Ultimate Panama Explorer

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  • Duration: 13 days
  • Price: Customized Vacation Package: Call for Pricing

This 13 day ultimate Panama adventure is for those who want to experience the best adventures that Panama has to offer. From bird watching along world-famous Pipeline Road, to soaring through the canopy, to exploring some of Panama’s most exquisite beaches in Bocas del Toro and culminating with a Panama Canal Tour, you will not be disappointed!

Day 1

Welcome to Panama!

After passing through Customs, you will exit through the Doors to the Left and be greeted by a Tour Representative who will be holding a sign with your name on it.  You will then be transferred to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort.

Night at Gamboa Rainforest Resort – Deluxe Riverview Room with Balcony, and Hammock

Day 2

Private Pipeline Road Hiking and Bird Watching Tour

Take a beautiful early morning hike through Soberania National Park and spot colorful tropical birds in the treetops. This trail, called Pipeline Road, has set world record bird counts and there have been up to 367 different species of birds spotted here in a 24 hour period. Keep your eyes peeled and you might spot a Keel-billed Toucan, a Thick-billed Mot-Mot and a Slaty-tailed Trogon as well as several species of tanagers, wrens and flycatchers. You might even see howler monkeys, anteaters, agoutis and sloths.

Night at Gamboa Rainforest Resort – Deluxe Riverview Room with Balcony, and Hammock (B)

Day 3

Gamboa Combo Pack: Gatun Lake Boat Expedition, Aerial Tram with Ecological Exhibitions and Lunch at the Resort

Delve into the depths of the diverse Gamboa rainforest and ascend 280 feet from the cool forest floor to the dense upper canopy. Once at the top, surrounded by green leaves and tropical flowers, you can admire the view of Soberania National Park from the observation tower. Watch the enormous ships moving through the narrowest part of the Panama Canal – the Galliard Cut.

Then, take a thrilling high speed boat right through the heart of the Panama Canal. Slow down and glide through the lush jungle islands of Gatun Lake while a naturalist guide gives you an informative commentary on this lush ecosystem. This is a great opportunity to spot crocodiles, caimans, turtles, howler monkeys, three toed sloths and much more.

Night at Gamboa Rainforest Resort – Deluxe Riverview Room with Balcony, and Hammock (BL)

Day 4

Flight to Boquete and Half Day Nature Walk and Bird Watching Tour

Transfer to the Albrook Domestic Airport for a short flight to David, the capital of Chiriqui Province. Stay in beautiful Boquete and venture out on an exclusive wildlife exploration to a private remote sanctuary. The 4×4 Land Cruiser will pick you up at the hotel and take you well off the beaten path for a chance to see howler monkeys, resplendent quetzals, white nosed coati, agouti paka and pygmy squirrels. Take a hike through the rainforest and keep your eyes open for butterflies, spiders, snakes, caterpillars, white tailed deer, armadillos and much more.

Night at Valle Escondido Resort and Spa – Deluxe Room (B)

 

Day 5

Boquete Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour

This afternoon may very well be the highlight of your Panama trip as you soar high above the ground through the rainforest. You will glide through the treetops of century-old forests, high above the pristine rivers and waterfalls that make up the incredible collection of natural landscapes bordering La Amistad National Park and the famous Baru Volcano.

A harness, an ultra-resistant steel cable and gravity are the only elements necessary to suspend and propel the “fearless rider” in this incredible “adrenaline rush”.

Night at Valle Escondido Resort and Spa – Deluxe Room (B)

 

Day 6

Half Day Finca Ruiz Coffee Tour

The Ruiz family have been growing coffee on this beautiful farm since the late 1800s. Their coffee is shade grown and environmentally friendly and many other small scale family farms in Panama partner with Cafe Ruiz to process, roast and market their coffee.

You’ll get an exclusive tour of the coffee plantation and a visit to the processing plant and the facility where the coffee bags are filled and the beans are hand-picked. Each step in the process will be explained by the excellent tour guide and at the end you will be able to take home a delicious bag of the best coffee in Panama.

