Half day Panama City Tour

Panama City, located on the Pacific coast, is the capital of the country. This tour will lead the visitor to the most interesting parts of the City.

The tour starts with the old colonial quarter, Casco Antiguo, founded in 1673 after the first spanish settlement was burned down by pirates. It is home to the Presidential Palace, the National Theater, the Cathedral and lots of other buildings with colonial architecture. It has plenty of little restaurants and souvenir shops. In 1977 Casco Antiguo became a World Heritage Site of the UNESCO.
After, a short drive we will take you to Miraflores locks. This is one of the two sets of locks located on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal. You will enjoy the fascinating show of the big ships inside the narrow chambers! The visitor’s center provides technical, historical and ecological information about the Canal.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC from hotel in Panama City
· English speaking guide
· Entrance to Miraflores Locks visitors center
Duration: 4 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Guides in other languages are available on request.

Group tour
This tour includes:
· Group transportation in vehicle with AC from hotel in Panama City
· English speaking guide
· Entrance to Miraflores Locks visitor center
Duration: 4 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Group size varies from 2 to 14 passengers.

Full day Panama City

Panama City is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and beautiful city, capital of the Republic of Panama. Panama is located at the pacific side of the American Continent. It is full of culture and history: built in 1519 by the Spanish governor Pedro Arias de Avila, destroyed by greedy pirates, rebuilt in 1673, it is also the gateway to the famous Panama Canal!

The visit starts with Panama Viejo, first Spanish settlement, founded in 1519 and destroyed in 1671 following the attack of the infamous pirate Henry Morgan. It was in fact the Spanish governor who set fire to the city to avoid it felled intact in the hands of the privateers.
After Panama Viejo we shall drive to the west side of the city and climb up Ancon Hill. It is covered with a lush secondary rainforest and from the top there is a splendid view on the modern city, the Canal Zone and the "Casco Antiguo" lying at the foot of the hill. This is where Panama City was rebuilt after the destruction of Panama Viejo. The Casco Antiguo's unique colonial atmosphere has the locals say that in Panama "you have one foot in Miami and one foot in Habana!" You won't miss the visit of the Panama Canal museum which was once a hotel used by the French during the first period of the canal construction.
After lunch a short transfer through the modern part of the city will take us to Miraflores locks. Ships must pass those imposing water elevators to navigate in and out the Panama Canal and it is a fascinating and unforgettable show to watch the steel giants going through the locks, where the biggest of them, called "Panamax", only have 2 feet between their hull and the side of the chambers! .
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· English speaking guide
· Entrance to Miraflores Locks visitors center
Duration: 8 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Guides in other languages are available on request.

Group tour
This tour includes:
· Group transportation in vehicle with AC from hotel in Panama City
· English speaking guide
· Entrance to Miraflores Locks visitor center
Duration: 8 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Group size varies from 2 to 14 passengers. This tour does not operate on Mondays.

Embera Village

The Embera belong to the carib culture. Their territory of origin is the Choco region in Colombia (they are sometimes called "chocoes" together with their cousins the Wounaan) and the province of Darien in Panama.

Panama City and Surroundings
After a road transfer of about an hour heading north from Panama City you will reach the shores of Alajuela Lake. The rest of the trip to the Embera village will be done in local dugout canoes on the lake then on the Chagres or Pequeñi River. Navigation time will depend on the lake water level, which is much lower during the dry season (January to May), making the boat trip longer at that period of the year.
The Emberas, proudly adorned with their best body paintings will show us some of the elements of their graceful culture, the beauty of their dances and their remarkable handicrafts. They will also invite you to share their traditional dish of fish with plantain in a banana leaf.
Optional hikes into the nearby rainforest will help you discover some of the plants used by the Emberas for their traditional medicine.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· English speaking guide
· Entrance to National Park · 1 bottled water and typical lunch at the village
Duration: 8 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: There are different Embera villages in the shores of the Chagres River, only one of them will be visited per trip.

Group tour
This tour includes:
· Group transportation in vehicle with AC from hotel in Panama City
· English speaking guide
· Entrance to National Park
· One bottled water
· Typical style lunch at the Village
Duration: 8 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Group size varies from 2 to 14 passengers. There are different Embera villages in shores of the Chagres River; only one of them will be visited per trip.

