Cacao Travel Panama is run by travel experts that have explored the Isthmus, looking for and selecting the best destinations for you and your clients. Our extensive field experience together with our knowledge of the country and its natural environment, allows us to create off the beaten path and tailor-made roundtrip programs. You will find hereafter samples of roundtrips from 8 to 15 days.
We will gladly help you to design your dream vacation or expedition in Panama combining different local destinations according to your wishes.


Fly and drive | 11 nights

Enjoy the liberty of discovering Panama on your own and at your own pace.
Day 1 Arrival at Panama City
Upon arrival at Tocumen International Airport you will be met by our Cacao Travel driver and transfered to your hotel.

- Driving time 40-60 min.
- **Check-in is at 3:00 p.m.
- Overnight in Panama City

Day 2 Panama City (B)
Meeting with your English speaking guide to receive vouchers, review itinerary and receive your vehicle. Overnight in Panama City

Optional activities:
- Visit to the small church of San Francisco de la Montana
- City Tour
- Miraflores Locks
- Soberania National Park
- Birdwatching at Metropolitan Park
- The Causeway

Day 3 Drive to Santa Fe (B)
(300 km, approx. 4 hrs)
After breakfast you will leave Panama City and follow the Panamerican Highway towards the West. Once in Santiago you will take a small road going north in the direction of Santa Fe. Santa fe is a small village located in a beautiful valley surrounded by small farms dans mountains covered with rainforest.

- Activities in Panama City and surroundings
- City Tour
- Miraflores Locks
- Soberania National Park
- Birdwatching at Metropolitan Park
- The Causeway

Days 4 and 5 Santa Fe - Las Lajas (B)
(200 km, approx. 3 hrs)
You will keep driving on the Panamerican Highway towards the West until you reach the village of Las Lajas in the province of Chiriqui. Your Hotel is located only 5 minutes away from one of the longest beaches in Central America. Las Lajas Beach is about 20 km long and offers a relaxing and refreshing welcome after the long drive. 2 overnights at Buena Vista Lodge in Las Lajas

Optional activities in Las Lajas
- Enjoy the beach and relax
- Artisanal fishing with the villagers
- Mangrove tours
- Visit to a Ngäbe indigenous village

Day 6 and 7 Las Lajas - Boquete (B)
(100 km, approx. 1.5 hrs)
Drive from Las Lajas to Boquete. Boquete is nestled in Panama's western highlands. It is surrounded by coffee plantations and lush rainforest, and the town is famous for its gardens full of tropical flowers and its nice cool weather. 2 nights at Boquete Tree Trek Resort

Boquete offers many options of tours and activities
- Coffee tour
- Hiking on the ''Quetzal trail'', ''Bajo Mono'' trail and other rainforest excursions
- Birdwatching
- Canopy Tour
- White water rafting
- Thermal ponds
- Visiting the village of Cerro Punta

Day 8 Refugio Brisa del Diablo (B)
(50 km, approx. 1 hr)
The ''Refugio Brisa del Diablo '' is a small bed and brekfast located high in the mountains only one hour away from Boquete. There is a breathtaking view of Baru Volcano and the ''valley of the moon''. This is the ideal location to relax and enjoy nature. Overnight at Refugio Brisa del Diablo.

Optional Activities
- Visit to the river canyons in Gualaca
- Hikes in the surrounding forest

Days 9 to 11 Pedasi (B)
(400 km, approx. 5 hrs)
You will come back to the Panamerican highway and drive towards the east until you reach the small town of Divisa, where you will take a right turn and drive to the town of Pedasi. The area surrounding Pedasi is well known as the cultural heart of the country.
3 overnights in Pedasi

Activities around of Pedasi
- Day tour to Isla Iguana
- Deep sea fishing
- Day at the beach in Pedasi
- Drive to neighboring beaches of Playa Venao, Isla Canas or Cambutal
- Visit of villages of Nata, Chitre or Las Tablas
- Whale watching (July- October)

Day 12 Return to Panama City
(325 km, approx. 4 hrs)
Drive from Pedasi back to Panama City. You can return the car either in Panama City or directly at the international airport.
End of our services.
This program includes:
· 2 Nights at Tryp Panama Centro or similar. Standard room with breakfast buffet
· 1 night at Coffee Mountain Inn in Santa Fe. Standard room with breakfast
· 2 nights at Buena Vista Lodge in Las Lajas or similar. Standard room with breakfast
· 2 nights at Boquete Tree Trek or similar. Standard room with continental breakfast
· 1 night at Refugio Brisa del Diablo. Standard room with breakfast
· 3 nights at Casa de Campo Hotel in Pedasi or similar. Standard room with breakfast
· Meals as specified in the program (B = Breakfast)
· Meeting with a guide (within office hours) to deliver vouchers and map
· Transportation: Private transfer from International Airport with Spanish speaking driver
· Car Rental: 11 days of car rental with the following specifications: Hyundai i10 or similar (Class-C, Sedan Intermediate). Included Insurance: Lost/Damage Waiver (LDW) and Tires and windows (TW). Not Included: Personal Accidents (PAI) or hitting stationary objects.

