Best of Panama

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  • Duration
    8
    Days
  • Service
    Standard
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
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Highlights

Snorkel in the crystal-blue Caribbean waters in Bocas del Toro, take in the crisp air of the lush green highlands in Boquete, explore the Panama Canal.

Tour description provided by G Adventures

Panama has been a destination on the cusp of the mainstream for ages, but somehow still remains a secret. More greatness for us to enjoy, we say. This 8-day trip opens the lid on the natural splendour of this overlooked gem of a country, giving travellers the chance to hike cloud forests, snorkel the Caribbean and even discover where that delicious morning cup of joe comes from at a coffee plantation. Panama is spectacular, and the best way to promote it is by word-of-mouth. Tell your friends!

Itinerary

Day 1 Panama City
Arrive in Panama City at any time. Check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Please arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you will meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.
Days 2-3 Boquete
Our journey begins, taking us to the mountain retreat of Boquete. A plethora of outdoor options await us here, including numerous hikes and whitewater rafting. The picturesque town of Boquete is nestled in a green mountain valley, with a beautiful river running through it. The town is well-known for its cool, fresh climate and unspoiled natural environment, making it an outdoor lover’s paradise. There are numerous hiking tours to choose from, as well as horseback riding and whitewater rafting. It is also a good place to just relax in the mountain climate as a break from the lowland heat. For the coffee lovers, there are many plantations that offer tours of their factories as well as taste tests. Estimated Travel Time: 9 hours Approximate Distance: 700 km
Days 4-6 Bocas del Toro
We travel by means of buses and a boat to arrive at the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro. Enjoy an included boat tour of Bocas del Toro Archipelago with stops at Dolphin Bay, Corral Caye, and Zapatilla Caye. Our time here offers us plenty of opportunities to snorkel, scuba dive, or just relax on the beach. The Archipelago of Bocas del Toro is made up of 6 islands, only 2 of which have roads and services for tourists. The islands are unique in many ways. The islands and closest shoreline form an isolated pocket of lowlands between the mountains and swamps of most of nearby mainland. As a result there is much wildlife found only in this region and nowhere else. The islands are mostly covered in rainforest, and have spectacular beaches perfect for sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling or diving. Estimated Travel Time: 8 hours Approximate Distance: 340 km
Day 7 Panama City
Fly back to the capital and visit the Panama Canal including the Miraflores Locks and on-site museum. The Panama Canal is a fabulous example of modern engineering and is considered to be one of the engineering wonders of the world. Many times before was a canal attempted to join the two oceans at this point. The first to try were the French, but they encountered endless trials and catastrophes, in the end claiming the lives of 22,000 people—and the canal was abandoned. The United States eventually completed the canal in 1914, and today it extends 80 km across the country. Gigantic lock systems raise and lower the water levels, allowing ships to go from lake to lake (the canal is made up of entirely fresh water), and eventually from ocean to ocean. According to statistics, more than 12,000 ocean-going vessels pass through it a year–over 30 a day! Watching a freighter pass through the locks is something not to be missed. Estimated Travel Time: 3 hours Approximate Distance: 380 km
Day 8 Panama City
Depart at any time.