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Explore Panama in 8 Nights

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Adventures Panama pioneers adventure travel in Panama city and the country since 1994

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Explore Panama in 8 Nights

Panama offers a great variety of places to visit and activities to choose from. The ‘Explore Panama’ package combines important historical highlights of Panama with adventurous day activities. Within 8 days you will visit two oceans, paddle in the Panama Canal, learn about the Canal and its Flora and Fauna. You will get to know people from different backgrounds, learn more about the everyday life of the Gunas and their culture and you will visit Boquete and its forests, where you can join the Boquete Tree Trek, which is a thrilling zip-line in the Cloud Forest.

DAY 1

Arrival in Panama

(Saturday) At the day of your arrival in Panama one of our Panamanian representatives will pick you up at the International Airport Tocumen and transfer you to the Hotel, where you will spend the next two nights. Panama City is quite safe and it is an interesting city to walk around. Upgrade Option) Lodging: Hotel Tantalo at Casco Antiguo, or The Bristol Hotel Economic Option) Lodging: The Saba Hotel Read more

Panama City 1st night
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DAY 2

Panama Canal Kayaking & Miraflores Locks

(Sunday) Panama is best known for the Panama Canal, so it's fitting that your first day in Panama should be spent learning about the Canal. When this shortcut between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans was first dug 100 years ago, building a large artificial lake was necessary to supply the tons of water that are needed to raise and lower water levels. Gatun Lake was created by flooding the area now contained in Soberania and Chagres National Parks, turning many mountain tops into islands and creating an amazing kayaking resource with endless channels to explore, weaving past shores dense with tropical flora and fauna. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we will pick you up at 8:00AM and drive along the Panama Canal, passing by Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks to Gamboa Public Ramp. We continue our journey through the Canal for another hour by motorboat and then switch to 2-person expedition kayaks once we are in the Lake. We spend the next few hours scouting channels through the forest, with a break for lunch and a rest on our motor boat. While wildlife is never completely predictable, we are almost guaranteed to see sloths and different types of monkeys, including Capuchin (white-faces), howling, spider, and titi. Most likely we will see Jesus Lizards and it is easy to demonstrate how they got their name since they run across water. Furthermore, both king fishers and fishing eagles are common. If we are lucky we may also see turtles. On the way back we will stop at the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks Centre. We will learn how the locks work and watch ships rise (or descend) over 40 feet as they transit through it. The Canal is still vital to world trade today and indeed, without it there is no world commerce as we know it. Dinner is on your own tonight. Upgrade Option) Lodging: Hotel Tantalo at Casco Antiguo, or The Bristol Hotel Economic Option) Lodging: The Saba Hotel Read more

Panama City 2nd night
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DAY 3

Guna Yala

(Monday) Early in the morning we will transfer you to the Airport and you will catch an early domestic flight to the Guna Yala region, which is gateway to the extraordinary San Blas Archipelago. With more than 350 islands spreading out along the isthmus, the archipelago is a Kuna Native Reservation. The Gunas are known for their handicrafts and their unique culture. It is a nation within Panama, the Guna have their own language, culture, laws and territory. The Gunas’ effort is to preserve their own identity and control over San Blas, which made it possible to keep this region the pristine paradise that it is today. Flight to Playon Chico, Lodging: Yandup Island Lodge (B, L, D) In order to get to Yandup Island you will catch a flight to Playon Chicon, which is a 45 minute flight and then continue the journey by motorboat. You will be spending two nights at the Yandup Island Lodge, which is a family-owned lodge on a small private island near the community of Guna Yala. The island is surrounded by coral reefs and a small beach with white sand and crystal clear water. Your biggest problem most likely will be deciding how to spend your time! The lodge offers tours twice a day, and your choices include visiting nearby uninhabited islands for swimming and exploration (and snorkeling if you have your own gear), learning more about the everyday life of the Gunas and their culture, visit the Playon Chico community, walking through the rain forest as your guides explain the importance and use of nature for the Guna traditions and beliefs, learning about Guna beliefs and rituals around death with a visit to a nearby cemetery, or hiking through the rain forest to a small waterfall. You can also simply relax in a hammock or paddling at leisure through the surrounding mangroves in a traditional dugout canoe. Whatever you do, you will be amply fueled by the fresh local seafood, fish, vegetables, and fruit served in the lodge's dining room and enjoy the view over the water. Upgrade Option) Flight to Playon Chico, Lodging: Yandup Island Lodge Economic Option) Transport or Flight to El Porvenir, Lodging: Icodub on Isla Aguja Read more

Guna Yala 1st night
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DAY 4

Guna Yala

(Tuesday) We will have a 2nd day on Guna Yala Upgrade Option) Flight to Playon Chico, Lodging: Yandup Island Lodge Economic Option) Transport or Flight to El Porvenir, Lodging: Icodub on Isla Aguja

Guna Yala 2nd night
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DAY 5

Panama City tour and transfer to Boquete

(Wednesday) Another early morning as we transfer to the opposite end of Panama: the pristine western highlands. You will fly from Guna Yala at 7:00AM and arrive to Panama City at 8:00AM. From there you are going to take a connection flight to David, the capital of Panama, in the afternoon. Today you will tour Panama City in between the flights, lead by a professional city guide! Panama City is rapidly changing, and you will get to know the colonial Panama, "Panama Viejo", the old Panama, "Casco Viejo", and the modern Panama City. You will visit historic buildings such as San Jose Church, the National Theater, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Old Slave Market, and Old Spanish prisons. You end our tour at the Amador Causeway, where three islands were united with the mainland by using materials that had been removed when the Panama Canal during its excavation. This is where you can eat lunch at one of several gourmet restaurants and watch ships leaving the Canal. After that we transfer you back to the airport to catch the afternoon flight to David. Upon your arrival in David we transfer you to Boquete, a small and charming mountain village tucked away on the eastern slopes of the Baru Volcano. This part of Panama is completely different both in culture and climate: you will feel like you are visiting a different country. Upgrade Option) Lodging: Hotel Valle Escondido,or Casa Romero Economic Option) Lodging: El Oasis Hotel Read more

