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Panama Adventure

13 Nights /

14 Days

1 Day 1: Arrival in Panama City

Upon arrival to Panama a representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer 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 will surely enjoy during your visit to this gorgeous country.

Overnight at Country Inn & Suites Hotel Panama Canal Standard Room, breakfast included.

2 Day 2: Canopy Crane & Panama City Tour

In the early morning you will be taken to the Metropolitan National Park in order to experience the Smithsonian Rainforest Canopy Crane. With the crane you will reach an excellent altitude to observe the tropical rain forest and its inhabitants from a unique bird’s eye perspective.

After this early morning tour you will return to your hotel for breakfast.

In the afternoon, you will be taken on a city tour visiting Casco Antiguo and the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. You will start the tour with a 15 minutes’ drive to Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal. The busiest hours are from 2pm to 5pm, so you will be able to see many ships getting lifted or lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps. You will enjoy the view on the Locks from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations of your guide. To complete the visit of the Canal you will visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores which gives you a good idea on the construction of the Canal – a masterpiece of engineering. You will also learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project.

The tour continues to the Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. At the Casco Viejo you feel set back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get a good idea about Panama’s history by driving or walking through the main attractions of this quarter.

After the visit to the Casco Antiguo you will round off the tour at the Amador Causeway, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers magnificent views on the Canal on one side and on the skyline of Panama City on the other side.

Overnight at Country Inn & Suites Hotel Panama Canal Standard Room, breakfast included.

3 Day 3: Burbayar Lodge

This morning you travel on the Panamerican Highway to the East. You will travel by 4x4 along a rough, muddy road to your lodge on the Llano-Carti road — the only road that traverses the Serranía de San Blas, the beautiful foothills joining Panama and San Blas to Darién and home to the indigenous Kuna. The lodge is situated at 375m close to the Nusagandi or PEMASKY Reserve (Project for the Study and Management of Wilderness Areas of Kuna Yala). It was set up by the Kuna people to halt the encroachment of their pre-montane rainforest by settlers, subsistence farmers and loggers. Scientists from the Smithsonian Institute rank it as one of the world\'s top 10 reserves in terms of its wealth of flora and fauna. You will stay for two nights at Burbayar Lodge. The simple rooms have private bathrooms but only cold water. Lighting is by hurricane lamp.

Spend the afternoon exploring the nature and trails around Burbayar Lodge – a paradise for nature lovers.

Overnight at Burbayar Lodge Standard Cabin, three daily meals included

4 Day 4: Burbayar Jungle Trails

Burbayar Lodge has a system of seven inter-connecting trails through the rainforest which range from 0.5 - 3.5km. Choose the duration of the walk that suit you best. The local Kuna guides will help you identify the birds, butterflies, medicinal plants, trees and flowers. Monkeys, sloths, agoutis, frogs and iguanas are often encountered along the way. Some of the trails lead to lovely waterfalls and crystal-clear pools that invite for a refreshing dip. For those who really want to stretch their legs it is possible to hike the Kuna Trail crossing the San Blas cordillera to the Caribbean - a challenging 6-8 hrs jungle trek.

Overnight at Burbayar Lodge Standard Cabin, three daily meals included

5 Day 5: Chiriquí Highlands – Cerro Punta

Overland transfer back to Panama City (2 hrs), then you catch a flight to David in the Chiriquí highlands. You will be picked up on arrival in David and transferred by road to Cerro Punta on the western side of the Barú Volcano. Here you stay for two nights at Los Quetzales Lodge at an altitude of 2,200m. The Lodge has a 400ha preserve with land inside both the Barú National Park and La Amistad International Park.

At the hotel, you can make use of the horses, mountainbikes, fishing rods or the sauna.

Overnight at Los Quetzales Ecolodge & Spa Standard Room, three daily meals included.

6 Day 6: Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Birding or Spa

Today you can choose from any of the following activities available at the lodge. In the immediate area there are walking or horse riding excursions amid the picturesque farming scenery ranging from 30 minutes to 4 hours duration. Mountain bikes are available for guests who wish to explore the surrounding independently. There are 8 trails within the cloud forest reserve. If you wish to have a more relaxing day, the Finca Dracula Orchid farm is just a 10 minute walk away and the lodge offers optional spa therapies including massage, hot stones and reflexology (these services are not included in the package).

