Arrive in Panama City, our representative will meet you at the airport and transge you to your Hotel, evening free, overnight at Panama City.
Drive to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the Panama Canal. From here we take a boat across Gatun Lake in the canal, passing gigantic cargo ships en route – an astonishing contrast with the natural surroundings. Along the way, we will have the opportunity to spot Green iguana and Three-toed sloth resting on tree branches, Crocodile, Osprey in the hunt for Peacock bass, Snail kite and Keel-billed toucan among other wildlife. Afterwards, we fly to David, capital of Chiriqui province. Chiriqui is known as ‘Panama’s breadbasket’ and contains some of the most breathtaking highland scenery in Central America, overnight at Chiriqui.
This morning we explore La Amistad in search of species such as Resplendent Quetzal, Andean Pygmy-Owl, and Black and Yellow Silky Flycatcher among many other western highland birds. After lunch as visit Finca Dracula, home to over 1500 orchid species. On our return journey to the hotel we stop at a coffee estate to learn about the various process of coffee production, and enjoy a fresh brewed cup of coffee while watching the spectacular sunset over the Baru Volcano, the highest peak in Panama at 3,475 metres above sea level, overnight at Chiriqui.
On the way to Boquete we visit Sitio Barriles an archaeological site of the extinct Barril culture that once lived on the slopes of the dormant Baru Volcano. We have time to learn about the petroglyphs before heading to the quaint town of Boquete, its countryside dotted with flower, fruit and produce farms and coffee plantations, we will drive to David for overnight.
Today we will fly back to Panama City, upon arrival we will visit the Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute Tupper Centre and the Panama Canal’s Administration Building to admire its beautiful murals depicting the monumental labor involved in the building of the waterway. We also visit the Miraflores Locks, the first set of locks on the Pacific Ocean side of the canal and Casco Viejo, the colonial city, we will return to the hotel midafternoon, overnight at Panama City.
Depart by small plane to the San Blas Islands, where we then transfer by boat to Dolphin Island. The San Blas Islands are the home of the Kuna Indians, one of Panama’s seven indigenous groups. We visit the Kuna village of Achutupo in the company of a local guide giving us an excellent opportunity to learn about the Kuna culture and traditional ceremonias, visit the communal house of ‘Sahilas”’(Kuna chiefs) where the chiefs are responsible for enforcing the law of the community as well as offering advice on other aspects of life. Later this afternoon we will go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea to look for stunning marine life, overnight at San Blas.
Return by plane to Panama City. Airport pick up and drive to Playa Blanca for your 2 night leisure stay at the beach.
At leisure in Playa Blanca, you can relax on the beach or take optional activities offered in the area.
At the appropriate time, transfer to the Panama City´s International airport to catch your international departure flight.
Accommodations in double occupancy, breakfast daily, domestic flights David - Panama City and Panama City - San Balas - Panama City, private ground transportation with english speaking driver/guide, airport transfers, sightseeing tours listed with admissions, local guides and hotel taxes.
Not included: any meals not mentioned as included, airport taxes, gratuities to guides, drivers, porters or waiters and expenses of personal nature.