Train, Gatun Locks & Fort San Lorenzo

The Panama Railroad was the first railway ever to link an ocean to another. You will visit the Panama Canal Atlantic locks and the impressive San Lorenzo old Spanish fort, hidden in the jungle in front on the Caribbean Sea.

Panama City and Surroundings
The Caribbean
After an early morning transfer to Corozal train station we will take our seat in one of the comfortable cars of the Panama-Colon train. During the one hour trip to Colon you will have time to admire the large Gatun Lake and the wonderful rainforest of the Panama Canal surroundings while enjoying a good cup of coffee…
Once in Colon we will drive to the impressive Gatun Locks, and cross the canal just behind the huge iron gates to reach the small road that will take us to San Lorenzo. The picturesque road to the ruins leads, at first, through secondary vegetation, then through dense rainforest. Howler monkeys are most commonly heard and seen, together with agoutis and coatimundis.
It is only at the end of the road that you'll meet the majestic fort of San Lorenzo, proudly facing the Chagres River and the Caribbean Sea. A gorgeous scenery indeed that hasn't changed much since Bradley and his pirates took the fort more than 300 years ago! We will take our time to enjoy the breathtaking sight of the thick rainforest reaching the Caribbean Sea and to visit the ruins before coming back to Gatun. Just before our arrival to the locks we will pass over a bridge that crosses what remains of the old French canal project.
In Gatun we will go up to the locks mirador to observe the fascinating show of the huge ships inside the narrow canal chambers! Technical explanations will be given by a Gatun Locks specialist.
Our transport will take us back to Panama City at the end of the afternoon..
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· English speaking guide
· One way train ticket
· Entrance to San Lorenzo National Park
· Entrance to Gatun Locks visitor’s center
Duration: 8 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: This trip is available from Monday to Friday.

Soberania National Park

Created in 1980 Soberania National Park protects an area of 220 km2 of secondary rainforest less than an hour from the center of Panama City.

Panama City and Surroundings
Departure from the hotel early in the morning. About 1/2 hour later we shall reach Soberania National Park. We will first stop at the Rainforest Discovery Center where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the forest and canopy bird species from a 100 ft. high observation tower. There are also hummingbird feeders where you can see and photograph up to 10 different species of the tiny acrobats!
We continue our way along Pipeline road, a graveled and easy path that goes through the forest of Soberania National Park. Here, monkeys such as white-faced capuchins, howler monkeys and the diminutive Geoffroys' tamarins are very frequent sights. The area is home to other mammals like three-toed sloths, agoutis or anteaters. The park also boasts an impressive list of 525 species of birds.
We will have a stop for a picnic lunch in the forest before it is time to return to Panama City. .
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· Specialized English speaking guide
· Entrance to Soberania National Park
· Entrance to the Discovery Center · Lunch picnic style Duration: 7 hours
Level of effort: Moderate

Birdwatching on Pipeline Road

During World War II a pipeline was built to transfer oil from the Pacific to the Caribbean and was never used. Today the road built for this purpose, located inside Soberania National Park, is one of the most famous birding spots in America!

Panama City and Surroundings
This tour starts very early in the morning in order to be just after dawn in Soberania National Park.
With more than 300 bird species once counted in one day,Pipeline road offers exceptional birding opportunities. If army ants are found, several professional ant-followers can be seen: spotted antbird, bicolored antbird, ocellated antbird, chestnut-backed antbird and the prized rufous-vented ground-cuckoo, if you are very lucky! Manakins include the golden-collared manakin, blue-crowned Manakin and red-capped Manakin.
Pipeline is well known for its trogons; five of them can be seen in a very lucky day: slaty-tailed, Violaceous and Black-throated Trogons are the most common. The long never ending whistle of the great Jacamar reveals the rare presence of this iridescent bird.
It is easy to see birds around fig trees, such as purple-throated fruitcrows, scarlet-rumped caciques, and three species of toucans. Red-lored parrots are always present, and in the wetter areas brown-hooded Parrots. Cinnamon woodpeckers are common on the first part of the road as well as black-cheeked woodpeckers, crimson-crested woodpeckers and lineated woodpeckers. This road is particularly good for woodcreepers, being the commonest of all: the cocoa woodcreeper. With more luck, barred woodcreepers and plain-brown woodcreepers can be added too.
Return to Panama City around lunch time.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· Specialized birdwatching English speaking guide
Duration: 5 hours
Level of effort: Easy

El Valle de Antón

A picturesque, verdant mountain village, El Valle is a great escape from the hustle and heat of Panama City. What makes it unique is its location inside a huge crater created when a volcano blew its top off five million years ago.

