11 days/10 nights
Panama City - Valle de Anton- Chitre- Isla Iguana - Nata de los Caballeros
The price of the program is in USD for 1 pax according to occupancy:
The program is valid from 2 pax on any day of departure (except on Carnival from 21 to 26.02.20; at Easter from 08.04 to 12.04.20, and National holidays from 01.11 to 06.11.20, 10.11.20, 28.11.20)
Day 1. Panama City
Upon arrival at the Tocumen airport – transfer to the hotel in Panama City. Check-in and accommodation. Free time.
Day 2. Panama City
Breakfast. City tour in Panama City and tour to Panama Canal.
Panama City, founded by the conquistadors in the 16th century, was the first Spanish port on the Pacific coast. Today in the country there are three cities of Panama: Old Panama (Panama Viejo), Colonial Panama (Casco Antiguo) and New Panama. In Old Panama you will see the ruins of cathedrals of the beginning of the XVII century, monasteries and bridges. New Panama is a beautiful modern city, an important part of which is the well-preserved Colonial part (Casco Antiguo), where you can see a lot of buildings of that time. This part of New Panama is declared a historical heritage of mankind and is under the protection of UNESCO.
The city tour also includes visiting the Miraflores locks to view the locks and ships pass through. You will also visit the Panama Canal Museum at the Miraflores Visitor Center, where you will get acquainted with the operating of this grandiose engineering structure of the 20th century, called the World’s Eighth Wonder.
During the tour we will visit the old and modern parts of the city. We’ll visit the canal’s residential zone where the ex-pat Americans lived while working on the construction of the canal, we will walk on Balboa Boulevard, one of the most beautiful streets of the capital which stretches along the coast of the Gulf of Panama.
Casco Antiguo is a picturesque district of the city with narrow streets, squares and parks, where a large part of the country's history has been preserved up to now. We’ll walk near the National Theater, one of the most expressive examples of neoclassicism in Panama. We will walk around the Place de France, visit the Church of San Jose and learn about the history of the salvation of its unique golden altar. We will go to the church of San Felipe Neri to look at the wonderful Nativity scene presented by the family of the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, to the townspeople at Christmas, 2014. On Bolivar Square you can see a monument to the Liberator Simon Bolivar, the national hero of many countries of Central and South America. Further, our tour continues to Cathedral Square, where you can admire the Cathedral, the Panama Canal Museum and the Municipal Palace.
We will also visit Causeway Amador, the most amazing area of Panama City, formerly three separate islands in the ocean: Naos, Periko and Flamenco, and now it is one of the most popular walking areas of the city with amazing views over the Canal. Return to hotel.
Day 3. San Lorenzo National Park - Lake Gatun - Chagres River
Take- away breakfast.
Early pick-up from the hotel to the Korosal railway station, from where we will take a train to the Caribbean coast. Almost the entire trip runs along the Panama Canal and on the Panama Canal.
The Panama Railway has a very long history. It is laid in the most beautiful places of the isthmus of Panama Canal. Running along the edge of the Panama Canal, the railway winds through dense rainforests, along the historic Gaillard Cut and continuing the route along the dam on Lake Gatun. Passenger carriages evoke memories of the golden days of this road with its wooden panels, carpeted floors, soft light of lamps, curtains made of wooden battens, air-conditioned cool air, bathrooms, huge windows through which you can admire amazing landscapes, as well as open platforms inviting passengers to take interesting pictures.
After the train arrives at the station in the city of Colon you will be picked up and transferred by bus to the right side of the Canal, to the San Lorenzo National Park. On the very edge of the land, on a cliff, at an altitude of 25 meters above sea level, you can see the majestic San Lorenzo fortress built by the Spaniards in 1596. It offers magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea and the mouth of the Chagres River.
The Caribbean coast of Panama with beautiful wild beaches, islands, bays keeps the history of the great conquests of the conquistadors and daring pirate attacks. The names of Francis Drake, Henry Morgan, Edward Vernon and other filibusters are linked with San Lorenzo and Portobelo fortresses. In order to protect his treasures from the attacks of the sea robbers, the Spanish king Philip II ordered to build a number of fortresses on the Caribbean coast, most of which are still survived up to now. In 1980 all the colonial buildings and fortresses of the XVII-XVIII centuries on the Caribbean coast of Panama were included in the UNESCO list.
After visiting San Lorenzo National Park and fortress, you will be transferred to another National Park Soberaniya, where we will have a boat excursion along the main part of the Panama Canal - Lake Gatun and the Chagres River, and visit the Monkey Islands. We will see wild animals living in this area: crocodiles in the sun, turtles, various birds, monkeys (capuchins, howlers, spider monkeys), and iguanas.
Return to the hotel. Free evening.
Day 4. Chagres National Park-Embera community- Valle de Anton
Breakfast. Check-out from the hotel. At 08.00 proceed to an excursion to the Chagres National Park.