Boquete 1st night
DAY 6

Cloud Forest Hike

(Thursday) After the breakfast you will have a guided hike in the Baru Volcano National Park, home to Panama's tallest peak (11,400 ft) and an enchanting cloud forest. Cloud forests, also called fog forests, occur only in tropical or subtropical mountainous environments, where the atmospheric conditions allow for a consistent cover of clouds. Often taking the form of fog, these clouds hover around the upper canopy of the forest before condensing onto the leaves of trees and dripping onto the plants below. This forest has some of the tallest trees in the hemisphere and 5,000 species of plants found nowhere else on earth. Upgrade Option) Lodging: Hotel Valle Escondido,or Casa Romero Economic Option) Lodging: El Oasis Hotel Read more

Boquete 2nd night
DAY 7

Chiriqui Viejo River Rafting

(Friday) Today you will raft on the Chiriqui Viejo River with most rapids being Class III. The river is eminently suitable for beginners and passes through a canyon and spectacular waterfalls. The Chiriqui Viejo River is the best white water rafting river with relatively easy access. It is 128 km long and originates on Cerro Picacho, on the northwest side of Volcan Baru, the highest elevation of Panama. The trip is recommended for everyone above 12 years old with or without any prior white water rafting experience. Be ready to have fun. Depending on the water level you will raft for about three to four hours. After that you will be transferred back to the hotel and you will have some free time in the afternoon. Upgrade Option) Lodging: Hotel Valle Escondido,or Casa Romero Economic Option) Lodging: El Oasis Hotel Read more

Boquete 3rd Night
DAY 8

Visit a Coffee Plantation or Boquete Tre

(Saturday) Today you have two options. You can either visit a Coffee Plantation and learn all about Panama's robust coffee crops (samples included), or you can go to the Boquete Tree Trek, which is a completely thrilling zip-line. Imagine gliding through the tops of trees high above pristine rivers, traversing a cloud forest of century-old trees and waterfalls where you may encounter fog at any time and the gentle rain called "bajareque", as well as monkeys. Fortunately you will be attached securely in a harness to an overhead line. Zip-lining is an activity where adrenaline is high but the actual risk is quite low, something that becomes obvious once you see how it is actually constructed. However, it's definitely not mandatory and if you prefer to watch and take pictures, that is certainly OK too. In the afternoon you will be transferred to David to check in for your afternoon flight at 4:00 PM to Panama City. Once arrived in Panama City you get transferred to your hotel. In the evening you can go out for a Farewell Dinner and enjoy your last night in the City before you leave Panama or continue your journey onto other adventures. Luxury Option) Lodging: Hotel Tantalo at Casco Antiguo, or The Bristol Hotel Standard Option) Lodging: The Saba Hotel Read more

Panama City
DAY 9

Departure

Today is the day of the departure so you are transferred to the International Airport to catch your flight home or onto other adventures. Breakfast included.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Via Argentina, Panama City
Day 3
Location Guna Yala
Day 5
Location Boquete
Day 8
Location Via Argentina, Panama City
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Casco Antiguo, Panama City
Day 1
Location Zona 10, Aquilino de la Guardia Ave., Panama City
Day 3
Location Guna Yala
Day 5
Location Boquete
Day 5
Location Boquete
Hotel Casa Romero
Day 8
Location Casco Antiguo, Panama City
Day 8
Location Zona 10, Aquilino de la Guardia Ave., Panama City

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • All mentioned transportation, rafts or duckies, sea kayak(tandem or single) and related gear, camping gear, guides, trip's meals. Our guides are trained in river and sea navigation skills, first-aid and CPR.
  • All mentioned activities are guided and included
  • Lodging and catering:
  • 3 nights at Hotel Marbella**, Panama City
  • 2 nights in the huts of Embera Native Indian Villages
  • 2 nights at Tent Campsite on the shores of Gatun Lake
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transfers:
  • All mentioned ground and ocean transfers within Panama are included

Package excludes

  • International flight, Airport tax ($ 20.00/person), personal expenses, tips, meals not specified in itinerary, extras in hotels(laundry, room service, phone calls)

More information

  • PRICE: for Single Rooms
  • Upgrade Option*
  • Number of persons Single Room
  • 2 - 3 persons US $ 3,220.00 per person
  • 4 and more persons US $ 2,980.00 per person
  • *3 nights at The Bristol Hotel or Hotel Tantalo in Panama City, 2 nights at Yandup Island Lodge at Guna Yala, and 2 nights at Hotel Valle Escondido, or Casa Romero
  • Economic Option**
  • Number of persons Single Room
  • 2 - 3 persons US $ 2,125.00 per person
  • 4 and more persons US $ 1,805.00 per person
  • **3 nights at Grand International Hotel in Panama City, 2 nights at Ukuptupu Lodge at Guna Yala, and 2 nights at El Oasis Hotel in Boquete

REVIEWS

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Juan Corrego, Colombia

Fue una aventura mejor de lo esperado. Es muy organizado el itinerario, el transporte, la logística y sobre todo el cuidado por la seguridad. Muy recomendado para vivir un día de aventura en manos de unos grandes profesionales.

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