Best of Panama

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  • Panama, nation of Central America situated on the Isthmus of Panama, the restricted scaffold of land that associates North and South America. Grasping the isthmus and in excess of 1,600 islands off its Atlantic and Pacific drifts, the tropical country is famous as the site of the Panama Canal, which slices through its waist.
  • Panama is limited toward the north by the Caribbean Sea (an expansion of the Atlantic Ocean) and toward the south by the Pacific Ocean. It has a prolonged S shape, with its Caribbean coastline extending somewhere in the range of 800 miles (1,290 km) and the Pacific drift approximately 1,060 miles (1,700 km); notwithstanding, a line drawn from the Costa Rican outskirts in the west to the Colombian fringe in the east would broaden just 480 miles (770 km).
  • Climatic conditions are particularly extraordinary on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of western Panama, particularly in the sum and occasional dispersion of precipitation. On the Caribbean slants of the Tabasará Mountains, which confront the rain-bearing exchange winds, normal precipitation is roughly twice as substantial as on the leeward Pacific inclines.
  • In dislike of its generally little region, Panama has an extraordinary assortment of scenes and territories: tropical rainforests, savannas, cool montane woods, tidal grounds secured by stilted mangrove trees, coral reefs, and shorelines.

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ITINERARY:
Day 1: Welcome to Panama
Arrival to Tocumen International Airport, meet & greet by Hover Tours representative and transfer to your hotel in the city.
Night accommodation at the hotel (in Panama City).


Day 2: City & Canal Tour
After breakfast, our experienced guide will pick you up from your hotel. You will go to Miraflores Visitors Centre at The Panama Canal where you will learn about its history and the operation of this world wonder. Once there, you will watch a movie about the history of the Canal, visit 4 floors of the exhibits centre (Museum) where you will find fun and interactive attractions that will make you feel part of the Canal operation. From the observation deck on the 4th floor you will enjoy a 180 ° marvellous views of the southern locks at the Pacific Ocean. Depending on the ship transits schedule regulated by the Panama Canal Authority, you could have the opportunity to see live ship transits through the locks. The Visitor Centre also has a gift shop where you can find nice handcrafts and other souvenirs that are related to your visit of the Canal.

After the Canal, we will go to Amador Islands, a road that connects four islands located in the Panama Bay and that was built during the canal construction as a wave-breaker alongside the Pacific entrance to the Canal. A visit to Amador makes you feel by the sea. It is a great photo spot due to the panoramic views of the modern city skyline, the Colonial City, the Panama Bay, the Bridge of the Americas, Taboga Island and ships transiting in or out of the Canal. You can take some free time to enjoy the sea breeze and go shopping at the only “Duty Free Shop“ outside the International Freezone and the International Airports. (Passport required)

The tour will continue sightseeing the Colonial City dated back to 1673 where you will see beautiful civil monuments and churches of baroque, colonial and neoclassical architecture. After a restoration program, the Old Quarters are more alive and thriving than ever. Every day enthusiastic local people and visitors enjoy outdoor dining venues, bars, hotels, handcrafts markets and live music (in the evenings), surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Night accommodation at the hotel (in Panama City).


Day 3: San Blas
The day before, we suggest you ask the restaurant for “breakfast to go” since the pick up at the hotel for departure to “Archipielago de San Blas “ Island is at 05:30. The journey via land to the port to take the boat to Guna Yala community is 3 hours approx. The journey is full of very pronounced curves and is only done in rustic vehicles. Upon arrival at port, Motor boat taken and headed to a first stop in the Community Guna Yala. There will take an organic breakfast is the typical food of the Indian community. visit its streets, visit a craft store to buy some souvenir. At the end, we return to our boat and continue to “Isla Aguja”. We will enjoy this magnific Island with Crystal clear waters. We can make snorkeling. We will have refreshing drinks and snacks. The representative will be advised passengers to take their lunch (included). The return will be at 15:00 hrs approximately. Arrival to the hotel aprox 19:30 hrs. Overnight. Night accommodation at the hotel (in Panama City).


Day 4: Gamboa Rainforest Experience
After breakfast, transfer to Gamboa Rainforest area, tour in the only cable car of Panama, this cruise offers a unique perspective of wildlife, a journey of 600 meters aboard a gondola that rises above the rainforest, we will also visit some beautiful ecological exhibitions before having a tasteful lunch at the Gamboa Rainforest Hotel.

Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the hotel amenities.

Night accommodation at the hotel.


