Panama Highlights

Explore some of the best wildlife locations on offer in Panama – Gamboa, Boquete, Almirante, and Bocas del Toro.
Duration: 11 days/ 10 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 Tocumen International Airport in Panama City (PTY), you’ll be met by a local representative for your private transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Gamboa Resort.

DAYS 2-3: Gamboa ~ These two days are yours to enjoy all of the amenities and optional activities on offer at Gamboa. Overnights at Gamboa Resort. (B)

DAY 4: Gamboa/ Boquete ~ Today you will transfer to Albrook domestic airport to take a 45-min local flight to David, the capital of the Chiriqui province. Transfer by van (45 min drive) to the eastern side of the dormant Baru Volcano to the quaint town of Boquete with its countryside dotted with flower, fruit and vegetable farms, coffee plantations and extraordinary cloud forest environments. Overnight at Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Hotel or similar.

DAY 5: Boquete ~ After breakfast, embark on an unforgettable half-day adventure! Ride in back of one of a safari jeep as it meanders through a narrow valley, crossing rivers, passing by waterfalls and indigenous communities. Then hike over a walking bridge and deep into the mysterious cloud forest. See rare birds and beautiful butterflies and if you’re lucky even catch a glimpse of a pack of wild howler monkeys! Overnight at Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Hotel or similar. (B)

DAY 6: Boquete ~ Activities to be decided. Overnight at Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Hotel or similar. (B)

DAY 7: Boquete/ Almirante/ Bocas del Toro Archipelago ~ This morning, transfer by road approx. 4 hours across the
Continental Divide, by Fortuna Dam and past spectacular waterfalls as you
cross through the Palo Seco Protected Area, 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 cloud forests to the Caribbean coast, making for a very scenic drive. Upon arriving at the port town of Almirante, you’ll be met for your 30-minute boat transfer to the charming Afro-Caribbean town of Bocas on Colon Island. The afternoon is yours to relax or explore the town of Bocas on your own – a great opportunity to mingle with the friendly locals. Overnight at Playa Tortuga Hotel or similar. (B,L)

DAYS 8-9: Bocas del Toro ~ These two days are yours to enjoy the Bocas del Toro. A snorkeling tour to Bastimentos Marine National Park and Dolphin Bay tour is included. Overnights at Playa Tortuga Hotel or similar. (B)

Sunset on tropical beach island

Boat Excursion & Snorkeling at Bastimentos Marine National Park and Dolphin Bay – This is a regular tour, you will leave Bocas at 09:30 am. After approximately 20-30 minutes you will arrive at Dolphin Bay. There we spend about an hour cruising the bay and hopefully enjoy some encounters with Dolphins. At around 11:00 am you will continue on to Coral Key where we arrive around 11:30. If desired you can order food in their restaurant and go snorkeling right from their dock while your food is prepared. After lunch we continue on through the mangroves between the islands of Solarte and Bastimentos to Red Frog Beach, which is about a 20 minute boat ride away. We dock on the bay side of Bastimentos and after a 10-15 minute walk we arrive at Red Frog Beach. Along the way you will look out for the little red poison dart frogs who are barely larger than a finger nail. Red Frog Beach has a bar and restaurant as well. And around 3:30 we leave Red Frog and head back to Bocas. On the way we stop at Hospital Point for some more snorkeling.

DAY 10: Bocas del Toro/ Panama City ~ Continue enjoying Bocas del Toro until it’s time to transfer to the airport for your flight back to Panama City. Your hotel this evening is conveniently located near the airport in preparation for your flight home tomorrow. Overnight at Hotel Riande Airport.

DAY 11: Departure ~ Transfer back to PTY Airport in time for your flight home. (B)


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DETAILS

Meals: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; Dinner

Pricing from $1995 per person (double occupancy).

Package includes accommodations, ground transfers, meals as listed, transfers for tours, local bilingual English-Spanish speaking guides/interpreters on a shared basis for tours, sales taxes and service charges for included meals, and domestic flights as listed. A donation to local conservation efforts will be made on your behalf.

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.