Panama, Central America
Location
10 Days
Duration

Panama Adventure

Welcome to Panama, Central America!

ROUTE: Panama City, Chiriqui Highlands, Boquete, Cerro Punta, Boquete, Chiriqui Viejo, Baru Volcano, Chiriqui Gulf, Boca Chica, David, Panama City

DURATION: 10 Days

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Animal and bird observation in the Soberanía National Park
  • Tour of Panama City and the Gatún Locks
  • Opportunity to visit the Canal Expansion and visitor center
  • Coffee Tour at Finca Lerida
  • Trail Trek Cerro Punta
  • White Water Rafting Chiriqui Viejo Class II-III
  • Baru Volcano Hike
  • Sea kayaking day trip
  • Snorkeling Trip Gulf of Chiriqui
  • Boat ride through Golfo de Chiriqui National Marine Park
  • Swim and explore the white sand beaches of Isla Gamez or Isla Bolanos
AIRFARE: International Airfare Upon Request
ACCOMMODATIONS:  Hotels used (or similar)
FIRST:
  • Please inquire
DELUXE:
  • Panama City – TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro, standard room
  • Boquete – Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation & Boutique Hotel, deluxe room
  • Boca Chica – Bocas del Mar, deluxe room
  • Panama City – Las Clementinas, deluxe apartment
LUXURY:
  • Please inquire

 Included: 

Accommodations Per Person Sharing, including hotel taxes

Arrival & departure transfers where applicable

Local guides where applicable

Meals per itinerary

Park entrance fees and sightseeing fees where applicable

Applicable transportation

Not Included:

Airfare and air taxes

Cancellation, baggage, travel and medical insurance

Items of a personal nature such as baggage porterage, gratuities/tips, laundry, telephone calls, bottled water, etc.

Visa and visa fees

Optional sightseeing and activities

Meals, beverages and services not mentioned in itinerary

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Terms & Conditions

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Day 1 Arrival in Panama City

Upon arrival at airport in Panama, you will be warmly met by a representative, who will provide assistance and transfer to your accommodation to check-in. Panama City is the capital and largest city in the country. It is home to a diverse blend of cultures and an enormous historical sector in the Old City. The lively and vibrant banking district on the other hand is very modern and often compared to Miami. Panama City is a thrilling location you will surely enjoy during your visit to this gorgeous country.

Overnight: Panama City

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Day 2 Soberania National Park & Gatun Locks with Panama Canal Expansion

Activities:

  • In the early morning you break up to the Soberanía National Park. There you will walk a part of the famous track “Camino de Cruces” that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic coast. This historical trail was once used by merchants, slaves, European explorers and gold seekers. In the morning you will enjoy a nice and fresh climate in the forest and have the opportunity to observe many different species of plants and animals. The Soberania National Park is part of a biological corridor that goes all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. Therefore you will observe many birds, mammals and reptiles.
  • To continue the tour your English speaking guide will take you on a tour to Panama City and the Gatún Locks. The Gatun Locks are a series of three lock chambers where the huge container vessels are lifted or lowered at a total of 26 meters. Each lock is 33.5 meters wide and 306 meters long and takes 8 to 15 minutes to fill with water. With this excursion clients will also have the opportunity to visit the Canal Expansion which consist on the construction of two new sets of locks which double the capacity of the Panama Canal and will create a new lane of traffic allowing more and larger ships, this visit will end up by the visitor center where you can have a better idea of the expansion project.

Overnight: Panama City – (B)

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Day 3 Chiriquí Highlands – Boquete

Activities:

  • Early morning transfer to Albrook Airport where you will catch a flight to David in the Chiriquí highlands. You will be picked up on arrival in David and transferred by road to Boquete on the western side of the Barú Volcano.
  • Boquete’s surrounding hills and slopes are primarily covered in shade-grown coffee plantations, providing a rich product recognized by international connoisseurs. Coffee is primarily picked by the Ngobe-Bugle Indians during the months of October through February. Coffee picking season is a festive time and colorfully clad Indian families come from various parts of the province to harvest the coffee cherries.
  • In the afternoon enjoy: Coffee Tour at Finca Lerida
    Established by Tollef B. Mönniche in 1922, purchased by Alfred Collins in 1957, and developed and currently operated by members of the Collins family, Finca Lerida is one of Boquete’s oldest and most traditional Coffee Estates. Located in the Highlands of Boquete, at an altitude of 5,500 feet, on the foothills of the Baru Volcano, with its deep rich volcanic soil, this beautiful and traditional coffee estate offers optimum conditions for growing premium mountain coffee. The ample rainfall and sunny, dry harvesting season promotes ideal production of this Arabica. Mr. Mönniche designed and constructed the first “beneficio”, processing plant, functioning with water and by gravity, and designed and patented a coffee siphon which would be used in “beneficios” throughout Central America and other countries in the world.
  • Lerida’s owner guided coffee tour takes you from the plantation through the process, roasting and brewing finishing with a cupping session.

