MULTI SPORT ADVENTURE

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9 days / 8 nights

TOUR DESCRIPTION Experience Panama in a very active and adventurous way! With many fun outdoor activities that require good physical conditions you get to know the beauty of this country by horseback riding through the Caribbean rainforest, exploring the wildlife and cultures around the Panama Canal on boat and dug-out canoe trips, flying through the cloud forest on canopy zip lines, enjoying the coffee plantations in Boquete, white water rafting in Chiriqui and snorkeling with beach outing in the Pacific.

PRICE
4+ persons: US$2,195 per person plus 7% tax (DBL occupancy)
2-3 persons: US$2,500 per person plus 7% tax (DBL occupancy)
Additional price for single occupancy: US$580 + 7% tax

INCLUDED Lodging, meals as specified in the itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch), all land, air and water transportation within Panama, all airport/hotel transfers on scheduled arrival and departure dates, guides' services and expenses, services of an in-bound land operator for airline re-confirmations and tour operations, park, museum and related entrance fees

NOT INCLUDED International airfare, gratuities and extras in hotels (telephone calls, laundry, room service), meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment

ITINERARY


Day 1 - Arrive to Panama

Arrive to Tocumen Airport, Panama City. Meet and greet our Ancon Expeditions of Panama representative and transfer to your rainforest hotel (45 minutes).
3 Nights at Radisson Summit Panama

Day 2 - Pipeline Road Hike & Jungle Boat Adventure

This morning you are picked up at the lobby of your hotel by an Ancon Expeditions of Panama Naturalist guide for the approx. 45-minute drive to Soberania National Park in the Panama Canal Watershed. Soon after you cross the Chagres River, you reach Pipeline Road. During World War II a pipeline was built along the Panama Canal to transport fuel from one ocean to the other in the event the waterway was attacked. Fortunately, it was never used. The gravel road built to maintain the pipeline provides excellent walking access to Soberania's 22,000 hectares (55,000 acres) of tropical rainforest. The park boasts an impressive list of 525 species of birds including the Black Hawk-eagle, Black-cheeked woodpecker, Black-breasted Puffbird, Broad-billed Motmot, Blue Cotinga, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Masked Tytira, Violaceous Trogon, Fasciated Antshrike, Shining honeycreeper, and a great array of North American migrants.  Soberania is also home to 105 species of mammals including large felines, Tamandua, Two and Three-toed Sloth, 4 species of monkeys, Agouti, some of which are listed under CITES (endangered species) and 59 endemic plant species in 4 life zones. Pipeline Road is a moderate, approx. 22 km (13.7 mile) trail, remains pretty much flat and passes through a mature forest. In most places the forest is clear of undergrowth, which makes it especially suited for observing shy, interior forest birds like tinamous and leaftossers. When visiting Pipeline Road you also have a good chance to find an army ant swarm and many of the birds that follow these swarms as they roam the forest floor. This is not a loop trail, so hikers can enjoy a hike suitable to their physical abilities and walking speed and return on the same route late morning to continue with the boat tour.  Upon finishing at Pipeline Road, you will enjoy a picnic lunch in the rainforest and then be transferred to the marina near Gamboa where you board a comfortable 12 passenger expedition boat. The tour includes a voyage across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal, where you pass gigantic cargo ships in sharp contrast 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 in the hunt for Peacock bass, Snail kite and Keel-billed toucan among other wildlife. Mid afternoon, transfer back to your hotel.
Night at Radisson Summit Panama (BL)

Day 3 - Bayano Adventure Basic


In the morning a Bayano Adventure representative will meet you at your hotel lobby and take you to the Bayano Lake at the eastern side of the Panama Province (about 1.5 hrs). Upon arrival to Bayano you will be introduced to the agriculture and farming (30 min) of the area including cow milking for those who have never done it before! Continue down to the lake shore where the kayaks will be waiting. Once in the kayaks (35 min) you will paddle from the lake to the water passages between the hills to the forest, along the way we will observe different species of animals, trees and hydroponic plants. Entering the forest your guide then takes you on a rainforest nature hike (1 hour) and take you across the jungle to the exit of the path where the horses will be waiting for you! Enjoy a beautiful horseback ride (30 min) along the shores of the lake back to the Bayano camp where you will be served a traditional lunch at a lakefront deck. After lunch you will have free time to enjoy the other natural attractions or relax by the lake before being transferred back to Panama City late afternoon.
Night at Radisson Summit Panama (BL)

Day 4 - Chagres River & Embera Indians - Chiriqui Highlands

This morning you will be transferred to El Corotu on the shores of Madden Lake for a more relaxed and less challenging day excursion. 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 of Embera Drua.

