Founded in 1597, Portobelo was once an important port where silver, gold, spices and many other goods were traded from the new world to the old world. Visit the fortresses built by the Spaniards to protect the zone from piracy and learn how these colonies influenced the local culture living in the area today.
Begin with a morning visit to Gatun Lake for an amazing ecological boat ride and kayaking on the lake. Gatun Lake is located within an immensely diverse tropical ecological zone and is surrounded by untouched exotic rainforest.
Strategically located between the highlands and lowlands of Chiriquí province, Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve forms part of a privately protected area for the conservation of flora and fauna in the region. One of Finca Ceriana’s unique characteristics is the number of bird species and other animals from the upper and lower mountain areas. The property is part of the biological corridor that hosts the famous Volcán lagoons.
After being picked up by your guide early in the morning, you will be driven for two hours to the magical Anton Valley. This enchanting town located within a dormant volcanic crater is filled with abundant flora and fauna. The crater rises 600 meters above sea level and provides many hiking opportunities.
The majority of high-quality Panamanian coffee is produced in the province of Chiriquí, where the soil is uniquely enriched by Volcán Baru’s volcanic ash. Today you will have the opportunity to visit one of the area’s top working coffee plantations, where you will see the entire process from bean to cup and can even roast your own cup of Geisha Coffee!
Today you will visit the highlights of the Chiriquí Highlands surrounding Boquete. Begin with a visit one of the area’s top working coffee plantations, where you will see the entire process from bean to cup and can even roast your own cup of Geisha Coffee!
This coffee tour is kept small and semi-private for an in-depth and hands-on experience. As you walk the fields, you will learn about the growing and processing of coffee plants.
This special journey will bring you to a a local Embera village on the Chagres River for a unique peek into the lives of one of Panama’s 7 recognized indigenous tribes. The Embera people have populated the Choco region of western Colombia and the Darien region of eastern Panama for centuries, long before Spanish colonization. Today over 30,000 Embera inhabit Panama; while most still live in the Darien region, some communities have migrated to Chagres National Park between Panama City and Colon, allowing for more accessibility for tourism.
Enjoy an ecological boat tour on Gatun Lake, a large manmade lake formed when the Gatun Dam was built across the Chagres River between 1907 and 1913. At the time of its creation, Gatun Lake was the largest artificial lake in the world, encompassing 430 square kilometers (166 sq mi). Today it remains an essential part of the Panama Canal system, carrying ships for 33 kilometers (21 mi) of their transit across the isthmus of Panama, and also generating crucial hydro-electricity for the operation of the Canal’s locks.
On this full-day tour of Panama City, your guide will illuminate some of the highlights of this tropical metropolis. Start with a visit to the remains of the former capital city of Panama—Panamá Viejo, or Old Panama—founded in 1519 and looted by the pirate Henry Morgan in 1671.
Lake Bayano was created from the Rio Bayano and its tributaries following the construction of a dam and hydroelectric plant that today supplies Panama City and other areas with their electricity. 80% of the lakefront is within the Comarca de Madungandi, populated by the indigenous Guna, Emberá, and Wounan Amerindian peoples.