Central provinces
The drive to El Valle takes about 2 hours going west from Panama City. You will cross the famous "Bridge of the Americas" and drive along the pacific coast before turning uphill to the mountain village.
Upon arrival you will hike on the Cerro Gaital cloud forest trail, on the slopes of the volcano. The trail ends at a mirador where you will enjoy a great panoramic view of El Valle. Back in the village we will stop to see the famous "Piedra Pintada", a huge ancient petroglyph representing a map of the region.
After lunch we will have some time to visit the local market. Especially on Sundays, many local families come from the entire valley to sell their goods on the colorful market: fruits, vegetables, orchids and handicrafts.
This tour includes:
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· English speaking guide
· Entrance fees to Cerro Gaital
· Entrance fees to the Petroglyphs
Duration: 8 hours
Level of effort: Moderate
Notes: Visitors must bring cash (U.S. dollar) for purchases in the Market. ATM may be available.

Azuero Rum

We will visit the Hacienda San Isidro, where the famous Rum Abuelo and Seco Herrerano are produced. Hacienda San Isidro is located in the heart of the Herrera Province, on the Pacific side of the isthmus.

Central provinces
The tour starts at 9:30 a.m. on traditional oxcarts; you will be taken to Hacienda San Isidro's distillery. We will learn the different steps that are necessary to produce Rum and Seco from sugarcane – grinding, fermenting and distilling. We will then continue with the bodega where the rum is being aged in barrels in two different processes. We will finish the tour with a traditional Panamanian lunch, rum tasting of the Ron Abuelo aged 5, 7, 12 and 30 years (Ron Abuelo Centuria) and an open bar with rum and seco based cocktails.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· English speaking guide
· Entrance fees
· Premium Rum tasting
· Snacks and lunch
· Open bar
· Panama Hat
Duration: 6 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Guides in other languages are available on request.

Best of Azuero

Azuero is a large peninsula in southern Panama. It is the very heart of rural Panamanian culture, full of folklore, friendly faces and natural beauties.

Central provinces
Learn the manufacturing process of the traditional products of the province: sugarcane, salt, pottery and bread. We will first discover the many uses of sugarcane, from the refreshing juice called "Guarapo" to the traditional cooking of sugarcane syrup and to the production of artisanal liquor. We will see the extraction of salt from the Pacific Ocean; visit the production of handmade clay pottery; and learn how the famous "La Arena" bread is baked.
After a traditional lunch, learn why many consider Azuero "the cultural heart of Panama". We will learn about the fabrication of the ''Pollera", one of the most beautiful costumes in the world, by visiting an elder lady that has dedicated all her life to the traditional dress of Panamanian women. We will also visit small studios of local artisans who produce the colorful devil's masks, the drums used in local music and the gold ornaments that are part of the traditional Panamanian culture.
This tour includes:.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC from hotel in Chitré
· English speaking guide
· Entrance fees
· Snacks and lunch
Duration: 7 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Visitors must bring cash (U.S. dollar) in case they want to buy souvenirs. ATMs may not be available.

Herrera Highlands

Herrera Highlands were inhabited by indigenous groups during the pre-Columbian era. The area is home to the most important wildlife refuge in the province ''El Montuoso Forest Reserve''.

Central provinces
We will visit two local families to learn the artisanal manufacturing process of sugarcane honey. They also grow a variety of orchids found in this fresh climate. We will then continue with a hike in ''El Montuoso Forest Reserve'', known as "The lung of Azuero", to discover mysterious petroglyphs. We will also enjoy a refreshing swim in the river ''La Villa''.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· English speaking guide
· Entrance fees
· Lunch and Water
Duration: 8 hours
Level of effort: Moderate
Notes: Visitors should bring cash (U.S. dollar) in case they want to buy souvenir. ATMs may not be available.