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 you will have a chance to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Embera use to adorn their bodies. After a traditional Embera lunch and souvenir shopping you will be heading back to Panama City, where you board a plane to David (1 hour flight), the capital of the Chiriqui Highlands. Short transfer to your hotel in David.
4 nights at Hotel Ciudad de David (BL)

Day 5 - Chiriqui Viejo White Water Rafting

With more than 35 world-class whitewater runs in Panama’s Chiriqui province alone, there is no paddling destination more extraordinary than Panama! For this trip, you will be transferred for about 1 hour from David to Rio Chiriqui Viejo, near Panama’s border with Costa Rica. Originating on the northwest side of Volcan Baru, the Viejo is 128 km long in total and offers several different sections of excellent whitewater, ranging from level 3-5 depending on water levels for trip day. A picnic lunch will be served on the riverbank. At the end of the day, travel back to your hotel.
Night at Hotel Ciudad de David (BL)

Day 6 - Boquete Coffee Experience & Canopy Zipline

45-minute transfer to Boquete for your morning coffee tour. You will learn about the growing, processing, roasting, packing, and trading of high-end quality coffee. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon you will glide through the treetops of century-old forests, high above the pristine rivers and waterfalls that make up the incredible collection of natural landscapes bordering La Amistad International Park. The Canopy Tree Trek is three kilometers long in total length divided into 12 different stations. The wildlife within the treetops is immense and varied making it possible to appreciate our native species of wildlife; with a bit of luck you may even get the chance to see monkeys and the elusive Resplendent Quetzal. In addition you can marvel at sights of the great variety of orchids and wildflowers that you will find throughout the area. After the tour, do some last minute sightseeing in Boquete before heading back to David for your overnight stay.
Night at Hotel Ciudad de David (BL)

Day 7 - Snorkeling & Swimming in the Gulf of Chiriqui

This morning you will be transferred to the David marina, at short distance from your hotel. In a small expedition fast boat you will pass through the Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park, a 14,740 hectare marine park that encompasses many uninhabited islands and serves as a refuge for howler monkeys, leatherback and hawksbill turtles, tiger herons, and scores of exotic fish. Today you have the opportunity to pass the day snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing in a hammock and on the white sand beaches of Isla Bolaños or Isla Gamez. Return late afternoon to your hotel.
Night at Hotel Ciudad de David (BL)

Day 8 - Panama City

This morning, return on a 1-hour flight to Panama City and be greeted by your Naturalist guide. Take a walk up the highest point of Panama City, Ancon Hill where you can enjoy wildlife viewing as well as spectacular views over the old and modern part of the city, the Bay of Panama and the Panama Canal. Continue for a bike ride to Amador Causeway where you have lunch at a local seafood restaurant. In the afternoon, a walking tour through Casco Viejo (the old city compound) makes you familiar with the historical events of the area. Casco Viejo is home to monuments to Ferdinand de Lesseps and other Frenchmen instrumental in the ill-fated attempt of the French to construct a canal through Panama. Return to hotel.
1 Night at Tryp by Wyndham Panama Centro (BL)

Day 9 - Depart Panama

Today you are picked up at the lobby of the hotel 2.5 hours prior to your scheduled departure flight and transferred to Tocumen International Airport. Fly home. (B)

Optional pre-tour and post tours available.

DETAILS


TRIP CLASSIFICATION

  • Varied daily activities ranking from 4-6 hours per day, occasionally over muddy, steep, slippery slopes.
  • Excellent physical conditions required.
  • Experience in horseback riding, white water rafting and hiking required.
  • Exposure to variable climatic conditions.
  • Accommodations are very comfortable.
  • This is no privately guided departure. Local bilingual guides assist you on the different activities.