You will learn about the pre-Columbian history of Panama and Mesamerica, about the origin of the Embera tribe, their traditions, crafts and way of life. The Indians make beautiful plates and baskets, mahogany sculptures of Coco Bolo, figures from the Tagua fruit, beads and bracelets. You will see Indian dances and even can participate in them.
The most pleasant thing of this tour is a floating along the Chagres River on an Indian boat and swimming in the Chorro del Mono waterfall. You will be served traditional Native American dinner - fried tilapia and fried bananas, fruits. Traditional dances will complete the tour.
Lunch is included.
After visiting the Indian village we will have a 2-hour drive to the valley of volcanoes, in the town of Valle de Anton. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Free time and rest.
Day 5. Valle de Anton
Breakfast in the hotel.
We will visit the town's attractions: Chorro del Macho waterfall, petroglyph, El Nispero Zoo and the Rescue Center of golden frogs.
Optionally: a canopy tour at the waterfall.
In the afternoon enjoy your free time.
Day 6. Chitre- Azuero Peninsula
Breakfast. Transfer to town of Chitre on the Azuero Peninsula. The Azuero Peninsula sits just north of central Panama along the country’s Pacific coastline.
The Azuero Peninsula is considered the cradle of Panama’s traditions and culture. The cities of this region are among the first colonial settlements in Panama. They are famous not only for their provincial identity and colonial architecture, but also for the variety of traditional crafts. You can experience clay pots of Arenas, thin lace of Los Santos’ needlewomen, grotesque masks with the devil image. This region is also rich in culinary traditions: bread “arenas”, “torrejas de mais”, “tamales”, “chicheme” . The best Panamanian rum “Abuelo” is produced here in Herrera province, where Don José Varela Blanco founded the most famous Panama rum factory in 1908. At the factory you will be told not only the history of the factory, but also you will have a tour round the factory and rum tasting. We would like to mention that the former president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, the descendant of the founder of the factory, Don Jose Varela Blanco, is an owner of the factory now.
Rum "Abuelo" and seco "Herrerano" are the two leading brands in the Panamanian alcohol market. Besides Rum "Abuelo" is also a multiple winner at the international competitions and fairs. During the tasting you will learn about the various stages of rum production, you will be shown how to taste and drink it correctly and distinguish its taste.
After the tour transfer to the hotel. Free time and relaxation.
Day 7. Isla Iguana
We are travelling to Isla Iguana, one of the most beautiful islands in Panama. Located in the Pacific Ocean, just 25- minute boating from the coast, Isla Iguana is a unique ecosystem with snow-white sand beaches and crystal clear bright blue water. Isla Iguana is a secluded paradise, considered a wildlife refugee, inhabited only by rare birds, a lot of iguanas of various sizes.
Isla Iguana is a magnificent place for snorkeling and diving: here you can admire 12 species of coral, more than 300 species of fish. Even dolphins often swim up to tourists. You will walk along the paths looking for iguanas and seabirds.
Return to the hotel. Free time.
Day 8. Nata de los Caballeros
Pick-up from the hotel and transfer to the beach resorts of Panama.
We will have several important stops on the way. We will visit the town of Nata de los Caballeros, which houses the oldest Catholic church on the continental part of America, the Basilica of St. James the Apostle.
Nata de los Caballeros is one of the oldest cities in Panama, founded in 1522 on the site of an Indian settlement led by Anata. After the founding of the city, the Spaniards began the construction of the Church of St. Jacob, which has been preserved and now is considered he oldest Spanish church in the territory of the so-called New World.
Arrival at Sheraton Bihao Hotel 4 + *
"All Inclusive" rest on the Pacific coast.
Day 9-10. Nata de los Caballeros
"All Inclusive" rest on the Pacific coast.
Breakfast in the hotel. Free time. In the afternoon check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport Tocumen for your flight home.
•The price of the program includes:
•Private transfers according to the program
•Meals according to the program.
• City tour (8 hours) in Panama City and the Panama Canal.. The guide will recommend the restaurant taking into account the wishes of tourists. (Entrance fees to the Panama Canal and the Panama Viejo Archaeological Park are included. lunch is not included)
• Tour to the Chagres National Park and to the Embera community, ( fees, fruits, water, lunch with the Indians are included)
• Excursion by train to the Caribbean Fortress of San Lorenzo and Lake Gatun. (lunch is not included. Fees are included)
• Excursion to El Valle de Anton. The guide will recommend the restaurant taking into account the wishes of tourists. (All entrance fees are included, lunch is not included)
• Excursion to the Rum factory “Hermanos Varela” (lunch is included)
• Excursion to Isla Iguana with beach rest. ( lunch box- included)
• Excursion to the city of Nata de los Cabayeros. (lunch is not included)
The price of the program does not include:
-Tips to guides, drivers, hotel staffs
-Payment of excess baggage
-Deposit in hotels