Day 1: Panama City
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Panama City. Welcome to Panama!
Day 2: Panama City and Canal Tour (B)
The visit starts with Panama Viejo, first Spanish settlement, founded in 1519 and destroyed in 1671 during the attack of the infamous pirate Henry Morgan. It was in fact the Spanish governor who set fire to the city to avoid it falling in the hands of the privateers.
The city was rebuilt some years later on the foothills of Cerro Ancon. This beautiful little area has several attractions that you shouldn't miss and can easily cover in a short walk. A monument to the French entrepreneurs who began the Panama Canal stands at the bayside end of the Casco Viejo. After lunch (not included) a short transfer through the modern part of the city will take us to Miraflores locks. Ships must pass those imposing water elevators to navigate in and out the Panama Canal and it is a fascinating and unforgettable show to watch the steel giants going through the locks, where the biggest of them, called "Panamax", only have 2 feet between their hull and the side of the chambers! Return to the hotel.
Day 3: Panama City -David - Boquete (B)
Our driver will pick you up at your hotel to bring you to Albrook domestic airport, for your domestic flight with Air Panama to the Town of David. Upon arrival in David our driver will be waiting for you to bring you to your hotel in Boquete.
Day 4: Boquete (B)
Day at leisure.
The town of Boquete is nestled in the Highlands. It is surrounded by coffee plantations and lush forest. Use your time to discover the town and take part in some of the many activities available like the daily group tours to discover the amazing world of coffee. From its gathering in the fields by the Ngobe Indians to its roasting, you will learn all there is about the best coffee in the world!!
Some excellent guided hikes also available from Boquete
Day 5: Boquete – Bocas del Toro (B)
Transfer by shuttle van to Almirante and then boat transfer to Colon Island in Bocas del Toro archipelago.
Day 6: Bastimentos National Marine Park (B)
Bastimentos Island National Marine Park protects a vast area of coastal mangroves, inland rainforest and marine ecosystem in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Depart by boat from Colón Island early in the morning to reach Salt Creek by navigating through clusters of red Mangrove, which provide sea creatures with a protective area during their reproductive and development stages.
Salt Creek is a charming little Ngäbe indigenous village located deep inside the Caribbean mangrove. The Ngäbes will take us to one of their forest trails where we will try to spot the local wildlife. The tiny little red poison dart is generally abundant on the forest litter. After the hike you will come back to the village and have the opportunity to buy local handicrafts. In the afternoon we will go snorkelling to admire the coral reef and its inhabitants.
Day 7: Bocas del Toro (B)
Day at leisure in Bocas.
Day 8: Departure Day
Transfer to the local airport, for your flight to Panama City Albrook Airport. A transfer will take you to Tocumen International Airport
NB Optional extensions available to San Blas Islands
Dates & Prices 2022/3
Prices Per Person NZ$
3 Star 4 Star
Double $2195 $2895
single supplement available on request
2023 prices subject to change