On this exclusive rum tour, you will visit Pesé, located in the heart of the Herrera Province and home to Hacienda San Isidro, where the famous Ron Abuelo and Seco Herrerano are produced. Traditional oxcarts will take you to the distillery at Hacienda San Isidro where you will learn about the various steps of producing rum and seco from sugarcane, including the grinding, fermenting and distilling processes.
Let’s explore the Herrera Highlands, another area profusely inhabited by indigenous groups in the pre-Columbian era, and which contains the most important wildlife refuge in the province. We will visit two local families to know the artisanal manufacturing process of sugarcane honey and the variety of orchids that are found in its fresh climate.
On this historical tour, you will follow in the steps of Gonzalo de Badajoz, a Spanish conquistador sent to search for gold in the Panamanian territory in the early 16th century. Since gold held ritual significance to the indigenous Indians occupying these lands, Badajoz was met with strong resistance on his way from Panama City to the Azuero Peninsula.
Today you will discover the manufacturing process of the traditional products of the Herrera Province: sugarcane, salt, clay and bread. Explore the many uses of sugarcane, from the refreshing sugarcane juice “guarapo,” to the traditional cooking of sugarcane honey and the production of artisan sugarcane liquor. Also learn about the extraction of salt from the Pacific Ocean, see the creation of handmade clay pottery, and observe how the famous La Arena bread is baked.
Cubitá is the name of the pre-Columbian indigenous group who inhabited the area surrounding today’s city of La Villa de Los Santos. On this excursion you will discover the most important sites around La Villa de Los Santos from Pre-Columbian, Colonial and Republican times: explore mysterious petroglyphs hidden along the shore of La Villa River; climb a hill that holds the Necropolis of Cerro Juan Diaz, an indigenous burial site currently studied by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute for its valuable historical content; and visit the colonial-style house where La Villa de Los Santos declared its independence from Spain in 1821.
Today you will enjoy a full-day guided tour to Volcan, a magical place in the highlands, located at the foot of Baru Volcano. During this visit, you will stop at the beautiful Finca Drácula, an estate tucked into the edge of La Amistad Biosphere Reserve. It is known for its 2,200 species of orchids, including several extremely rare varieties, making it the largest collection in Latin America and one of the largest in the world. In addition to housing this impressive collection, the 22-acre finca promotes the education, investigation and conservation of orchids.
Bocas Del Toro (meaning “Mouth of the Bull”) is a province of Panama formed by the mainland and nine main islands. Christopher Columbus explored the area in 1502 while searching for the passage to the Pacific Ocean. Columbus’s original name for the island was Isla Del Drago.
On this ecological tour, you will visit a privately owned and operated chocolate farm with botanical gardens. Walk through the lush tropical rainforest, botanical gardens and cacao plantation of the property’s 30 acres, while being introduced to the area’s flora and fauna. Howler monkeys, toucans, sloths, and a wide variety of birds and butterflies can often be seen here.