Not included:
· International flights and airport taxes
· Activities or private excursions and tours
· Guiding services
· Gratuities
· Personal expenses

Panama Nature | 11 Nights

Day 1 Arrival at Panama City
Upon arrival at Tocumen International Airport you will be met by our Cacao Travel driver and transfered to your hotel.

- Driving time 40-60 min.
- **Check-in is at 3:00 p.m.
- Overnight in Panama City

Day 2 Full day City Tour & Canal Tour (B)
Private full day (approx. 8 hrs) tour with English speaking guide. We will start the tour with the Metropolitan Park, a vast area of secondary rainforest located inside the city. It is a great place for birdwatching and some local mammal species are very frequently seen such as howlers monkeys and Geoffroy's tamarins, three toed sloths and coatimundis.

Before lunch we will visit the old colonial quarter, Casco Antiguo, founded in 1673 after the first spanish settlement was burned down by pirates. It has a unique and charming colonial atmosphere and plenty of little bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. We will finish the tour at the Panama Canal 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.

Overnight at your hotel in Panama City


Day 3 The Gatun Lake jungle boat (B, L)
Private full day (approx. 8 hrs) tour with English speaking guide.

Your day of adventure will take you to the waters of the world's most famous manmade lake. Lake Gatun is situated in the heart of the Isthmus of Panama. It was constructed between 1906-1914 to make the Panama Canal possible. After a 45 minutes transfer to the port of Gamboa you will board our fast motor launches for a voyage of discovery on the Panama Canal. Huge ships can be seen transiting across this water bridge that links the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

We will glide past lush tropical forests to a scenic region of the lake and witness firsthand the splendor and excitement of the jungle. Exotic birds, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and crocodiles are just a few of the animals that you can view in their native surroundings. The sights, sounds and scents that make up this tropical paradise will engulf you. Our ultimate destination will be the only floating house on the lake. This two story structure has plenty of room for you to relax and enjoy the day. Activities are available at no additional costs. Explore on your own while kayaking, swimming, and fishing.

Overnight at your hotel in Panama City


Day 4 Flight to David and visit of Finca Dracula (B)
Private transfer to the domestic airport to take morning flight to the Town of David. Upon arrival private transfer to the little town of Cerro Punta. Installation at Los Quetzales Spa & Lodge. Located at 2000 m of altitude deep inside Panama's Western highlands in a gorgeous landscape of little farms and rainforest it is an ideal base to explore the area. In the afternoon visit of Finca Dracula.

Finca Dracula is an orchid farm located only 5 minutes away from the hotel. A local Spanish-speaking worker of the farm will walk you through the beautiful gardens and show you around. The farm has more than 2000 orchid species from around the world. It is also a great place to spot local birds.

Overnight at Los Quetzales Spa & Lodge


Day 5 Morning hike in the cloud forest (B)
In the morning a Spanish speaking guide will take you to one of the several rainforest trails (depending on your physical condition). You will discover the fascinating world of the cloud forest.

This area is one of the best in Central America to observe the spectacular and mysterious quetzal, the sacred bird of ancient Mayas and Aztecs. After lunch we will organize transport to one of the many hot springs located around Volcan.

Overnight at Los Quetzales Spa & Lodge


Day 6 Hiking Los Quetzales Trail (B, L)
The town of Boquete is surrounded by coffee plantations and lush rainforest. It is also famous for its gardens, flowers and fresh climate. You will go on a 3 hours group tour with English speaking guide to discover the amazing world of coffee, from its gathering in the plantation by the expert hands of Ngäbe people to its roasting, you will learn everything about the best coffee in the world!

Overnight at hotel Boquete Tree Trek


Day 7 Coffee tour (B)
Private full day (approx. 8 hrs) tour with English speaking guide. This is without any doubts one of the most incredible hikes that can be done in Central America. It connects the town of Guadalupe to Boquete. It is a 5-7 hours walk mostly downhill with some steep sections but there are steps and railing to help you. A decent physical condition is required. You will be rewarded by the beauty of the primary rainforest and the most amazing views. This is a private tour with a specialized nature guide.

Your guide will pick you up after breakfast to start the hike. There will be stops along the way and we include a picnic lunch and bottled water. Walking at a steady pace you should arrive to Boquete in the Early afternoon. We will have a driver take your luggage from Cerro Punta and meet you in Boquete to bring you to your hotel.

