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Start this Panama tour by exploring the highlands of Boquete near the Costa Rica border. Enjoy hiking in cloudforests or whitewater rafting on the Chiriqui. End your Panama travels with a couple of days around Bocas del Toro, snorkeling or kayaking and soaking in the sun.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Panama City
Day 2 : Gatun Lake and Beautiful Boquete
Day 3 : Free Day in Boquete
Day 4 : Off to Bocas del Toro
Days 5-6 : Tranquilo Bay Adventures
Day 7 : Panama City and The Miraflores Locks
Day 8 : Return Home

Highlights

  • Trek through the lowland tropical forest of Soberania National Park
  • Choose from a menu of activities available in Boquete
  • Experience the terrestrial and marine wildlife, abundant in Tranquillo Bay
  • Explore Tranquilo Bay on land and by sea

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Easy Active

Trip Snapshots

Hiking through the forest Tranquilo Bay indeed... My new friend Pedro - Paradise Gardens Boquete Out on an excursion The Panama Canal Panama City Skyline from the Causeway Hiking in Panama Fishing in a canoe in the mangrove forest

Day 1 Arrive in Panama City

Arrive in Panama City. Overnight.

Day 2 Gatun Lake and Beautiful Boquete

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 3 Free Day in Boquete

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.

Day 4 Off to Bocas del Toro

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 at your home for the next three nights, a secluded casually elegant resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy a welcome lunch upon your arrival, and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring your new surroundings.

Day 5-6 Tranquilo Bay Adventures

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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, hiking, 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. 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.

Day 7 Panama City and The Miraflores Locks

This morning 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.

Day 8 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast

Boquete - Hotels

Panama City - Hotels

Tranquilo Bay Eco Lodge

Per person starting at
$2,225

Notes

Select a Date
Please add $125 per person if starting tour other days of the week.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
    • 4 Nights Hotel
    • 3 Nights Lodge
  • 2 Days Private Guide Service
  • 3 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Snorkeling, sea kayaking, and rafting gear

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $395 Panama City-David-Bocas del Toro-Panama City
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $60 Meals not Included
  • $30 Airport Departure Tax
  • $60 Optional Excursions
    • $6 museum fee at Panama Viejo
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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