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Panama: Canal, Rainforest & Highlands

6 DaysStarting at $3,695

Overview

As you may have heard, there is a canal in Panama. Watching a football field’s worth of ship rise in a lock on a pillow of water is one of the world’s great manmade miracles. But what about the much tinier spectacle of a hummingbird barely larger than your thumbnail? Or the quiet whiiiiiish as your native dugout canoe slices through a rainforest river? A Panama vacation is one of the finest ecotourism experiences—easy to reach, friendly in the extreme, and not yet on everybody’s radar screen. From anteaters to mantled howler monkeys, the wildlife is extraordinary. The Audubon Society conducts its Christmas bird count here so you can just imagine the abundance. To explore the culture of Panama, we travel you to a native village and introduce you to our friends along the way. You’ll see things you’ve never seen, in a place you never thought to visit—which makes this our favorite new example of a travel adventure.

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Highlights

DAYS 1-2 - PANAMA CITY/EMBERA TRIBE
Your Panama travel itinerary begins at our 5-star luxury resort in Panama City. A sailing excursion on Gatun Lake lets us weave amid the gigantic ships traversing the canal and catch our first glimpse of wildlife such as monkeys and crocodiles. An afternoon jungle walk in Sobernia National Park takes you into some of the world’s richest bird watching terrain.

In a traditional dugout canoe, we’ll navigate the Chagres River to a settlement of one of Panama’s indigenous tribes. The villagers treat us to a typical meal, and we get a firsthand look at the cultural and ecological challenges they face. We’ll also go for a guided walk in Panama City. No Panama vacation would be complete without a close-up look at the canal in action, and you get yours with a fascinating visit to the Miraflores Locks and the canal museum.

DAYS 3-6 - CHIRIQUI WESTERN HIGHLANDS 
A brief flight to David City positions us for fascinating days in the Chiriqui Western Highlands, the rolling breadbasket of Panama. From our gracious, award-winning inn, we wander into the countryside to meet the farmers who raise everything from strawberries to mangos…watch for the resplendent quetzal on a walk in La Amistad International Park…and go kayaking on the serene Las Lagunas, the highest natural lakes in Panama. We also get real looks at rural life, first on a visit to a working coffee plantation for a tour and tasting, and then at a family home where we watch the centuries-old process of pressing sugar cane. On the final day of your Panama travels, we part company after breakfast.
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Map

  • Starting Point:

    Panama City – 9:00 am – Lobby of Hotel Bristol
  • Ending Point:

    Panama City – 9:00 am – Panama City Airport

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Family Departure

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Accommodations

Casa Grande Bambito

This luxurious boutique hotel is located in a rainforest surrounded by mountains, volcanic rocks and springs in the highlands of Panama. All accommodations are in suits, and the property offers hot springs, sauna and spa treatments.

JW Marriott Panama City

Situated along the shores of Punta Pacifica, this high-rise hotel boasts a paramount location surrounded by a plethora of businesses, plus shopping and entertainment options in the Financial District.

What’s Included

  • All breakfasts and lunches, and 4 dinners
  •  Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
  •  Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip

Above & Beyond Benefits

Invisible Check-In

  • When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.

Privileged Access Events

  • One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.