21 February 2017
There are not many places where you can have a true adventure these days without sharing the experience with hordes of tourists . . . but Panama is one of them. It's hard to shake off the feeling during this two week tour that you’re in on a secret the rest of the travelling world has yet to discover. The country's highlights are still very much off-the-beaten-path destinations, though it’s likely that this will change in the years to come. Until its anticipated tourism boom explodes, however, Panama is a real gem with mountains and rain forests to explore, endless islands and islets, sublime beaches and pristine waters. There is incredibly scenic trekking opportunities and a veritable bonanza of colonial towns, exquisite handicrafts and the friendliest people.
On arrival one of our tour representatives will pick you up at the airport and take 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 are bound to enjoy during your visit to this gorgeous country.
In the early morning you break up to the Soberanía National Park. There you will walk a part of the famous track “Camino de Cruces” that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic coast. This historical trail was once used by merchants, slaves, European explorers and gold seekers. In the morning you will enjoy a nice and fresh climate in the forest and have the opportunity to observe many different species of plants and animals. The Soberania National Park is part of a biological corridor that goes all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oce.an. Therefore you will observe many birds, mammals and reptiles. To continue the tour your English speaking guide will take you on a tour to Panama City and the Gatún Locks. The Gatun Locks are a series of three lock chambers where the huge container vessels are lifted or lowered at a total of 26 meters. Each lock is 33.5 meters wide and 306 meters long and takes 8 to 15 minutes to fill with water. With this excursion clients will also have the opportunity to visit the Canal Expansion which consist on the construction of two new sets of locks which double the capacity of the Panama Canal and will create a new lane of traffic allowing more and larger ships, this visit will end up by the visitor center where you can have a better idea of the expansion project
Early morning transfer to Albrook Airport where you will catch a flight to David in the Chiriquí highlands. You will be picked up on arrival in David and transferred by road to Boquete on the western side of the Barú Volcano. Boquete\'s surrounding hills and slopes are primarily covered in shade-grown coffee plantations, providing a rich product recognized by international connoisseurs. In the aftnernoon enjoy a Coffee Tour at Finca Lerida
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 climbs steadily (roughly 800 meters) as you pass from tropical rain forest to tropical cloud 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. Please note that there are two options of transportation available: A normal a/c motorcoach taking you to the park entrance or a strong 4x4 vehicle that takes you to the ranger station in the park. Chosing the 4x4 vehicle means about 2 hours less hiking, the most challenging part of the trail (uphill at the beginning and downhill at the end) will be done by car.
This section of the Viejo is a fun ride where plenty of high and deep wave trains provide continuous excitement. Ranked as a class II with several class III rapids, the Sabo section is also a great place for bird watching. Kingfishers, Cormorants, and Egrets are common sights down the Sabo section of the Rio Chiriqui Viejo. This less technical section is great for beginners looking for excitement. Important Note: This tour requires a minimum of 4 PAX to be operated.
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. Note: Good physical condition is required.
Here your day can be as chilled or as adventurous as you want it to be. Swim in our large, beautiful infinity-style pool, sun yourself on our wide terraces or private cove, or let us take care of you in our gourmet restaurant and bar. And all the time you’ll be taking in the gorgeous surrounding views of the sailboats on the water and the islands beyond In the afternoon enjoy: Shared Sea kayaking This day trip is perfect for beginner paddlers and those who want to spend an active day in the remote island paradise of Panama’s Pacific coast. You will paddle from Boca Chica to one of the nearby islands for a day of snorkeling, exploring and relaxing. Participants should be in good physical condition. This trip includes about 4 hours of moderate paddling. Included: Lunch Transportation to and from Boca Chica, boats, gear, guides
You will start your Gulf of Chiriqui Island Tour in Boquete and drive to Boca Brava, the entrance into the Pacific Ocean. From there, your boat captain will navigate a Super Panga through the protected waters and uninhabited islands of Golfo de Chiriqui National Marine Park. This 14,740-hectare marine park serves as a refuge for howler monkeys, leatherback and hawksbill turtles, tiger-herons, and scores of exotic fish. The sun tends to shine over the white sand, palm-lined beaches in Golfo de Chiriqui even when it\'s raining everywhere else! Depending on visibility and climate, you\'ll be snorkeling around one of the beautiful islands and pass the late morning and better part of the afternoon lunching, exploring, swimming, relaxing in a hammock, and playing on the white sand beaches of Isla Gamez or Isla Bolanos
You will picked up and transferred from Boca Chica by private to David, then fly from David to Panama City. Upon arrival our driver will take you to your hotel in Panama City
Today your wonderful adventure tour of Panama comes to an end. Make time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping for souvenirs before you are picked up at your hotel and driven to the airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey back home taking with you some many memories from this amazing central American country.
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