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Panama Journey

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Annie Young

EcoCircuitos Panama

Panama's Tour Operator specialized in Sustainable Tourism and Adventure since 1999!

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Panama Journey

This tour takes you to our personal highlights of Panama. Start with the history and charm of Panama City and the Canal, before having an unforgettable indigenous encounters in the rainforest. Dive in the culture of the traditional Azuero Peninsula with its colorful traditions remaining from Spanish colonial times. Wake up to a symphony of birds on an eco coffee farms, enjoy spectacular views hiking through scenic cloud forests and end your trip relax

DAY 1

Welcome to Panama!

Today at the appropriate time an EcoCircuitos representative will meet you at the Tocumen International Airport to assist and transfer you to your hotel located in Panama City. You will also receive an EcoCircuitos information kit. Upon your arrival to your hotel please check in. Estimated travel time: 25-30 minutes Read more

1 night in Panama City
DAY 2

Chagres - Embera

Early in the morning you will be picked up at the lobby of your hotel by our guide and transferred to El Corotú on the shores of Madden Lake. You will board a motorised piragua (dugout canoe) and travel up the Chagres River to the Emberá indigenous village of Emberá Drua. The boat journey takes you through the rainforest of the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the National Parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed. Along the Chagres River, you may be able to spot Little Blue and Green Heron, Great Egret, Anhinga, Neotropical Cormorant, Amazon, Ringed, and Green Kingfishers, along with Keel-billed Toucans and Ospreys flying above. At the Emberá village you will be welcomed with dancing and music. You will learn about the Emberá traditions and their relationship with nature. They are master artisans, known for their woven baskets and masks as well as the quality wood carvings of cocobolo and intricate tagua carvings. There will be handcrafts available for sale and you will have the chance to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Emberá use to adorn their bodies. After a traditional Emberá lunch you will head back to Panama City. Short hiking on a botanical trail at the community is optional. Read more

1 night in Panama City
DAY 3

Panama City

During the half-day morning tour you will visit the ruins of Old Panama, climb up the Cathedral tower, visit the Old Panama Museum and then continue to Casco Viejo (the old city compound), which dates back from the late 1600's. A bilingual guide will describe the events in history leading up to the eventual movement of the capital city to its present location. Casco Viejo is home for monuments of Ferdinand de Lesseps and other Frenchmen instrumental in the ill-fated attempt of the French to construct a canal through Panama. The morning ends with a visit to the Panama Canal Museum. The full day tour continues with a visit to the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal where large ships can be seen transiting the canal. Enjoy a presentation by the Panama Canal Authority on the history of the Panama Canal and marvel at the workings of this feat of human engineering. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. The tour then continues to the Panama Canal area, including the town of Balboa, formerly part of the Panama Canal Zone. Late afternoon you will return to your hotel in Panama City. Read more

1 night in Panama City
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DAY 4

Welcome to Azuero!

In the morning your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Panama City for your flight to the Azuero Peninsula. This flight will take approximately 45 minutes. You are allowed to check in 14kg of luggage free of charge, every additional kilogram will have the approximate cost of 2USD. Please note that the amount of extra luggage you are allowed to take also depends on the flight capacity. Upon arrival at the airport of Chitre you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in at Cubitá Boutique Resort & Spa, a project determined to rescue and preserve the roots, heritage and traditions of the Azuero Peninsula. This unique boutique hotel offers a first class experience with attention to details in a colonial environment. The hotel’s facilities include a spiral shaped swimming pool, a Panamanian Gourmet Restaurant, two bars, a museum, gift shop with local handcrafts, a state-of-the-art gym and Cubitá Spa, using local organic ingredients to ensure the guests’ wellbeing. After checking in and freshening up, enjoy a short tour by your own through the hotel’s own museum with permanent exhibitions of pre-Columbian and Colonial pieces from the Azuero Peninsula to get a better understanding of the area and its treasures. Spend the day at your leisure, relaxing and enjoying the hotel`s facilities. Read more

1 night in Azuero
DAY 5

Iguana Island Wildlife Refug

After breakfast, you will be picked up by your bilingual tour guide to head towards Iguana Island. The tour begins with a 1.15 hour transfer to Playa El Arenal in Pedasí, where your boat will be awaiting you for your journey to Iguana Island – a wildlife refuge situated 8 kilometers off the coast. The stunning little island is famous for its white-sanded beaches, crystal waters, extensive mangrove forests and coral reefs, including 12 different types of corals that shelter more than 300 species of fish. Dolphins are frequently seen; as well as (harmless) sharks, turtles and – between June and October – humpback whales that migrate from cold waters to Panama’s warm Pacific waters. Iguana Island is also home to a large breeding colony of frigate birds and – as the island’s name indicates – iguanas. Once on the island, you will receive instructions from your guide and then explore the different coral reefs snorkeling and the colorful submarine world, or relax at the stunning white-sanded beach for a while, before you will explore a hiking trail together with your guide to observe the numerous iguanas and birds. Around noon, you will enjoy a fresh picnic-style lunch directly at the beach. As it is a natural reserve, please consider that there are no restrooms or any other facilities on the island. In the early afternoon, you will be taken back to Pedasí and further on to Chitré. Read more

