Best of Panama
Panama an Odyssey
14 (Days / 13 Nights)

Feel like Odysseus in ancient Greece and explore some of the most untouched spots in Panama, which all are of an exceptional beauty. You will hop from one highlight to another, from the historic city over the pristine San Blas Islands up to the exuberant tropical rain forest near Gamboa. The most diverse parts of Panama have been put together in this package.



Included

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

•  2 Nts at Canopy Bed & Breakfast, Deluxe room (B) 

•  Mount Totumas Lodge (Bell Bird) standard Room  (FB)

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

•  2 Nts at Yandrup,beach front  Bungalow (B-L-D) 

•  2 Nts at Park Eden, suite room (B) 

•  Shared Canopy Crane & Metropolitan NP Tour  

•  Shared Shared Panama Canal Railway, Portobelo & Embera Quera Indian Village (L)  

•  Shared Boquete Plantations tour

•  Kuna Community Tours 

•  San Blas Beach Tours 

•  Ground transfers on A/C motor coaches 

•  Local flights in economy class, taxes and fuel surcharges included 

•  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 in 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 first 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 dur-ing your visit to this gorgeous country.

 

Overnight at Tryp Panama Centro, Standard Room, breakfast included.


Day 02: Shared Canopy Crane at the Metropolitan Park

In the early morning you will be taken to the Metropolitan National Park in order to experience the Smithsonian Rainforest Canopy Crane. With the crane you will reach an excellent altitude to observe the tropical rain forest and its inhabitants from a unique bird’s eye perspective.
Free afternoon to explore the city on your own

 

Overnight at Tryp Panama, Standard Room, breakfast included..


Day 03: Shared Panama Canal Railway, Agua Clara Locks & San Lorenzo

Undertake a train trip on the historical and original railway course from Panama City to Colón. This 1-hour travel leads you through the jungle and along the Panama Canal. This course was finished in 1855. The French Panama Canal company had acquired the railway line in 1880, as an assistance to build the Canal. In 1904 the Americans bought the Canal and the railway line and were operating it line until 1979. In 1998, Panama privatized the railway line and renewed it completely. Since 2001, the course is again passable and a unique attraction.

After the beautiful train trip, you will continue with your guide from Colón to the impressive Agua Clara Visitor Center located on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. The Agua Clara Visitor Center is a place where the Panama Canal has made it clear that both its legacy and its grandeur will continue to bear fruit for the world. With an unparalleled view, this place is waiting for you and all those who want to enjoy a pleasant experience enriched with interesting facts, but especially by being part of the history of the route that unites the world. The center offers a breathtaking panoramic view that contrasts two particular scenarios that generate mixed feelings. On one side you will find the famous Gatun Lake, where cargo ships or other vessels transit every day, while on the other side, but from a different perspective, you will be amazed by the view of the expansion works. Beyond its surprising technology or colossal machinery, you will be astonished by the work of thousands of people, who with discipline and determination head towards the same goal to make Panama stronger and Panamá worthy of admiration. After the impressive viewpoint, pamper yourself and be captivated by all those things that the Agua Clara visitor center has to offer. At the projection room you can learn about the history and efforts of thousands of men and women that have marked the Canal's first century and, of course, plans in the near and distant future. Throughout your visit, watch for the walls and exhibits with interesting information that will amaze you. Walk through the ecological path, with a variety of plants and species that makes the trail an adventure with great scenery and breathtaking views; identify the different species gathered thereindigenous of the area of the Canal watershed.

Continue to the San Lorenzo Fort, located at the entrance of the Chagres River close to Colon. It was through this river where the notorious pirate Henry Morgan arrived to the Old Panama, to burn and loot the city. To get to San Lorenzo, it is necessary to cross the Gatun Locks and get into Sherman Fort, a former military base, surrounded by a rich jungle with a wide diversity of species. It is a special place for bird watching. To complete the tour, a delicious lunch will be served at Los Lagartos restaurant overlooking the Chagres River.

 

Important Note: This tour operates  week days only. 

After San Lorenzo, your English speaking guide will drop you off at Canopy Bed & Breafkast, a new lodging facility located in Gamboa.

 

Overnight at Canopy Bed & Breakfast, Deluxe room, breakfast included


Day 04: Canopy Bed & Breakfast

Spend the day exploring the surroundings of Canopy Bed & Breakfast, bike ride down Pipeline Road through Soberania National Park, or a leisurely way to explore the historic Canal town of Gamboa.