Overnight at Los Quetzales Ecolodge & Spa Standard room, three daily meals included

7 Day 7: Quetzal Trail

Today you will hike with a guide the whole 6 miles of the Quetzal Trail (approx 6hrs walking). Starting from Cerro Punta west of the Barú Volcáno you will hike uphill and downhill on a very scenic but muddy trail through the cloud forest of the Barú National Park to reach the popular coffee growing mountain town of Boquete on the eastern flank of the Volcano. You will enjoy a picnic lunch on the way and you should have a good chance of spotting a number of birds and mammals. Between January to May the locals say there is a 100% chance of spotting the magnificent iridescent Resplendent Quetzal here, this falls to just 25% at other times. As you emerge at the ranger station at the end of the trail a vehicle will be waiting with your luggage to take you to your lodge in Boquete. Here you will stay for the next three nights.

Overnight at Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation & Boutique Hotel Deluxe Room, breakfast included

8 Day 8: Canopy Tour & Horseback Riding to Hot Springs

Today you will be driven up to Palo Alto for a morning canopy adventure where you glide through the forest on a series of 11 different zip-line cables for 3 kilometers suspended at heights between 30-60m above ground. This is all about adventure but there are also great opportunities for spotting orchids, ferns and bromeliads high in the tree tops.

In the afternoon relax your limbs in the Caldera Thermal pools, famous for the curative properties of their waters. These are natural open-air pools with mineral water heated geo-thermally to different temperatures. Perhaps alternate with a bathe in the local river for a cooling contrast in temperature.

Overnight at Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation & Boutique Hotel Deluxe Room, breakfast included

9 Day 9: White Water Rafting

The adventure goes on. Enjoy a morning of white water rafting down one of the local rivers which have their source on the slopes of the Barú Volcano and which carve their way through the cloud forest. Choose what would suit you best depending on the season and your level of experience. The options range from a gentle 2½hr class II introduction on the Esti River, through class III trips (e.g. Sabo Section of the Chiriquí Viejo) to an exhilarating world class 4hr class IV run (Palon Section of Chiriquí Viejo). For best natural history opportunities and pristine waterfalls the 3hr mostly class II and III rapids on the Gariche River is suggested. Lunch is included.

Overnight at Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation & Boutique Hotel Deluxe Room, breakfast included

10 Day 10: Bocas del Toro

Transfer by road down from the cloud forested mountains to Almirante on the Caribbean coast. By boat out to the coral reefs of Bocas del Toro. This will be you base for the next 3 nights staying at Hotel Bocas del Toro in the friendly town of Bocas del Toro on Colón Island where you can mingle with the locals and sample the bars and restaurants.

Overnight at Hotel Bocas del Toro Standard Room, breakfast included.

11 Day 11: Bird Island, Boca Drago & Starfish Beach Tour

Today’s tour starts at the Bocas del Toro pier with a short boat ride to Playa de las Estrellas, the starfish beach. You will practice some snorkeling at that beach and admire the numerous sea stars in the clean Caribbean waters. You will continue to Boca del Drago where you will have time to relax on a white sand beach and a calm turquoise sea. At Boca del Drago you will also find a restaurant where you can have lunch (not included in the tour!). In the afternoon you will continue to Isla de los Pájaros, the Bird\'s Island. The island offers spectacular scenery and a large number of sea birds nesting here. After the Bird\'s Island you will be taken back to Bocas del Toro.

Overnight at Hotel Bocas del Toro Standard Room, breakfast included.

12 Day 12: Free day at Bocas del Toro

Free day based on Colón Island - opportunities for water adventure including diving, snorkeling and kayaking or hikes to local beaches (not included).

Overnight at Hotel Bocas del Toro Standard Room, breakfast included

13 Day 13: Bocas del Toro – Panama City

Flight back to Panama City. You will be picked upon arrival and transferred to your hotel in Panama City for your last night in Panama. Rest of the day is free for shopping, city sightseeing, relaxing at the hotel or sampling the nightlife.

Overnight at Country Inn & Suites Hotel Panama Canal Standard Room, breakfast included.

14 Day 14: Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tocumen Airport for your international flight back home.

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