Panama Adventure 10 Days / 11 Nights PT1011A

 

Do you like being active and getting to know a country off the beaten track? Then this itinerary is perfect for you. Secluded lodges have carefully been chosen for you to merge with the exuberant and lush vegetation of Panama. Diverse adventure activities have been put together to guarantee you an exciting thrill during your stay in Panama.

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Day 1 Arrival in Panama City

Upon arrival to Panama our representative in Panama 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 TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro Standard Room, breakfast included.

Day 2 Shared Soberania National Park & Gatun Locks with Panama Canal Expansion

In the early morning you break up to the Soberanía National Park. There you will walk a part of the famous track “Camino de Cruces” that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic coast. This historical trail was once used by merchants, slaves, European explorers and gold seekers. In the morning you will enjoy a nice and fresh climate in the forest and have the opportunity to observe many different species of plants and animals. The Soberania National Park is part of a biological corridor that goes all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oce.an. Therefore you will observe many birds, mammals and reptiles.
To continue the tour your English speaking guide will take you on a tour to Panama City and the Gatún Locks. The Gatun Locks are a series of three lock chambers where the huge container vessels are lifted or lowered at a total of 26 meters. Each lock is 33.5 meters wide and 306 meters long and takes 8 to 15 minutes to fill with water. With this excursion clients will also have the opportunity to visit the Canal Expansion which consist on the construction of two new sets of locks which double the capacity of the Panama Canal and will create a new lane of traffic allowing more and larger ships, this visit will end up by the visitor center where you can have a better idea of the expansion project

Overnight at TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro Standard Room, breakfast included.

Day 3 Chiriquí Highlands – Boquete

Early morning transfer to Albrook Airport where you will catch a flight to David in the Chiriquí highlands. You will be picked up on arrival in David and transferred by road to Boquete on the western side of the Barú Volcano.

Boquete’s surrounding hills and slopes are primarily covered in shade-grown coffee plantations, providing a rich product recognized by international connoisseurs. Coffee is primarily picked by the Ngobe-Bugle Indians during the months of October through February. Coffee picking season is a festive time and colorfully clad Indian families come from various parts of the province to harvest the coffee cherries.

In the aftnernoon enjoy:
Shared Coffee Tour at Finca Lerida
Established by Tollef B. Mönniche in 1922, purchased by Alfred Collins in 1957, and developed and currently operated by members of the Collins family, Finca Lerida is one of Boquete’s oldest and most traditional Coffee Estates. Located in the Highlands of Boquete, at an altitude of 5,500 feet, on the foothills of the Baru Volcano, with its deep rich volcanic soil, this beautiful and traditional coffee estate offers optimum conditions for growing premium mountain coffee. The ample rainfall and sunny, dry harvesting season promotes ideal production of this Arabica. Mr. Mönniche designed and constructed the first “beneficio”, processing plant, functioning with water and by gravity, and designed and patented a coffee siphon which would be used in “beneficios” throughout Central America and other countries in the world. Lerida´s owner guided coffee tour takes you from the plantation through the process, roasting and brewing finishing with a cupping session.

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

Day 4 Private Quetzal Trail Trek Cerro Punta – Boquete

 The Los Quetzales trail unites the two communities of Boquete and Cerro Punta    and is one of Panama’s most visited and popular hikes, named for a particular species of bird called the Resplendent Quetzal. Quite elusive, these birds are a magnificent and rare treat to observe and are a favorite among many birding enthusiasts. In addition to the Quetzal, there are more than 220 other bird species native to the area.PT Quetzal

From Cerro Punta to Boquete, the 10 km trail climbs steadily (roughly 800 meters) as you pass from tropical rain forest to tropical cloud forest and takes approximately 4-6 hours of hiking to complete.
The tour starts with a two hours drive from Boquete to Cerro Punta where your hiking adventure on the Quetzal Trail starts. Your 4×4 vehicle will take you to the ranger station in the park.

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

Day 5 Shared White Water Rafting Chiriqui Viejo Class II-III

This section of the Viejo is a fun ride where plenty of high and deep wave trains provide continuous excitement. Ranked as a class II with several class III rapids, the Sabo section is also a great place for bird watching. Kingfishers, Cormorants, and Egrets are common sights down the Sabo section of the Rio Chiriqui Viejo. This less technical section is great for beginners looking for excitement.
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Important Note: This tour requires a minimum of 4 PAX to be operated.

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

Day 6 Private Baru Volcano Hike

For the Baru Volcano Hike you will be picked up at 6 a.m. at your hotel. You will enjoy a lovely drive uphill to the Volcan Baru National Park Ranger Station. From there you will start the challenging hike to the highest point of Panama. Depending on your level of fitness you will reach the top between 4 and 6 hours. If the weather conditions are good, you will be able to see both oceans from the top of the volcano. On the summit you will enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon you will hike back down, this takes between 3 and 5 hours. After the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.

