Take a tour of Panama, the country that links Central America to South America, and a land of natural wonders. See the amazing Panama Canal and the rainforest surrounding the canal, visit the the cloud forests of Boquete, and end the tour by relaxing on the Caribbean coast at the secluded archipelago of Bocas del Toro.
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Fly to Panama City, via the USA, with United Airlines. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Panama City for 2 nights. (N)
Morning tour of both the Casco Antiguo colonial distric and modern Panama, which contains many skyscrapers. Continue to the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal, to learn about the construction of the canal. (B)
Today take a half-day partial transit by boat on the Panama Canal (shared excursion). Pass through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks, and the Gaillard Cut, surrounded by the rainforest. Transfer to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort for 1 night. (B, L)
Early morning birding tour to Soberania National Park, where a variety of exotic birds, including trogons, mot-mots and toucans may be seen, as well as monkeys and sloths.
It is possible to add an additional night stay in the rainforest and take optional excursions such as further walking tours in the rainforest, a boat trip through jungle waterways, or a visit to an Embera indigenous community. Alternative accommodation for bird lovers includes the quirky Canopy Tower, a former radar tower in the Soberania National Park.
Return to Panama City and fly to David. Transfer to Boquete on the slopes of the Baru volcano, where coffee is grown, and stay at Los Establos Hotel for 2 nights. (B)
Morning tour to explore the cloud forest trails of remote private estates and wildlife reserves, seeing different landscapes and varieties of tree, plant, monkey and bird species. (B)
Transfer by land and boat to the Caribbean coast and the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Transfer to Punta Caracol for 3 nights. Alternatively, there are a number of small properties in Bocas del Toro town itself, as well as a selection of small eco-resorts on nearby islands. (B, D)
Days at leisure. Optional tours include visiting isolated beaches, snorkeling at the coral reefs, visiting indigenous communities, walks through the rainforest and boat trips to search for sloths, monkeys and dolphins. (B, D)
Fly to Panama City, and onto London, via the USA, with United Airlines. (B)
Afternoon arrival. (N)
This is a suggested itinerary, which can be tailored to suit your needs. Prices, based on two people travelling and sharing a twin-room, are intended as a guideline only and will vary according to time of year.
It is possible to upgrade your hotels to boutique properties in Panama City and Boquete, or add additional days or further explorations within Panama, such as a visit to the sun-soaked San Blas archipelago, an autonomous region inhabited by the indigenous Kuna people. Stay there in a simple lodge, snorkel in clear Caribbean waters, unwind on deserted palm-fringed beaches and learn about the local culture. Please inquire for details and prices.
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
The Crowne Plaza Panama City Hotel is a modern hotel located just 10 minutes by car from the city centre and 35 minutes from the airport. There are 186 guestrooms and suites, while facilities include a restaurant serving a variety of national and international cuisine, a bar, outdoor pool and...
Located on the banks of the Chagres river in Gamboa, 45 minutes from Panama City, the Gamboa Rainforest Resort is surrounded by lush, tropical vegetation and close to the Panama Canal. Each of the spacious 200 rooms has a large balcony with a hammock as well as views over the pool and rainforest in the nearby Soberania National Park. The hotel offers a selection of local and international cuisines with four restaurants to choose from. Facilities also include a gym and large outdoor pool...
Hotel Los Establos is a delightful superior bed & breakfast located on a 16 acre hillside coffee plantation, a few miles from the town of Boquete, and with views of Boquete and the Baru volcano. The 11 spacious rooms and suites have marble bathrooms, private patios and television with DVD player. A selection of restaurants can be found in Boquete and the hotel can easily arrange a...
Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge is located in the Bocas del Toro archipelago, on a beautiful stretch of coral-reefed coast, just 15 minutes by speedboat from the main town. This rustic yet stylish eco-lodge offers 9 thatched cabanas which sit on stilts over the warm and clear Caribbean sea. The 2-storey cabanas are simply furnished and have an upstairs bedroom, while the downstairs living area opens up to a private deck with a hammock, an ideal retreat for relaxation and watching the sun set. Steps lead from the deck directly in to the ocean where you can swim and snorkel. The open air restaurant serves international cuisine and is perfect for a candle-lit...
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PHI2016: 8 Nights
Bocas del Toro
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Panama's western city of Boquete is located in the heart of the country's...
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