DEPARTURE DATES

This itinerary is available at any time (subject to availability)

DISCLAIMER & NOTE

  • Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change due to tidal/weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.
  • For domestic flights within Panama each passenger is allowed 1 bag of up to 30.8 lbs (14kg). For flights to David, Medellin, Cartagena and San Jose (Costa Rica) each passenger is allowed 1 bag of up to 66 lbs (30 kg). 
  • Carry-on luggage is limited to 8.8 lbs. (4 kg).
  • Passengers are responsible for excess baggage fees and are subject to US$1.00 per extra pound and only allowed depending on flight occupancy.
  • Name or date changes on flight tickets are subject to a penalty of US$25 plus 7% tax (per change, per route)
  • Ticket cancellations with more than 30 days before your trip are subject to a service fee of US$25 per ticket (taxes included). Within 30 days from your arrival our regular cancellation policies apply.
  • Penalty for no show is 100% of all applicable fares, taxes and surcharges.
  • Surcharge for transportation of a pet or a surf board is US$30 per item per route.
  • The Canopy Zipline Tour in Boquete has the following maximum weight restrictions: 175 lbs (80 kg) for women and 250 lbs (113 kg) for men.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Binoculars (preferably 7x35 or bigger, also available for rent at Ancon Expeditions of Panama)
  • Camera with extra batteries & film
  • Water bottle
  • Lightweight/quick dry cotton clothes
  • Long pants for hikes and horseback ride
  • Flashlight with extra bulb & batteries
  • Insect repellant, Sunscreen, bathing suit
  • Hat, Day pack / dry sack
  • Extra personal snacks and beverages for daily activities recommended
  • Sandals, sneakers
  • Water shoes / tivas for rafting adventure
  • Good traction footwear or hiking shoes
  • Rain gear, Windbreaker
  • Money in small denominations if you desire to purchase souvenirs
  • Toiletries & personal medications

TIPPING

Ancon Expeditions is Panama’s top eco-tourism operator. Our Natural & Cultural History Guides are the country's finest. Due to frequently asked questions from our clients about suggested guide & staff gratuities, we would like to provide you with the following universal tipping guidelines:

  • Naturalist guide/Tour leader: US$10.00-US$20.00 per person/day
  • Day tour guide: US$10.00 per person/day
  • Transfer driver: US$2.00 per person
  • Tour driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Tour boat driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Hotel bellman: US$1.00 per person per suitcase
  • International airport bellmen (red caps): US$1.00 per piece of suitcase

REVIEWS


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LODGING


RADISSON SUMMIT PANAMA

Situated just 35 minutes outside of Panama City and nearby the breathtaking Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal, the Radisson Summit Hotel & Golf Panama sits on 160 acres of picturesque, tropical land. Providing guests with an idyllic escape the hotel features 103 exquisitely decorated rooms, a challenging 18-hole golf course, a complimentary breakfast buffet, a Fitness Center, free wireless Internet access and swimming pool.

Address: Avenida Omar Torrijos H (old Gaillard Road), Paraiso, Panama
Website: www.radisson.com
Phone: +(507) 232-3700
Fax: +(507) 232-4472
Check in: 3:00 p.m.
Check out: 12:00 p.m.

HOTEL CIUDAD DE DAVID

This luxury and boutique hotel in David City is just steps away from the Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra Park and mere minutes from Enrique Malek International Airport. The banking, business, and nightlife districts of Ciudad de David are within easy walking distance from the hotel. Its 103 spacious hotel rooms in contemporary design are designed to provide a restful retreat. Enjoy complimentary high-speed Internet access, an LCD TV, two telephones with personalized voicemail, outdoor pool, solarium, sauna and indoor gym.

Address: Calle D Norte Avenida 2da Este, David, Chiriqui
Website: www.hotelciudaddedavid.com
Phone: +(507) 774-3333
Fax: +(507) 775-2011
Check in: 3:00 p.m.
Check out: 12:00 p.m.


TRYP BY WYNDHAM PANAMA CENTRO

The TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro is located in the heart of Panama City in the upscale El Cangrejo, Bella Vista neighborhood just 15 miles from Tocumen International Airport. The convenient location of our hotel puts you within walking distance to some of Panama’s best restaurants, shopping and nightlife.  The hotel offers 92 guest rooms or suites equipped with the best technology, including free Wi-Fi, to help you stay productive while you travel. Leave the worries of work behind, and take the time to enjoy the Panama City sunlight at our outdoor pool. We offer a fitness center incorporating the most innovative contemporary equipment as well as a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.

Address: Via Veneto, El Cangrejo Bellavista, Panama city Panama
Website: http://www.tryphotels.com/en/tryp-panama-centro.html
Phone: (+507) 265-0505
Check in: 3:00 p.m.
Check out: 1:00 p.m.



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