Quetzal Trail

This is without any doubts one of the most spectacular jungle hikes to be done in Central America.

Western highlands
The trail links the village of Cerro Punta and Boquete, in Panama's western highlands. It goes up to 2500 m of altitude shortly after departure and goes down most of the way after, in a marvelous scenery of mountain rainforest, full of bambous, tree, ferns, orchids and bromeliads. And of course, there is always the chance of spotting the mysterious quetzal, the sacred bird of ancient Mayas and Aztecs.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· English speaking guide
· Park entrance fees
· Lunch picnic style
· One bottle of water
Duration: 5 to 8 hours
Level of effort: Challenging
Notes: Day pack and additional drinking water is recommended.

Climbing Baru Volcano

With a height of 3474 m Baru Volcano is Panama’s tallest mountain. This dormant volcano is located at the extreme west end of Panama, close to the border with Costa Rica. The fertile volcanic soil and fresh climate of Baru’s surroundings make it one of Panama's most productive agriculture regions. It is also drained by the Chiriquí and Caldera Rivers.

Western highlands
The hike has a total of 27 km and it cover almost 1,700 meters of elevation, temperatures at the summit are near to freezing point in the morning and the evening It takes about 11 hours to reach the top so a very good physical condition is a requirement. If the weather is clear it is possible to see both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea from the top of the volcano.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· English speaking guide
· Lunch picnic style
· Entrance fees
· One bottle of water
Duration: 12 hours
Level of effort: Challenging
Notes: Hikers are requested to bring at least 3 additional liters of water, good hiking shoes, warm clothing, rain jacket, lamp and spare clothing.

Hiking around Boquete

Boquete is a little village located in the ''Valley of Flowers'' at an altitude of 900 m, near the border with Costa Rica.

Western highlands
The area of Boquete offers a mixture of mountain and cloud forest, coffee fields and little farms. The altitude and cool climate make hiking around Boquete a very relaxing and rewarding experience. This is also one of Central America’s best areas for birdwatching, with some remarkable species such as quetzals and bellbirds.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· English speaking guide
· Entrance fees
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Level of effort: Moderate
Notes: There are several rainforest trails around Boquete, depending on the physical condition and preferences of the visitor. These will also determine the duration of the hike.

Exploring Boca del Drago

This is where Christopher Columbus landed during his 4th trip. Bocas del Toro's islands are covered with a vegetation so lush that it pushes the white beaches towards the transparent waters of the Caribbean sea.

The Caribbean
Starting from Bocas town, you will first travel by boat following the south coast of Colón Island then reach after about 30 minutes the Boca del Drago channel that separates mainland from Colón Island. There, you will enjoy the beautiful beach or snorkel on the nearby coral reef.
10 minutes by boat from Boca del Drago towards the open sea lies Swans Key, a bird sanctuary. We will not get off to avoid disturbing the birds, but nests are everywhere and there is plenty to observe. Back on Colon Island you will have time to walk and follow the trail that leads to Starfish beach. This is a very quiet beach with no waves and, as its name says, many, many starfishes!.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Group transportation in boat departing from Colón Island
· Entrance fees
· Lunch
· One bottle of water
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Up to 10 passengers. If the sea is calm the boat can return directly to Colón Island. For clients staying on other islands or outside Bocas town transportation can be arranged.

Group tour
This tour includes:
· Group transportation in boat departing from Colón Island
· Entrance fees
· Lunch
· One bottle of water
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Up to 10 passengers. If the sea is calm the boat can return directly to Colón Island. For clients staying on other islands or outside Bocas town transportation can be arranged.

San San Pond Sak – Changuinola Wetlands

The San San Pond Sak Wetlands Reserve includes a system of coastal marshes, swamps and beaches in the western part of the Bocas del Toro province, on the mainland district of Changuinola.

