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Panama Nature & Culture Close-Up

OVERVIEW

11 days/10 Nights

Experience Panama’s rich cultural, historical and natural diversity, starting in the bustling metropolis of Panama City. See the architectural wonders of its Old City and famed canal. Visit an Embera indigenous village, enjoying its music, traditions, dances and beautiful countryside. Hike the lush trails of Soberania National Park, observing its resident hummingbirds, sloths, anteaters and trogons, and ascend our 40-meter tower to spot the famous blue cotinga and toucans. Glide across glistening Gatun Lake, passing curious rainforest monkeys, iguanas, birds and other local wildlife, and watch massive ships wait to cross the Canal.

Journey to the heart and soul of Panamanian culture in the province of Herrera, where inhabitants of the Azuero Peninsula proudly display and celebrate their traditions and folklore. Learn how their traditional sugarcane, salt, clay and bread is made, and meet a local craftswoman who creates Pollera, Panama’s colorful, traditional costumes. Explore the Herrera Highlands, another area rich with indigenous groups in the pre-Columbian era. Visit the most important wildlife refuge in the province, local artistans and growers of the region’s wide variety of orchids. Trek through the El Montuoso Forest Reserve, known as the “The Lung of Azuero.” Discover mysterious petroglyphs and the origin of the La Villa River to take a refreshing swim in the midst of the woods. Keep your swimsuit handy–the next stop is the beautiful JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort Resort for 4 days of leisure to enjoying the beach in total relaxation.  On your way back to Panama City, you’ll visit the beautiful town of El Valle de Anton, an extinguished Volcano Crater once one of the largest in the world.

Day 1 – Arrive In Panama City

Arrive in Panama City where one of our representatives will meet you. Take a ground transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 – Highlights Of Panama City

Visit the historic city of Old Panama, the Panama Canal Interoceanic Museum in Casco Antiguo, and discover the charms of this area commonly called the walled city. Walk through the narrow streets and appreciate this picturesque area full of history. (Lunch included)

Afterwards take a journey through history and the construction of the Canal at the visitor center located at the Miraflores Locks. Learn and watch ship transit and how the locks operate.

Day 3 – Embera

Visit an Embera indigenous village. In this adventure you will have the opportunity to learn about their culture, music, traditions and typical dances. Take a canoe ride down the river and experience the lush flora and fauna lunch included.

Day 4 – Rainforest Adventure

Start your tour hiking along the trails of the Soberania National Park, observing up to 14 species of hummingbirds that we have recorded in our feeders. On this hike you will have the opportunity to observe different species such as sloths, anteaters and trogons. Go up our 40-meter tower to contemplate the famous blue cotinga and toucans, and visit the viewing platform by the lake.

After a picnic lunch, enjoy an amazing boat ride on Gatun Lake and see the surrounding exotic rainforest. You will have the opportunity to navigate close to massive ships as they wait to cross the Canal. Discover different species of birds, monkeys and iguanas, among other local animals.

Day 5 – Transfer To Chitre

Today you will be transferred to the province of Herrera where we find the heart and soul of the Panamanian culture. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure exploring the surroundings of the hotel.

Day 6 – The Best Of Azuero

Today we will experience the local industry and Azuero’s traditions and roots on an exciting full-day tour. In the morning we will discover the manufacturing process of the traditional products of the Herrera Province: sugarcane, salt, clay and bread.

Considered by many “the cultural heart of Panama”, the inhabitants of the Azuero Peninsula live their traditions and their folklore proudly and display it throughout the year in many festivities. In the afternoon, you will visit an elder lady that has dedicated all her life to handcraft the Pollera, the typical dress of the Panamanian women, considered by many one of the most beautiful costumes in the world.

Day 7 – The Herrera Highlands

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. We will then continue with a hike in the El Montuoso Forest Reserve, known as “The Lung of Azuero”, to discover mysterious petroglyphs as well as the origin of the La Villa River where we will take a refreshing swim in the midst of the woods.

Day 8 – Transfer To The Beach

Today we will transfer you to the beautifull JW Marriott Beach Resort were you will spend 4 days at leisure enjoying the beach in total relaxation.

Day 9 – Day At Leisure On Your Own

Take the time to relax and enjoy a variety of activities the hotel offers. Please consult with the concierge for more information.

Day 10 – Visit To El Valle De Anton And Transfer Back To The City

After checking out from the hotel our staff will pick you up to transfer you to the city. On our way we will visit the beautiful town of El Valle de Anton, an extinguished Volcano Crater once one of the largest in the world. After this visit we will drive to the city were you will spend your last night.

Day 11

Private transfer back to the international airport to go home!

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