Overnight at Los Quetzales Spa & Lodge

Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the mountain scenery or optional activities such as:
- Birdwatching
- Canopy Tour
- Walking in the little village of Boquete
- Hot springs near Caldera

Day 8 Transfer to Boca Chica (B, L, D)
After a road transfer of approx. 1.5 hrs you will arrive to the little village of Boca Chica. A fast boat will be waiting for you to take you to Pacific Bay resort.

The resort is located in front of three beaches amidst 70 hectares of private land at the tip of Punta Bejuco, in the golf of Chiriquí national Marine Park. Thick rainforest circle the pristine beaches.

Rate includes 3 meals a day and taxes. Drinks are not included.

3 Overnights at Pacific Bay Resort

Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the mountain scenery or optional activities such as:
- Birdwatching
- Canopy Tour
- Walking in the little village of Boquete
- Hot springs near Caldera

Day 9 Island Boat tour (B, L, D)
This exploration tour will take you to the surrounding islands of the gulf of Chiriquí. They are off the tourist beaten path and offer spectacular pristine beaches and great snorkeling opportunities, together with the possibility of exploring the lush jungle.

Picnic lunch and return to the hotel in the early afternoon.


Day 10 At leisure (B, L, D)
Relax and enjoy the beaches or coordinate a boat tour.

Overnight at Pacific Bay Resort.


Day 11 Retun to Panama City (B)
After breakfast it will be time to leave the resort and go back to Boca Chica. Our driver will be waiting for you to David airport. Domestic flight back to Panama City and private tranfer to your hotel.

Overnight at your hotel in Panama City/br>

Day 12 Departure (B)
Private transfer to Tocumen international Airport.
End of our services.
This program includes:
· 4 nights at the Tryp Hotel Panama Centro or similar.
· Standard room with breakfast buffet and WiFi
· 2 nights at Los Quetzales Spa & Lodge. Standard room with brekfast
· 2 nights at Hotel Boquete Tree Trek. Standard room with continental breakfast
· 3 nights at Pacific Bay Resort. Standard room with full board (not including drinks)
· Tours as described with local English speaking guide
· Private transfers with modern cars/buses with a/c
· Entrances and activities according to program description
· Meals as described in the daily titles (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
· Domestic flight Panama City/David roundtrip. Allowed luggage 14 kg per person + 2 kg hand luggage.

Not included:
· International flight
· English speaking guide during morning group tours from hotel Los Quetzales and the visit of Finca Lerida
· Optional tours and activities
· Meals not included in the program
· Drinks with included meals
· Gratuities

Panama Highlights | 8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 1 Arrival at Panama City
Arrival at Tocumen international airport. Private transfer to your hotel in Panama City.

- Overnight in Panama City

Day 2 (Sat) Full day City & Canal tour (B)
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. 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!"

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! Overnight in Panama City


Day 3 (Sun) Partial Canal transit (B, L)
This excursion is without any doubts a world's highlight, and a must for anyone interested in experiencing this engineering marvel first hand! A specialized guide on board will give you detailed information on every step of the lockage process. After passing under the "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! 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.

Overnight in Panama City


Day 4 (Mon) Train, San Lorenzo Fort & Gatun Locks (B)
After an early morning transfer to Corozal train station you will take your 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! 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. 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 by the end of the afternoon.

Overnight in Panama City


Day 5 (Tue) Morning walk in Soberania National Park (B)
Departure from the hotel early in the morning. About 1/2 hour later we shall reach Soberania National Park. 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. It is also a paradise for birdwatchers with no less than 525 bird species described in the park! Return to the hotel in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Panama City


Day 6 (Wed) Jungle Boat on Gatun Lake (B, L)
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.

Overnight at hotel Radisson Summit


Day 7 (Thu) Visit of an Embera indigenous community (B, L)
After a road transfer of about an hour heading north from Panama City we shall reach the shores of the lake Alajuela (also called Madden 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.

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. Drive to back to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel Radisson Summit

Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the mountain scenery or optional activities such as:
- Birdwatching
- Canopy Tour
- Walking in the little village of Boquete
- Hot springs near Caldera

Day 8 (Fri) Departure
Breakfast availability this morning depends on your departure time. Service starts at 6:30 a.m.

Private transfer to Tocumen international airport.

End of our services.
This tour includes:
5 nights at a middle class hotel in Panama City. Standard room with breakfast.
(Hotel Tryp Panama Centro or similar) · 2 nights at the Radisson Summit (close to Soberania National Park). Standard room with breakfast.
· Guided excursions with private English speaking guide from day 2 to day 7 (Except for the canal transit: a Panama Canal gives comments in English and Spanish.) · 1 bottled water and typical lunch at the village
· Private transportation with a/c
· Meals as per description (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

Not included:

· International flights and airport taxes
· Alcoholic beverages during included meals
· Gratuities
· Personal expenses