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Highlights of Panama

8 Days FROM AUD 1,815

Overview

Discover some of the highlights of Panama on this 8 day tour that starts and ends in the historic and fascinating capital, Panama City. Make a partial transit by ship through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks of the impressive Panama Canal before immersing yourself in the orchards and coffee plantations of Boquete, hiking through cloud forest in Baru Volcano National Park. End your tour by soaking up the Caribbean vibe as you relax on the white sand beaches and in the turquoise waters of Bocas del Toro. 

Trip Code: PNTSHOP

Location: Panama

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.

Arrival in Panama City

Panama City, Panama’s capital, is possibly the most cosmopolitan capital in Central America. It is a modern city framed by the Pacific Ocean and the man-made Panama Canal. The original city of Panama (Panama Viejo) was destroyed by fire in 1671. The city was rebuilt on a peninsula, 8kms from the original settlement. It is known as Casco Viejo (Old Quarter) and is the historic centre of Panama, with cobble-stoned streets and colonial buildings. The archaeological site of Panama Viejo and the historic district of Panama are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The banking district is a lively and vibrant sector of the city.

Arrival in Panama City

After a transfer from your hotel to Flamenco Marina, the partial transit starts with a 45 minute coach ride to the town of Gamboa where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. Once in Gamboa, you will board the cruise ship to start the water portion of the tour, entering the Canal at the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the Canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors. It was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is of great historical and geological value. Your boat will travel the Cut's 13.7 kilometres on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the Cut you will gain an appreciation of the continuous maintenance that this area requires, due to its susceptibility to landslides. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in progress for the Panama Canal expansion project.

Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, you will be able to view the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal. After entering Pedro Miguel Locks, one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, the vessel is lowered 9 metres in one step. The ship then enters Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 16 metres in two distinct steps.

Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where you disembark. On the way to Flamenco, you will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later you will see the Bay of Panama and Panama City's imposing skyline. On arrival at Flamenco you will be transferred back to your city hotel.

Please Note: This tour normally operates on Friday & Saturday. It can be changed to fit your travel dates.

Partial Panama Canal Transit (Shared)

This morning you will be transferred to the domestic airport in Panama City to fly to David. On arrival into David you will be met and transferred to Boquete where spring-like weather can be enjoyed all year round!!

Panama City - David - Boquete

Tucked away on the eastern slopes of Barú Volcano at 1,200 metres is the small and charming mountain village of Boquete. Known to produce some of the sweetest oranges and richest coffees in all of Panama, Boquete is quickly becoming a destination for those visitors seeking sunny though cool mountain weather.

Arrival in Boquete

This amazing hike begins in a Nature Reserve that belongs to Baru Volcano National Park. It retraces the steps of pre-Columbian Indians into a remote virgin cloud forest, surrounding the perimeter of Baru Volcano, habitat of 5 of the most ancient trees in Panama. During the hike you will visit the enormous Quercus trees that survived a volcano eruption 800 years ago. These magnificent millenary trees grow naturally throughout primary forests of Panama and Costa Rica. The trail parallels Quebrada La Mina, a beautiful creek that meanders through the ridges and valleys above Boquete. With more than 220 bird species native to the area, including the elusive resplendent quetzal, birding opportunities abound. During the hike, you may also spot mammals such as howler monkeys, white faced capuchins and two-toed sloths. This adventure offers the chance to experience the cloud forest along easy and accessible trails.

Giant Millenary Querus Hike

Today you will be taken from Boquete to Isla Colon on the beautiful Bocas del Toro archipelago. The transfer starts with a scenic 3 ½ hour drive through the highlands and down to the Caribbean coast where you board a boat to Bocas del Toro.

Isla Colon is the largest and most developed island of the archipelago. It is home to the provincial capital of Bocas del Toro, a colourful town with wooden houses built in the early 20th century. Isla Colon serves as a convenient hub for exploring the archipelago as water taxis can take you to remote beaches and magnificent snorkelling sites. The Caribbean vibes and the relaxed pace of life gives Bocas its appeal.

Boquete - Bocas del Toro

Today is a free day at leisure in Bocas del Toro. Participate in one of the optional tours such as snorkelling, dolphin watching and hiking or just relax at the beach.

Free Day in Bocas del Toro

Today a local flight from Bocas del Toro returns you to Panama City. On arrival you will be transferred to your city hotel for your last night in Panama City. Enjoy an evening out in the vibrant and lively capital that is often compared with Miami.

Bocas del Toro - Panama City

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Depart Panama City
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Important Information

  • Accommodation with breakfast everyday,
    Airport transfers,
    Tours as stated on the itinerary,
    Domestic air tickets.


    Exclusions

    Visa fees (if applicable)
    Meals not specified
    Airport tax (if applicable)
    Personal expenses
    Optional activities not mentioned in itinerary 
    Gratuities for staff/guides

  • Available upon request

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  • Season and availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.