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Custom Panama Family Tour

Experience the best places in Panama on a family tour from the Pacific coast and Panama Canal, western highlands to the Caribbean coast. Enjoy an adventurous white-river rafting or canopy ziplining trip in the Chiriqui Highlands, snorkel in the Caribbean waters of Bocas del Toro, and end your trip with a historical journey through the old parts of Panama City with the chance to obtain traditional handcrafts and souvenirs at the arts and crafts market. 

The sample itinerary below can be customized to take full-advantage of your travel time and interests.

 

 

Daily Itinerary

Custom Panama Family Tour

  • Day
    1

    Arrive Panama

    Fly independently to Panama City, where you are transferred to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, your lodge for the next three nights.

  • Day
    2

    Panama: Jungle Boat Adventure

    Meet your naturalist guide and head to the marina, where you board a specially equipped expedition boat. Cruise across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal, passing gigantic cargo ships transiting the waterway and contrasting with the natural surroundings. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to spot green iguana and three-toed sloth resting on tree branches; crocodile; osprey hunting peacock bass; and snail kite and keel-billed toucan among other species. The expedition boat allows for close approximations to rainforest covered islands in Gatun Lake to search for White-faced Capuchin, Howler Monkey, Spider Monkey and the endemic Red-napped Tamarin. Enjoy the extraordinary views of the Panama Canal and the natural surroundings followed by a picnic lunch in a private garden in Gamboa town. Early afternoon return to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort and the rest of today is to yourselves to enjoy the hotel grounds. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    3

    Chagres River & Embera People

    Early in the morning you drive to El Corotu on the shores of Madden Lake. The main reservoir of drinking water for the cities of Panama and Colon, Madden Lake also supplies 40% of the water required for the operation of the Panama Canal. Here, you board a motorized piragua (dugout canoe) and travel up the Chagres River to the Embera indigenous village. The boat journey takes you through the rainforest of the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the National Parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed. Along the Chagres River, you may be able to spot Little Blue and Green Heron, Great Egret, Anhingas, Neotropical Cormorant, Amazon, Ringed, and Green Kingfishers, along with Keel-billed Toucans and Ospreys flying above. At the Embera village you will be greeted with dancing and music. You will learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature. There will be handcrafts available for sale and youwill have a chance to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Embera use to adorn their bodies. After a picnic lunch you visit the nearby waterfall where you can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Chagres River before heading back to Gamboa. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    4

    Gamboa Kayaking & La Chunga Trail - Miraflores Locks - Chiriqui Highlands

    This morning you will start off with an adventurous kayaking excursion on the Chagres River and the edge of the Panama Canal where you might be able to spot some large cargo ships passing by. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing and quiet rainforest nature walk on La Chunga Trail that leads you to the beautiful shore of the Chagres River. Being packed and ready to continue your journey after your rainforest stay at Gamboa, you will eat lunch at a local restaurant and then continue to the Miraflores Locks in the Panama Canal. Here you will learn about its history and marvel at this engineering accomplishment. The canal still operates pretty much as it did when it was inaugurated in 1914 the SS Ancon steamer was the first ship to transit the Panama Canal. Late this afternoon you catch a flight from Albrook domestic airport to David, the capital of the Chiriqui province. Chiriqui is known as “Panama’s breadbasket” and contains some of the most breathtaking highland scenery in Central America. Transfer by van to the eastern side of the dormant Baru Volcano to the quaint town of Boquete with its countryside dotted with flower, fruit and vegetable farms, coffee plantations and extraordinary cloud fores. Spend two nights at Finca Lerida Lodge. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    5

    Cloud Forest Canopy Tree Trek or River Floating Tour

    This morning you will do a canopy tree trek on a zip line that that allows you to contemplate the rainforest from fourteen different canopy platforms while smoothly soaring in the heights of the cloud forest from one treetop to another. You will glide through the trees and encounter a world unknown. You will discover a fascinating perspective of wildlife that you had never appreciated. Native species of flora and fauna can be observed. You will marvel at the sight of a great variety of orchids, trees and wildflowers that are found throughout the area. There will be an option to go on a river floating tour down the Chiriqui River for those who don’t go zip lining today. This optional tour has an additional cost and must be arranged in advance.(B,L,D)

  • Day
    6

    Chiriqui Highlands / Bocas del Toro

    After a good night’s rest you pack your belongings and get ready for the 4 hour drive to Bocas del Toro. You will be literally traveling from the cloudforests to the coral reefs. You will stop along the way several times to stretch your legs, play some games and enjoy the scenery. On arrival to Almirante on the Caribbean coast a boat will be waiting for you to be transferred to Isla Colon where you will spend the next two nights. This afternoon, weather permitting, you visit Swan's Cay, a rock protruding from the depths of the Caribbean Sea, which serves as rookery for Red-billed tropic birds (the only place to be found in Panama) and Brown boobies. You will enjoy beach time at Boca del Drago and search for colorful starfish. Along the coastline, you make stops at coral reefs and mangrove isles for snorkeling. Spend two nights at Bocas Inn. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    7

    Salt Creek Village / Bastimentos Marine National Park

    You depart by boat from the Bocas Inn traversing the expanse of Bastimentos National Park, Panama’s first marine national park. You reach Salt Creek by navigating through clusters of Red Mangroves, which provide sea creatures with a protective area during their reproductive and development stages. Upon arrival you first enjoy a walk along Cayman Trail. This trail takes you through several stages of lowland forest dynamics. Look for birds such as Red-throated Ant Tanager and Golden-collared Manakin.

    Mammals such as Night Monkeys, White-faced Capuchins and Three-toed Sloths also live here. An older tract of rainforest has tall trees that provide life to birds such as the Three-wattled Bellbird and Green-breasted Mango. A nearby lagoon is home to Spectacled Cayman and Slider Turtle. On the ground you will look for the tiny endemic poison dart frog Oophaga pumilio. After the hike, you enjoy a visit to the indigenous community and have a chance to purchase handicrafts such as painted woodcarvings and Ngobe handbags, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, you will snorkel among mangroves and coral reefs, searching for numerous fish species, as well as dynamic and brightly colored sea fans, sponges and brittle starfish.(B,L,D)

  • Day
    8

    Panama City: Pirates, History, Smithsonian Marine Lab and Biodiversity Museum

    A morning flight will take you back to Panama City where the activities today include a visit the ruins of Old Panama and Casco Antiguo. After lunch at a local restaurant you will visit the Smithsonian Marine Exhibition at Culebra Point at the entrance to the Pacific side of the Panama Canal. Finish your sightseeing tour with a visit to the Biodiversity Museum designed by Frank Gehry located on Causeway Amador. Tonight you enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the Marriott Panama. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    9

    Depart Panama

    Transfer to the international airport for your flight home. (B)

From: $3,100 per person
Duration
9 Days, 8 Nights
Trip Type
Land