved lunch!
Afternoon transfer to Boca Chica
Overnight at: Bocas del Mar
DAY 11- BOCA CHICA
Enjoy a boat ride to some of the ravishing beaches on the Chiriquí Pacific coast and see the dolphins on the way. You will be able to see whales only from (July to October).
Overnight at: Bocas del Mar
DAY 12- PANAMA CITY
Afternoon transfer to David to take the 4:55pm flight back to Panama city.
Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at: Hotel in Panama City
DAY 13- DEPARTURE
You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Tocumen International Airport.
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