The Caribbean
This group tour is an adventure through the wetlands which are the natural habitat of the endangered manatee, while the neighboring beaches are the nesting site of sea turtles, especially the huge leatherback. Of course, nature never guarantees anything but manatees are very frequently seen together with other species such as sloths, otters, white-faced capuchins or iguanas.
This tour is organized by a non-governmental organization that strives to conserve and protect the San San Pond Sak eco-system through the development of activities which also benefit the local community. Turtle monitoring programs have generated the opportunity for environmental education and awareness, as well as providing a source of income for the residents thanks to the arrival of volunteers, researchers and tourists.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Group transportation in boat departing from Colón Island
· Entrance fees
· Typical style lunch
Duration: 7 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Tour guided in Spanish by local community members, some English may be spoken. For clients staying on other islands or outside of Bocas town transportation can be arranged.

Bastimentos Island National Marine Park

Bastimentos Island National Marine Park protects a vast area of coastal mangroves, inland rainforest and marine ecosystem in the Bocas del Toro archipelago.

The Caribbean
The group departs by boat from Colón Island early in the morning to reach Salt Creek by navigating through clusters of red Mangrove, which provide sea creatures with a protective area during their reproductive and development stages. Salt Creek is a charming little Ngäbe indigenous village located deep inside the Caribbean mangrove. The Ngäbes will take us to one of their forest trails where we will try to spot the local wildlife.
The tiny little red poison dart is generally abundant on the forest litter. After the hike you will come back to the village for lunch and have the opportunity to buy local handicrafts. In the afternoon we will go snorkelling to admire the coral reef and its inhabitants.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Group transportation in boat departing from Colón Island
· Entrance fees
· Typical style lunch
· One bottle of water
Duration: 7 hours
Level of effort: Moderate
Notes: Up to 10 travelers. For clients staying on other islands or outside of Bocas town additional transportation can be arranged.

Group tour
This tour includes:
· Group transportation in boat departing from Colón Island
· Entrance fees
· Typical style lunch
· One bottle of water
Duration: 7 hours
Level of effort: Moderate
Notes: Up to 10 travelers. For clients staying on other islands or outside of Bocas town additional transportation can be arranged.

Panama Canal Transit

This excursion is without any doubts a world's highlight, and a must for anyone interested in experiencing this engineering marvel first hand!

Panama City and Surroundings
Partial transit: A specialized guide on board will give you detailed information on every step of the lockage process. After passing under the beautiful "Bridge of the Americas" your ship will go through the Miraflores locks and soon after, arrive to Pedro Miguel locks. Shortly after, you will enter what is known as the Culebra Cut or Gaillard Cut. This is a spectacular part of your journey as the Culebra Cut goes through the hills of Panama's central mountain ridge! This section of the canal is full of history, it was the most difficult part of the construction and thousands of lives were lost there...
You shall see "contractor's hill" (so called because of the amount of small sub-contractors who worked there during the French period) and "gold hill" (where there was a brief and unsuccessful gold rush during the same period). It is quite common to see large crocodiles lying in the sun on sandbanks!
After the Culebra Cut your ship will meet with the mighty Gatun lake, which was until 1936 the biggest manmade lake of the world. Your final destination will be the town of Gamboa, Panama canal's maintenance and dredging port, where you will disembark. A shuttle will provide a 30 min transfer back to Panama City.

Full transit: Once a month, it is possible to do a full transit of the canal. In this case you will continue your boat trip on the canal after Gamboa. You will see how Gatun lake gets wider and wider as your ship advances north towards the Caribbean Sea. You will pass in front of Barro Colorado island where the Smithsonian Institute has its main research station. You will eventually arrive to Gatun locks where your ship will be lowered a total of 26 meters in three distinct chambers. Upon arriving at Colon, you will disembark at Pier 6, where transportation back to Panama City will be provided.
Both tours include:
· Transportation in private vehicle with AC
· Group transportation from disembarking points
· English speaking guide on board
· Buffet style lunch on board and soft drinks
· Afternoon tea only for Full transit
Duration: Partial Transit 4 to 5 hours | Complete Transit 8 to 9 hours
Level of effort: Easy

Jungle Boat

The Panama Canal is also a unique ecosystem. This excursion takes you on Gatun Lake to observe the local flora and fauna from a boat that will come as close a possible of the forested sides of the canal.

