Arrive in Panama City. Overnight.
This morning begin your Panama travels with a hiking tour of Soberania National Park, where you can explore the lowland tropical forest. As you hike, keep your eye open for over 390 bird species. Other wildlife to watch for includes the two-toed sloth, howler monkeys, leaf-cutting ants, rhinoceros beetles, and litter toads. Next, transfer to Gatun Lake and navigate the canal's colossal water wonder. This exciting man-made lake is alive with large barges, commuter ships, and other vessels. From your boat, you can admire jungle birds, monkeys, caiman, and a variety of Panama's wildlife. After your cruise of Gatun, catch a late afternoon flight to the city of David in Chiriqui Province. Spend two nights in the charming town of Boquete, nestled at the foot of Volcan Baru and surrounded by coffee farms and one of Central America's largest nature preserves - La Amistad International Peace Park.
Today is free to enjoy as you wish. You can choose from among numerous activities such as whitewater rafting on the Chiriqui River, a day hike on Los Quetzales Trail through La Amistad International Park, a local zip line tour through the rainforest canopy, or speeding through the jungle vegetation on a mountain bike. If you prefer more relaxing activities, you can choose from an assortment of excursions around Boquete. A local coffee tour or horseback riding are some of the most highly-recommended activities. The day is free for you to arrange your activities locally.
Today it's off to the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. You are picked up and transferred two hours to the coast. Once there, meet your boat transfer to your new island escape. Navigate through the Bocas archipelago's canals, passing local communities, mangroves, and into the Caribbean Sea. Arrive to your home for the next three nights, a secluded casually-elegant resort overlooking Tranquilo Bay. Enjoy a welcome lunch upon your arrival, and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring your new surroundings.
Awake in your bungalow overlooking the ocean ready for a day of exploration of the natural beauty all around. Included during your stay is one standard activity each day.
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You can spend your days snorkeling, kayaking, diving, hiking, fishing, visiting turtle nesting sites or nearby villages, surfing, birding, or exploring nearby beaches. You days are filled with marine and inland exploration, followed by a relaxing evening in the middle of paradise!
The island's midsection and surrounding waters are protected in the Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park, and the entire island offers nature lovers an array of wildlife, both terrestrial and marine. The waters here are filled with brilliant parrot fish, angel fish, red snapper, slender needle fish and many others. Four species of sea turtles come ashore to nest on the beaches and the forests are home to many endemic and endangered species such as neon-colored frogs, the red-billed tropic bird, and two- and three-toed sloths.
This morning you transfer back to Bocas Town for your short flight over vast jungles and into the center of Panama's vibrant capital city. You are met at the airport and first head to the Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal to observe the 'eighth wonder of the world.' Locomotives tie onto the mammoth ships and pull them through the locks to lessen the chance of mishap. Explore the exhibits here that tell the story of the canal's history. Next visit Casco Antiguo, Panama's "second" city, whose Spanish and French architecture reminds one of its past citizens. Last, finish up the tour with ruins of Panama La Vieja, where loads of Peru's gold once crossed. Later the pirate Henry Morgan came in search of the famed gold, and after Morgan's attack in 1671, Casco Antiguo was built. This afternoon you are dropped off at your hotel.
$620 single supplement
Please add $125 per person if starting tour other days of the week.