Night at Valle Escondido Resort and Spa – Deluxe Room (B)

 

Day 7

Morning Private Land Transfer from Boquete, Across the Continental Divide, to Almirante – Gateway to Bocas del Toro

Today you will be transported in a VIP vehicle from Boquete to Almirante and spend the night at Red Frog Beach Resort in a Private King Villa.

Night at Red Frog Beach Resort – Private King Villa (B)

Day 8

Crawl Cay, Bastimentos Marine National Park, and Zapatilla Snorkeling and Island Hopping Tour

From Bocas del Toro, an hour-and-a-half boat ride through the Bastimentos National Marine Park takes you to Zapatilla Island. Panama’s first Marine Park, established in 1988, Bastimentos Marine Park conserves marine and coastal ecosystems, including wetlands, mangroves, coral reefs, white-sand beaches and more than 200 species of tropical fish. The Zapatilla Islands, are actually two small islands (Cayo Zapatilla Norte & Cayo Zapatilla Sur) and they are just off the coast of Bastimentos.  With some imagination the islands appear as small shoes, which gives them their names.

Night at Red Frog Beach Resort – Private King Villa (B)

Day 9

Morning at Leisure and Afternoon Flight to Panama City

Today you can spend the morning relaxing, then take an afternoon flight to Panama City. You’ll stay in the luxurious Hotel le Meridien.

Night in Panama City at Hotel Le Meridien – Deluxe Room (B)

Day 10

Panama Railway with Private Gatun Locks/Canal Expansion Project Visitors Centers and Historic Portobelo Tour

Board a train and travel alongside the Panama Canal, through lush protected rainforests to the largest man-made lake in the world – Gatun Lake. Arrive at Gatun Locks, the most impressive of the three sets of locks along the Canal. It’s less crowded than Miraflores, so you will get a closer look at the ships. During this tour you will get a chance to check out the amazing Panama Canal Expansion Project and see history in the making.

Then, step back in time in beautiful Portobelo, a town rich with colonial history. On a historical tour you’ll visit five colonial fortifications and other significant landmarks such as the Hospital Chapel (1597) and the Custom House (1640). Enjoy a tasty local Caribbean style lunch during the tour and then head back to the Hotel le Meridien in Panama City.

Night in Panama City at Hotel Le Meridien – Deluxe Room (B)

Day 11

Private Panama City Full Day Guided Tour with Lunch

A vibrant and historic city, Panama City was founded in 1519 and is considered one of the most important cities in the Americas. Today you will admire its highlights and learn about its history.

In colonial Casco Antiguo you will visit the art museums within the Las Bovedas (once used for storing gold) and the monument to the French entrepreneurs who began the Panama Canal. You’ll also see the San Jose Church, the Panama Canal Museum, the National Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. You’ll also visit the ruins of Panama le Vieja, the “Old Panama City” that was destroyed by Sir Henry Morgan’s invasion in 1671.

Next, you will admire the impressive Miraflores Locks – an architectural marvel and the 8th wonder of the world. An expert canal guide will give you an informative tour of this amazing feat of engineering.

Night in Panama City at Hotel Le Meridien – Deluxe Room (B)

Day 12

Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour

Begin the tour at the Flamenco Resort and Marine and board the ship bound toward the Bridge of the Americas. Cruise through Panama Bay and admire the Panama skyline before entering Miraflores Locks where your vessel will be lowered 18 meters over two different steps.

You’ll enter Miraflores Lake and travel to the second set of locks – Pedro Miguel. After making your way through these locks you will float past the Centennial Bridge and the Gaillard Cut – a narrow passageway carved through the Continental Divide. At the end of your journey you’ll arrive at the town of Gamboa where you will board a motor coach back to Flamenco Marina and your private transfer to your hotel.

Night in Panama City at Hotel Le Meridien – Deluxe Room (B)

Day 13

Private Transfer to Tocumen International Airport to Depart Panama

Today you will be picked up from the hotel lobby approximately 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure flight for the private transfer to Tocumen International Airport.

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