Panama City and Surroundings
Your day of adventure will start with a road transfer from your hotel to the town of Gamboa, the maintenance and dredging port of the canal. In Gamboa you will embark in fast launch and start navigating on Gatun Lake admiring the fascinating flora, fauna, and the ships transiting the canal.
Monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, iguanas and conspicuous birds such as anhinga's, jacanas or snail kites are very frequently seen. You will witness history in the making as we pass close by work being carried out to expand the canal.
Eventually our journey will take us off the beaten path to a secluded part of the Panama Canal, in the heart of Gatun Lake's rainforest where a Jungle boathouse is anchored. There, you will enjoy a delicious Panamanian style lunch with refreshments. After lunch you may take part in a variety of other activities like swimming, fishing, hiking or kayaking. In the afternoon transfer back to your hotel in Panama City. .
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· English speaking guide
· Activities: swimming, kayaking or fishing
· Lunch and soft drinks
Duration: 7 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: This tour is available only on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Group tour
This tour includes:
· Group transportation in vehicle with AC from hotel in Panama City
· English speaking guide
· Activities: swimming, kayaking or fishing
· Lunch and soft drinks
Duration: 7 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Group size varies from 2 to 14 passengers. This tour is available only on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Pearl Islands

With 200 islands this archipelago lies about 30 miles south of Panama City. It has been known since colonial times and is famous today for its beautiful beaches and rich marine life.

Pacific Coast and Islands
Pearl Islands are full of natural beauty and history. During the colonial period Contadora Island or "Counting Island" became the central point where pearls from the archipelago were sent to be counted, registered, prepared for transit over the isthmus and finally shipped to Spain. The archipelago also served as a haven for pirates from which they would launch daring assaults on the spanish fleet.
Today in the 21st century, Contadora and its neighboring islands are home to countless marine species as well as a migratory stop for large marine mammals like humpback whales that can be seen from June to October. The archipelago is just 30 miles off the coast of Panama City. It can be reached by ferry in approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. After the ferry's arrival you will have time to visit some of the many beaches and enjoy your lunch in front of the Pacific ocean. The ferry leaves back to Panama City around 4 p.m. .
Regular tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· Round trip ferry ticket
· Use of hotel or beach club facilites and lunch
Duration: 8 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Guides are not available for this tour. Visitors should bring cash (U.S. dollar) to do any purchases. There are not ATMs on the islands.

Aquabus

The Aquabus is the only amphibious autobus in Central America and it provides a once in a life time opportunity to view Panama City from land and sea. It will drive through city streets and then plunge into the Bay of Panama near the entrance to the Panama Canal!

Panama City and Surroundings
This wonderful 2 hour city tour allows you to understand the evolution of Panama from the colonial to the modern city full of skyscrapers from a different perspective, with a bilingual guide on board.
This tour is offered once a day from tuesday to sunday and it starts and finishes at Albrook Mall. Departure time depends on the tide. .
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· English speaking guide
· Aquabus entrance fees
Duration: 2 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: This tour is offered once a day from Tuesday to Sunday. Departing time will depend always on the tides.

Gamboa Rainforest Resort

The small village of Gamboa is located about halfway of the canal, where the Chagres River meets with Gatun Lake.

Panama City and Surroundings
The Gamboa Rainforest Resort is ideally located in the heart of Soberania National Park's rainforest, only 40 minutes from the center of Panama City.
It offers several options of tours for the nature lovers: The aerial tram goes through a mile long of the rainforest that lies within the resort boundaries. During the ride you will be at the canopy level. It is an ideal situation to observe the big trees and try to spot white-faced capuchin monkeys or toucans. The tram ascends some 270 feet before reaching the observation tower where you will enjoy a great view on the canal, the Chagres River as well as the forested areas of Soberania National Park and the town of Gamboa.
The resort is also displaying 4 exhibitions of local flora and fauna. There is an orchid nursery where you will admire local species and some introduced species. You will also see several species of snakes and reptiles, a wonderful butterfly farm and an aquarium.
After the visit you will take a boat tour on Gatun Lake. You will see huge ships transiting in the Panama Canal and the dredges at work. You will pass many small islands, where you will admire the local flora and fauna. There is also a good chance to spot sloths, monkeys, crocodiles and other local celebrities! The tour ends with a lunch at Los Lagartos restaurant built on stilts on the Chagres River..
Regular tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· English speaking guide
· Aerial tram
· Entry to the exhibits
· Boat trip on Gatun Lake
· Lunch at Los Lagartos Restaurant
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Group size varies from 2 to 14 passengers.

