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12 days /11 nights
Day 1. Panama City
Arrival at Tocumen International airport. Meeting and transfer to La Concordia Boutique hotel. Panama City was founded in the XVI century by Spanish conquistadors. It was the first Spanish port on the Pacific. Now the capital has two towns: the “old town” (Panamá Viejo) and the “new town” (Casco Antiguo, Spanish for Old Quarter). The Panamá Viejo is an exceptional testimony of colonial town planning; the ruins of its cathedral, convents and public buildings showcase unique technological and stylistic characteristics of its temporal and cultural context; and Old Quarter represents a significant stage in the development of Spanish colonial style. Both Panamá Viejo and Old Quarter have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. The 6-hour city tour includes the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal Visitors Center. It is the perfect place to witness how the Panama Canal works. From the observation decks, visitors may watch the lock gates open and close as vessels begin or end their transit. Through the exhibitions, you can learn about the Panama Canal’s history, its impact on international trade, how it works, its close relationship with nature and the Canal Expansion. We will visit old and modern parts of the city, starting from the Former Canal Zone where the Americans lived during the construction of the Panama Canal, and ending with the Balboa Avenue, one of the most beautiful streets of the city along the bay. The historic quarter of Panama City, Casco Antiguo, is a colorful neighborhood with nice avenues, parks, and squares. You will visit National Theater of Panama, France Plaza, San Jose Church with the famous Gold Altar, Bolivar Plaza, and Cathedral Plaza with the Panama Canal Museum. Then, we will go to Amador Causeway, one of the most interesting parts of the city. It's a long, winding road that connects three smaller islands: Naos, Perico, and Flamenco. (The lunch is not included)
Day 2. Panama City
Breakfast at the hotel. After picking you up from the hotel, our tour heads to Gatun Lake. Tour the lake to see the flora, fauna, and ships transiting the canal. Witness history in the making as we pass close by work being carried out to expand the canal. First, you tour the Chagres River by motor launch entering the Panama Canal where you can see very close the ships transiting the canal. Then, you go to the islands to see wildlife. Here you will find abundant fauna represented by tortoises, crocodiles, and several kinds of monkeys such as capuchins, tamarins, and howler monkeys. If you are lucky enough, you can even see some manatees, sometimes known as sea cows. Then you will visit the San Lorenzo National Park and the fortress with the same name on the Chagres River.
Day 3. Embera Indians Village at Chagres
It’s the best way to go back in time to the beginnings of the civilization. You will go wild with this outstanding tour to the heart of the jungle, to where the native Panamanian Indians still live in total harmony with Mother Nature in the village of Tusipono in the Chagres National Park. This tour will get you out of the XXI century comfort zone and will make you look differently at the magic of life. You will learn about the pre-Columbian history of Panama, the origin of the Embera tribe, their customs and traditions. They make incredibly beautiful and sophisticated baskets, tagua nut carvings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. Refresh your mind and body in cool and crystal clean waters of a tropical waterfall, dance with the Indians their ancient dances, try delicious local food, feel the fresh air on your face and get totally renewed at the Chagres National Park. (Lunch is included)
Day 4. Panama City– Boca Chica
Transfer to the airport. You will have a morning flight from the national airport Albbruck in the city of David, to the capital of the province of Chiriquí. After arrival you will be transferred to Boca Chica to a hotel on a private island of Cala Mia island resort.
Days 5-6. Boca Chica
You will be offered guided ecological trails on the island; non-motorized water activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding as well as an outdoor yoga studio. Meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner of three courses. Drinks: local beer, wine, cocktails (all inclusive)
Day 7. Boquete (mountain and coffee region of Panama)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Boquete city. Duration: 1,5 hrs. Accommodation in Panamonte Inn & Spa In the afternoon you will have a tour to the coffee plantation where Geisha coffee, the best and most expensive coffee sort in the world, is planted. (the tour is not individual, there may be other tourists).
Day 8. Baru Volcano
Pick–up from thee hotel at 04:30 a.m (breakfast: lunchbox) We are going to the highest point of Panama on this exhilarating Jeep 4x4 tour of Barú Volcano. On a clear day, this chilly volcano peak offers incredible views of both the Caribbean and Pacific. Bundle up and get ready for the off-roading experience of a lifetime. In the afternoon a SIB tour to suspension bridges will be conducted.
Day 9. Boquete / Bocas del Toro
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Bocas del Toro (4 hours). Private boat transfer to Colon Island, Bocas del Toro archipelago. Accommodation at the hotel Azul Paradise Bastimentos island Punta Vieja. Free time.
Day 10. Bocas del Toro
Free time at the resort. Bocas del Toro is a paradise in the Caribbean which offers you a diversity of flora and fauna: starfish, dolphins, coral reefs, colorful fish, all this and more is waiting for you!
Day 11. Bocas del Toro/ Panama
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Panama City. Upon arrival, transfer to the The Bristol Panama.
Day 12. Panama City
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport of Tocumen
The price of the program includes:
--A guide service on 1-3 days --Transfers --Hotel accommodation according to the program --Excursions according to the program --Flight Panama City-David --Flight Bocas del Toro-Panama City --Accommodation taxes --Meals according to the program
The price of the program does not include:
_Optional activities _Airport taxes _Personal expenses