4 days / 3 nights
TOUR DESCRIPTION This unforgettable adventure takes place along the historic Gulf of San Miguel, where the Spanish discoverer Vasco Nuñez de Balboa became the first European to set eyes on the Pacific Ocean back in 1512. Explore the Punta Patiño Nature Reserve with our naturalist guides, enjoy the coastal boat trip around the Gulf of San Miguel and visit the Embera indigenous community at Mogue River.
PRICE US$950 per person + 7% tax (double occupancy) – minimum 4 passengers - Additional price for single occupancy: US$150 + 7% tax
INCLUDED Lodging, meals as specified in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), all land and water transportation, services of an in-bound land operator for airline re-confirmations and tour operations, local guides' services and expenses, park and related entrance fees.
NOT INCLUDED International airfare, Panama City hotel, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, gratuities and extras in hotels.
DISCLAIMER 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. Please note that there is no cell phone reception or stores in most of the area you will be traveling to on this excursion.
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE Please note that baggage allowances considers 1 small suitcase / duffle bag plus a day pack / dry sack per person. Excess luggage cannot be taken on the tour bus and should be arranged in advance with your hotel. If you change hotels after returning from Patiño, we can assist you with additional transfers.
Day 1 Panama City – Punta Patiño Nature Reserve – Gulf of San Miguel
Early this morning you will be picked up by your Naturalist Guide at your hotel lobby. Enjoy a scenic 4-5 hour ride from Panama City along the Pan-American highway, east, to Puerto Quimba, Darien. Along the way, your Naturalist Guide will give you an introduction to your 4-day adventure while traveling from a vibrant cosmopolitan city to small farming towns and indigenous villages; from multi-lane highways to narrows country roads; from skyscrapers to simple houses along rivers with meadows and forests. In a small village along the way stop for a typical Panamanian breakfast where you will enjoy an arrange of local fritters, fresh fruits, freshly brewed coffee and more local specialties. Late morning arrive to Puerto Quimba, embark a motorized boat and go on an approx. 1.5 hour boat ride along the Tuira River and the Pacific Ocean to the private 65,000-acre Punta Patiño Nature Reserve, overlooking the Gulf of San Miguel, where you settle into your private rustic cabin. After a light and refreshing lunch you will head out on your first excursion of the trip. Lead by your Naturalist Guide you will hike into the forest in search of nature creatures and exquisite flora. You will learn about the work that the National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON) is carrying out to protect the reserve and how the rainforest is regenerating. This evening you will take a short walk to look for caiman, owls and other nocturnal species.
Night at PUNTA PATIÑO LODGE (BLD)
Day 2 The Embera People of the Mogue River
This morning you embark on a motorized dugout canoe and head for the Mogue River. You will look for Roseate Spoonbill, Ibis, Osprey and Raccoons fishing along the river. The trip up river takes you through millenary mangroves making the boat ride extraordinary. You arrive at the village of Mogue where its inhabitants greet you. After the formalities and presentations you will be able to learn about their culture and traditions. You will also have the opportunity of buying their beautiful handicrafts that are made from natural materials. The men are expert carvers of Cocobolo wood and the women weave extraordinary baskets from palm fibers with dyes from different plants. On your return trip to the lodge you will do a coastal tour of the reserve. This afternoon is free to continue exploring the area surrounding the lodge on your own, enjoy the view from the second floor veranda or enjoy a siesta on one of the hammocks or at your cabin.
Night at PUNTA PATIÑO LODGE (BLD)
Day 3 Punta Patiño Nature Reserve
After a hearty breakfast you will enter with your guide into the primary forest of the reserve. The emergent tree species here is the impressive Cuipo. You will hike a back trail in search of more flora and fauna. You return to the lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon you board your boat for a coastal tour of the reserve and the sea bird’s nesting areas of El Morro.
Night at PUNTA PATIÑO LODGE (BLD)
Day 4 Return to Panama City
Early this morning you can continue birding with our guide or we may opt for taking a dip in the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the tranquility of the isolated beach. Midmorning you take a boat ride to Puerto Quimba and go from there by land back to Panama City. Drop off at hotel late afternoon. (BL)
B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner) – meals included
- Moderate hiking 2-4 hours with rolling and slippery hills also nocturnal hikes
- Sun exposure
- Lodge is located on a hill so to get from the beach up to the lodge it´s a bit of a hike
- Wet landings to get in and out of the boat
- Accommodations are rustic, but comfortable
Dates flexible, based on availability. Minimum 4 passengers needed.
- April 7-10, 2017
- May 12-15, 2017
- June 16-19, 2017
- July 21-24, 2017
- August 18-21, 2017
- Sep 15-18, 2017
- Dec 27-30, 2017
- 3-night lodging at Punta Patiño Lodge
- Meals as specified in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
- All land/water transportation on the tour
- Park and related entrance fees
- Bed sheets and shower towel
- Local guides´ services and expense
- Panama City hotel
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal equipment
- Gratuities and extras
WHAT TO BRING
- Binoculars (preferably 7x35 or bigger, also available for rent at Ancon Expeditions of Panama)
- Camera with extra batteries & film
- Flashlight with extra bulb & batteries
- Swim wear
- Insect repellant
- Sun Protection (sunscreen, hat)
- 1 Duffle bag / small suitcase
- 1 day pack / dry sack (incl. zip lock bags for your valuables)
- Water bottle
- Lightweight/quick dry cotton clothes
- Sandals, sneakers / hiking boots
- Rain gear, Windbreaker
- Money in small denominations
- Toiletries & personal medications
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
PUNTA PATIÑO LODGE
Punta Patiño Nature Reserve is the largest private natural protected area in Central America and part of the Darien National Park complex of preserved lands. The Punta Patiño lodge is located atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the South and surrounded by the natural splendour of the area. Its ten well appointed, rustic cabins are air-conditioned and have private bathrooms. A dinning hall and a chapel dating back to the early 20th century are all part of the lodge’s facilities. Electricity is only available after sunset to sunrise (approximately from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.)
Address: Gulf of San Miguel, Punta Patiño Nature Reserve, Darien, Panama
Phone: +(507) 269-9415
Fax: +(507) 264-3713
"We had an excellent time and Christian was an excellent guide. The lodge and food were excellent and the staff very friendly. Thank you for a memorable trip."
Keith Smyth, Great Britain
My wife and myself want to pass our regards to all of you and thank you
for again a couple of very nice trips during our stay in Panama and like last year they were perfectly organized and your guides are top class. Thanks again!"
Jannie & Jos Haddeman, Netherlands
“The entire operation was very professional, accountable and knowledgeable, from the office to the guides and local station help!”
Nancy Rogge, USA
“Mario is an excellent guide, and the cabañas in the Darien are fantastic, overall a great experience.”
“Ancon Expeditions have helped me as a photographer to see and photograph birds, animals, landscapes, and other wildlife in urban, and remote and wild areas of Panama. Their logistics are excellent. Ancon Expeditions have excellent naturalist guides with broad knowledge beyond only the nature of Panama; in addition they have very high level of ethics.”
Øyvind Martinsen, Norway