Panama

Get to know a fascinating strip of land that emerged from the sea 3 million years ago, dividing an ocean and joining two continents. As home to more species of birds and trees than you’ll find in all of North America, there’s plenty to see and enjoy in Panama. Attractions include a boat trip to Bayano Caves, a visit to an Emberá Indian village, hikes to waterfalls in beautiful rain forests, snorkeling in the Gulf of Chiriquí and a tour of the Panama Canal.

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Language

Spanish

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Time Zone

GMT -5

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Currency

Panamanian Balboa (PAB)

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Average Temp

79° F

Panama Expedition

Canals, Cloud Forests & Wildlife

Inspire Your Expedition with Our Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

Arrive in Panama City

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall

Day 2 – LAKE BAYANO / LAKE ALAJUELA

Private transfer to Lake Bayano:

  • Boat trip around Lake Bayano islands 
  • Short hike to Bayano Caves for guided visit inside

Private transfer to Lake Alajuela: 

  • Boat trip on the Rio Chagres to a waterfall
  • Visit to Emberá Indian village – traditional lunch

Accommodations: Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 – AL VALLE DE ANTON

Private transfer to El Valle de Anton:

  • Panama’s largest handicrafts market
  • Cooking class at Three Sisters Global Gourmet Cooking School

Accommodations: Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – PANAMA CITY / COLÓN / GAMBOA

Train ride from Panama City to Colón

  • Private guided tour of Agua Clara Visitor Center – Panama Canal Atlantic side
  • Pass through Gatun Locks & Sherman Fort en route to San Lorenzo Fort

Lunch at Los Lagartos overlooking the Chagres River

Private transfer to rainforest resort

Accommodations: Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – SOBERANIA NATIONAL PARK

Private half-day guided hike:

  • “Camino de Cruces” – connecting the Pacific to the Atlantic
  • View many species of plants & animals

Accommodations: Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – GAMBOA / MOUNT TOTUMAS CLOUD FOREST

Private transfer to Panama City for flight to David

Private transfer to cloud forest lodge

Accommodations: Mount Totumas Bellbird Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – MOUNT TOTUMAS CLOUD FOREST

Nature, wildlife & birdwatching tours

Accommodations: Mount Totumas Bellbird Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – MOUNT TOTUMAS / BOQUETE

Private transfer to Boquete

  • Shared tour of Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation

Accommodations: Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation & Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – BOQUETE – CERRO PUNTA

Transfer to Cerro Punta 

Hike Los Quetzales Trail back to Boquete

Accommodations: Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation & Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 – BOQUETE – CHIRIQUÍ VIEJO RIVER

White-water rafting (shared)

Accommodations: Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation & Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 – BOQUETE / BOCA CHICA

Private transfer to Pacific Oceanfront hotel

Accommodations: Hotel Bocas del Mar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 – BOCA CHICA – GULF OF CHIRIQUÍ

Transfer to Boca Brava for Panga boat tour:

  • Golfo de Chiriquí National Marine Park
  • Isla Gamez or Isla Bolanos snorkeling, swimming, beaches

Accommodations: Hotel Bocas del Mar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 – BOCA CHICA / DAVID / PANAMA CITY

Private transfer to David for flight to Panama City 

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 – PANAMA CITY / HOMEWARD BOUND

Private transfer to airport for flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Starting at $5,490 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, international airfare not included)

Itineraries are customized to travelers’ interests and preferences.
Final prices will vary based on dates of travel and number of travelers.

I’m so thoroughly ensconced on Cloud 9 that I can hardly function. I just look at photos and smile. And smile. The trip was absolutely superb, amazing, awesome, everything I hoped. I loved it all! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I am so grateful to you! I know there were a million details and they all worked out just right. Where shall I go next? Actually, I want to do this all over again.

Susan B.
Charlottesville, VA

When to go:

Best times are from December to April

What to eat:

Sancocho (chicken soup), Ceviche (marinated raw fish), Carimañolas (stuffed yuca fritters)

What to pack:

Light-weight clothing; light jacket or sweater; shawl or scarf; swimwear; comfortable walking shoes; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat; insect repellent; camera equipment; binoculars; universal adapter

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