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Best of Panama

9 Days/ 8 Nights

Package Overview

Discover the Panama Canal’s natural attributes and experience a Partial Panama Canal Transit; visit the new Agua Clara Locks of the recently inaugurated Panama Canal Expansion; share a unique experience with indigenous people; admire Frank Gehry’s Biodiversity Museum and bike along the scenic Causeway Amador, explore tropical cloud forests in the Chiriquí Highlands known for the best outdoor adventures and coffee in the country, take a swim in the beautiful Pacific waters and get the chance for humpback whale watching (in the months from July through October) while staying at unique jungle ocean lodge in the Gulf of Chiriquí.

Agent Commission Starting At: $342.40

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $3424.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

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ARRIVE TO PANAMA

- On arrival to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, you will be met by an Ancon Expeditions of Panama representative and transferred to your hotel at Soberania National Park.

Accommodations

Day 2

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JUNGLE BOAT EXPLORATION and PARTIAL PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT

- You will board a small expedition boat and depart on an adventure that will include a voyage across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal passing by gigantic cargo ships transiting the waterway, making contrast with the natural surroundings.

- Along the way, you will have the opportunity to spot Green Iguana and Three-toed Sloth resting on tree branches, Crocodile, Osprey in the hunt for Peacock Bass, Snail Kite and Keel-billed Toucan among other wildlife.

- Your expedition boat will allow for close approximations to rainforest-covered islands (former hill tops) in Gatun Lake to search for White-faced Capuchin, Mantled Howler Monkey, Central American Spider Monkey, and Geoffrey’s Tamarin.

- Later this morning you will board a ferry for the Partial Panama Canal Transit.

- Shortly after departure, the ship will enter Gaillard Cut, the narrowest section of the Panama Canal. The ship will reach Pedro Miguel locks, where the vessel will be lowered into Miraflores Lake. After traveling you arrive to Miraflores locks, where the transition from fresh water to salt water takes place in the locks chambers.

- You will then sail under the bridge of the Americas, which reunites the land divided by the Panama Canal as part of the Pan-American Highway.

- After disembarking at Flamenco Island, you will be taken back to your hotel.

Accommodations

Day 3

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EMBERA INDIGENOUS PEOPLE - AGUA CLARA LOCKS PANAMA CANAL EXPANSION - CHIRIQUI HIGHLANDS

- This morning you will be picked up at your hotel by your Ancon Expeditions guide and transfer across the Isthmus to Gatun River near Colon.

- You will have the opportunity to visit an Embera indigenous village on the shores of the Gatun River. You will board a motorized piragua (dugout canoe) and travel up through lush forest to the community.

- At the Embera village you will be greeted with dancing and music. You will learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature. There will be handcrafts available for sale and you will have a chance to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Embera use to adorn their bodies.

- After a traditional Embera lunch you will head to the Agua Clara Locks of the Panama Canal Expansion just outside Colon.

- Return back to Panama City’s domestic airport in order to catch a flight to David, capital of the Chiriqui province, in western Panama.

- After arrival to David Airport, you continue to the Western side of the Volcano, where you will spend the next some nights at a mountain lodge.

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Day 4

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FINCA CERIANA NATURE EXPERIENCE & SUGAR CANE MILL

- Once at Finca Ceriana this morning, you will walk through beautiful trails while your expert guide explains what you see.

- Mid way through your tour, you will go up a nice Canopy Tower, where you will enjoy our great Janson Family coffee and savor our famous local butter cookies, while you admire the cloud forest and relax for as long as you wish.

- When you are ready, your tour continues through the trails up a hill where you will get to see a magnificent view of the low lands of Chiriquí, and weather permitting, The Pacific Ocean and Punta burica in Panama in addition to the Ossa peninsula and Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica.

- By noon you will start your descent to the lower part of the farm, where we will be expecting you for a gourmet picnic under beautiful Cedar Trees.

- When ready, we will walk some more towards the sugar cane mill, where your guide will explain the sugar cane process and you will get to taste fresh sugar cane juice, and other sugar cane product.

- Return back to your hotel late afternoon.

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Day 5

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JANSON´S GEISHA COFFEE TOUR & CANOPY ZIPLINE ADVENTURE IN BOQUETE

- Tour Janson’ Coffee estate farm in the mountain range of Baru Volcano and surrounding valley.

- You will learn about planting, harvesting, processing, roasting and packaging of the world class coffee Del Fino and Geisha, grown on the Janson´s coffee farm.

