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Start this Panama tour by exploring the highlands of Boquete near the Costa Rica border. Enjoy hiking through cloud forests or whitewater rafting on the Chiriqui. End your Panama travels with a couple days around Boca Chica, snorkeling in turquoise waters and soaking in the sun.
Panama City's Bridge of the AmericasMiraflores Locks of Panama Canal
Highlights
  • Hike Soberania Park watching for sloths, howler monkeys, birds and more
  • Explore Boquete, choose from a variety optional activities
  • Explore the Golf of Chiriqui Marine National Park
  • Choose your own excursion - options to snorkel, kayak or hike in Boca Chica
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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 Panama City

Arrive in Panama City on the flight of your choice today. You will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in the city upon arrival. Enjoy a free afternoon exploring your new surroundings and stretching your legs before your adventure begins in the morning. 

Day 2: Gatun Lake and Beautiful Boquete

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning begin your Panama travels with a hiking tour of Soberania National Park, where you will explore the lowland tropical forest. Your trail takes you along the Pipeline Road, a historic road that was built during World War II to transport fuel from one ocean to the other in case the Panama Canal was attacked. As you hike, keep your eye open for over 390 bird species, including the elusive Harpy Eagle. Other wildlife to watch for include 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 impressive man-made lake is bustling 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 Lake, board a late afternoon flight to the city of David in Chiriqui Province. You'll spend two nights in the quaint 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: Whitewater Rafting

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
The White Water Rafting adventure today is a full-day tour, offering thrills as you paddle into the Panama jungle and navigate the Class III+ rapids. Enjoy both an adrenaline-filled ride and sightings of jungle wildlife along the shores of the Chiriqui Viejo River. Take in  the scenic views of the mountains, forests, and farms along the river as you float toward your take out point 12.5 miles downstream. You will return to your hotel in Boquete this evening to rest up after your big day on the water. 

Day 4: Tree Trek Zipline and Hanging Bridges | Transfer to Boca Chica

Start today off by exploring the cloud forest by zipline! The Zipline and Hanging Bridges Tour offers a unique opportunity to enjoy an elevated perspective of the biodiversity of Panama’s tropical cloud forest. You can glide through the air on cables that connect different platforms on the trees, and enjoy the stunning views of the mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and farms. The bridges feature a circuit of six suspension bridges covering a 4.5 km route through the treetops. This tour takes place within the private forest reserve, Rio Cristal, located in the Talamanca Mountain Range bordering La Amistad International Park (P.I.L.A.). Accompanied by a local guide, you will explore the lush flora and fauna of these protected forests.

After your morning adventure and some time for lunch of your choice, you will be transferred to Boca Chica on the Pacific Coast for some relaxation in the sun.

Day 5: Island Discovery Adventure with Snorkeling

This morning, set out into the breathtaking Gulf of Chiriqui Marine National Park by boat. While navigating a circular route through numerous islands, keep an eye out for possible sightings of dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and other marine life. You can also choose to visit Isla Bolaños for snorkeling and swimming or Isla Gámez for a more low key relaxing excursion. Your boat trip includes a snack out on the water to tide you over until you return to your lodging for lunch. 

Day 6: Free day Boca Chica

Today you have the opportunity to enjoy the activities and attractions of this coastal town in Panama at your own pace and preference.

You can relax on the beach, swim in the ocean, or try some water sports such as kayaking, fishing, or snorkeling. visit the local shops, restaurants, and bars, and taste the delicious seafood and tropical fruits. You can also learn about the culture and history of the region by visiting the museums, churches, and monuments. The option to take advantage of the spa and wellness facilities at your hotel is possible as well if you would prefer something more relaxing today. The choice is yours!

Day 7: Panama City and The Miraflores Locks

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning you will transfer back to Enrique Malek Airport for your short flight over vast jungles and into the center of Panama's vibrant capital city. You'll be 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. After lunch on the causeway, you will next visit Casco Antiguo, Panama's 'second' city, whose Spanish and French architecture reflects its rich past. Finally, you will finish up your day visiting the ruins of Panama La Vieja,the first European settlement on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. and 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 will be returned to your hotel in Panama City.

Day 8: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Accommodations

Isla Verde

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

Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel

Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel

Crowne Plaza Panama Airport

Hotel Bocas del Mar

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Payment in full for internal flights is due at time of booking.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner, 3 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
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Optional Excursion - Panama Viejo Museum is an additional $6 paid locally.
  • Taxi airport transfers in Bocas Town
  • Internal Flight: Bocas del Toro - Panama City 
  • Panama Viejo Museum Entrance Fee $15

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