12Days / 11Nights
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This itinerary is perfect for study groups and those with strong interest in biology and geography giving you a first-hand introduction into Neotropical Ecology.
• Challenge yourself with hikes through the rainforest
• Carry out your dream of traveling in dugout canoe beneath a rainforest canopy to the sound of nature.
• Feed your soul with the green hues of the tropical jungle.
• Excite your senses snorkeling amid the brilliant fish of the coral reef.
• Awaken to the calls of howler monkeys and tropical birds.
- 11 Nights of Lodging
- Domestic Flights
- Entrance Fees
- Guided Excursions
- Information Kit
- Meals as Specified
- Meet and Greet
- Private Transportation with A/C Throughout the Tour
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Day 1 Arrival
PANAMA NATURAL HISTORY 12 DAY GROUP TOUR. Arrive at Tocumen International Airport where you will be met by one of our EcoCircuitos representatives and be transferred to your hotel. No meals.
Day 2 Rainforest Discovery Center and meeting with Fundación Avifauna
Early in the morning an EcoCircuitos naturalist guide will pick you up at the hotel for a 45-minute ride along the scenic Gamboa Road to Pipeline Road located in the Soberania National Park. You will experience a unique tour where you’ll explore the Park’s canopy with a beautiful view of the forest, the lake and the national parks that protect the canal’s watershed.
Day 3 & 4 The Mamoní Valley Preserve
With its more than 10,000 acres, the Mamoní Valley Preserve is one of the largest private preserves near a capital city in the Americas. Located in Panama at the narrowing of the living bridge between the two great land masses of the Western Hemisphere – where a mere 35 miles separate the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. The Preserve is within the largest remaining stretch of contiguous rainforest in the exceptionally bio-diverse Chocó-Darién eco-region, considered by the World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy and Conservation International to be one of the highest conservation priorities in the world.
Day 5 Ecology of Marine Ecosystems
Transfer to Carti at the Guna Land to meet your local host and proceed to an island lodge your home for the next two days. There will be a lecture and the rest of the day spent at leisure interacting with the Gunas, swimming, snorkeling (equipment not included) or relaxing on beautiful white sand beaches.
Day 6 San Blas Islands and Guna Culture
Today you will tour a neighboring island where there is a Guna village. You will learn about their ancient culture and traditions.
Day 7 & 8 The Highlands of Panama
Early morning transfer to domestic airport in Albrook for a flight to David in the western province of Chiriquí, bordering Costa Rica. Then transfer by car/van to the quaint mountain town of Boquete in the highlands. Enjoy the afternoon in the beautiful highlands exploring the area around your hotel. Optional tours available: hiking, horseback riding, canopying, rafting and bird watching. In Boquete you have the unique opportunity to visit a coffee plantation and learn about the process of coffee. Our guide will explain the whole coffee process, from the picking of berries by the Ngobe Bugle Indians to how the coffee beans are harvested and processed. In the afternoon we will have a hiking tour around the Baru National Park.
Day 9 Coclé Province
Early in the morning you will return to Panama City and have a surface transfer to the Pacific side of Panama to lodge in the highlands of Cocle, located in the Mesoamerican Corridor, joining the two mountainous areas of Escaliche and the Anton Valley in Cocle Province. The lodge is also part of an ecological project in Central America to protect the native wildlife. This province is characterized by remarkable growth Agro industrial development and its main attractions offer the tourist lush ecology, historical and cultural heritage, like the Basilica of Natá de Los Caballeros and El Caño Archeological Park; strong legacy of the indigenous culture in Cocle. Free day for hiking or relaxation.
Day 10 Coclé Agricultural Tour
You will visit a local farm and will learn about the local agricultural processes and will meeting local stakeholders and community members. Talk to local people and learn about organic and standard farming in Panama. (BLD)
Day 11 Panama City Exploration
Return to Panama City and take an afternoon tour: visit the ruins of Old Panama, climb up the Cathedral tower, visit the Old Panama Museum and then continue to Casco Antiguo (the old city compound), which dates from the late 1600’s. Casco Antiguo is home to monuments to Ferdinand de Lesseps and other Frenchmen instrumental in the ill-fated attempt of the French to construct a canal through Panama. Overnight in Panama City.
Day 12 Departure
Transfer to the International Airport approximately two hours before your flight’s scheduled departure time.