Overnight: Boquete – (B)

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Day 4 Private Quetzal Trail Trek Cerro Punta - Boquete

Activities:

  • The Los Quetzales trail unites the two communities of Boquete and Cerro Punta and is one of Panama’s most visited and popular hikes, named for a particular species of bird called the Resplendent Quetzal. Quite elusive, these birds are a magnificent and rare treat to observe and are a favorite among many birding enthusiasts. In addition to the Quetzal, there are more than 220 other bird species native to the area. From Cerro Punta to Boquete, the 10 km trail climbs steadily (roughly 800 meters) as you pass from tropical rain forest to tropical cloud forest and takes approximately 4-6 hours of hiking to complete.
  •  The tour starts with a two hours drive from Boquete to Cerro Punta where your hiking adventure on the Quetzal Trail starts. Please note that there are two options of transportation available: A normal a/c motor coach taking you to the park entrance or a strong 4×4 vehicle that takes you to the ranger station in the park. Choosing the 4×4 vehicle means about 2 hours less hiking, the most challenging part of the trail (uphill at the beginning and downhill at the end) will be done by car.
    Note: Good physical condition is required.

Overnight: Boquete – (B)

5

Day 5 White Water Rafting Chiriqui Viejo Class II-III

Activities:

  • This section of the Viejo is a fun ride where plenty of high and deep wave trains provide continuous excitement. Ranked as a class II with several class III rapids, the Sabo section is also a great place for bird watching. Kingfishers, Cormorants, and Egrets are common sights down the Sabo section of the Rio Chiriqui Viejo. This less technical section is great for beginners looking for excitement.
    Important Note: This tour requires a minimum of 4 PAX to be operated.

Overnight: Boquete – (B)

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Day 6 Private Baru Volcano Hike

Activities:

  • For the Baru Volcano Hike you will be picked up at 6 a.m. at your hotel. You will enjoy a lovely drive uphill to the Volcan Baru National Park Ranger Station. From there you will start the challenging hike to the highest point of Panama. Depending on your level of fitness you will reach the top between 4 and 6 hours. If the weather conditions are good, you will be able to see both oceans from the top of the volcano. On the summit you will enjoy a picnic lunch.
  • In the afternoon you will hike back down, this takes between 3 and 5 hours. After the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.

While hiking up the volcano you will encounter 6 different climate zones: humid mountain forest, low humid mountain forest, low humid mountain rainforest, mountain rainforest, very humid mountain rainforest and pre-mountain rainforest. The average annual temperatures vary between 20°C at the Park Ranger Station to under 10°C on the top of the volcano.
Note: Good physical condition is required.

Overnight: Boquete – (B)

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Day 7 Chiriquí Gulf – Boca Chica

Activities:

  • Morning transfer to Chiriqui Gulf.
  • Hotel Bocas del Mar: Replenish your body and soul in Panama’s tropical sunshine. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of our water’s edge setting. Bocas del Mar Hotel, in Boca Chica, Panama, is a boutique hotel with modern, luxury features. In a privileged coastal location, it is perfectly positioned for a completely relaxing vacation. Our focus is on quality customer service and attention to detail.
  • Hotel accommodations are in sixteen large, contemporary-style bungalow guest rooms, which are set in tropical gardens alongside the glistening blue water. Open your drapes each morning and the Pacific Ocean is there to greet you!
    Here your day can be as chilled or as adventurous as you want it to be. Swim in our large, beautiful infinity-style pool, sun yourself on our wide terraces or private cove, or let us take care of you in our gourmet restaurant and bar. And all the time you’ll be taking in the gorgeous surrounding views of the sailboats on the water and the islands beyond
  • In the afternoon enjoy: Shared Sea kayaking
    This day trip is perfect for beginner paddlers and those who want to spend an active day in the remote island paradise of Panama’s Pacific coast. You will paddle from Boca Chica to one of the nearby islands for a day of snorkeling, exploring and relaxing. Participants should be in good physical condition. This trip includes about 4 hours of moderate, instructions are given at the hotel’s reception and the journey is self-guided.

Overnight: Boca Chica – (B)

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Day 8 Snorkeling Trip Gulf of Chiriqui

Activities:

  • You will start your Gulf of Chiriqui Island Tour in Boquete and drive to Boca Brava, the entrance into the Pacific Ocean.
  • From there, your boat captain will navigate a Super Panga through the protected waters and uninhabited islands of Golfo de Chiriqui National Marine Park. This 14,740-hectare marine park serves as a refuge for howler monkeys, leatherback and hawksbill turtles, tiger-herons, and scores of exotic fish.
  • The sun tends to shine over the white sand, palm-lined beaches in Golfo de Chiriqui even when it’s raining everywhere else! Depending on visibility and climate, you’ll be snorkeling around one of the beautiful islands and pass the late morning and better part of the afternoon lunching, exploring, swimming, relaxing in a hammock, and playing on the white sand beaches of Isla Gamez or Isla Bolanos.
  • Included: Transportation from and to Boca Chica, snorkeling equipment, English speaking guides.
    Bring: Swim suit, towel, sun protection,

Overnight: Boca Chica – (B)

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Day 9 Boca Chica - David - Panama City

Activities:

  • You will be picked up and transferred from Boca Chica to David, then fly from David to Panama City. Upon arrival our driver will take you to your hotel in Panama City.

Overnight: Panama City – (B)

10

Day 10 Departure

Departure: After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tocumen Airport for your international flight back home. End of services – (B)


Meals as per itinerary: (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)


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Location Name: Panama, Central America
Area (SQ KM): 75,420
Population: 3,657,024
Capital: Panama City
Language(s): Spanish (official), English , many bilingual
Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant
Currency: United States dollar - USD
Time Zone: UTC -5
Electricity: 110 V
Phone Country Code to Call (Panama, Central America): 507


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