Ethnic Traces (10 days)

9 Days

Day 1: Meet and transfer from Tocumen International Airport to the Tryp Centro Panama Hotel.

Day 2: Embera Tour: The Embera tribe lives on a dam called Lake Alajuela on the upper side of the Chagres River, an hour from Panama City. On the shores of Lake Alajuela, there´s a dock called ‘Puerto Corotu’ where you will be transported upriver to the Embera Native Community by ‘piragua’ (native canoe). This is an hour canoe ride and a wonderful experience out of ‘National Geographic’ you will never forget!

You will hear directly from the Indians what their life is like:  Their hunting, fishing, harvesting, how they treat their illnesses and much more. Experience up close the Embera Indian traditional dances and see how they produce their body paintings, woven baskets, plates and masks. Walk through the lush and exotic jungle to see an abundant variety of wildlife and birds and pass clear waterfalls. Enjoy a traditional Embera meal comprised of Patacones and fried fish/chicken. The Embera are very friendly and open people, they like to share their culture and learn from others. This Panama tour gives you a unique opportunity to learn about this tribe’s way of life! Another night at the Tryp Centro Hotel.

Lunch included.

Day 3: Full day City & Canal Tour: we will take you to the most attractive and interesting sites of the Capital City, including the ruins of Old Panama City, which were destroyed by pirate Henry Morgan in 1671. Continue to the Colonial City or “Casco Viejo”, built in 1673, with special Spanish architecture, and where French workers, led by Ferdinand de Lesseps that initiated the project of the Panama Canal, had their homes. The tour will continue to the traditional and commercial areas, banking area, and the modern Panama City. Also, you will appreciate the biggest engineering structure of this century, considered the “Marvel of the World Number 8”. Learn about its function and history. Afterwards you will see the vessels as they transit through the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal and you will be taken to the Amador Causeway, a man made connection of three islands! Overnight at the Tryp Centro Hotel.

Lunch included, entry fees and a professional guide included.

Day 4:  Our driver will take you to the Albrook Domestic Airport where you will take a flight to David, capital of the Chiriquí province. After only one hour flight duration, we will take you from David to Boquete: a beautiful, small town of about 20,000 people in the western highlands of Panama, situated between the Caldera River and Baru Volcano and famous for some of the sweetest oranges and the richest coffees in all of Panama! You will stay at Ladera Hotel.

Day 5: After a great breakfast buffet and gourmet coffee, you will explore the ‘QuetzalesTrail’, one of the most beautiful trails in Central America. The trail cuts through some of the province’s most pristine, protected forest, offering spectacular views of the surrounding valley! During the hike, you will spot a great variety of trees, plant sand bird species, including the Resplendent Quetzal, the Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Silvery-throated Jay, Black-faced Solitaire and the Barred Becard. Another night at Ladera Hotel.

Box Lunch included.

Day 6:  You will enjoy a coffee tour. Night at Ladera Hotel.

Day 7: In the morning, you will have ground transportation to the province of Bocas del Toro.  When arrived to Almirante, you will have a ferry to Isla Colon, the northernmost and main island in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago: A group of islands in the Caribbean Sea in northwest Panama. With an indescribable and overwhelming natural beauty, added to the great combination of races and ethnicities, living in harmony with indigenous, Western Caribe peoples, Latino’s and foreigners, Bocas del Toro is not just a beautiful archipelago lost in time, blessed by nature – Bocas del Toro is an example of coexistence and multi-cultural respect for everyone. The complete transfer will last for about four hours. You will stay at GRan Bahia Hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day and be curious about the next day!

Day 8: This day includes a visit to the Ngöbe Buglé Community, a unique chance to get to know their culture and lifestyle! You will be amazed to see the fully organic way the Ngöbe Bugle Indians farm and their love for the forest and wild life. Overnight at Gran Bahia Hotel.

Lunch included.

Day 9: Flight back to Panama City, where you spend another night at the Tryp Centro Hotel. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere while reminiscing about the great time on your Panama Tour!  Overnight in a standard room.

Day 10: At the appropriate time, transport to Tocumen International Airport.

There is also a Superior Version available, including upgraded Hotels and Services!

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