San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands or Guna Yala is an archipelago of more than 350 islands of which 36 are inhabited. Bordering the Caribbean coast of Panama and Darién provinces, it is home to the indigenous group known as the Gunas.

The Caribbean
Between 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., pick up at your hotel for a 2 hour and a half group transfer to the port of Carti, on the Caribbean Sea. Transfers to San Blas are made by the Gunas in shared 4x4 cars. These cars can carry up to 7 passengers and can be a little tight sometimes, but this is the only transportation available to reach the most unique and spectacular place in the Caribbean!
The road goes through Panama's central mountain ridge towards the Caribbean Sea, in the middle of a spectacular scenery of mountain rainforest.
Upon arrival in Carti, you will be picked up by your local guide and embark in a local boat to visit one of the nearby indian villages. Guna villages are extremely picturesque and colourful... and you certainly won't come back without a mola (traditional patchwork). Most women in the village dedicate many hours a day to create these colourful designs. This is a place that is full of traditions. San Blas is part of the "Comarca" (autonomous territory) of the Gunas, an ancient culture who never accepted the rule of the spanish during colonial times and obtained a very broad autonomy from the panamanian government as early as during the 1930s.
After visiting the village you will go to one of San Blas' many islands for a relaxing time at the beach. Most of the islands are desert, only inhabited by a small family that collects the entry tax. Some islands have great sandy beaches, others are ideal for snorkelling but all of them look like little pieces of paradise!
Lunch will be taken around midday and normally consists of traditional ingredients like rice, catch of the day with some beans or salads. Meals are often basic so you may bring an additional snack if you want.
In the middle of the afternoon you will be transported back to Carti to meet with the 4x4 vehicle that will take you back to Panama City.
Regular tour
This tour includes:
· Group transportation in 4x4 vehicles from Panama City
· Shared Boat transportation in San Blas Islands
· Typical style lunch
Duration: 10 to 11 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: This group tour is operated directly by the Gunas with Spanish speaking drivers and boat captains from the indigenous community. English speaking guide or private tours can be requested.
Transfers are made in shared 4x4 vehicles. These cars can carry up to 7 passengers and can be a little tight sometimes, but this is the only available transportation to arrive to this port.
The meals are normally very basic so you can take some additional snacks if you want. Entry taxes (currently US$13) are not included. Visitors must bring passport and cash to pay taxes and in case the want to do any purchase. There is no ATM available in the islands.

Whale Watching

Whale watching around Panama City has become one of the country's top tourist attractions. From June to October (approx.), just off the coast of Panama's capital hundreds of humpback whales coming from Antarctica gather in the warmer equatorial waters for mating and breeding. It is a great opportunity to spot these majestic giants in their natural environment.

Pacific Coast and Island
The tour leaves around 7:30 a.m. via fast boat, in the direction of the Pearl islands looking for whales all along the way. We may also meet with other fascinating species such as dolphins, sea turtles, rays, pelagic birds and sometimes even whale sharks. Even though there is no guarantee you will see the whales (nature never guarantees anything!), there was a 100% success rate on all tours heading out to Contadora Island last year.
We will make a stop on one of the islands' beaches for snorkeling and swimming. We will also stop for lunch on Contadora Island (lunch is not included). In the early afternoon there will be time left to watch for more whales before we start heading back to Panama City.
Regular tour
This tour includes:
· Group transportation in vehicles with AC from Panama City
· Fast Boat
· Specialized whale watching English speaking guide
· Some snacks and drinks on board
Duration: 8 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Tour available from July to October. Guides speaking other languages are available on request.

Snorkeling around Portobelo

Portobelo is a little town located on the Caribbean coast about 35 km east from the Panama Canal. It is famous for its beautiful bay and its old Spanish forts but it has also no less than 16 major dive sites in its neighboring waters.