While hiking up the volcano you will encounter 6 different climate zones: humid mountain forest, low humid mountain forest, low humid mountain rainforest, mountain rainforest, very humid mountain rainforest and pre-mountain rainforest. The average annual temperatures vary between 20°C at the Park Ranger Station to under 10°C on the top of the volcano.
Note: Good physical condition is required.

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

Day 7 Chiriquí Gulf – Boca Chica

Morning transfer to Chiriqui Gulf.

Hotel Bocas del Mar: Replenish your body and soul in Panama’s tropical sunshine. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of our water’s edge setting. Bocas del Mar Hotel, in Boca Chica, Panama, is a boutique hotel with modern, luxury features. In a privileged coastal location, it is perfectly positioned for a completely relaxing vacation. Our focus is on quality customer service and attention to detail.

Hotel accommodations are in sixteen large, contemporary-style bungalow guest rooms, which are set in tropical gardens alongside the glistening blue water. Open your drapes each morning and the Pacific Ocean is there to greet you!

Here your day can be as chilled or as adventurous as you want it to be. Swim in our large, beautiful infinity-style pool, sun yourself on our wide terraces or private cove, or let us take care of you in our gourmet restaurant and bar. And all the time you’ll be taking in the gorgeous surrounding views of the sailboats on the water and the islands beyond

In the afternoon enjoy:
Shared Sea kayaking
This day trip is perfect for beginner paddlers and those who want to spend an active day in the remote island paradise of Panama’s Pacific coast. You will paddle from Boca Chica to one of the nearby islands for a day of snorkeling, exploring and relaxing. Participants should be in good physical condition. This trip includes about 4 hours of moderate paddling. Included: Lunch Transportation to and from Boca Chica, boats, gear, guides.
Bring: Clothes to swim (shorts, shirt, hat), dry clothes and towel for after the trip, sunscreen, water, shoes to explore the island, copy of your passport

Overnight at Bocas del Mar Deluxe Room, breakfast included.

Day 8 Shared Snorkeling Trip Gulf of Chiriqui

You will start your Gulf of Chiriqui Island Tour in Boquete and drive to Boca Brava, the entrance into the Pacific Ocean. From there, your boat captain will navigate a Super Panga through the protected waters and uninhabited islands of Golfo de Chiriqui National Marine Park. This 14,740-hectare marine park serves as a refuge for howler monkeys, leatherback and hawksbill turtles, tiger-herons, and scores of exotic fish.

The sun tends to shine over the white sand, palm-lined beaches in Golfo de Chiriqui even when it’s raining everywhere else! Depending on visibility and climate, you’ll be snorkeling around one of the beautiful islands and pass the late morning and better part of the afternoon lunching, exploring, swimming, relaxing in a hammock, and playing on the white sand beaches of Isla Gamez or Isla Bolanos.

Included: Transportation from and to Boca Chica, snorkeling equipment, English speaking guides.
Bring: Swim suit, towel, sun protection,

Overnight at Bocas del Mar Deluxe Room, breakfast included

Day 9 Boca Chica – David – Panama City

You will picked up and transferred from Boca Chica by private to David, then fly from David to Panama City. Upon arrival our driver will take you to your hotel in Panama City.

Overnight at Las Clementinas deluxe apartament, breakfast included

Day 10 Departure

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

 Price   per person in USD:
VALID   01aug2014   – 31OCT15
Double occupancy: $ 3143.75 per person (land only)
Price not valid during Christmas, New Years & Easter Week Rates are subject to change.

Price includes:
• Meet & Greet at the airport
• 2 Nts Tryp Panama Centro (B)
• 3 Nts Finca Lérida (B)
• 2 Nts Hotel Bocas del Mar (B)
• 1 Nt Las Clementinas (B)
• Shared Soberania National Park & Gatun Locks with Panama Canal Expansion
• Shared Coffee Tour at Finca Lerida
• Private Quetzal Trail Trek Cerro Punta – Boquete
• Shared White Water Rafting Chiriqui Viejo Class II-III
• Private Baru Volcano Hike
• Shared Sea kayaking
• Shared Snorkeling Trip Gulf of Chiriqui
• Local flights in economy class
• Ground transfers on A/C motor coaches
• All taxes and service charges

 

Price do not include:
• Airport Departure Tax (US$ 40.00 per person – usually included in airfare
Tourist Card (US$ 5.00 for certain nationalities)
• Optional tours
• Meals not mentioned
• Premium Beverages
• All extras in the hotels
• Voluntary tips & gratuities

 

Important Notes:

• Domestic flights & boat transfers have a luggage restriction of 30 pounds per person.