- Then proceed to the Eastern side of Baru Volcano for lunch in the charming mountain town Boquete, situated on the Caldera river.

- In the afternoon get ready for an exciting canopy zipline tour that that allows you to contemplate the rainforest from fourteen different canopy platforms while smoothly soaring in the heights of the cloud forest from one treetop to another.

- Head to Boca Chica where you travel by boat through the Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí, over a marine park encompassing two dozen islands.

- Your home for the next two nights is on one of the larger islands at the edge of the park, Boca Brava.

- Upon checking in at your seaside boutique hotel you have some time to take a first dip in the warm waters of the Pacific or enjoy the calm bay by kayak during sunset hours.

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Day 6

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ISLAND & BEACH EXPLORATION AT THE GULF OF CHIRIQUI NATIONAL MARINE PARK

- Get ready for your day tour venturing to a neighboring island, a day of beach relaxation and underwater exploration with snorkel and fins.

- After some beach time, more snorkeling and a picnic lunch on one of the white sand beaches around Boca Brava Island, return back to the lodge.

- In the afternoon enjoy a guided nature hike on Boca Brava Island which consists of rolling hills, pastures and nature that invites for a true nature experience and excellent bird watching opportunities.

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Day 7

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CASCO VIEJO, THE FRENCH QUARTER OF PANAMA CITY

- Free morning on the island’s private beach.

- In the afternoon you’ll catch the domestic flight from David back to Panama City and before returning to your hotel downtown, enjoy a historical sunset walking tour through Casco Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its colonial landmarks and charming cobblestone streets.

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Day 8

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PANAMA CITY HIGHLIGHTS BY BICYCLE – BIODIVERSITY MUSEUM – METRO SUBWAY

- Start out with a scenic bicycle ride along the Causeway Amador.

- Enroute stop for a tour at the Biodiversity Museum, designed by the world renowned architect Frank Gehry.

- Continue on the tour through the former Canal Zone, by the Panama Canal Administration Building and Ancon Hill for more spectacular views over the Panama port.

- On return to the downtown area, you may experience a short ride on the Panama A subway line, the first one of its kind in the region.

- Before returning to the hotel, you will have the opportunity for an encounter with a local artist learning about handmade products and artifacts.

- Tonight you will enjoy a folkloric dinner show including traditional Panamanian cuisine accompanied by a dance and music presentation.

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Day 9

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DEPART PANAMA

Transfer to airport for departing flight home.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Accommodations, meals, and tours as described in itinerary.
  • Airport and hotel transfers
  • All land, air, and water transportation within Panama
  • Guides services and expenses
  • Airport/hotel transfers on scheduled arrival and departure dates
  • Snorkeling Equipment in Portobelo
  • Services of an in-bound land operator for airline re-confirmations and tour operations
  • Park, museum, and related entrance fees

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • Accommodations and room categories subject to availability and price change.
  • The route and duration of the Panama Canal Transit can vary and depend on the Panama Canal Authority´s daily established transit schedules.
  • Weight restrictions apply to luggage in commercial and chartered flights within Panama. A maximum of 30.8 lbs. (14 kg) of checked luggage and 8.8 lbs. (4 kg) of carry-on per person is allowed. Arrangements can be made with your hotel or Ancon Expeditions to store luggage that will not be needed while away from the city. Excess baggage charges assessed by commercial carriers are the responsibility of the passenger.
  • The Canopy Zipline Tour in Boquete has the following maximum weight restrictions: 175 lbs (80 kg) for women and 250 lbs (113 kg) for men.
  • Single rate is $4440.50.
  • Seasonal rate changes may apply.
  • Package can be modified to add days, tours, change room categories, and for single room occupancy. All changes could affect pricing.
  • International air quote available on request.
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
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9 Days/ 8 Nights Panama Vacation Package

General Information

  • Capital: Panama City
  • Government: Constitutional Democracy
  • Currency: Panamanian Balboa (PAB) US Dollar
  • Area: 78,200 km2
  • Population: 3,039,150 (July 2006 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), English
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 85% Protestant 15%
  • Electricity: 120V/60Hz
  • Calling Code: +507
  • Time Zone: UTC-5

Points of Interest

  • Gatun Lake
  • Panama Canal
  • Embera indigenous village
  • Finca Ceriana
  • Boca Chica
  • Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park
  • Casco Viejo