The Caribbean
A group transfer will take you from Panama City to Portobelo in about 1 hour and a half. Not far away from the village a fast boat will take us to a pristine beach that will be the base to reach our first snorkel spot and our first occasion to admire several varieties of colorful tropical fish.
The second snorkeling dive site is a reef wall where you might have a chance of sea eagle rays, nurse sharks, and even reef sharks! After a delicious Caribbean style lunch, we will make a quick visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Portobelo before going back to Panama City.
Private tour
This tour includes:
· Private transportation in vehicles with AC
· Snorkeling gear
· Lunch
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Level of effort: Moderate

Coffee Farm

Panama's coffee farms are located in the Western Highlands around Boquete. They are famous for the quality of their Arabica, and the country has recently won several international awards.

Western Highland
During this tour you will discover the secrets of the world's best coffee! You will be shown the many and complex stages of coffee processing from the recollection in the plantation by the expert hands of Ngäbe people to the roasting in odd-looking machines. Eventually you will be invited to a delicious coffee tasting experience.
Regular tour
This tour includes:
· English speaking guide
· Entrance fees
Duration: 3 hours
Level of effort: Easy
Notes: Transfer to starting point is not included.

Canopy Zipline in Boquete

With its deep valleys and towering rainforest trees Boquete is an ideal base for ziplines.!

Western Highland
An exciting way to appreciate the cloud forest from a different perspective, ziplining in Boquete is a unique experience that allows the visitors to contemplate the rainforest canopy while soaring from one treetop to another and from thirteen different canopy platforms. You will glide between the trees to discover a whole new world of sensations.
Before starting you will receive a complete briefing and equipment to enjoy this tour in a completely safe way.
Group tour
This tour includes:
· Transportation from main office in Boquete town to the Zipline facilities
· English speaking guide
· Entrance fees
· Safety equipment
Duration: 3 hours
Level of effort: Moderate
Notes: This is a group tour. Minimum age is 6 years and maximum weight is 250 pounds.

White water rafting near Boquete

The region of Boquete is crossed by numerous rivers that make it a prime destination for whitewater rafting. It is a heart-pumping experience with plenty of adrenalin, rapids and bumps!

Western Highland
This is a full day group excursion but the actual time on the water can vary from 2 hours and a half to 4 hours, depending on how much water there is in the river (the more rain, the faster the river, the shorter the trip) and on which sections can be rafted on a specific day.
Group tour
This tour includes:
· Transportation in private vehicle with AC from downtown Boquete
· English speaking guide
· Top quality gear
· Entrance fees
· Picnic style lunch
Duration: 8 hours
Level of effort: Moderate. Depending on the visitor’s experience we can organize easy trips for beginners or fast rapids for more experienced adventurers.
Notes: Visitors must bring an additional set of dry clothes, drinking water and original Passport. Each raft needs a minimun of 5 passangers.

Oreba Chocolate Village

Discover a chocolate farm in the region of Bocas del Toro and share the life of Ngäbe people, its expert farmers.

The Caribbean
During this tour your local guides will be farmers. They will show you how they process organic shade-grown cacao from growing, harvesting, fermenting, drying roasting and eventually preparing chocolate.
The tour, which is completely run and managed by the indigenous Ngäbe farmers of the community takes travelers a beautiful environment of jungle and cacao trees inside protected shade grown farms of the locals. You may also see animal species during the walk such as poison dart frogs, sloths, and toucans.
The highlight of the tour has to be the chocolate demonstration where local Ngäbe women in traditional dress teach each visitor how to make chocolate the way they have been doing it for centuries. This all takes place under a traditional thatched roof rancho hidden in a beautiful environment of mountain rainforest.
Tour
This tour includes:
· Group transportation in boat departing from Colón Island
· Entrance fees and group transportation to/from the village
· English speaking guide from the community
· Traditional Ngäbe meal
Duration: 6 hours
Level of effort: Moderate
Notes: For clients staying on other islands or outside of Bocas town additional transportation can be arranged. Cacao products are sold at the farm; we recommend bringing cash (U.S. dollar) in case you want to buy some.