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PANAMA CONNECTING CIVILIZATIONS

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Antoine

Tucaya Panama

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PANAMA CONNECTING CIVILIZATIONS

Great option for a cultural overview of the country, From the ultra modern capital, to the authentic area, we will dicover the canal, cross the country by train to know more about the carribbean forts and its pirates attacks. You will enjoy some tracks on national parks, and get the chance to observe the local wildelife (monkeys, crocodiles,... )

DAY 1

Welcome to Panama City

Meet and Greet upon arrival at Tocumen international airport by your local guide, then private transfer to your hotel in Panama City.

Panama City - 2 nights
DAY 2

Train & Caribbean Forts

Early morning transfer from your hotel to the Corozal train station. You’ll board this marvelous train at 7:15 in direction to Colón. Departure to reach the coasts of the Panama Canal offering us great views of the canal locks, Gatun Lake and the rainforest (Train length Colon / Panama 1h). Upon arrival, continuation to the fortifications of San Lorenzo. THE PANAMA CANAL RAILWAY was built long before the famous Panama Canal at the time of the gold rush. The track was officially opened and operative in 1855, after almost 30 years of the first’s studies of the perimeter by the American Charles Biddle. The works, the diking of torrents and the breakthrough of marshy forests in a hot and humid temperature, would cost many lives and millions of francs 500,000 per kilometer. This historical process was described by the French Edouard Charton, a member of the Universal Interoceanic Canal Company in 1860 in the famous Parisian journal "Le Tour du Monde" Fort San Lorenzo was built in the XVII, Its ruins are located at the mouth of the Chagres River on a promontory to the west of the Panama Canal. It was built in 1598 and consisting of blocks of coral which happen to be currently in a good state of preservation (pillars and canons). Then, we’ll continue to the north to visit the picturesque town of Portobelo and its fortifications. To defend its galleons, the king Felipe II ordered the construction of a fort at Portobelo (1601). Portobelo is the end point of the Camino Real. The Spaniards (Spanish colonialist) borrowed this path in order to move goods between Panama la Vieja and Portobelo. From here, the old Spanish caravels loaded the treasures from Peru and other Latin American countries before passing them to the Old World. The Spaniards built their fortresses In order to protect themselves against pirates- Lunch in a local restaurant (not included) and then discovery of the old customs and buildings of Portobelo such as the Church of the Black Christ (subject of devotion among Panamanians. Processions on 21th October) Before returning to the city, visit of the Gatun Locks THE PANAMA CANAL Begun in 1881 by the French Ferdinand de Lesseps. Its original construction caused many deaths. Works started again in 1904 under the US administration and more than 75,000 people participated. The first boat crossed in August 15th 1914. This Canal is considered as the Eighth wonder of the modern world! Read more

Panama City
DAY 3

Soberania National Park

For Nature lovers we recommend making a ride through the National Park Soberania, You will follow the famous Camino de Cruces (allow at least 3 hours walk) .This road was once frequented by the Spanish and later by all who wanted to cross the isthmus before the arrival of the train in 1848. You will be accompanied by a rainforest specialist guide. It will give you all the explanations about the plants, trees, insects,. With a little luck you can observe howler monkeys, capuchins and tamarinds and other tropical frogs. After the visit of the Park, departure with a private transfer to the village El Valle de Antón The picturesque village of El Valle of Antón is located in the heart of the crater of a dormant volcano. It is known for its hiking trails and craft market where you can buy traditional souvenirs. Admire beautiful orchids, fruits, vegetables and other tropical plants immerse in a region with a permanent spring climate. El Chorro del Macho (beautiful waterfall), and the "Piedra Pintada", a huge petroglyph composed of pre-Columbian representations symbols that haven't been deciphered yet by the archaeologists, but it is said that they may apparently represent the country's map. Visit a center for the production of orchids including the famous orchid of the Holy Spirit, the national flower. Finally you may tour the protection center of the famous golden frog, an endangered species (Tuesdays closed). Read more

El Valle de Anton - 3 nights
DAY 4

The Road of Bajadoz

On the traces of pre-Columbian indigenous culture that marked the region, passing through the historic village of Villa de los Santos, the necropolis Juan Diaz, and indigenous cemetery. Visit the colonial house in the Villa de los Santos (place of Panama's declaration of independence from Spain). Lunch included (without drinks) Read more

El Valle de Anton
DAY 5

Coclé mountains

The Province Coclé is known for its crafts made with soapstone and wood carvings, cigars and of course the genuine Panama hat, El Sombrero Pintado. On the road, we will visit the homes of artisans. 2 hours hiking among communities towards the only soapstone mine in Panamá. Visit a small cooperative dedicated to the extraction and carving of this stone. Lunch break (drinks not included), then continue to the village on La Pintada where a craftsman will explain in detail the process of fabrication on the Pintado hat as well as the techniques for weaving and painting it. You'll be though on the ways people wear this hat and the meaning of it. Read more

El Valle de Anton
DAY 6

Return to Panama City

Private transfer service from your hotel to Panama City. Free afternoon

Panama City - 1 night
DAY 7

International Flight

Depending on the time of your international departure private transfer to Tocumen International Airport.

Panama City

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Panama City
Day 3
Location El Valle de Anton
Day 6
Location Panama City
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Panama City
Hotel RIANDE GRANADA URBAN HOTEL
Day 3
Location El Valle de Anton
Hotel B&B PARK EDEN
Day 6
Location Panama City
Hotel RIANDE GRANADA URBAN HOTEL

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

THE TEAM

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Zulmy

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