Best of Panama
Wonders of Panama
(12 Days / 11 Nights)

In June 2009, the people of Panama have elected 10 wonders of their country – one in each of the nine provinces plus the indigenous people which are considered wonder number 10. This itinerary combines nine of the ten natural and cultural wonders and takes you to those places the Panamanians want you to see. Off the beaten path, this program is a true and authentic Panama experience.



Included

• 3 Nts at Tryp Panama  Centro, Standard Room (B) • 2 Nts at Cubita Resort, Standard Room (B) • 3 Nts at Finca Lerida, Deluxe Room (B) • 3 Nts at Palma Royale, Deluxe Room (B) • Shared Panama Canal Railway, Portobelo & Embera Quera Indian Village (L) •  Shared Azuero´s Folklore & Made in Herrera • Shared Coffee Tour at Finca Lerida • Shared Quetzal Trail Trek Cerro Punta • Shared Dolphin Bay, Coral Keys, & Red Frog Beach • Shared Half Day Panama City Tour  • 6 days of car rental (Kia Sport X 4x4 Automatic or similar ) • Basic mandatory car insurances • Almirante Drop off fee • Local flight in economy class • Ground transfers on A/C motor coaches



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 during your visit to this gorgeous country.

Overnight at Baru Lodge Standard Room, breakfast included.


Day 02 Shared Panama Canal Railway, Portobelo & Embera Quera Indian Village

Early in the morning a Panama Trails representative will pick you up at the hotel and bring you to the local train station (Corozal).   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 port of Portobelo. This port was the gathering point of the Peruvian treasures in the 15th century. The gold and silver was shipped from here towards the metropolis of the empire, and in addition, Portobelo was the center of control and inspection of the goods, which arrived from Spain. The ruin complex is built and set up in the middle of the tropical jungle and covers a set of fortresses, castles and military bases. After this historical excursion, you will continue to an Embera Indian Village on Gatun River. A fascinating and dense jungle will accompany you on a short boat trip to the village. Downriver you will step out of the dugout canoes and enter the village of the Embera Indians, one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama. The people of the Embera tribe will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea on how they still live today. The village's chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, believes and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to you. In the afternoon you will experience a traditional Embera dance and have the opportunity to shop for handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. You can also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on your arm or leg. After the tour, transportation back to your Panama City Hotel will be provided.   

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


Day 03 Panama City – Rental Car – Chitre

A representative of Panama Trails will visit you at your hotel to give you a briefing on how to drive in Panama. Afterwards, our car rental representative will take you to their closest office where will pick a Kia Sport X 4x4 Automatic or similar..

You now start your self-drive adventure in Panama. Cross the famous Bridge of the Americas and drive on the Panamerican Highway along the Pacific Ocean. Your destination for today is Pedasi, a small village on the Azuero Peninsula. On the way there, you will be able to visit three more wonders of Panama. The population of the central provinces of Panama is very traditional and religious. So it doesn’t surprise, they voted churches as wonders of their Province.
In Nata, Cocle Province, you will stop to visit the “Basilica de Santiago Apostol”, the oldest church on the Ameri-can continent. Built in 1522, the basilica is considered Panama’s most important religious building from Colonial times. Reaching the community currency you should take the high bridge on your right hand will direct you to the town of Chitre,

Overnight at Cubitá Boutique Resort & Spa Standard Room, breakfast included.


Day 04 Shared Azuero´s Folklore & Made in Herrera

Considered by many “the cultural heart of Panama”, the inhabitants of the Azuero Peninsula live their traditions and their folklore proudly and display it throughout the year in many festivities. We will see in detail the hand-crafting of the pollera, one of the most beautiful costumes in the world, by visiting an elder lady that has dedicated all her life to the typical dress of the Panamanian women. We will also visit small studios of local artisans who produce the colorful devil’s masks, the drums used in local music and the gold ornaments that are part of the traditional Panamanian culture.
Discover the manufacturing process of the traditional products of the Herrera Province: sugarcane, salt, clay and bread. Experience the manufacturing process of two important local liquors: seco and rum, from the sugarcane plantations until its distillation and bottling; see the extraction of salt from the Pacific Ocean; visit the production of handmade clay pottery; and learn how the famous La Arena bread is baked

Overnight at Cubitá Boutique Resort & Spa Standard Room, breakfast included.


