The Best of Panama

Explore some of the best wildlife locations on offer in Panama.  Camp in Chagres National Park, travel by train to Panama City, go ziplining or whitewater rafting, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Bocas del Toro archipelago.
Duration: 14 days/ 13 nights

OTHER PANAMA ITINERARIES

Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect Panama adventure that meets your needs.


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Sample Itinerary


DAY 1: Arrival/ Panama City ~ Upon arrival to Panama City, you’ll be met for your private transfer to your hotel.  You have the rest of the day to enjoy Panama City.  Overnight at Toscana Inn or similar. (D)

DAY 2: Panama Viejo/ Chagres National Park ~ Start the day with a guided visit to Panama Viejo “Old Panama”.  Panama Viejo was the first European settlement on the Pacific Coast of the Americas.  This first Panama City was looted and destroyed by the notorious English buccaneer, Henry Morgan in 1671 and therefore abandoned.  Today, there are only ruins left.  After lunch, you’ll visit Chagres National Park where a private boat will be waiting for you to visit and spend the night camping at an Embera community.  (B,L,D)

DAYS 3-5: Chagres National Park ~ You have these three days to immerse yourself in Chagres National Park.  The park is home to an abundance of tropical plants and animals. Over 900 species of plant species have been identified. There are 114 mammal species, including Baird’s tapirs, whitetail deer, Geoffroy’s spider monkeys, and all five species of big cats. Of the 396 species of birds, there are stripe-cheeked woodpeckers, red-legged honeycreepers, violet-capped hummingbirds, and even harpy eagles. Additionally, there are 96 reptile species, 79 amphibian species, and 59 species of freshwater fish.

 

three-toed sloth

DAY 6: Colon ~ After a final morning in the park, you’ll be transferred to Colon.  Overnight at Congo Hotel or similar. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: Colon/ Panama City by Train ~ You have the day to explore the area.  Afternoon train transfer back to Panama City where you’ll spend the night.  Overnight at Toscana Inn or similar. (B,L,D)

Panama railroad train

DAY 8: David/ Boquete ~ Today you will have the private transfer from you hotel to the Albrook Domestic Airport in time for your flight to David (45min approximately).  Transfer by road to Boquete. Overnight at Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Lodge or similar. (B,D)

Ziplining

 

DAY 9: Boquete ~ Today you can choose between a full-day whitewater rafting adventure on the Chiriquí Viejo River or a combination ziplining/ coffee farm tour. Overnight at Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Hotel or similar. Cabin (B,D) 

DAY 10: Boquete/ Bocas del Toro ~ This morning, take a shuttle transfer across the Continental Divide by the Fortuna Dam and some spectacular waterfalls as you cross through the Palo Seco protected area that serves as buffer zone to La Amistad International Park. The road trip to Almirante is about 180 KM looping down to Caldera and is a great opportunity to see some of rural Panama and dramatic transitions from the cloud forests to the Caribbean coast, making for a very scenic drive. Upon arriving at the port town of Almirante, you will hike through an indigenous community, a cacao farm and jungle.  Boat transfer to Al Natural. Afternoon at leisure to relax. Overnight at Al Natural.

DAY 11: Bocas del Toro/ Zapatillas Islands ~ Boat tour to the idyllic white sand beaches of Zapatillas Islands, with a great snorkeling stop, all within the protected land and water of Bastimentos National Marine Park. Overnight at Al Natural.  (B,L,D)

DAY 12: Bocas del Toro/ Salt Creek ~ Today brings a tour by “cayuco”, a local dug-out canoe, through several mangrove rivers to discover a pristine mangrove forest, home to sloths and a variety of rainforest dwellers. Overnight at Al Natural.  (B,L,D)

DAY 13: Bocas del Toro/ Panama City ~ After a final morning on the island, transfer to the local airstrip for your flight to Panama City.  Enjoy your final night in Panama.  Overnight at Toscana Inn or similar. (B,D)

 

DAY 14: Departure ~ Transfer back to the international airport in time for your flight home. (B)


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DETAILS

Meals: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; Dinner

Pricing from $3770 per person (double occupancy).

Package includes accommodations, guided activities on a shared basis, entrance fees, domestic flights, camping gear (tent, walking stick, flashlights, and emergency kit), meals as listed, and ground transfers. A donation to support local conservation efforts will be made on behalf of all participants.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport/visa fees, travel insurance, taxis, optional activities, exit taxes, alcohol, gratuities, and items of a personal nature.

This sample itinerary is a suggested outline.  It can be customized to best suit your travel plans.