 

Overnight at Canopy Bed & Breakfast, Deluxe room, breakfast included


Day 05: Gamboa – Mount Totumas Cloud Forest

After breakfast be transported back to Panama City. From there, a 50-minutes flight will take you to David, Panama’s second city. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Mount Totumas Cloud Forest,. 400 acres of Cloud Forest that represent an important buffer zone for the wilderness in La Amistad National Park

 For this reason we still have apex predators like the Jaguar and Puma along with 3 species of monkeys and some of the most sought after charasmatic bird species of the cloud forest.  And let's not forget the botanical wonders who call the cloud forest their home.  Click on any of the categories below to see a full gallery of images. Birders and entomologists.

 

Overnight at Mount Totumas Lodge (Bell Bird ) standard Room (FB)


Day 06: Free day

Enjoy any of 8 self-guided marked trails for guests to choose.Guides are available for birdwatchers and for nature lovers.  A guide will dramatically increase your chances of spotting wildlife.   Trails are safe. We do share the forests with apex predators like the mountain lion and jaguar, but these elusive big cats are wary and stay away from people. A hiker who spots either of these magnificent creatures can consider themselves very lucky.  

 

Overnight at Mount Totumas Lodge (Bell Bird ) standard Room (FB)


Day 07: Mount Totumas Cloud Forest - Boquete

After breakfast, private transfer to  Boquete  Enjoy spring-like weather all year round!!

Tucked away on the eastern slopes of Barú Volcano at 1200 meters is the small and charming mountain village of Boquete. Known to produce some of the sweetest oranges and richest coffees in all of Panama, Boquete is quickly becoming a destination for those visitors seeking the sunniest though cool mountain weather.

Check in at the beautiful Finca Lerida, a lodge in midst of a Coffee Plantation. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

 

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


Day 08: Shared Boquete Plantations

Experience the fascinating rural life among the beautiful Boquete highlands. Boquete is a small town located in the green mountain hilltops of Panama, in western-most Chiriquí Province. Because of its altitude, 1,200 meters above sea level, its climate is cooler than that of the lowlands. Its scenic location, temperature, and natural environment attract tourists from all over the world. The tour starts with a short ride to one of the most exclusive Coffee Plantations of Panama, where visitors will learn about the process of making high quality coffee from top professionals. They will be guided through the coffee plantations and the roasting and brewing process. Guests will also enjoy a delicious lunch at local restaurant. The tour continues to an organic fruits and or vegetable farms where visitors will learn about how they seed, grow and take care of these plantations. You will even have the opportunity to harvest and enjoy a delicious strawberry milkshake or taste an organic season fruit! Guests will also visit a beautiful garden, which overflows with scented flowers and exotic tropical plants. Continue to visit El Parador Terrace – a veranda with amazing views of Boquete Mountains, Down Town Valley and Caldera River. Finally relax with a cup of coffee and a snack!

 

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


Day 09: Boquete - Panama City

Take advantage of the free morning. Relax and enjoy the hotel’s green gardens or book an optional tour. In the afternoon, fly back to Panama City.

 

Overnight at Tryp Panama Centro, Standard Room, breakfast included.


Day 10: Panama City - San Blas Islands

Today you will have an early start. You will fly approximately 40 minutes to the San Blas Archipelago on Panama´s Caribbean coast.
Upon arrival you will be transferred by a motorized dugout ca-noe to the simple but very charming Akwadup Lodge with private bathrooms owned and run by the Kuna Indians. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Kuna principal community and experience their way of life. Fresh San Blas seafood features both, lunch and dinner.Two daily tours at the hotel are included.

 

Overnight at Yandrup,beach front  Bungalow, three daily meals included


Day 11: San Blas Islands

Enjoy a day at leisure and visit the surrounding islands of San Blas. The Kuna culture and traditions still remain largely untouched by Western influences. In the afternoon you have the chance to take a relaxing sunbath on one of the beautiful beaches or snorkel over the coral reefs and explore the under-water world. Two daily tours at the hotel are included. Snorkeling equipment not included

 

Overnight at Yandrup beach front  Bungalow, three daily meals included


Day 12: San Blas - El Valle

Today you will take an early morning flight back to Panama City and then be transferred to the area of El Valle. Enjoy the rest of the day in this calm little mountain village with optional activities.
After dinner, you  can enjoy  a night walk around El Valle.

 

Overnight at Park Eden, Suite room, breakfast included

 


Day 13: Free Day

Today you can visit on your own: The stunning waterfall Chorro Macho, the ancient Petroglyphs, Thermal Water Wells, the famous handi-crafts and fruit market and the Zoo “El Nispero”.

 

Overnight at Park Eden, Suite room, breakfast included


Day 14: El Valle - Panama City - Departure

Relax for a few more hours in the comfortable spring-like climate. Then, you will be transferred to the Tocumen Airport for your international flight back home.

 

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