1 night in iguana island
DAY 6

Made in Herrera

Today after breakfast, your bilingual tour guide will pick you up to experience the local industry on an exciting half-day tour. Discover the manufacturing processes of the traditional products of the Herrera Province: sugarcane, salt, clay and bread. Experience the production of two important local liquors: seco and rum, from the sugarcane plantations until its distillation and bottling; and taste different types of rum and seco. Afterwards, you will experience the extraction of salt from the Pacific Ocean and visit the production of handmade clay pottery. You will also learn and see how the famous La Arena bread is baked. At around noon, you will check out from your hotel before having lunch at the “Fonda”, a local restaurant where you will have the possibility to taste traditional snacks and dishes from all over the Azuero Peninsula (not included). Afterwards, you will go on a road trip through the country to the town of Boquete (around 4-5 hours). You will leave the dry Peninsula of Azuero and get on the Panamericana. On-route the landscapes will slowly change as you get on the road leading up in the lush highland to the Eco Lodge Finca Lerida located in the outskirts of the charming little town of Boquete. The Eco farm is nestled in the middle of a coffee plantation and surrounded by a private natural forest reserve. All the rooms are individually decorated and named after birds found in Finca Lerida highlands. Check in and spend the night here. Read more

1 night in Herrera
DAY 7

Coffee in the Highlands

Today you will wake up to the symphony of birds and the aroma of the home grown “Finca Lerida” Estate Coffee brewed specially for you. Go on a coffee tour in the morning, visiting the coffee plantations with a local guide and learning about the different types, growing techniques and the functioning of processing mills. Learn about the complete process of making coffee: Follow the berries on the tree on the whole process of becoming the fine coffee you will taste at the end of the tour, while enjoying an extensive view on the surrounding highlands. In the afternoon you will have the possibility to go on an optional Skywalk tour (not included). Walk over the treetops of the cloud forest; enjoying an extensive panoramic view while your guide interprets the ecosystem and its inhabitants around you. Read more

1 night in Boquete
DAY 8

Los Quetzales Trail

After breakfast you will begin your hike on the Quetzales Trail for a hiking tour. The trail is known as one of the most beautiful hikes in Central America. In Baru National Park the visitors will be in low montane rainforest and cloud forest with the ability to observe animals such as the Quetzal, Bell bird, some trogons, Black and White Hawk, a variety of humming birds such as Brown Violet Ear and Black-bellied Hummingbird, wildcats, porcupines, Coati Mundi, nutria, bats. Huge oaks, magnolias, orchids Stelis Montana, Hoffmania areolate and Anthurium chiriquense among others. Read more

1 night in Boquete
DAY 9

Bocas del Toro

The picturesque tropical archipelago consists of white-sanded islands covered by rainforest and surrounded by coral reefs. Spend the rest of your day at your leisure, relaxing or exploring the islands and their marine surroundings or book an optional tour.

1 night in Bocas del Toro
DAY 10

Bocas del Toro

Free day to enjoy at your leisure or book an optional tour. During your stay you can request the following activities: * Snorkeling at the coral reefs of the bay to see lots different kind of corals, tropical fishes and starfishes. * Boat rides through the island visiting indigenous communities. * Hiking in the rain forest to observe the flora and fauna. * Motorized canoe river trips to search for sloths and the white face monkeys. * Boat tours to meet dolphins in their natural living area. * Visiting Bocas town to buy some handcrafts and admire its afro-Caribbean colonial architecture style. Read more

1 night in Bocas del toro
DAY 11

Return to Panama City

Enjoy your last day in Panama City where you can relax or have a nice walk on the Cinta costera!

1 night in Panama City
DAY 12

Transfer to Airport

Unfortunately, your trip has ended. But you are always welcome to visit Panama again and we will be happy to create an unforgettable experience for you! *Transfer from your hotel to the airport*

Panama City

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location El Carmen
Day 4
Location Chitre
Day 6
Location Boquete
Hotel Finca Lerida
Day 9
Location Bocas del Toro
Day 11
Location El Carmen

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Meet and greet at the airport
  • 11 nights of lodging + breakfast
  • Private transportation with A/C
  • Information kit
  • Breakfast on all days. Lunch on Day 2, 3, 5, 8
  • Government and lodging taxes

Package excludes

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages and meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities and departure tax at the airport

REVIEWS

4 Reviews

Dean Schwartz, United States

I just wanted to let you and your team know that Joanna and I were extremely pleased about how everything turned out. The professionalism of you and your team made for truly amazing Panama experience. Octavio and Juan were both spectacular and I really can't say enough about the great experience you provided us. We will definitely pass the word about your company! Read more

Mike Carroll Family, United States

This tour was a perfect trip! Canal of course was the highlight and we think the complete transit is the way to go although it was a long day. Tours were just exceptional and the hotel was good, too. for the value it was well-priced so we can heartily recommend it. Panama is the coming place -- friendly people, not expensive, beautiful scenery, and they're building hotels and resorts like crazy so should be ready for the tourists . We especially enjoyed the trip to the Anton Valley and mountains. fun shopping as well! Thanks for arranging such a fun trip! Read more

Anand Pandian, United States

How lucky we were to have stumbled upon Eco Circuitos this winter during our vacation to Panama! Not only were they willing and able to organize a daylong boating and hiking excursion for us along the Panama Canal and Soberania National Park. I can't recommend Eco Circuitos more strongly, not only for their gratifying commitment to their clients, but also for their honest and much-needed devotion to sustainable exploration of the diverse environments of Panama. We were lucky enough to spend our anniversary in the company of spider and capuchin monkeys, hummingbirds, crocodiles, turtles, and a three-toed sloth. I hope that you may also have such a chance yourself! Read more

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