Best of Panama
Cloudforest, Caribbean Beaches and the Canal
8 (Days / 7 Nights)

This seven night long tour seduces you to enjoy an exclusive selection of the most exciting locations in Panama: the historic Panama Canal,charming mountain village of Boquete and the magical Bocas del Toro Archipelago. Your days will be filled with pure nature, secluded beaches and famous history.



Included

•  3 Nts at Tryp Panama Centro, Standard Room (B)

•  2 Nts at Finca Lerida, Deluxe Room (B)

•  2 Nts at  Popa Paradise Beach resort, Ocean View Casita (FB)

•  Shared  Giant Millenary Querus Tree Hike

•  Shared Baru Volcano Hike

•  Shared Half Day Panama City Tour

•  Shared Partial Crossing of the Panama Canal

•  Ground transfers on A/C motor coaches

•  Local flights in economy class

•  All taxes and service charges  



What to bring

In Panama City the people are very well dressed and take pride in their appearance. In the rural areas and because of the relatively large fluctuations in temperature it is always a good idea to have long sleeves and even a jacket for the cooler spots. Long sleeves are also comfortable at night as they will protect you from mosquitoes. You will want light clothing such as cotton tee shirts as well, as the temperatures can be quite hot. Be sure to bring a good pair of shoes for any excursions as open-toed shoes are not recommended. Also, be sure to bring a pair of beach sandals and light shoes for when it is much hotter out. And bring an umbrella regardless of whether it is the wet or dry season.

Basic Packing List:Sun screen,Light Jacket & Raincoat,Mosquito repellent,Long sleeved shirts & T-shirts,Medications,Sandals & Bathing Suit,Toiletry items,Comfortable walking shoes,Binoculars,Shorts & Long Pants,Camera,Hat or Cap

Day 01: Arrival to Panama City

Upon arrival to Panama a representative of Panama Trails will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your city hotel for your firs night in Panama.

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 at TRYP Panama Centro, Standard Room, breakfast included.


Day 02: Panama City - David - Boquete

Today you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your 50 minutes flight to David. Upon arrival to David, you will take part in an  amazing hike begins in a Nature Reserve that belongs to Baru Volcano National Park, it retraces the steps of pre-Columbian Indians into a remote virgin cloud forest, surrounding the perimeter of Baru Volcano, habitat of 5 of the most ancient trees in Panama. During the hike you will have the experience of visiting the enormous Quercus Trees that survived a volcano eruption 800 years ago. These magnificent millenary trees grow naturally throughout primary forests of Panama and Costa Rica. The trail parallels Quebrada La Mina, a gorgeous creek that meanders through the ridges and valleys above Boquete. With more than 220 bird species native to the area, including the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, birding opportunities abound. During the hike, you will also have great possibilities to spot mammals such as howler monkeys, white faced capuchins and two-toed sloths. 

 

Overnight at Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation & Boutique Hotel Deluxe Room, breakfast included.


Day 03: Shared Baru Volcano Hike

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 wheather 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.

 

Overnight at Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation & Boutique Hotel Deluxe Room, breakfast included.


Day 04: Boquete - Bocas Del Toro

You will be taken from Boquete to Isla Colon on the paradisiacal Bocas del Toro archipelago. This transfer starts with a lovely  3 ½  hour  drive through the highlands and down to the Caribbean coast where you board a boat to Bocas del Toro.At Isla Colon,you will board a small boat for a 35- minute ride to Popa Paradise Beach Resort.

Popa Paradise is located on the northeastern tip of Isla Popa.  Our exquisite location, fronted by two white sand beaches and aqua marine waters is backed by a lush, tropical rainforest. The resort you will meet eco-tourists, artists and photographers interested in the stunning natural beauty, flora and fauna of the Bocas Archipelago, as well as water sports enthusiasts that prefer to relax in comfort when the sporting day is done.

 

Overnight at Popa Paradise, Ocean View Casita, full board.


Day 05: Free day

Free day to relax at hotel or enjoy any of the tour available. Use of the kayaks, snorkel gear, fishing rods and other resort amenities is also included.  

 

Overnight at Popa Paradise, Ocean View Casita, full board.


Day 06: Bocas del Toro - Panama City Tour

After breakfast you will be taken to the Bocas del Toro domestic airport for your flight back to Panama City.
Upon arrival, your English speaking guide will pick you up and take you on a tour to Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. You will start the tour with a 30 minutes drive to Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal. You will enjoy the view on the Locks from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations of your guide. To complete the visit of the Canal you will visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores which gives you a good idea on the construction of the Canal – a masterpiece of engineering. You will also learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project.
After the visit to the Canal you will continue with your guide to the Amador Causeway, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers magnificent views on the Canal on one side and on the skyline of Panama City on the other side. The tour continues to the Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. At the Casco Viejo you feel set back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. While visiting the highlights of this colonial district – the Cathedral, the golden Altar, French Plaza and the Huertas Passway – you will sure get an idea on Panama’s long and interesting history.

 

Overnight at TRYP  Panama Centro standard Room, breakfast included.


Day 07: Shared Partial Crossing of the Panama Canal

After a transfer from your hotel to Flamenco Marina, the partial transit starts with a motor coach ride for 45 minute to the town of Gamboa where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. Once in Gamboa, you will aboard the cruise ship to start the water portion of the tour. You will enter the canal at the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the Canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. Your boat will travel the Cuts 13.7 kilometers on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project.

Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, you will be able to view the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. Next, your ship will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered 9 meters in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 18 meters in two distinct steps. Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where you disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama Citys splendorous skyline. Upon arrival at Flamenco you will be transferred back to your city hotel.

 

Important Note: This tour normally operates Friday & Saturday. It can be change to fit your travel dates.

 

Overnight at TRYP Panama Centro, standard Room, breakfast included.


Day 08: Departure

Today you will be transferred to the Tocumen Airport for your international flight back home.

 

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Dates Sgl Trvl Sgl Dbl Tpl Child
From: 01 NOV 18 To: 31 OCT 19
N/A $3210 $2265 $2015 N/A

•  A minimum of 2 people it is required to book this package.

•  Price per person

•  Popa Paradise is an Adults-Only (18+) resort.

•  Domestic flights & boat transfers have a luggage restriction of 25 pounds per person.

•  Baru Volcano Hike: Good physical condition is required.

 

Excluding Holiday Season:

Fiestras Patrias 01NOV-06NOV

Christmas & New Year 22DEC-02JAN

World Youth Day 22JAN-29JAN

Carnivals 01MAR-05MAR

Easter Week 15ABR-21APR

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