Day 05 Pedasi - Boquete

Today you will visit the next two wonders of Panama. In the Province of Veraguas you will visit the quaint village of San Francisco, just above Santiago. The local church is another great example of Central American Baroque architecture. The series of altars have been beautifully restored just a few years ago so churchgoers and tourists alike can enjoy the magical place.

Continuing on the Panamerican Highway towards David is one of the most picturesque drives in the entire country. Beautiful landscapes, cattle farms, quaint villages – this road offers it all.

In the afternoon enjoy:Shared Coffee Tour at Finca Lerida

Established by Tollef B. Mönniche in 1922, purchased by Alfred Collins in 1957, and developed and currently op-erated by members of the Collins family, Finca Lerida is one of Boquete’s oldest and most traditional Coffee Es-tates. 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 at Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation & Boutique Hotel Deluxe Room, breakfast included.


Day 06 Shared Qutezal Trail Trek Cerro Punta

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 goes down steadily (roughly 800 meters) as you pass from tropical cloud forest to tropical rain 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. A normal a/c motorcoach takes you to the ranger station in the park.

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


Day 07 Boquete

Free day for to explore Boquete. We recommend a visit to one of the high quality local coffee estates to learn all about the process from cultivation to grinding. There are plenty of hiking, bird watching, white water rafting, zip line and hot springs offerings available locally, plus some extraordinary gardens which are open to the public.

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


Day 08 Boquete – David – Bocas del Toro

After breakfast, drive through the highlands and down to the Caribbean coast until you reach Almirante where you will return your rental car and board a boat to Bocas del Toro.

Isla Colon is the largest and most developed island of the archipelago. It is home to the provincial capital of Bocas del Toro, a colorful town made of wooden houses built in the early 20th century. Isla Colon serves as a convenient hub for exploring the archipelago as water taxis can bring you away to remote beaches and magnificent snorkeling sites. The appeal of Bocas is basically slowing down and soaking up the Caribbean vibes

Overnight at Hotel Palma Royale Studio Room, breakfast included.


Day 09 Shared Dolphin Bay, Coral Keys, & Red Frog Beach

Today’s adventure begins in Bocas del Toro center with a short boat ride to Dolphin Bay to observe dolphins playing in their natural habitat. The mainland coast and the mountain regions of Panama serve as an exquisite background for photo opportunities. Then you venture to Coral Key for snorkeling (2 locations) and time for lunch at an over-the-water restaurant providing beautiful views of the archipelago islands of Bocas del Toro (lunch not included).

The afternoon will be spent at Red Frog Beach one of the premier beaches of the region. Spend a few hours at this oceanfront beach with waves, sand and sun. Late afternoon your adventure returns to Bocas Town.

Overnight at Hotel Palma Royale Deluxe room, breakfast included.


Day 10 Bocas del Toro

Free day in Bocas del Toro. Visit one of the beaches of the archipelago, enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the town or book an optional tour.

Overnight at Hotel Palma Royale Deluxe room, breakfast included.


Day 11 Bocas del Toro – Panama City / Shared Half Day Panama City Tour & Miraflores Locks

You will be transferred to the airstrip for your return flight to Panama City.

After your arrival, you will be taken to a Panama City tour. 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 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. .

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


Day 12 Departure

After breakfast 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 15 To: 31 OCT 16
N/A $4020 $2850 $2420 N/A
From: 01 NOV 16 To: 31 OCT 17
$5210 $3890 $2630 $2160 N/A

RATES ARE STATED IN USD PER PERSON

Price not valid during Christmas & New Years (Dec.19th, 2015 to Jan. 02, 2016), Easter Week (Mar. 23rd, 2016 to Mar. 27th, 2016). Fiestas Patrias (Nov. 01st, 2015 to Nov 05th, 2015 ) & Carnavales (Feb. 05th, 2016 to Feb. 10th, 2016).

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

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

To take the tours in Bocas del Toro passengers have to arrive to JamPam offices located in Bocas Down Town. 

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