Day 1: Arrival in Panama
Our driver will take you from Tocumen International Airport to the Best Western Plus Panamá Zen Hotel.
Day 2: Visit of the Emberá Community
The Embera community lives along the San Juan de Pequenin River. To get to the community, you must cross a dam called Madden, an hour from Panama City. At the edge of Lake Alajuela there is a dock called “Puerto Vigía”, from where you will be transported upstream to the Emberá community by canoe. It is a one-hour canoe ride that feels like a wonderful National Geographic experience that you will not forget!
You will listen directly to the natives tell you about their life: hunting, fishing, farming and collecting materials for their crafts, how they treat their diseases and more. Experience the native Emberá dances up close and watch them make their tattoos, woven baskets, dishes and masks. Take a walk in the exuberant jungle to learn about their medicinal plants. Enjoy a traditional Emberá meal of plantain and fried fish / chicken. The Emberá are very kind people, they love to share their culture and learn from others. This excursion offers you a unique opportunity to learn about their life as a community!
Another night at the Best Western Plus Panamá Zen Hotel.
Day 3: Visit of the city and the Canal (Full day)
Return flight to Panama City. On your arrival, visit the most important sites of the capital such as the ruins of the Old City of Panama (Panama la Vieja), a city destroyed by the pirate Henry Morgan in 1671. Continue towards the Colonial City of Spanish architecture (Casco Viejo) built in 1673. It was the district where the French workers lived that Ferdinand de Lesseps directed to build, at the time, the Panama Canal. Let yourself be driven through the narrow streets to discover Panama’s historical heritage. A visit to the museum is also included: a mine of interest. You will then be driven to Amador Causeway, a man-made construction that connects three islands. Amador Causeway offers a breathtaking view of the city. Accommodation at the Best Western Plus Panamá Zen Hotel in a standard room.
Tickets and lunch included.
Day 4: Departure to Boquete, Province of Chiriquí
Our driver will take you to Marcos A. Gelabert domestic airport where you will take a flight to the city of David, capital of the province of Chiriquí. After an hour’s flight you will be driven from David to Boquete: a pretty and small village of about 20,000 inhabitants in the western highlands of Panama, located between the Caldera River and the Baru Volcano and famous for its sweet oranges and the best coffee from all over Panama!
You will stay at Hotel Ladera in a standard room.
Day 5: Visit of the Pipeline Trail
After breakfast and quality coffee, you will explore the pipeline trail, one of the most beautiful roads in Central America. The trail crosses some of the most beautiful protected forests in the province, which offers spectacular views of the valley that surrounds it! During the hike you will see a wide variety of trees, plants and bird species, including the Resplendent Quetzal, the Silver Tapaculo, the Silver Throat Tángara, among others. Accommodation at Hotel Ladera, in standard room.
Day 6: Coffee Tour and Hanging Bridges
After breakfast, you will leave for Los Establos Square, where your café excursion will start. You will be part of the process of taking the coffee from its bean to the cup! You will learn everything related to the coffee process, from the tree planting and starting to grow, to its elaboration so that you can drink it. You will be able to appreciate the importance of the indigenous Ngöbe Buglé who harvest by hand the red coffee beans when they are perfectly ripe.
You will learn why nutty, fruit or flower flavors develop in the bean and how the process and roasting affect the flavor and most importantly, how to recognize good coffee.
It is a unique chance to see the biodiversity of the Panama rainforest from a different perspective. It is a circuit of 6 suspension bridges, 4.5 kms above the trees. The Bridges circuit is part of the private forest reserve called ¨Río Cristal¨, located on the Talamanca mountain range which borders the International Park ¨La Amistad¨ (P.I.L.A.). A local guide will accompany you, to let you know more about the exuberant flora and fauna of our forests in their natural habitat.
Day 7: Departure to Bocas del Toro
In the morning you will be transferred to the Marcos A. Gelabert domestic airport for your flight to the province of Bocas del Toro. On arrival at Isla Colón, the Gran Hotel Bahía bus will take you to your hotel. Isla Colón is the northernmost and largest island of the Bocas del Toro archipelago: a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea, north-west of Panama City. With indescribable natural beauty, in addition to the great combination of races and ethnic groups that live in harmony with indigenous peoples, West Indians, Westerners, Latins and foreigners, Bocas del Toro is not just a beautiful archipelago lost in time , blessed by nature … Bocas del Toro is an example of respect for coexistence and multicultural respect for all. You will stay at the Hotel Gran Bahía in a standard room, which offers comfortable rooms decorated with wooden furniture! Enjoy the rest of the day waiting for the next day!
Day 8: Visit of the Oreba Community
After breakfast (included), at 8h30 you should be at the pier for your transfer by water taxi to Almirante, to visit a very authentic and not very touristy indigenous Ngöbe Buglé community. The family excursion includes the discovery of daily life, medicinal plants and a visit to the botanical garden, an explanation of the cocoa harvest, as well as its process. A site guide is included.
Day 9: Return to the city of Panama
Free morning to get to know the surroundings or enjoy the sun. Return flight to the city of Panamá. Stay at the Best Western Plus Panamá Zen Hotel. Enjoy the atmosphere while you remember the best moments of your stay in Panama!
Day 10: Departure from Panama
At the right time, transfer to Tocumen International Airport.
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