Cultural Panama

Destinations Panama City, Panama canal, emberá village, chagres river, el valle, Pedasí
Category Adventure
Duration 11 days / 10 nights
Location Panama

Day 1: Arrival in Panama City
Day 1: Arrival in Panama City

Upon arrival at Tocumen International airport you will be met by our Spanish speaking driver and transferred to your hotel in Panama City. Welcome to Panama!

Day 2: Gatun Lake
Day 2: Gatun Lake

Your day of adventure will start with a road transfer from your hotel to the town of Gamboa, the maintenance and dredging port of the canal. In Gamboa you will embark in fast launch and start navigating on Gatun Lake admiring the fascinating flora, fauna, and the ships transiting the canal.
Monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, iguanas and conspicuous birds such as anhinga's, jacanas or snail kites are very frequently seen. You will witness history in the making as we pass close by work being carried out to expand the canal.
Eventually our journey will take us off the beaten path to a secluded part of the Panama Canal, in the heart of Gatun Lake's rainforest where a Jungle boathouse is anchored. There, you will enjoy a delicious Panamanian style lunch with refreshments.
After lunch (Panamanian menu) you may take part in a variety of other activities like swimming, fishing, hiking or kayaking. In the afternoon transfer back to your hotel in Panama City.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Full Day City and Canal Tour
Day 3: Full Day City and Canal Tour

After breakfast a Full day City and Canal Tour:
The visit starts with Panama Viejo, first Spanish settlement, founded in 1519 and destroyed in 1671 during the attack of the infamous pirate Henry Morgan. It was in fact the Spanish governor who set fire to the city to avoid it falling in the hands of the privateers.
The city was rebuilt some years later on the foothills of Cerro Ancon. This beautiful little area has several attractions that you shouldn’t miss and can easily cover in a short walk. A monument to the French entrepreneurs who began the Panama Canal stands at the bayside end of the Casco Viejo.
After lunch (not included) a short transfer through the modern part of the city will take us to Miraflores locks. Ships must pass those imposing water elevators to navigate in and out the Panama Canal and it is a fascinating and unforgettable show to watch the steel giants going through the locks, where the biggest of them, called "Panamax", only have 2 feet between their hull and the side of the chambers!
Return to the hotel.
**Panama la Vieja is closed on Mondays**

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: The Chagres River
Day 4: The Chagres River

First breakfast and then, the Embera Village Tour.
A one-hour road transfer from Panama City shall take us to the shores of the lake Alajuela (also called Madden lake). The rest of the trip to the Embera village will be done in local dugout canoes, on the lake then on the Pequeñi River.
The Emberas originally come from Darien, close from the border with Colombia but have now settled inside the Chagres National Park. They will show us some of the elements of their graceful culture, the beauty of their dances and their remarkable handicrafts. They will also invite you to share their traditional dish of fish with plantain in a banana leaf.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: The Chagres River
Day 5: The Chagres River
After a nice breakfast in the village you will go on a morning walk through the beautiful forest of the Chagres National Park. The trail traverses secondary vegetation to arrive to the beautiful rainforest. At the end of the trail a dugout canoe will be waiting to bring you back to the village for lunch. Drive back to Panama City after lunch.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Private full day tour to El Valle
Day 6: Private full day tour to El Valle
El Valle is a great escape from the hustle and heat of Panama City. What makes it unique is its location inside a huge crater created when a volcano blew its top off five million years ago.
The drive to El Valle takes about 2 hours going west from Panama City. You will cross the famous "Bridge of the Americas" and drive along the pacific coast before turning uphill to the mountain village. Upon arrival you will hike on the Cerro Gaital cloud forest trail, on the slopes of the volcano. The trail ends at a mirador where you will enjoy a great panoramic view of El Valle. Back in the village we will stop to see the famous "Piedra Pintada", a huge ancient petroglyph representing a map of the region.
After lunch (not included) we will have some time to visit the local market. Especially on Sundays, many local families come from the entire valley to sell their goods on the colorful market: fruits, vegetables, orchids and handicrafts.
Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: Tavidá – El Valle - Pedasí
Day 7: Tavidá – El Valle - Pedasí
In the morning road transfer to Penonome, where you will take a picturesque little road going up the mountains through little farms and scattered rainforest. You will stop in front of ''Cerro la Vieja'' and start a 20 minutes hike in the forest until you arrive to the impressive ''Tavida'' waterfall, where you will enjoy a well-deserved swim in the cool water in front of the waterfall!
Back on main road a local 4x4 vehicle will take you to the little village of Vaquilla, located inside a deep valley. Ladies from the village's cooperative will welcome you, you will visit the little church then walk to the school. You will notice that your arrival there is quite an event ! the kids will show you how they dance the traditional ''tipico''... You will be invited by the locals for lunch. People there don't have much but they will share it with you with all their heart and a big smile
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Pedasí
Day 8: Pedasí
Breakfast. Day at leisure in Pedasí.
Some activities you can book in the area include: fishing, snorkeling, horseback riding and whale watching in season. Pedasí is 30 minutes from Venao Beach, one of the best surfing beaches in Central America.
Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Pedasí
Day 9: Pedasí
Breakfast. Day at leisure.
Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: Pedasí - Panama City
Day 10: Pedasí - Panama City
Breakfast. Private transfer with Spanish speaking driver from Pedasi to your hotel in Panama City.
Meals : Breakfast
Day 11: Departure Day
Day 11: Departure Day
Breakfast. the appropriate time you will be transferred to the Tocumen International Airport for your outbound flight.
Meals : Breakfast

Included

  • Accommodation in double occupancy
  • Hotel taxes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Additional meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tours as mentioned, with English speaking guides during tours
  • Transportation as mentioned in the itinerary

 


 

Not Included

  • Extras at hotels (telephone calls, room service, porterage, laundry, alcoholic drinks, etc.)
  • Meals or drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Any additional/extra tours or park fees
  • Personal and/or medical expenses
  • Any incidentals out of pocket or medical expenses. Please ensure you carry appropriate insurance, which covers all the activities in this itinerary, inherited risks, luggage protection and holiday cancellation.
  • Late check-out or early check-in
  • International or domestic flights
  • Departure taxes or immigration fees (to be paid at some airports or land borders)
  • Costs associated with changes to your itinerary for reasons beyond our control
  • Any other service not mentioned in the “included” list or the itinerary

 

Note: This is just a quote and suggested program. If at time of booking quoted hotels are not available, similar hotels will be booked and price is subject to change.

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