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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.
Tranquilo Bay indeed...My new friend Pedro - Paradise Gardens BoqueteOut on an excursionThe Panama CanalPanama City Skyline from the CausewayHiking in PanamaFishing in a canoe in the mangrove forestKayaking BocasWhite house of PanamaChurch in Old Panama...I am in the window at the topThis beach was secludedMarissa at Miraflores locksPanama
  • 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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Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.

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Day 1: Arrive in Panama City

Arrive in Panama City. Overnight.

Day 2: Gatun Lake and Beautiful Boquete

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. Arrange these in advance or your hotel can help arrange these activities locally for an additional cost. Please speak with the front desk to discuss options, you will need to pay the hotel directly for any excursion they arrange for you.

Day 4: Off to Bocas del Toro

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

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


Isla Verde

Hotel Isla Verde
The unique accommodations of the Isla Verde
Hotel Isla Verde

Tranquilo Bay Eco Lodge

Cabana 3 exterior

Crowne Plaza Panama Airport

Radisson Panama Canal

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Please add $125 per person if starting tour other days of the week.
Payment in full for internal flights is due at the time of booking.
  • 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners, 2 Snacks
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Snorkeling gear (mask, fins, snorkel) is provided on your trip free of charge.  Occasionally the snorkeling gear that is supplied is worn, and there may not be enough sizes available to fit every traveler. Therefore, you may want to bring your own snorkeling gear (particularly a mask and snorkel).
  • Miraflores Locks Visitor Center Entrance Fee
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Internal Flight: Bocas del Toro - Panama City 
  • Panama Viejo Museum Entrance Fee $15


When to Go

Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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