Day 5: Panama Canal Transit Cruise (it can be done viceversa and with early departure from the hotel)
This morning travel to the Flamenco Marina in Amador to board the Panama Canal Day Cruiser. The journey begins on the Pacific Ocean heading north. Cruise under the bridge of the Americas, which raises over 100 metres above sea level reuniting the land divided during construction of the canal forming a link on the Pan-American Highway. As the cruise continues reach the first set of locks, Miraflores Locks, the tallest in the canal’s locks system due to the extreme tidal variation of the Pacific Ocean. These locks will raise the ship over 50 feet above sea level in two steps into Miraflores Lake. A transition from salt water in the Pacific Ocean to fresh water in the locks chambers and lake take place here. While you enjoy lunch on board, you will reach Pedro Miguel locks where the ship is raised another 30 feet. At this point, the ship will be cruising on Gatun Lake at 80 feet above sea level and will enter Gaillard Cut, the narrowest section of the Panama Canal. Night accommodation at the hotel.


Day 6: San Lorenzo, Coast to Coast
This morning you will have an early check out from the hotel. The previous day we will request a Breakfast in a lunch box since this day we have to leave at Approx. 06:00am from the Hotel to take you to the Panama Canal Railway station. The Panama Canal Railway will take you in a one hour ride alongside the Canal to the City of ​​Colon. The Panama Railroad is one of the great train journeys in the world. Coupled with its colorful history, the railroad follows a picturesque route through the Isthmus of Panama. The road runs along the Panama Canal passing through a lush tropical jungle, passing along the canal locks, through the historic Culebra (Snake) Cut and crossing narrow roads on Gatun Lake. It connects one of the beautiful tourist corridors between the City of Colon on the Atlantic Coast and Panama City on the Pacific Coast.

The train passenger service between the cities of Panama and Colon began in June 2001. The daily service is used by executives and traders who travel to work between both cities, as well as tourists in general.

This train ride lasts approximately 1:00hr. When you arrive at Colon train station your guide will be waiting for you to pick you up. From here we will take a jungle road to “FUERTE DE SAN LORENZO” located at the entrance of the Chagres River in the province of Colón, Panama. It was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 1980 under the name of the Fortifications of the Caribbean coast of Panama, together with the fortresses of the city of Portobelo.
Together they formed the defensive system for the transatlantic trade of the Crown of Spain and constitute a magnificent example of the military architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

We will also visit the new locks of Agua Clara (third set of locks) corresponding to the expansion of the Canal that went into service in June 2016.
Later, you will enjoy lunch at the historic “HOTEL MELIA COLON” which is surrounded by nature in all splendor. After you finished your lunch, you might want to walk around the gardens of the Hotel which is located right next to Lake Gatun. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to Panama City. Night accommodation at the hotel.


Day 7: Visit the Indigenous Embera Quera Community
At 9:00 a.m. after breakfast, your guide will pick you up to begin todays tour by visiting the indigenous community of “EMBERA QUERA”. Which in our language means “PERFUME EMBERA”.

This community is located at the mouth of river Gatun. You will enjoy a 30 minutes boat trip with a beautiful landscape of flora and fauna of the region. Knowing the culture, you can enjoy a delicious traditional snack with fish and “patacones” prepared by the woman of the Embera Indians. You can share their traditional dances and music that transports you back in time. The trip includes: Transportation, boat ride, lunch (snack) , if you like somebody (Jagua), pass by a small island to observe the monkeys, presentation culture and dances, interpretive trail (guided by a traditional botanical Embera), explanation of the Embera culture and origin community and finally you can see and buy crafts made by residents of the community, handmade. At the end of our adventure in the village, we ride back in one of their typical boats to where our car is waiting for us to bring us back to the city. Night accommodation at the hotel (in Panama City)


Day 8: Return to your country
After breakfast, check out and transfer from the hotel to Tocumen International Airport. You should arrive at the check-In counter of your airline approx. 03:00 hrs before the departure of your flight.
PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
  • Return Air Tickets
  • Tranfer from Tocumen International Airport to your hotel in the City.
  • 07 nights accommodation at a hotel in Panama City with breakfast.
  • Exc. City & Canal Tour with entrance fee (Miraflores Visitor Center)
  • Exc. San Blas with lunch (beverages not included)
  • Exc. Gamboa Rainforest Experience (aerial tram and ecological exhibits) with lunch.
  • Exc. Panama Canal Transit with lunch
  • Exc. San Lorenzo Coast to Coast with entrace fee to Agua Clara Visitor Center, San Lorenzo Fort and lunch with 1 non alcoholic beverage.
  • Exc. to Embera Quera Village (lunch included)
PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS:
  • International airplane tickets.
  • Meals, drinks and beverages not mentioned in the description.
  • Personal expenses and Tips

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NOTE:

  • 1 bag and 1 carry on per person.
  • Operation Days for:
    • Panama Canal transit: Check Scedule. Usually on Friday and Saturday.
    • Aerial Tram: close on Mondays.
    • Panama Canal Railway: From Monday through Friday.
  • Net Rates in USD (prices per person according to room distribution).
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice / subject to availability

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