Traveling with Us
Expertise is our trademark. We design fun, safe tours led by highly experienced guides and in harmony with what surrounds us and we always try to minimize the impact to indigenous communities and the environment.
You can reduce your impact on the environment when you travel. Here we share some ideas for a fun and eco-friendly travel.
- If you don’t speak any Spanish try to learn a few words before your arrival and don’t hesitate to use them, locals will normally reward your effort wih a big smile!
- Always ask first. If you want to enter private properties or to take photos of people and their crafts take a minute to find out how locals feel about that.
- Support locals. Buy souvenirs, which will often be traditional handmade products and crafts, directly from native or rural communities and pay a fair price. Avoid insisting on haggling to get the lowest price. Encourage entrepreneurship among modest communities by purchasing their crafts or goods instead of giving away cash.
- Eat and drink local products, it’s carbon friendly! Ask for stores with local goodies, restaurants with local cuisine, bakeries and breweries and let your taste buds delight with our tropical flavors
- Support conservation by paying entrance fees to National parks and historical sites.
- Never disturb, touch or feed wild animals. Don’t purchase crafts, clothing or other products made from animal species, especially if you don’t know if they’re protected or endangered.
- Stick to the path when hiking, always stay on marked trails and maintain a safe distance from any animals you encounter. Going off the beaten path could mean you trample on protected or endangered plants.
- Enjoy the cultural exchange and forget about stereotypes. Resist the urge to propose “solutions”, if you want to help preserve indigenous cultures listen, instead, to what they have to offer and teach.
- At hotels: avoid getting clean towels unless necessary, or taking long showers, remember to turn off the television, lights and air conditioner if you can, when leaving the room.
- Minimize your waste: grab only the maps and brochures that you will actually use. Avoid room service and carry-out which increase waste.
Cacao Travel Panama will design a customized program upon request, considering the visitor’s needs and interests such as length of stay, time of year, kind of accommodations, etc. Once the itinerary has been approved, Cacao Travel Panama will proceed to make the reservations and will try to keep the original itinerary unchanged; however, it is important to stress that due to space availability, itineraries may be modified.
Early reservations are recommended in order to guarantee your accommodations. During the high season (November to April and months of July and August), we suggest that reservations be made at least six months in advance in order to secure the space.